12 episodes

Everything we eat has a story to tell. What does our food say about who we are, where we come from, and about the way we live? How does it help us connect with neighbors and understand foreign cultures? Aside from being delicious, why do we care so much about food? We take a look into the world’s pantry and come back with incredible stories. In each episode, Mediterranean lifestyle expert Claudia Hanna travels the globe to offer savory (and sound-rich) stories of how much food means and has meant to all of us.

If This Food Could Talk APT Podcast Studios

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    • 4.6 • 58 Ratings

Everything we eat has a story to tell. What does our food say about who we are, where we come from, and about the way we live? How does it help us connect with neighbors and understand foreign cultures? Aside from being delicious, why do we care so much about food? We take a look into the world’s pantry and come back with incredible stories. In each episode, Mediterranean lifestyle expert Claudia Hanna travels the globe to offer savory (and sound-rich) stories of how much food means and has meant to all of us.

    By Us For Us - Culinary Trailblazer Freda DeKnight, Ebony Magazine’s First Food Editor

    By Us For Us - Culinary Trailblazer Freda DeKnight, Ebony Magazine’s First Food Editor

    Before Freda DeKnight began writing for Ebony Magazine in 1946, American publications that centered on Black cuisine were overwhelmingly written by white writers for white audiences, often using harmful caricatures and dangerous stereotypes. This week, we’ll discover how one Black American food writer changed the culinary narrative. 
    Freda DeKnight’s food column and book - A Date With A Dish - helped revolutionize Black culinary coverage in post WWII America, breaking new ground for an entire generation of African American chefs and home cooks. Join veteran food writer Donna Battle Pierce as we follow Freda’s story from her home town of Topeka Kansas, all the way to the largest Black publishing company in the United States. And hear some of the stories and recipes she championed along the way.

    Hosted by Claudia Hanna

    Episode Guest:
    Food writer Donna Battle Pierce
    Site: https://www.skilletdiaries.com/
    Blog: https://skilletdiaries.substack.com/

    Recipe:
    Ebony’s Barbequed Spare Ribs

    To learn more:
    Look through the 1948 first printing of Freda DeKnight’s book, A Date With A Dish.
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    • 30 min
    If Your Food Could Talk

    If Your Food Could Talk

    In today’s episode we turn the mic on our listeners and hear what food matters to them  - and why. We hear hilarious and touching stories from Italy to Iceland, Cairo to Los Angeles. Get ready to be transported and hear about some of the most delicious (and well, not so delicious) stories that will have you laughing, crying, and connecting. 

    Hosted by Claudia Hanna

    Episode Guests:
    Kamilia Hanna (Claudia’s mom)
    My Greek Table Host Diane Kochilas 
    Yan Can Cook Host Chef Martin Yan 
    Recipes:
    We have 4 recipes for you to explore this week: 
    1. Teta’s Whole Wheat Berry Cereal (Baleela)
    2. Diane Kochilas’s Greens Pie
    3. Mexican Wedding Cake
    4. Spanish-style Kabocha Squash Au Gratin

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    • 31 min
    The Holy Loophole: How a California Winery Survived Prohibition

    The Holy Loophole: How a California Winery Survived Prohibition

    Thank God for wine. No, really! Wine has always played a part in the culture of the church. It’s what Jesus drank at the last supper, priests bless it during Catholic mass, and if you drink enough of it you might start having visions of the divine. But in the early 20th century, this millenia-old church culture was under threat. The temperance movement ushered in an era of prohibition. Wine barrels were cracked open with axes. The streets and sewers ran red, white, and sparkling. And in Southern California, winery owners like Santo Cambianica were given little choice but to shut down. As an Italian immigrant and a Catholic, prohibition wasn’t just a response to the rise of alcoholism, it was an attack on his culture and religion. But a little known exemption in the prohibition laws was about to change that. Instead of shutting down, Santo’s winery boomed. In fact, he did better business during prohibition than before it. All thanks to the holy loophole.

