Hello and welcome! I’m a culinary historian, author, and public speaker. I focus on the history of food as a way to access the stories of diverse Americans.
My book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and The Atlantic called it “Richly researched, intriguing, and cleverly written.” My second book, Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Food, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and was named one of the Best Books of 2023 by Amazon’s Editors, Food & Wine, and Adam Gopnik on the Milk Street podcast.
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Sarah Lohman is originally from Hinckley, Ohio where she began working in a museum at the age of 16, cooking historical food over a wood-burning stove. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005. For her undergraduate thesis, she opened a temporary restaurant/installation that reinterpreted food of the Colonial era for a modern audience. Lohman moved to New York City in 2006 and worked as Video Producer for New York magazine’s food blog, Grub Street. She chronicled her personal explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, from 2008-2018.
Lohman’s most recent book Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Foods, was released by W.W. Norton & Co. in October 2023. The book is a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was named one of the Best Books of 2023 by Amazon, Food & Wine, and Adam Gopnik on the Milk Street podcast. Lohman’s first book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was released by Simon & Schuster in December 2016. An Amazon bestseller, the Atlantic called it “Richly researched, intriguing, and cleverly written.” Eight Flavors is currently taught in undergraduate classes at Purdue and Pennsylvania State University.
Over her career, Lohman’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, as well as on All Things Considered, CNN, Gimlet Media, and NHK Japan. She has appeared in PBS’s American Experience, The Cooking Channel’s Food: Fact or Fiction, and developed a historical food service for Taylor Mac’s a 24-Decade History of Popular Music.
Lohman works with institutions around the country to create public programs focused on food. Lohman has lectured at diverse institutions including The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Museum of Science (Boston) and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is a columnist at Gastro Obscura and writes about rare foods. Lohman is based in Las Vegas and is a frequent collaborator with the Neon Museum Las Vegas and is co-host of the Las Vegas City Cast podcast.