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Welcome To The New Blog!

Welcome to the New Blog!

Welcome to our blog, The purpose of this blog is to open dialog with readers and to share insights regarding the history of food.

Food is a universal connection between people of differing cultures, locations, and ages. It’s easy to take for granted the foods we regularly enjoy, giving little thought to the origins of our favorite dishes or how they may have impacted history or evolved over time. The dinner table has always been a place for friends to gather to exchange ideas and engage in dialog ever since…well…ever since there were dinner tables.

While producing our video series called “18th Century Cooking with Jas. Townsend & Son,” we quickly realized there was simply too much interesting food history and information to share in our 10-minute productions. So we’ve started as a means to share authentic recipes, foodie history, and all of the details we found most interesting from our research and experimentation. We invite you to join us at the table as we savor the flavors and aromas of centuries past.

By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with our video presentations, you can watch them on our channel at

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    1. Well on my browser it is a little +follow button on the bottom right hand corner, But I added a follow by email function in the right column. Thanks for the heads up!

  1. I love your videos. I also enjoyed meeting you at the Kalamazoo Living History show this past winter (2012).The purchases I made are a great addition to my gear. Thank you for supplying quality, accurate period specific clothing and accessories..

  2. What an excellent and wonderful series of videos and blogs! Two thumbs up! Awesome, thorough and practical from start to finish.

  3. Hi Jon,
    You have a VERY unique/informative/interesting blog, which you are hiding! I am amazed with the amount of time and research you have put in for us to be educated and amused. Your blog MUST be shared with the WORLD by tagging your posts with most searched tags: history, recipes, food, cooking, baking, … what ever is appropriate for each post. Looking forward to your future posts. 😀 Fae.

  4. hi Jas,
    I live among the Amish here in Western Michigan and the items I have had made for me at Townsend & Son people here in the small village of Fremont, in Western Michigan are thought to have been made for me by the Amish. The tri-hat I just received from beth is a BIG hit in the village.
    The peanut brittle I sent your shop has been published in a number of magizines and made the Townsends and son way with an iron skilit and a wooden spoon.
    ‘THANKS’ for keeping the past alive for so many of ‘us’, your devoted followers.
    Colonel Gregory Pischea, USMC Ret.
    ps. my great, great……great grandfather was boyhood friends with George Washington and served under him in the British milita as a captain when George Washington was a major in the same unit.

  5. Your videos are superior. You are a talented baker,chef, and historian. And, you have such a talent for starring in videos. This is information that I am really enjoying and I am sure my hubby will especially love white pot! I will try the pasty recipe too because he has been begging me to make them. Thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge and ideas.

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