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 ...Show More
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Episode 331: Salt-Works: Reviving a Centuries Old Tradition in the Appalachian Mountains

47:11 | Jun 13th

William Dickinson first drilled for brine in 1817, in western Virginia, using a hollowed-out tree trunk for piping, The town soon became the "salt capial of the east."
Episode 330: Women's Work: History of Community Cookbooks

52:27 | May 30th

Community cookbooks—you know, those spiral bound collections with each contributor credited--began as a way for women to come together and share recipes and to support a common cause be it a local church, school, club, or other fundraising goal.
Episode 329: Eat With Your Eyes: "Moritsuké," Japanese Arrangement of Food on the Plate

56:18 | May 23rd

Have you ever marveled at the delicately complex beauty of a plate of Japanese food? A dish is considered well-harmonized in Japanese when it is peaceful to look at. This arrangement of food on the plates in Japan or at Japanese restaurants is large...Show More
Episode 328: Evolution of the American Kitchen, From Workplace to Dreamscape,1940s-70s

44:15 | May 16th

The prosperity of the 1950's kicked off the revolution in technology and design that transformed the American kitchen from scullery to the central great room of the modern home.
Episode 327: Pierre Thiam on FONIO: History and Future of the African Supergrain

44:30 | May 9th

New York City-based Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam has heightened the profile of West African cuisine in the United States with his restaurants and award-winning cookbooks Yolélé and Senegal.
Episode 326: Lost and Disappearing Dishes of the Italian South

46:55 | Apr 18th

In her new book, Food of the Italian South, food journalist and historian Katie Parla explores the cuisine, region by region, and discovers that many of the dishes are disappearing or are lost and remain as vague memories by later generations.
Episode 325: Pintxos and Food of the Basque Country

44:14 | Apr 11th

San Sebastian native and culinary tour guide Lourdes Erquicia shares the history of the region and its food traditions.
Episode 324: The Ancient Secret of Cetara: Colatura di Alici

52:45 | Mar 21st

For centuries, in the small town of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, anchovies have been gathered and fermented into the piquant sauce "colatura di alici," a local specialty. Until the 1990s, colatura di alici had never been bottled or sold.
Episod 323: Irish Classics

46:17 | Mar 14th

It's been 30 years since Irish cooking personality Darina Allen started SIMPLY DELICIOUS, her original television program and cookbook series.
Episode 322: Bartolomeo Scappi: History Reimagined

46:56 | Mar 7th

Author Crystal King’s newest historical novel, “The Chef’s Secret,” is a fictional story based on a true character, Bartolomeo Scappi, who served as the Vatican chef during the 16th century Italian Renaissance.
Episode 321: Accidental Farmers: How the Jamisons Became part of the Food Revolution

44:56 | Feb 21st

When Sukey and John Jamison purchased an old farmhouse over 40 years ago they had no idea they would they would become game-changing farmers, let alone being named Conservaton Farmers of the Year for 2017.
Episode 320: 30 generations of Olive Oil - Frescobaldi

32:30 | Feb 7th

This year the Frescobaldi family of Tuscany is celebrating the 30th anniversary harvest of its Laudemio Frescobaldi extra virgin olive oil with a special gold bottle.
Episode 319: Food of the Republic of Georgia

47:12 | Jan 31st

Situated strategically at the crossroads of Europe and Asia in the Caucasus mountain range the Republic of Georgia has a unique and ancient cultural heritage that is famed for its traditions of hospitality and cuisine
Episode 318: Sustainable Culinary Travel

43:09 | Jan 24th

Culinary travel is one of the fastest growing travel trends today. By combining travel with unique eating--and even cooking--experiences, culinary tourism offers an authentic taste of place and understanding of the culture. Elizabeth Minchilli shar...Show More
Episode 317: The Eternal Table - History of Roman Food

42:43 | Jan 17th

Like the city itself, Rome’s culinary history is multi-layered, both vertically and horizontally, from migrant shepherds to the senatorial aristocracy, from the papal court to the flow of pilgrims and Grand Tourists, from the House of Savoy and the K...Show More
Episode 316: Feast of the Seven Fishes with Michele Scicolone

