Culinary historian Linda Pelaccio takes a journey through the history of food. Take a dive into food cultures through history, from ancient Mesopotamia and imperial China to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Tune in as Linda, along with a guest list of culinary chroniclers and enthusiasts, explores the lively links between food cultures of the present and past.
History and Art of Dim Sum
When the Michelin starred chef Andrew Wong was on a working tour of China, it ignited a burning curiosity in not just exploring the vast cultural and regional differences that have come to define the gastronomic identity of China, but also opened his eyes to the beauty of China’s 3000-year history first-hand. It inspired newfound respect for the local and ceremonial aspects of Chinese culinary heritage and began the formation of ideas for his own approach to cooking. And he sought help and collaboration with Dr. Mukta Das, food historian of China and Chinese diaspora, to find answers to his culinary history questions. Such is the case with their recent research on the history of Dim Sum and its relationship to the pastry arts.
The Cuban Sandwich: History in Layers
According to the authors of a new book on the history of the Cuban Sandwich, "Hiding beween the thin slices of its fillings are invisible layers of meaning, the spirit of a people, and the story of a nation--the life and times of the Cuban Sandwich." They share the tales and delicious variations of how the Cubano became a symbol for a displaced people and won the hearts and bellies of America.
The Genealogy of Chicago's 'Italian Beef'
Every city has its own iconic food, particularly a sandwich. And in Chicago, it's the 'Italian Beef,' made even more well-known by the recent TV series "The Bear." Historian Anthony Buccini shares the facts of why it's Italian. We learn how the sandwich went from being served at festive occasions to being a staple take-out from a sandwich stand, all the while preserving its socio-cultural place in the cookery of Naples.
County and State Fairs: An American Tradition
Last year, Capri Cafaro, host of HRN’s Eat Your Heartland Out, recorded a show about the summer State and County Fairs. I thought it would be a terrific way to get to know her podcast, and what could be more perfect in August than to replay this episode?
There is nothing quite as American as the county or state fair. Capri welcomes Marla Calico, President & CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, who discusses the history behind the agricultural fair and how fairs have both changed and stayed the same over the years. Then you'll meet Carol Kratz & Drake Hokanson, authors who travelled the country to capture the cultural essence of county fairs for their book, Purebred and Homegrown: America's County Fairs. So whether it’s an animal judging, a pie-eating contest, or a fried Oreo that attracts you to a fair, you can hear about it here.
Juneteenth: History and Food of the Celebration
President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making it an official holiday 154 years after it was first celebrated in Texas in 1866. And that was two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Black people throughout America now embrace the official Juneteenth celebration on June 19th. One of HRN's OG podcast hosts, Nicole Taylor, joins me to talk about this very special holiday and to share recipes from her new cookbook, WATERMELON and RED BIRDS: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations.
Taiwan Noodle Culture and the 100yr-old Recipe
A-Sha Noodles is the cult-favorite noodle brand known for its patented, 100-year-old legacy noodle recipe from Tainan, Taiwan. Starting in one market in 1977, the company's product is now recognized around the globe. A-Sha Foods USA has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine and selected as one of the Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time for more than five consecutive years. Founder and CEO Young Chang talks about the 100-year-old recipe and its place in Taiwanese noodle culture.
Just wish it was presented better, and not like AM radio
Need a new host
Love the show and the guests but I can’t stand the host. Rude, ignorant, and very impolite.
Example of potential wasted by choosing the wrong host
The topics and guests on this podcast are so great (and that one star is for them). At worst a guest is nervous and fumbly…a decent interviewer can get past it but the host of this podcast is either too inexperienced or brutally narcissistic? I thought earlier episodes were rough because she was getting used to the format but listening to the latest episodes…It is as if she has taken all the constructive criticism and feedback from listeners to purposefully make her interviews worse. I can’t think of any other podcast host who has gotten worse over time. The host consistently interrupts guests mid-sentence trying to finish their sentences (the confident guests have to correct her and the less confident guests just agree with an awkward silence following). She will even interrupt interesting narratives to proclaim “oh”, “uhm”, “and and, well, and”, which is so infuriating for the listener and the flow of logic and information. This host has perfected the use of word-salad over time, regurgitating what guests say (often slightly incorrectly) and she is so so cringy with minority guests, particularly Southern, African, and African American ones. Please consider replacing her. I love the topics and guests but at this point your host proven she isn’t invested in improving her communication and podcasting skills. I don’t think she is capable of bringing out the best in her guests without competing with them for centre stage. The editing and audio quality are often poor but I’ll happily deal with that if guests get to actually speak and answer questions.