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A Taste of the Past

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Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food on A Taste of the Past. Tune in for interviews with authors, scholars and culinary chroniclers who discuss food culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Rome to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Each week Linda explores the lively link between food cultures of the present and past.

Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food on A Taste of the Past. Tune in for interviews with authors, scholars and culinary chroniclers who discuss food culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Rome to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Each week Linda explores the lively link between food cultures of the present and past.

Location:

New York, NY

Description:

Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food on A Taste of the Past. Tune in for interviews with authors, scholars and culinary chroniclers who discuss food culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Rome to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Each week Linda explores the lively link between food cultures of the present and past.

Language:

English

Contact:

Culinary Historians of New York P.O. Box 3289 New York, NY 10163 (718) 497-2128


Episodes

Presenting The Shameless Chef

2/19/2021
Get to know another Heritage Radio Network show that gives us a glimpse into the culinary culture of the 1970s. The Shameless Chef was developed for public radio in 1977 but many of these audio treasures have never been heard before. The show’s original host, Michael A. Davenport shares his fearless attitude towards food and encourages home cooks to have fun and take risks in the kitchen. The podcast takes us back in time but still has a lot to teach us today. In Episode 2: How to Be...

Duration:00:15:39

Pasta's Past, One Dish at a Time

1/16/2021
Historian and author Karima Moyer-Nocchi has been exploring and sharing information about the history and origins of Italian cooking through her books and also with photos and videos on her Instagram feed, @HistoricalItalianFood. In this episode, she shares the process of learning about pasta's past and other historical dishes. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by...

Duration:00:42:24

Foods of Christmas Past

12/17/2020
Scenes of Victorian Christmas feasts conjure visions of roasting chestnuts on a lively fire, roast goose on the platter, and a flaming plum pudding with, of course some mince pie and fruitcake. British Food Historian Annie Gray discusses the history of the foods of Christmas past. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:36:23

Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill's Cook

12/11/2020
Winston Churchill was a man of discerning appetite and credits his cook for helping him through such difficult times. But who was she? Historian Annie Gray talks about her recent book, Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill's Cook. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:39:16

Preserving a Culture Through Regenerative Tourism with Elizabeth Minchilli

12/3/2020
Ellizabeth Minchilli joins Linda from Rome to talk about the regeneration of Italy's hospitality industry and an opportunity to experience and learn about the local culture in villages outside the cities. Photo Courtesy of Sextantio Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:35:18

American Pie History

11/1/2020
As American as Apple Pie? Although Pie came to America with the first English settlers, American pie focused on the sweet dessert varieties, and apple certainly earned its place at the top. But don't forget pumpkin, pecan, cherry, custard... Petra Paredez of Petee's Pie talks about the history of the many types and flavors from the popular to the forgotten from her book, Pie for Everyone. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past...

Duration:00:49:52

The Story of Foie Gras and Cuisine of Gascony

10/18/2020
Battles over the ethics of foie gras in recent years have loomed large in the culinary world. Yet history shows that the delicacy has been around for over 5,000 years since the ancient Egyptians, and is extolled in writings of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan tells the story of foie gras and how in the Gascony region of France it has been a tradition for centuries along with their distinct regional cuisine. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit...

Duration:00:57:29

Holiday Food, 3,000 years old.

9/18/2020
Rosh Hashanah is an ancient holiday, and many of the foods eaten for the celebration are nearly the same as they were 3,000 years ago. Shifra Klein, Editor-In-Chief of Fleishigs magazine, a publication dedicated to modern kosher cuisine, joins Linda to talk about the history of the symbolic holiday foods. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! Photo Courtesy of Oleksandra Naumenko/123RF.com A Taste of the...

League of Kitchens: Preserving Culinary Traditions

8/20/2020
It's often said that the last aspect of a culture that remains after assimilation and acculturation is the food. And the fullest expression of the food of a particular culture is the food that was prepared and eaten at home. League of Kitchens is an organization that offers classes that aim to transmit that culinary knowledge along with the cooking techniques and traditions of the culture. Guest host Julia Fleisch interviews the League's founder, Lisa Gross, about the philosophical...