33:43 | Dec 20th, 2018

Italian cookbooks do not refer to it by name. It's not known by name in Italy. In fact, in the north of Italy it's unheard of, and the Catholic church does not recognize it. So what exactly is the Feast of Seven Fishes and how did it come to be asso...Show More
Episode 315: Street Food of China

45:46 | Dec 13th, 2018

Chinese cuisine's history dates back more than three millennia, and it's only in recent times that regional specialties beyond the usual Cantonese, Hunan, and Sichuan dishes have begun to arrive in the US. Still, one element of Chinese cookery that ...Show More
Episode 314: The Cries of Street Food Vendors: 19thC Public Culture of Food in New Orleans

42:30 | Dec 6th, 2018

Ashley Rose Young, Historian of the American Food History Project at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, has long been interested in the foodways of America’s past. And when she’s not hosting live cooking demos to explore that histo...Show More
Episode 313: Katie Parla Talks Classic Comebacks

31:59 | Nov 29th, 2018

On a recent trip to Rome, I met up with Katie Parla, Italian food and culture writer, to talk to her about her thoughts on the recent renaissance of old classic Roman dishes, particularly pasta dishes. She spoke about past, present, and what she see...Show More
Episode 312: Sicilian Influence in New Orleans Food Culture

43:37 | Nov 8th, 2018

In his recently published book, Creole Italian, Justin A. Nystrom explores the influence Sicilian immigrants have had on New Orleans foodways. His culinary journey follows these immigrants from their first impressions on Louisiana food culture in the...Show More
Episode 311: Galloping Gourmet Redux

44:22 | Nov 1st, 2018

Graham Kerr, aka The Galloping Gourmet, wrote a very modern and revolutionary cookbook in 1969, which was overshadowed by his huge success as one of the early TV cooking personalities. Matt and Ted Lee have resurrected the book and added Kerr's own h...Show More
Episode 310: Historic Foodways in Montgomery County, Maryland

36:59 | Oct 25th, 2018

In the 1980s, Montgomery County, Maryland set aside one-third of the county—93,000 acres—for agricultural uses. It was a remarkable act of stewardship, especially in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where land is at a premium. Since then more th...Show More
309: The Bitter Flavors of Sicily

46:38 | Oct 18th, 2018

Food is a many layered topic in most cultures and none more so than in Sicily, where the bitterness found in the flavors of almonds and wild greens are also present in the emotions of Sicily's past. Fabrizia Lanza, born and raised in Palermo, left t...Show More
Episode 308: Oreos and the Giant Cookie Factory, Nabisco

38:39 | Sep 27th, 2018

America has long had a love affair with cookies which led big business to get in the game and the choices of commercially made sweets seem endless. Several years ago Oreos, the iconic, #1 American cookie, celebrated their 100th birthday. Food writer ...Show More
Episode 307: Treasures of Medieval Egyptian Cooking

53:48 | Sep 13th, 2018

The Kanz al-fawāʾid fī tanwīʿ al-mawāʾid, a fourteenth-century cookbook, is unique for its variety and comprehensive coverage of contemporary Egyptian cuisine. It is the only surviving cookbook from a period when Cairo was a flourishing metropolis an...Show More
Episode 306: The Virginia Housewife: Cooking Mary Randolph

52:41 | Sep 6th, 2018

Mary Randolph wrote The Virginia Housewife Cookbook, first published in 1824. But who was she and who was in the kitchen doing the cooking? Dr. Leni Sorensen, a writer, chef, and Jefferson's Monticello resident culinary historian, joins Linda to talk...Show More
Episode 305: Some Like it Hot--Jamaican Jerk History

33:47 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Trying to pinpoint origins of cuisines from the Caribbean is not an easy task. The many traders, invaders, colonists, and travelers left bits and pieces of their cuisines that became incorporated in the island food cultures. And Like most Caribbean i...Show More
Episode 304: The Embattled History of Milk

55:17 | Jul 26th, 2018

Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky, author of the new book "Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas" is the perfect person to tell it. HRN's Kat Johnson ...Show More
Episode 303: 1920's Food Radio with "Aunt Sammy"

49:35 | Jul 12th, 2018

From the 1920s through the 1940s "Aunt Sammy's Housekeeper's Chat" was a hit food radio program created by the USDA Bureau of Home Economics. Aunt Sammy doled out recipes, kitchen tips, and other household advice. She was so popular that the spin-off...Show More
Episode 302: Magic Bean: History of Soy in America

