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It might seem impossible to believe that we have a lot in common with a peasant toiling in a medieval field at the turn of the second millennium, or a Venetian pirate as plague rampages through your city’s canals, or a young girl on trial for witchcraft, or a chef who cooked for princes and kings. But here’s the thing, everyone has to eat, and that primal need has been one of the major forces in world history since we gathered around the promethean fire. That’s what we’re exploring in this season’s podcast - how food has shaped who we have become. Super casual, right? One thousand years of history, explored plate first.

It might seem impossible to believe that we have a lot in common with a peasant toiling in a medieval field at the turn of the second millennium, or a Venetian pirate as plague rampages through your city’s canals, or a young girl on trial for witchcraft, or a chef who cooked for princes and kings. But here’s the thing, everyone has to eat, and that primal need has been one of the major forces in world history since we gathered around the promethean fire. That’s what we’re exploring in this season’s podcast - how food has shaped who we have become. Super casual, right? One thousand years of history, explored plate first.
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It might seem impossible to believe that we have a lot in common with a peasant toiling in a medieval field at the turn of the second millennium, or a Venetian pirate as plague rampages through your city’s canals, or a young girl on trial for witchcraft, or a chef who cooked for princes and kings. But here’s the thing, everyone has to eat, and that primal need has been one of the major forces in world history since we gathered around the promethean fire. That’s what we’re exploring in this season’s podcast - how food has shaped who we have become. Super casual, right? One thousand years of history, explored plate first.

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Episodes

Episode 10: The Berlin Airlift & Currywurst

1/15/2018
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One of the themes from this Podcast is very simple: our food defines who we are. On the first episode of A Time and A Plate, I laid it out: Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. Food is an expression of nationalist identity, ethnic roots, your family, your economics, your self-identity. Food and society are inseparable. On today’s episode, the impossible prevails, candy falls from the sky, and a hot war becomes a cold peace.

Duration:00:49:22

Episode 9: Antonin Careme

12/15/2017
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Up until now, nearly every episode of this podcast has been seasoned with spice. Sweet, savory, sour, and heavily perfumed were the flavors of history. Back to the honeyed courts of Babylonian kings through the spectacle of Renaissance feasts across Italian city states, spices were a constant; a constant symbol of power, a constant purpose for trade, a constant reason for battle. The world was shaped by the pursuit of spices. And then they went away. Their trade slackened, battles hinged...

Duration:00:35:17

Episode 8: Croissants

2/21/2017
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On today’s episode of A Time and a Plate, we delve into the tunnels under Vienna to discover the true history of the croissant. Later in the episode we chat with guest Na Young Ma of Proof Bakery in Los Angeles, California

Duration:00:56:07

Episode 7: Food and Magic

2/15/2017
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On today’s episode of A Time And A Plate, we find ourselves baking a witch’s cake on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials. We journey to the 17th century American frontier, on the cresting wave of early Protestantism, and the pervasive tide of English folk magic pulling us back. Magic, was alive and real in the Early Modern Era, and magical food could be used to heal, protect, or kill. Later in the episode we chat with Danielle Bell of De Porres Dinner Series Los Angeles-based dinner series...

Duration:00:57:25

Episode 6: Italian Cuisine

2/7/2017
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On today’s episode of A Time And A Plate, we go into the most secret room in the Renaissance world, and sneak a peek at the menu. We see the rise of humanism, the decline of Rome, and the first glimmer of “Italian Cuisine” from one of the world’s first celebrity chefs. Later we chat with Katie Parla, the co-author of Taste of Rome, and an amazing culinary writer based in Rome.

Duration:00:44:55

Episode 5: Chocolate

1/31/2017
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On today’s episode of A Time And A Plate, we go back to 1491, and sip chocolate on the throne of Moctezuma just before the horizon to the east blackens with Spanish galleons. The world was about to change once again, and become larger than ever imagined. Later in the episode we’re joined by Jonathan Grahm, an LA chocolatier and friend of mine, to talk chocolate in this century — which is quite different!

Duration:00:47:33

Episode 4: Pasta

12/7/2016
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On today’s episode, we sail on Venetian galleys into battle, get a front row seat to the apocalypse, have a wake for the world, and watch a great city fade into a living museum. But don’t worry, there’s pasta along the way. Later in the episode we chat with Jason Neroni of Rose Cafe in Venice, CA.

Duration:00:38:02

Episode 3: Noodles

11/29/2016
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Today on A Time and a Plate, we follow Marco Polo to China, and stay for the noodles. Later in the episode we'll hop over to Pine & Crane and talk to Vivian Ku about her restaurant, her grandparents heritage, and modern day noodles.

Duration:00:29:13

Episode 2: Spices

11/22/2016
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Today on A Time and a Plate we’re exploring spices and medieval feasts – we’re even going on crusade with a beautiful young queen. Later on in the episode I’m being joined by Michael Solomonov, an Israeli James Beard awarded chef and restaurateur known for his landmark Philadelphia restaurant, Zahav. We’ll discuss the influence of the East on European cuisine, and share some delicious recipes too.

Duration:00:36:05

Episode 1: Bread

11/15/2016
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It might seem impossible to believe that we have a lot in common with a peasant toiling in a medieval field at the turn of the second millennium, or a Venetian pirate as plague rampages through your city’s canals, or a young girl on trial for witchcraft, or a chef who cooked for princes and kings. But here’s the thing, everyone has to eat, and that primal need has been one of the major forces in world history since we gathered around the promethean fire. That’s what we’re exploring in this...

Duration:00:28:37