Duration:00:37:49

The Chile Pepper in China

8/12/2020
Chile peppers did not appear in China until the late 16th century when they were introduced from the Americas. Historian and author Brian Dott discusses how the nonnative chile went from obscurity to ubiquity in China, influencing not just cuisine, but also medicine, language, and cultural identity. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network, support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:50:13

Presenting Eat Your Heartland Out

7/9/2020
This week we're presenting the first episode of Eat Your Heartland Out. Eat Your Heartland Out is a series dedicated to highlighting the rich, yet often overlooked, culinary depth of the American Midwest. Food is the storyteller while host Capri S. Cafaro serves as your audio tour guide through this region spanning 12 states. The show aims to weave a tapestry of cultural diversity, immigration history, migration patterns and agricultural variations in each episode. Expect to gain new...

Duration:00:48:52

History of Soup Kitchens

5/7/2020
Since ancient times societies have helped the hungry--those who had no access to food. Today we have food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens. Linda talks to Stephen Henderson who has volunteered in soup kitchens around the world for the past ten years about the history of this system of feeding those in need. A Taste of the Past is powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:50:08

Comfort Food

4/25/2020
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “comfort food” is “food that comforts or affords solace;" It is the food people turn to in a crisis or time of uncertainty. And the current coronavirus pandemic has people eating those foods that evoke a psychologically comfortable state. Prof. Lucy Long speaks about the history and broader theories of comfort food. A Taste of the Past is powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:46:36

The Food Supply Chain and History of Beans

4/3/2020
How and why has the COVID-19 pandemic affected our Food Supply Chain? And where are all the dried beans? They've been around for thousands of years and now the shelves are empty. Maybe it's a sign that Americans are cooking real food and know what's nutritious. Natalie Rachel Morris joins Linda to talk about the History of Beans and their importance. A Taste of the Past is powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:50:12

Golden Arches in Black America

2/24/2020
Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald’s have long symbolised capitalism’s villainous effects on our nation’s most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighbourhoods in the first place? Historian Marcia Chatelain whose new book is Franchise, The Golden Arches in Black America, traces the history of the relationships between the struggle for civil rights and the...

Duration:00:34:42

Darra Goldstein: Seeking The Flavors of Russian Cooking

2/6/2020
In her travels to the Russian North award-winning cookbook author and Russian scholar Darra Goldstein discovered the extraordinary in the ordinary. In her search to find truly Russian flavors she found that many of the old foods seemed new again in the context of modern cuisine. She shares her poetic sensibilities and sense of adventure and research on this episode. Photo Courtesy of Barry Goldstein A Taste of the Past is powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:48:41

Poison Squad: Founding of the FDA

1/30/2020
Technology and industry put more food on the shelves and in markets by extending the life of perishable goods with canning and processing methods. But was the food safe? By the late 19th century, the American food supply was rife with frauds, fakes, and deadly chemicals. It affected everything from milk and beef, black pepper and mustard to candy, whiskey and soda. It took one man, Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief chemist of the USDA, his entire career to campaign for food safety and consumer...

Duration:00:52:06

PASTA GRANNIES: Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks

1/23/2020
Who ever thought a video series about watching old Italian grandmothers making pasta would become a hugely successful YouTube channel? Food writer Vicky Bennison saw something special and spent over five years filming and interviewing the women who became "Pasta Grannies." Traditional regional recipes and techniques will be preserved thanks to her foresight and work. And now there's a companion cookbook that shares not only the recipes but also the extraordinary stories of these endearing...

Duration:00:47:11

Episode 344: The Coney Island Hot Dog Returns

12/19/2019
Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, invented the hot dog in Coney Island during the summer of 1867 as a convenient way for beachgoers to enjoy quality sausages on a bun without plates and silverware. The business closed in 1954, but the name lived on. Now entrepreneur and historian Michael Quinn and his brother have resurrected the brand FELTMAN'S OF CONEY ISLAND and tell us all about the history. The holiday season is all about food and community. There’s no better time to show your...

Duration:00:35:14

Episode 343: Signature Dishes That Shaped Culinary History

12/12/2019
There are certain iconic restaurant dishes that defined the course of culinary history over the past 300 years, known as a chef's signature dish. Now an international team of culinary experts has featured 247 of those dishes in a new book, Signature Dishes That Matter. LInda's guest, writer and editor Christine Muhlke, wrote the texts that describe the dishes' histories as well as providing context and connections between chefs and culinary movements to create an innovative and fascinating...

Duration:00:42:51