42:23 | Jun 28th, 2018

America's agriculture has undergone many changes in the past century. One of the major changes is the growth of soy bean farming and how the little-known Chinese transplant became the nation's largest cash crop. Matthew Roth joins Linda to share the ...Show More
Episode 301: Power of the Press: History of Restaurant Reviewing

39:54 | Jun 7th, 2018

The adage "Power of the Press" is never truer than when it comes to restaurant reviews. A review can make or break a business, and more than that, it serves as a reliable guide to diners' experiences. Longtime restaurant critic and food writer Mimi S...Show More
Episode 300: Food of the Islamic World

40:07 | May 31st, 2018

Arabs have always been great traders, collecting spices and ingredients from the early Silk Road routes right through the expansion of Islam from North Africa to South Asia. With the ingredients came the development of recipes and dishes unique to t...Show More
Episode 299: Halal Food: a History

42:13 | May 17th, 2018

Food trucks announcing "halal" proliferate in many urban areas but how many non-Muslims know what this means, other than cheap lunch? Middle Eastern historians Febe Armanios and Boğaç Ergene provide an accessible introduction to halal (permissible) f...Show More
Episode 298: Something Fishy: Garum, Liquamen and Muria – What’s in a Name?

48:54 | May 10th, 2018

Many Ancient Roman dishes included the use of fish sauce—garum or liquamen—made from fermented fish parts. Sally Grainger, one of the foremost authorities on Roman fish sauce and foods of the Roman era, joins Linda to explain the nuances, differen...Show More
Episode 297: 150th Anniversary of the Feminist Lunch that Broke Boundaries

38:05 | Apr 20th, 2018

Until the mid-19th Century, it was not acceptable--and in some cases not allowed--for women to out and about unescorted. They would not be served even at elite restaurants. But in 1868, a journalist named Jane Cunningham Croly pushed open the doors o...Show More
Episode 296: The Greedy Queen: Dining in the Time of Victoria

42:57 | Apr 12th, 2018

On this episode, historian and regular voice on BBC Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet, Annie Gray, joins Linda to talk about the enormous culinary changes during the Victorian era and the birth of modern food culture. In her recent book, The Greedy Queen, ...Show More
Episode 295: Hot on the Trail: Tracing Peppers of the Americas

43:32 | Apr 5th, 2018

Few ingredients have had greater influence on the cuisines and foodways of the world than peppers. Their diaspora spans millenia and has shaped the way generations of cooks create flavor. On this episode historian and three-time James Beard award wi...Show More
Episode 294: Raising Cane

42:09 | Mar 22nd, 2018

On this episode, Linda welcomes Kat Johnson, HRN's Communications Director, to share an panel she moderated at the 2018 Charleston Wine + Food festival. Kat welcomed Jerome Dixon and Doc Bill Thomas from Georgia Coastal Gourmet Farms, Chef Sean Brock...Show More
Episode 293: What Makes a Cookbook a Classic?

48:06 | Mar 15th, 2018

Marvin Taylor, Director and Archivist of NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, has been instrumental in building one of the top culinary collections in the nations. He and Linda discuss the meaning of classic cookbooks and other archival materi...Show More
Episode 292: History and Evolution of the American Restaurant Chef

49:48 | Mar 8th, 2018

In his book Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll, Andrew Friedman takes us back in time to witness the remarkable changes in the American dining scene and evolution of the American restaurant chef in the 1970s and '80s. Using oral histories told primarily i...Show More
Episode 291: Hidden Cooks in the White House

38:45 | Mar 1st, 2018

African Americans have worked in presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Award-winning author and food historian Adrian Miller explores the lives of...Show More
Episode 290: The History and Evolution of Noodles

41:39 | Feb 15th, 2018

Just about every culture has some form of noodles. But when and where did noodles first appear? Food historian Ken Albala joins Linda to untangle the noodle's history.
Episode 289: Tasting Ancient Rome: Recreating Ancient Recipes and What Archaeology Tells Us

46:04 | Feb 1st, 2018

What is most commonly known about the food and dining of Ancient Rome comes from vivid—and often fictional—descriptions of exotic foods of lavish banquets of the wealthy. But further study reveals an approachable cuisine of the Mediterranean in ancie...Show More
Episode 288: David Shields, The Seed Sleuth, Repatriating Heirloom Crops