    Hosted by Claudia Hanna

    Episode Guests:
    Santo Riboli (President, San Antonio Winery, Los Angeles, CA)
    Father Gregory Elder (Historian and Pastor, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Desert, CA)

    Recipe:
    Wine Pairings from Season One
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    • 31 min
    Born In The USA - The Surprising History of Chinese Food in America

    Born In The USA - The Surprising History of Chinese Food in America

    There are more Chinese restaurants in the US today than there are McDonalds, Burger Kings and KFC’s combined. It's neck and neck with pizza as America's most ordered takeout. How did Chinese-American cuisine become so deeply embedded in American communities? 

    This week, we’re talking with New York Times bestselling author, journalist and documentary producer, Jennifer 8 Lee about the origins of 3 famous Chinese American dishes. Chop Suey, Fortune Cookies, and General Tso’s Chicken. We’ll uncover the American history that shaped them, and follow Jennifer’s journey to discover how understanding the past helped her find peace in the present.

    Hosted by Claudia Hanna

    Episode guest: 
    Jennifer 8 Lee - Journalist, Documentary Producer and Author of New York Times Bestseller The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Episode recipe: Beef Broccoli
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    • 38 min
    The Bison Are Back: Reclaiming Native American Foodways

    The Bison Are Back: Reclaiming Native American Foodways

    Bison meat has been showing up on many restaurant menus lately, but Native Americans have a relationship with the iconic animal that goes back thousands of years. Today we meet Jayme Murray, who runs a tribal-owned bison herd on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota, and Chef Ben Jacobs, co-founder of Tocabe in Denver. Their stories help explain why the bison is so central to Indigenous American history, and how a new generation of Native American ranchers and chefs are restoring indigenous foodways — and reinventing them for the future. 
    Hosted by Claudia Hanna

    Episode Guests:
    Jayme Murray, CEO of the Cheyenne River Sioux Buffalo Company. 
    Ben Jacobs, Co-Founder of Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery in Denver, CO. Tocabe’s online marketplace is here. 

    Recipe:
    Bison Meatballs in an Agave Glaze
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    • 27 min
    We Want Your Food Stories For An Upcoming Episode

    We Want Your Food Stories For An Upcoming Episode

    We are putting together a show all about the special dishes in our lives. Be they elaborate all day affairs or quick and simple we know it's not just about nutrients and taste, it's about people and story. So, we want to hear from you! As we are nearing the holidays and the end of the year, we are thinking about the food in our own families and lives. We all have recipes that have been passed down… or even meals that … stay with us. What do these dishes say about who we are, and where we come from? 
    That’s the question we want YOU to answer. We’d like you to share a recipe and story about a dish you love. And we want to hear specifics: How did this dish find its way into your life? Is it served on a special occasion or in a special way? Can you tell us about a time that you made it – or it was made for you? Who was it with, and why was it special for you? 
    Please record a voice memo for us. Include your name, the dish or meal you’re thinking about, and the backstory. We’d also love for you to email us the recipe! Send your voice memo and recipe to ifthisfoodcouldtalk@gmail.com
    We may use your voice and story in an upcoming episode and the recipe on our website. We can’t wait to hear from you! 
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

HonestlyForYou ,

Good food for thought

Enjoyed!

hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,

Good podcast, just a little heads up

My kids play travel hockey so we’re always in the car and we love podcasts. This is a good family friendly one but we were listening to “Born in the USA” about Chinese food, and the host says Santa isn’t real at the top of the podcast. My 8 y.o daughter got very sad and we had to tell her the host was just joking. Good podcast, definitely give it a listen just maybe skip the very beginning with littles.

FTL by the Sea ,

Foodie fun

Second episode for me and I loved it. It’s an easy listen and contains awesome unexpected details. I loved that she hosted a dinner party in the middle of the episode. Definitely going to check out the website for the recipes discussed.

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