PBS’s “Drive by History: Eats” Asks and Answers What Historical Figures May Have Eaten

What would George Washington or Walt Whitman have dined on? The new PBS series Drive by History: Eats answers these questions and more as it dives deep into New Jersey’s culinary past.

In the first episode, New Jersey resident and Blair Academy alum Melissa F. Clark ’05 explores a meal designed to curry George Washington’s favor at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. Using ingredients that would have been on hand during the summer of 1778 and employing the food trends popular during the period, Clark dishes up a delectable fried breaded chicken with sorrel sauce and raspberry fool for dessert.

In following episodes, Clark prepares recipes from World War I that reflect the war effort to go meatless and wheatless, and she examines the culinary legacy of the Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation in Parsippany, N.J.

Be sure to tune in to watch Clark share her expertise in Drive by History: Eats, airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on PBS.