34:15 | Jan 18th, 2018

Good news to David Shields is that the Speckled Whippoorwill Cowpea, Jimmy Red whisky corn, or the Sicilian Timilia strain of durum wheat has been located, identified, and successfully grown and harvested. And further success means that many of thes...Show More
Episode 287: Rediscovering Acadian Cuisine

45:35 | Nov 30th, 2017

Who were the Acadians? What was their food culture and cuisine? Food writer and journalist Simon Thibault, talks about exploring his Acadian roots and reacquainting himself with the food and recipes from his family’s past which he documented in his n...Show More
Episode 286: History of Professional Cooking in America

48:27 | Nov 9th, 2017

Culinarians are and were intellectually curious, aesthetically experimental, and gastronomically evangelical. In his new book, "The Culinarians: Lives and Careers from the First Age of American Fine Dining," Dr. David Shields traces the stories of 1...Show More
Episode 285: Keeping Traditions Alive: Authentic Italian

45:37 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Unlike many Italian cookbooks, Autentico goes far beyond pasta. In a world where culinary shortcuts, adulteration, misleading labeling, and mass production of seemingly “authentic” food rule, culinary archaeologist, innovator and cooking teacher Rola...Show More
Episode 284: The South, A - Z

38:57 | Oct 26th, 2017

The American South is a diverse region with its own vocabulary, peculiarities, and complexities. Even Southerners can't always agree on all things Southern. A new book by the editors of Garden & Gun Magazine is a good source for answers. "S is for So...Show More
Episode 283: Gourmands Way...

48:12 | Oct 19th, 2017

Following WWII, France--particularly Paris--became the world's most stylish tourist destination and capital of fine dining. Americans were smitten. Justin Spring follows the lives of six American writers-adventurers who adopted Paris as their home, a...Show More
Episode 282: How Tea Shaped the Modern World

47:12 | Oct 5th, 2017

Tea has been one of the most popular commodities in the world. Over centuries, profits from its growth and sales funded wars and fueled colonization. Erika Rappaport talks about her new book, A Thirst for Empire, in which she delves into how Europea...Show More
Episode 281: Paris: History of a Food Lover's Paradise

47:39 | Sep 21st, 2017

Paris has been associated with fine dining for centuries and the city remains a veritable walking tour of historic gastronomy. David Downie, a travel and food writer living in Paris, takes a deep dive into this history for his new book, A Taste of Pa...Show More
Episode 280: Big Chicken, History of How Antibiotics Changed Modern Agriculture

48:30 | Sep 14th, 2017

Award winning journalist Maryn McKenna reveals the fascinating history of chicken in her new book, Big Chicken. She talks with us about chicken's rise in popularity through the routine use of antibiotics, a practice that would transform agriculture, ...Show More
Episode 279: Vinegar: The Alchemy of Acid

49:29 | Aug 10th, 2017

In his new book, ACID TRIP: Travels in the World of Vinegar (Abrams Books), Michael Harlan Turkell takes us on a fermented look into vinegar's soured past and bright future. He shares tales and experiences from his travels throughout North America, ...Show More
Episode 278: Culinary Biographies of Women with Laura Shapiro

52:51 | Jul 27th, 2017

Most biographers pay little attention to people’s attitudes toward food, but once we ask how somebody relates to food, we find a whole world of different and provocative ways to understand her. Historian Laura Shapiro uses the lens of food to look at...Show More
Episode 277: Ancient Syrian Cuisine

50:55 | Jul 20th, 2017

Scents and Flavors is a 13th century Syrian cookbook which historian and Arabic scholar Charles Perry has edited and translated. Unlike many early recipe manuals this book gives us a glimpse of the social history of the medieval period in Syria. Cha...Show More
Episode 276: Baking Powder Wars: a History

56:14 | Jul 13th, 2017

First patented in 1856, baking powder sparked a classic American struggle for business supremacy. For nearly a century, brands battled to win loyal consumers for the new leavening miracle, transforming American commerce and advertising even as they t...Show More
Episode 275: The Evolution of Grocery Stores

