27 episodes

What makes us human? Humans are just animals who know how to cook. Come explore the story of humans and their civilizations through the lens of what they ate.

Visit anthrochef.blog for recipes.

THE HISTORY OF FOOD Holden Wilson

    • Food
    • 4.7 • 138 Ratings

What makes us human? Humans are just animals who know how to cook. Come explore the story of humans and their civilizations through the lens of what they ate.

Visit anthrochef.blog for recipes.

    HOF Episode 27: A Day in the Life (of a Peasant Farmer)

    HOF Episode 27: A Day in the Life (of a Peasant Farmer)

    Have you ever wondered if there’s more to history than dates and major events, what some of the stories and daily lives of regular people looked like? Do you need a reminder that history is populated with real people, who had lives just like we do? Come take a sweeping journey back into the past … Continue reading "HOF Episode 27: A Day in the Life (of a Peasant Farmer)"

    HOF Episode 26: Factory Food (Industrial Revolution)

    HOF Episode 26: Factory Food (Industrial Revolution)

    When Britain industrialized in the late 1700s and the rest of the western world soon followed, humans were transformed to a degree not seen for 10,000 years when we first settled into farming life. But it wasn’t some simple flick of the switch, where some entrepreneurs decided to build some factories and invent the modern … Continue reading "HOF Episode 26: Factory Food (Industrial Revolution)"

    HOF Episode 25: The Soul of American Cooking (Colonial USA)

    HOF Episode 25: The Soul of American Cooking (Colonial USA)

    Who founded America? George Washington? Thomas Jefferson? America had founding fathers alright, but they aren’t the ones you’re thinking of. Would you believe that African slaves and Indians were the true minds and bodies behind birthing America’s culture? It’s all true. Come listen to the story of how American ingredients , cooked by African Slaves, … Continue reading "HOF Episode 25: The Soul of American Cooking (Colonial USA)"

    HOF Episode 24: The Feeling of Fullness (Sub Saharan Africa)

    HOF Episode 24: The Feeling of Fullness (Sub Saharan Africa)

    Is good cooking defined by ingredients, skill in preparation, style of cuisine, or is it something even more fundamental and deeply human? We left out of Africa all the way back in Episode 1, and rarely looked back, but in this episode we finally return to the vast continent, specifically south of the Sahara desert, … Continue reading "HOF Episode 24: The Feeling of Fullness (Sub Saharan Africa)"

    HOF Episode 23: The Great Sobering (Coffee and Colonialism)

    HOF Episode 23: The Great Sobering (Coffee and Colonialism)

    Save this episode to go with your morning coffee. Sip that dark and bitter brew, maybe with cream and/or sugar, maybe not, and listen along as you learn of coffee’s origins, how it came to Europe, displaced alcohol and sobered everyone up, and how it would foster revolutions in finance, science, and philosophy. Thanks to … Continue reading "HOF Episode 23: The Great Sobering (Coffee and Colonialism)"

    HOF Episode 22: Melting Pots and Fusion Foods (Globalization)

    HOF Episode 22: Melting Pots and Fusion Foods (Globalization)

    The “American Melting Pot” is far older, larger, and even more diverse than most people imagine. After Columbus reconnected Eurasia and Africa with the Americas, the world began to change in ways it never had before. Europeans, Africans, Asians, and American Indians began migrating out of their landmasses of origin. Some movement was voluntary, much … Continue reading "HOF Episode 22: Melting Pots and Fusion Foods (Globalization)"

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Olivia Celeste ,

Love this podcast so much!

I too am a food history nut and I think anyone who cooks should listen to this elegantly crafted, well researched, enthusiasm-driven podcast series! You will learn ancient history, anthropology, global trade, and economics through the lens of food and daily life, and it brings so much context and perspective to how our modern lives are so different from the way most people lived throughout human history. It is so refreshing to listen to something that is not so entertainment driven but very educational (think college lecture with your food and culture professor). This is the best, most well written, and most expansive food history podcast I have ever listened to. I can’t say enough good things, and don’t let me write this review without mentioning the accompanying blog!

Flying Bucket Farm ,

Awwwwww yeaaahhh

Saw this pop up on my feed and did the happy dance, WOO so glad this podcast is back, it is SO good, so interesting, no shouting or obnoxious filler.. just wonderful information well presented by a knowledgeable person.

Ageejesse ,

Hard to Listen To

He talks so fast and packs so much into each sentence that it’s hard to follow and take in. The narrator has a nasally monotonous voice, unpleasant to listen to for long stretches. I wish they would get a professional narrator and editor. The content is fascinating, but the editing and performance is two star.

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