Smithsonian Magazine

The Real Chef

- — Karen Baird | Kennett Square, Pennsylvan­ia

In “Post-Colonial Custard,” you should have mentioned the name of the chef who came back from France with Thomas Jefferson and actually made the ice cream. The individual who likely did the work was the future president’s enslaved chef, James Hemings (brother of Sally and half brother of Jefferson’s deceased wife, Martha). Please do better, be more inclusive and give credit where credit is due.

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