43:41 | Jun 22nd, 2017

From early trading posts to retail chains and superstores, award winning author Michael Ruhlman--The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking--traces the history and evolution of the American grocery store in his new book, Grocery: The Buying and Sell...Show More
Episode 274: Food History of the Modern South

36:38 | Jun 15th, 2017

John T. Edge joins Linda today for a conversation about his new book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. John T., an esteemed writer of Southern food, traces how the food of the poorest Southerners has become the signature tre...Show More
Episode 273: Slow Food in Denver: Regenerating Heirloom Flavors

27:58 | Jun 14th, 2017

Since 2013, David Shields has been the chairman of Slow Food's Ark of Taste Committee for the South, and will be a participant in Slow Food Nations Festival in Denver, July 14-16. There he will talk about the heirloom grains which have been revived w...Show More
Episode 272: Cookbook Temptation in American Culture

45:02 | Jun 1st, 2017

Author Megan Elias explores the role words play in the creation of taste on both a personal and a national level. From Fannie Farmer to The Joy of Cooking to food blogs, she argues, American cookbook writers have commented on national cuisine while t...Show More
Episode 271: Evolution of Industrialized Meat

42:22 | May 25th, 2017

It’s been 111 years since the publication of The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s groundbreaking book on the cattle industry. Though improvements in animal welfare have been made since then, the industry has evolved to include issues Sinclair could never hav...Show More
Episode 270: Rose Water Festival and Saffron Tales

35:30 | May 18th, 2017

Roses are indigenous to Iran and distilling the essential oils of the flower to make rose water has been practiced there for over 2,500 years. Every May, when the city of Kashan is enveloped in pink and a sweet floral scent, there is a festival that ...Show More
Episode 269: America's First Foodie

37:26 | May 11th, 2017

On the season premiere of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Elizabeth Federici and Kathleen Squires, the director/producer and producer, respectively, of the new documentary film James Beard: America's First Foodie. The name of J...Show More
Episode 268: Popular History: Food

37:59 | Apr 20th, 2017

For years Food History remained the purview of a few researchers writing papers for academic journals. But recently interest has grown in knowing what we ate in times past, and where certain foods in different cuisines came from. Emelyn Rude joins L...Show More
Episode 267: Tea Time

48:05 | Apr 13th, 2017

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by tea sommelier for the historic St. Regis Hotel in New York City, Elizabeth Knight. Widely recognized as one of the country’s foremost authorities on tea and entertaining, Knight sh...Show More
Episode 266: Persia: Cuisines without Borders

47:22 | Mar 23rd, 2017

The countries in the Persian culinary region are home to diverse religions, cultures, languages, and politics, but they are linked by captivating food traditions. The intrepid traveler, food writer and photographer Naomi Duguid covered the vast regi...Show More
Episode 265: A Little Bit Irish

34:56 | Mar 16th, 2017

Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day, or so the saying goes. It's a celebration that's been going on in America since the mid 1700's. And except for the soda bread, the food of the day is anything but Irish. Irish-American cookbook au...Show More
Episode 264: Pho: History in a Bowl

45:15 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Andrea Nguyen, an author, food writer, culinary teacher and expert in Vietnamese cooking, learned to love the iconic noodle soup of Vietnam long before it became a cult food item in the US. She traveled back to her birthplace to research and learn a...Show More
Episode 263: African American History Through the Lens of Food NMAAHC

32:02 | Feb 16th, 2017

The recently completed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2...Show More
Episode 262: Handwritten Recipes and Marginalia

44:30 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Handwritten Recipes is a living platform for culinary memories curated and edited by Rozanne Gold, a well-known chef and cookbook author. The column is part of the the website created by Brett Rawson, and serves to re-ignite the c...Show More
Episode 261: What's a Wok? The Evolution of Chinese Food in America

43:46 | Jan 19th, 2017

Chinese food first became popular in America under the shadow of violence against Chinese aliens. In her book Chow Chop Suey, Anne Mendelson traces the introduction of an altered Cantonese cuisine to white Americans by poor Chinese immigrants during ...Show More
Episode 260: History and Origin of Coconuts and Their Use in Cooking

48:46 | Jan 12th, 2017

Today is the launch the 8th Winter/Spring season of A Taste of the Past. To get this season cracking Ramin Ganeshram joins me to talk all about the background, history, and folklore of coconuts. Where do they originate? How were they dispersed? And h...Show More
Episode 259: Celebrations of Winter Solstice

