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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 • 327 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.

    American Cider

    American Cider

    Cider is delicious and it is historic. It is America’s first popular alcoholic beverage, made from apples brought across the Atlantic from England in colonial times. And over the past fifteen or so years it has been enjoying something of a revival. To appreciate the differing tastes of cider one needs to know more about the apples and the history as “Cider embodies the best and worst of America’s history and agricultural practices.” Cider specialists and authors Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo delve deep into the topic in their recent book, American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage.

    • 49 min
    History of Sourdough Culture

    History of Sourdough Culture

    Sourdough bread has a history that goes back at least 6,000 years and the earliest cultures--or sourdough starter--were likely an accident. Professor and amateur baker Eric Pallant shares the history and his own introduction to his storied starters from his new book Sourdough Culture.

    • 46 min
    Kitchen Whisperers with Dorothy Kalins

    Kitchen Whisperers with Dorothy Kalins

    The cooking lessons that stick with us are rarely the ones we read in books or learn through blog posts or YouTube videos. They’re the ones we pick up as we spend time with good cooks in the kitchen. Dorothy Kalins, founding editor of Saveur magazine, calls the people who pass on their cooking wisdom her Kitchen Whisperers. Consciously or not, they help make us the cooks we are—and help show the way to the kind of cooks we have the potential to become. She has put her stories into a book, The Kitchen Whisperers, a beautifully written tribute to the people who teach us to cook and guide our hands in the kitchen.

    • 39 min
    From Cloth Oil to Extra Virgin: A History of Olive Oil

    From Cloth Oil to Extra Virgin: A History of Olive Oil

    Although there is archeological evidence and historical writings about olive oil in the ancient world, the popularity, demand, and production of olive oil as we know it today has a very recent history. The designation of Extra Virgin did not occur until 1960, which was the beginning of the modern era for olive oil. Prof. Carl Ipsen from Indiana University, who recently won the Sophie Coe award for writing in food history, shares his research and insights on this episode all about olive oil.

    • 48 min
    Food Americana

    Food Americana

    While creating and producing the hit series Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, David Page dove deep into the world of American food. His new book, Food Americana, is an exploration and celebration of the foods Americans love and call their own. Page looks at the foods’ history, its evolution, and uncovers the people and stories behind the food. Tune in and "learn how Americans have formed a national cuisine from a world of flavors."

    • 52 min
    The Arabesque Table

    The Arabesque Table

    Like the intricate pattern of intersecting lines of an ornamental Arabesque pattern, so are the roots of the Arab cuisine intertwined. Reem Kassis has researched Arabic food for many years and wrote her first book, The Palestinian Table, about the classic dishes. As her research continued she studied how the cuisine has evolved over the course of history with so many influences of the everchanging region. Her new book, The Arabesque Table, presents a more modern take on many of the dishes that are rooted in the historic origins of the food of the Arab world and still represent a national cuisine.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
327 Ratings

327 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.

mard stevens ,

The Arab lady should not have been uploaded

She made nasty and hate comments. I expect more out of you.

philsphan13 ,

Terrible interviewer

I just listened to the Pimm’s Cup episode. The host was rambling, seemed to trail off, cut off the knowledgeable guest, went on random tangents that the guest hadn’t prepared for, and seemed to forget they hadn’t ever actually covered what is in a Pimm’s Cup. It seemed like she had never done an interview in her life and there was little to no editing. One of the worst podcast episodes I’ve listened to, the one star is for the poor guest who was clearly prepared and had interesting things to say.

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