380 episodes

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.

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    • Arts
    • 4.1 • 340 Ratings

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.

    Tabletop Politics: Fascism in the Kitchen

    Tabletop Politics: Fascism in the Kitchen

    Over the past decade, Diana Garvin has conducted extensive research in Italian museums, libraries, archives, and first-hand interviews to examine the role of women's food work in relation to the politics of Fascism. She describes her findings from her new book that demonstrate how women and the Fascist state vied for control over national diet.

    • 47 min
    Taste Tibet: Food of the Himalayas

    Taste Tibet: Food of the Himalayas

    Tibetan cuisine cannot be described without talking about the geography of place, or the tradition of Buddhist or shepherd culture. Husband and wife team Yeshi Jampa and Julie Kleeman talk about the history and unique background which captures the essence of Yeshi's recipes served at their food establishment, Taste Tibet, in Oxford, England, and which are now published in their new book, Taste Tibet: Family Recipes from the Himalayas.

    • 55 min
    Italian Rice: Long History of a Short Grain

    Italian Rice: Long History of a Short Grain

    Italy is the largest rice production country in Europe, with a cultivation area of well over a half million acres and 1.6 million tons of total grain production. And they have been cultivating rice since the late 15th century. Count Paolo Salvadori di Wiesenhoff is an heir to and owner of one of the oldest Italian rice farms, Principato di Lucedio, which has been in existence since the 1400's. He shares the history and evolution of Italian rice production.

    • 43 min
    Mothers' Ruin

    Mothers' Ruin

    The gin myth of “Mother’s Ruin,” which was depicted in William Hogarth’s 1751 print, Gin Lane, has colored the perception of alcohol consumption by women for nearly 300 years. Dr. Nicola Nice, who built her brand, Pomp & Whimsy, in an effort to write women back into cocktail history, joins Linda Pelaccio to talk about the history of gin and women.

    • 43 min
    The General's Cook: the Life of Hercules Posey

    The General's Cook: the Life of Hercules Posey

    It was well known in diplomatic circles that one ate very well at President George Washington's table, thanks to his very talented, but enslaved cook Hercules. Stories abound about the fate of the famed cook. Author and culinary historian Ramin Ganeshram has discovered how he reemerged, now with the surname Posey, in New York City, where his skill as a chef helped him create a new life as a free man, embodying the foundational narrative of the United States.

    • 40 min
    Forgotten Past of Green Tea in America

    Forgotten Past of Green Tea in America

    It’s a little known fact that in the nineteenth century, Americans favored green teas consumed hot with milk and sugar. The teas were imported from China until Japan developed an export industry centered on the U.S. Author Robert Hellyer explores the forgotten American preference and traces the trans-Pacific tea trade from the eighteenth century forward in his book, Green with Milk and Sugar (discount code: cup20). He shares his insights on how the interconnections between Japan and the United States have influenced the daily habits of people in both countries.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 Ratings

Get over yourself Mike ,

Definitely appreciate the topics

I do think the host comes off as one of the coastal elite, and have noticed when topics she’s not as passionate about (ie non-Euro topics) she tends to cut off the interviewees and not let them finish. The guests themselves are wonderful and what keeps me listening.

amerdoll ,

Politics..sigh

I like this podcast. I can usually look past the political winks and nudges placed to assure the listener that no thought crimes are being committed— however at the beginning of the most recent episode the speaker mentioned “the atrocities the Russians are currently committing” and I just don’t know how a program that is so obviously focused on the touchy feely parts of our modern times could stand by such a blanket smear against a people as a whole. I support free speech obviously, and it this program believes that statement I can make my decision to listen based on that, but I wanted to make sure you felt that was a fair assessment of what is taking place…

💕brener ,

Not always on topic

Sometimes I listen to the whole episode and they never really talk about the topic. If the author being interviewed is so afraid of spoilers that they don’t even talk about the topic, what’s the point? That being said, I am interested in the concept. I just don’t want to listen to a long back and forth about how great some magazine is without ever getting to the topic of the article supposedly being discussed. Especially when the issue came out 3 years ago. This is a podcast, it’s different than radio.

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