35:52 | Dec 22nd, 2016

The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the subsequent “return” of the Sun in a variety of different ways. Old solstice...Show More
Episode 258: What Menus Tell Us

39:41 | Dec 15th, 2016

Menus hold a vast amount of historic information on America's culture, social history, economy, and everyday life. Food and culture historian and menu collector Henry Voigt shares some of the stories old menus have to tell about 19th century America.
Episode 257: All About Butter

47:43 | Dec 8th, 2016

From an accidental churning in ancient times to the modern day quest for the purest, silkiest spreads, butter has a very rich history. Historian Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter, A Rich History, shares some of her stories as we dive into the unctuou...Show More
Episode 256: As American as...Black Pepper? Surprising Flavors of American Cuisine

44:57 | Dec 1st, 2016

American cuisine is often described as bland, but throughout our history flavors and spices such as pepper, vanilla, curry powder and soy sauce have crossed the ocean to define our ever-changing palate. Historic Gastronomist Sarah Lohman researched t...Show More
Episode 255: A Culinary Journey: Historic Food Traditions

48:13 | Nov 17th, 2016

Intrepid traveler and writer Shane Mitchell shares her insights into the culture and regional cuisines of remote communities around the world from her book, "Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters Around the World." She describes the food, farming, and fa...Show More
Episode 254: The Myth of the Italian Mamma

27:40 | Nov 10th, 2016

Artist, writer, and accomplished cook Rob Chirico talks about growing up with an Italian mother who would rather be anywhere but the kitchen. In fact, he wrote an entire book about it, "Not My Mother's Kitchen." In today's discussion Rob gives Italia...Show More
Episode 253: China: 3000 Years of Flavor

38:30 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Since ancient times Chinese cuisine has been a reflection of cultural triumph and struggle. From political battles and famines to a proliferation of gastronomic arts, food has been embedded in the national psyche and evidenced in its eight great cuis...Show More
Episode 252: American Cake

42:46 | Oct 20th, 2016

Cakes in America aren't just about sugar, flour, and frosting. They have a deep, rich history that developed as our country grew. Cakes in some form or other have been around for millennia and were brought to America by the early settlers, primarily ...Show More
Episode 251: What's In a Name: A Spirits History

43:45 | Oct 13th, 2016

In 1765 Richard Hennessy created the eponymous Cognac. Today, Maurice Hennessy, 8th generation, joins us to tell the story. And Kara Newman talks about the Negroni and other cocktail history from her new book, Shake, Stir, Sip.
Episode 250:Ten Restaurants that Changed America

46:23 | Oct 6th, 2016

Restaurants in America are as diverse as our population, and they speak volumes about our society according to Professor Paul Freedman, Author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America. From Delmonico's to Howard Johnson's, Freedman discusses the ten r...Show More
Episode 249: Food and Memories

35:26 | Sep 29th, 2016

Elissa Altman, James Beard Award-winning writer of the blog and book, Poor Man’s Feast sits down with Linda to talk about food and memories and writing her latest memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. So many of life's events are intrinsica...Show More
Episode 248: Stroopwafels – How the Dutch Gave Us Our Cookies

37:56 | Sep 22nd, 2016

The Dutch were some of the earliest settlers in America, yet many of their culinary contributions remain little known. Food historian Peter Rose, who is from the Netherlands, has devoted her career to writing and educating Americans about the Dutch f...Show More
Episode 247: Food Origins

34:58 | Sep 15th, 2016

Food history explores the origins of edible items, and Saveur magazine has joined the pursuit of interesting and perhaps unusual food origins. Editor-in-chief Adam Sachs shares the topics of the magazine's latest issue, The Origins Issue, which revea...Show More
Episode 246: Meat Loaf & Casseroles: Food of the Great Depression

35:57 | Sep 8th, 2016

After WWI, America went from sending food to war-starved Europe to suddenly no longer being the land of plenty. Authors Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe discuss the culinary impact of that period which they chronicle in their new book, A Square Meal, A Cu...Show More
Episode 245: Funeral Food

36:02 | Aug 18th, 2016

On the season finale of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Sarah Lohman, to look at the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history. Dubbed an “historic gastronomist,” Lohman recreates histor...Show More
Episode 244: Tastes Like Chicken

