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.
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.
Taiwanese noodle episode
Was incredibly painful to listen to. Interviewer stumbles and comes across as unsure, tired and flat.
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…