A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove

A History of American Women Told through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances

A stunningly illustrated book that celebrates the power of food throughout American history and in women's lives. Filled with classic recipes and inspirational stories, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove will make you think twice about the food on your plate.

Here is the first book to recount how American women have gathered, cooked, and prepared food for lovers, strangers, and family, from prehistory to the present day. In the process, we find new appreciation for this most fundamental aspect of women's work — an epic tale of beauty, oppression, drudgery, and magic. A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove reveals the culinary creativity that connects us all.

We find native women who pried nourishment from the wilderness, mothers who sold biscuits to buy their children's freedom, immigrant wives who cooked old foods in new homes to fortify their families' souls.

From church bake sales to microwaving moms, this book is a celebration of women's lives, homes, and communities. Over fifty recipes, from Federal Pancakes to Sweet Potato Pie, are beautifully presented along with over one hundred images from artists, photographers, and rare sources.

Winner of James Beard Book Award

A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is the shared history of all American women and the perfect gift for anyone who ever put food on the table.

Reviews for A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove

“There are, now and then, books so meaningful and satisfying that they feel like gifts. With A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove, Schenone has given us one—a complete history of women and food that doesn’t exist elsewhere in one place…”

The Star-Ledger

“Her delicious book is truly food for thought.”

Chicago Tribune

“An amazing and wonderful book in many ways…”

— The Providence Journal

“Peppered throughout with photographs, personal stories, and more than 50 recipes (including one for baked locusts), this fascinating culinary history documents the intimate, ever-changing ties between American women and food — from milking cows and churning butter in the colonial era to throwing Tupperware parties to microwaving single-serve frozen lasagna packages today.”

Utne Reader

“Laura Schenone’s A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is a wonderfully executed work of popular social history, convincingly demonstrating that food provides a unique window on the history of women’s daily lives... a lively, well-researched and thoroughly engrossing book.”

— New York Newsday

“EVEN though she grates her own nutmeg, grows her own herbs and owns a mezzaluna — a fancy Italian knife shaped like a half moon — Laura Schenone isn’t a ‘foody,’ at least in the conventional sense.” [Full story.]

— The New York Times

“Thoroughly researched and inviting history of how native and immigrant American women have fed their families from pre-European times to the 21st century.”

— Library Journal, starred review

“This lively, loving tribute to the female culinary experience crosses cultural and socioeconomic divides in authentic American fashion. Fascinating social history with a heaping helping of home cooking thrown in for good measure.”

— Booklist

“This fascinating recounting of the impact women have had on food and eating in America is a compelling read…. Put this extraordinary journal on a shopping list.”

— Muriel Stevens, Las Vegas Sun

“This is a book that belongs in every home and not just on the cookbook shelf.”

— Lauren Chapin, The Kansas City Star

“Well researched and nicely designed, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances lives up to its ambitious title. Written by Laura Schenone, it is a comprehensive look at the numerous roles women have played in the growth of this country and their remarkable contributions to its rich culinary past.”

— Oakland Tribune

“A new and fresh volume on American history, full of photos and illustrations, and definitely worth reading.”

— Charleston Post and Courier

“Laura Schenone knew she’d catch some flak for writing a book on women and cooking throughout the history of America.”

— The Spokesman Review

“Rich with description, evocative, and offers information that is probably new to most readers. The author also does a commendable job of drawing the often-ignored connections among politics, women, and food.”

— Publisher’s Weekly

“Laura’s Schenone’s One Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove has been my bedtime reading for the past week, and I have concluded this one is a Keeper. Because Laura is covering a great span of time, her challenge is to manage to paint in broad strokes without blurring details too much. It’s quite a trick, and she pulls it off by writing about the tone of a period of time, then zooming in to portray individual cooks, culinary situations, and dishes... Get a couple extras, and give them to your friends for a holiday gift. Let’s get more people interested in food history. Schenone’s book is a great introduction to it.”

— Food History News, Editor’s Notebook

“This book is more than the history of American eating and cooking; Schenone recognizes that to tell the story of American food is to tell the history of American women, and the result is a truly delicious, satisfying read.”

— Bust Magazine

“The relationship between women, food, and cooking is the subject of Laura Schenone’s new book... It is an epic tale of beauty, oppression, drudgery, and magic, experienced on some level by all women.”

— The North Jersey Record

“Cooking is a fascinating and very real lens through which to study the history of women in our culture. In this beautifully written work, Laura Schenone takes on the dual roles of historian and story teller, reminding us of how women have expressed and experienced and created so much through and with food. And she inspires us to hold onto and extend the heritage, even in the face of our modern, hectic lives.”

— Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook

“A passionate, groundbreaking book that will not only make you appreciate the culinary journey of the aproned ones who stood the heat of the cookstove for centuries, but also understand why they sometimes had an attitude! It might inspire you to put on an apron and cook some of the mouth watering, time-kissed recipes in this remarkable book.”

— Dr. Vertamae Grosvenor, NPR cultural correspondent and author of Vibration Cooking

“The profound relationship between women and food is a story admirably told by Laura Schenone in a book filled with historic insights, moving anecdotes and lively illustrations. While paying tribute to the generations of American women who have felt joy in feeding families, Schenone avoids sentimentality by recognizing that many of the kitchen chores expected of women have been tedious and repetitious. The result is a balanced and clear-eyed view of a women’s history that until recently has been misunderstood and overlooked.”

— Barbara Haber, author of From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals