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Episodes

Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking

10/2/2017
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In episode one of Food: A Cultural Culinary History, we're going to consider food as a catalyst in human history, and what our food choices reveal about our values and ambitions. [...]

Duration:00:37:06

What Early Agriculturalists Ate

10/2/2017
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The transition to agriculture is perhaps humanity’s single most important social revolution - and one that was not without its tradeoffs. In episode 2 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History we're going to explore the factors surrounding the rise of agriculture, how plants and animals were domesticated, and why agriculture directly led to civilization as we know it. [...]

Duration:00:33:34

Egypt and the Gift of the Nile

10/2/2017
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Ancient Egypt’s prosperity, impressive court culture, and their isolation from conflict led to a sophisticated food tradition and the emergence of the world's first “elite” cuisine. [...]

Duration:00:33:42

Ancient Judea—From Eden to Kosher Laws

10/2/2017
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Practices regarding food were deeply integral to the lives of the ancient Hebrews. In episode 4 we'll explore prescriptions regarding food in Biblical Genesis, and consider that the Fall of Adam and Eve itself was an act of eating. [...]

Duration:00:33:15

Classical Greece—Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade

10/2/2017
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In this episode, we’ll discover how the ancient Greeks’ need for arable land led to their imperial and mercantile system, and we’ll consider what we learn about their food culture from such sources as Homer, Hesiod, Pythagoras, and Plato. [...]

Duration:00:32:53

The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors

10/2/2017
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Alexander the Great's conquests heralded an era where previously unconnected cultures mixed on a large scale. In this podcast, we’ll trace the diffusion of foodstuffs over vast trade networks in the Hellenistic period. [...]

Duration:00:29:55

Ancient India—Sacred Cows and Ayurveda

10/2/2017
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In this episode, we’re going to learn about the culture of the Aryans, whose religion prefigured Hinduism; we’ll discuss food customs relating to India’s caste system; and we’ll even touch upon the traditions of vegetarianism in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. [...]

Duration:00:33:30

Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine

10/2/2017
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Chinese culture has produced what is arguably the most complex, sophisticated, and varied culinary tradition on earth. In this podcast we’re going to trace the rise of civilization in China from the Hsia to the Han dynasty. [...]

Duration:00:33:18

Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome

10/2/2017
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In this episode we’re going to Ancient Rome, where we’ll delve into some intriguing contrasts in the dining habits of the ancient Romans. We’ll examine the simple food customs of republican Rome, and then trace the expanding empire and learn how exotic food became a status symbol. [...]

Duration:00:32:17

Early Christianity—Food Rituals and Asceticism

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In today’s podcast we’re going to observe the role of food in Jesus’s parables and miracles, as well as in the ritual of the Eucharist. [...]

Duration:00:33:26

Europe’s Dark Ages and Charlemagne

10/2/2017
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The fall of Rome and the rise of Germanic tribal kingdoms brought significant culinary changes to Europe. In this podcast episode we’re going to examine the “barbarian” diet and the culture of “fast and feast” which emerged from the opposing ideals of Christian asceticism, German meat-eating virility, and classical moderation. [...]

Duration:00:32:41

Islam—A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking

10/2/2017
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In this podcast we’re going to examine the Islamic take on food and cooking. We’ll contemplate the Muslim cultural values that permitted pleasure and the cultivation of the senses, and we’ll look at their creation of an exquisite cuisine. [...]

Duration:00:31:52

Carnival in the High Middle Ages

10/2/2017
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In today’s podcast, we’re going to learn about great innovations in medieval European cooking. We’ll see how contact with Islamic civilization during the crusades and the Reconquista, changed European cooking forever. [...]

Duration:00:35:03

International Gothic Cuisine

10/2/2017
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Ironically, the horrific bubonic plagues in 14th-century Europe produced societal shifts that led to a resplendent era in food. In today’s podcast we’re going to look at the influence of three seminal Gothic era cookbooks and the craze for spices and sugar in the flourishing of “Gothic” cuisine. [...]

Duration:00:33:46

A Renaissance in the Kitchen

10/2/2017
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The Italian Renaissance brought a new aesthetic approach to cookery, featuring great complexity of presentation. In this podcast we’re going to uncover some of the era’s extremes in books by Renaissance food writers. [...]

Duration:00:33:39

Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking

10/2/2017
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At the exact same time as the European Renaissance, the Aztec culture produced a unique food tradition that survives to this very day in Mexican cuisine. In this podcast, we’re going to learn about Aztec society, its indigenous foodstuffs, and it’s very distinctive diet. [...]

Duration:00:33:00

1492—Globalization and Fusion Cuisines

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It was actually humanity’s desire for spices and other luxury items that eventually connected the entire globe. In this episode we’re going to investigate the powerful trading empires of the Venetians and Portuguese that secured stable routes to the spice islands. [...]

Duration:00:33:42

16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets

10/2/2017
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In today’s podcast we’re going to examine a fascinating new dynamic in culture that swept across Europe in the 1500s. We’ll see the emergence of cutlery, elaborate tableware, ritualized behavior at the table. [...]

Duration:00:33:01

Papal Rome and the Spanish Golden Age

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In this podcast we’re going to explore the rise of regional and national cuisines in Europe, focusing on Italy and Spain. We’ll read the culinary writings of Bartolomeo Scappi – a brilliant Italian chef who brought together specialty dishes from all over Italy. [...]

Duration:00:31:38

The Birth of French Haute Cuisine

10/2/2017
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In the mid-17th century, France assumed a preeminent position in the art of cooking. In today’s podcast we’re going to explore the aesthetics of the newly emerging French Haute cuisine, It’s a way of cooking that is based in subtlety, refinement, and pureness of flavors. [...]

Duration:00:32:53