40:47 | Aug 4th, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past – author and culinary historian Emelyn Rude traces the history of eating chicken, from the first domestication of the chicken nearly 10,000 years ago to its current status as our favorite meat.
Episode 243: Consider the Oyster

36:52 | Jul 28th, 2016

New York was once known as the oyster capital of the world, and was famous for the Blue Point Oyster that originated in the Great South Bay on Long Island. In 1938, that suddenly changed due to the New England hurricane known as "The Long Island Expr...Show More
Episode 242: How Artisans Reclaimed America's Lost Flavors

45:36 | Jun 30th, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined via phone by Patric Kuh, the multiple-James Beard Award–winning restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine and author of Finding the Flavors We Lost: From Bread to Bourbon, How Artisans ...Show More
Episode 241: Food in the Gilded Age: What Ordinary Americans Ate

37:11 | Jun 16th, 2016

America's Gilded Age, the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is renowned for the excesses of robber barons and tycoons and their culture of conspicuous consumption. The lavishness of their tables impressed contemporaries and historians alike. Bu...Show More
Episode 240: Paletas and the History of Mexican Sweets

44:40 | Jun 9th, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Fany Gerson. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Fany has worked in many kitchens, from the three-Michelin star Akelare in San Sebastian, Spain, to Eleven M...Show More
Episode 239: Cooking of Spain's Basque Region

45:45 | Jun 2nd, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Chef Alex Raij. Alex Raij and her husband Eder Montero are chefs and owners of Txikito, a love letter to the Basque country in Spain – a region whose cuisine is disting...Show More
Episode 238: Fast Food: The Big, The Bad and The Hungry

43:33 | May 26th, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Andrew F. Smith, author of the book Fast Food: The Good, The Bad and The Hungry. He is also the editor of the Edible Series, a revolutionary new series of books on food ...Show More
Episode 237: How Coke Became Kosher, and other tales

44:11 | May 19th, 2016

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Roger Horowitz, an historian of American business, technology, and labor, and an expert on the nation’s food. He is the author of the book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other...Show More
Episode 236: Foods of Alsace with Gabriel Kreuther

37:51 | May 5th, 2016

Chef Gabriel Kreuther joins us in the studio to talk about cuisine from his native Alsace-Lorraine. A Michelin-starred chef, Kreuther was born on a family farm in Alsace and raised on his mother's traditional Alsatian cooking. After attending culina...Show More
Episode 235: Foodways and Cooking of Appalachia

43:21 | Apr 28th, 2016

Appalachian food has been sustainable and organic for generations. They have been offering “farm to table” fare forever, without needing to call it that. And the iconic dish of soup beans and cornbread is "culinary harmony," a perfect blend of the na...Show More
Episode 234: Cuban Cocktail History

44:58 | Apr 14th, 2016

On this week's A Taste of the Past, the tropical elegance and vibrant energy of Cuba's rich history and culture are recaptured in the stories of cocktails by two owners of the well known NYC rum bar, Cienfuegos – Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik.
Episode 233: Ethnic Restaurateurs

42:56 | Apr 7th, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Krishnendu Ray, Department Chair of the Food Studies program at NYU. A food studies scholar, he is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in ...Show More
Episode 232: Modernizing Old World Mediterranean Jewish Recipes

33:15 | Mar 31st, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein. For twelve years she was Chef and Owner of the ground-breaking Mediterranean Restaurant, SQUARE ONE, in San Francisco. A consulta...Show More
Episode 231: From Harissa to Berbere and Beyond: History of Hot Sauce

41:19 | Mar 24th, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with "Pope of Peppers" Dave DeWitt, a food historian, award-winning author, and founder of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, which is now in its 25th year. DeWitt has w...Show More
Episode 230: The CIA Then and Now

40:28 | Mar 17th, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America. Dr. Ryan has served as president of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) since 2001. He himself graduated...Show More
Episode 229: Italy: The Changing Food Culture

41:08 | Mar 3rd, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by author, food blogger, and design writer Elizabeth Minchilli, and Rolando Baramendi, founder of Manicaretti, an importer and seller of Italian specialty item...Show More
Episode 228: Long History of a Little Pea

39:54 | Feb 25th, 2016

On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Clifford Wright and Tim McGreevy. In recognition of the UN's International Year of Pulses, they discuss the history of pulses, from 10,000 years ago to their importance i...Show More
Episode 227: Mac 'n Cheese: Black Chefs in The White House

29:26 | Feb 11th, 2016

Adrian Miller is a 'recovering' lawyer, soul food scholar, and former special assistant to President Clinton and today joins Linda Pelaccio on A Taste of the Past. Explaining that after President Clinton's second term, he found himself with extra tim...Show More
Episode 226: How Big is Your Plate? Redesigning How We Eat

33:20 | Feb 4th, 2016

Ever wondered how plate size affects waist size? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is on the line with Brian Wansink, Professor and Director of the famed Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, where he is a leading expert in changing ...Show More
Episode 225: Evolution of Military Rations & Their Influence on Our Diet

40:48 | Jan 21st, 2016

Americans eat more processed foods than anyone else in the world. We also spend more on military research. These two seemingly unrelated facts are inextricably linked. If you ever wondered how ready-to-eat foods infiltrated your kitchen, you’ll love ...Show More
Episode 224: Folklore of Food

38:11 | Jan 21st, 2016

Folklore has long explored food as a core component of life, linked to identity, aesthetics, and community and connecting individuals to larger contexts of history, culture and power. It recognizes that we gather together to eat, define class, gender...Show More
Episode 223: Chicago: A Food Biography

36:37 | Dec 30th, 2015

You don't need anybody to tell you Chicago is a food city or to extol the virtues of chicken Vesuvio, deep dish pizza, a jibarito, South Side rid tips or a Vienna Beef hot dog (on a poppy seed bun, of course). Perhaps less well known is how Chicago's...Show More
Episode 222: Sugarplums and Gingerbread: A History of Christmas Sweets

40:40 | Dec 17th, 2015

"While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads..." But, what exactly is a sugarplum? On the season finale of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is in studio with Michael Krondl and Cathy Kaufman discussing the history behind the sweets enjoyed t...Show More
Episode 221: Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

40:28 | Dec 10th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Lidia Bastianich to the studio discussing her newest book, "Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook." Teaching has always bee...Show More
Episode 220: Savoring Gotham

25:20 | Nov 30th, 2015

On a special episode A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by Cathy Kaufman, the managing editor of Savoring Gotham: Celebrating the Making of the Definitive Companion to New York City’s Food. New York City boasts the world’s most diverse, f...Show More
Episode 219: Libyan Jewish Cuisine in Rome

31:50 | Nov 19th, 2015

In 1967, four-thousand Jews fled from Libya, each with one suitcase and the equivalent of $50; half of them settled in Rome. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Katie Parla who describes the bonds these settlers formed wit...Show More
Episode 218: New Orleans Food History

33:38 | Nov 12th, 2015

Using restaurants as a lens to observe the citys cuisine, Lolis Elie talks about food, culture and customs of New Orleans on this weeks edition of A Taste of the Past. There are at least two traditions in Louisiana gumbo. The New Orleans tradition, a...Show More
Episode 217: Nordic Cuisine

39:34 | Nov 5th, 2015

From smoked arctic char, meatball stew and savory puffed pancakes to Swedish almond wreaths, cardamom braids and whipped berry pudding, tune in as A Taste of the Past goes Nordic with Darra Goldstein. Illustrating the glorious and diverse flavors of ...Show More
Episode 216: Frederick Douglass Opie on Zora Neale Hurston

33:48 | Oct 29th, 2015

Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most notable authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Her extensive ethnographic research on African American foodways throughout the state of Florida remains a critical historic resource to this day. Her work provides insi...Show More
Episode 215: What America Ate Project – Food of the Great Depression

29:08 | Oct 22nd, 2015

In an effort to preserve a period of Americas culinary history the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded the What America Ate Project to create an innovative website and online archive of culinary sources from the Great Depression. Materia...Show More
Episode 214: 100 Years of Pyrex: How it Changed the Way America Cooks

35:03 | Oct 15th, 2015

Look in your kitchen cabinet, theres no doubt a Pyrex dish in there somewhere, whether it be a glass pie plate or the ubiquitous glass measuring cup with the red incremental markings.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Pyrex, and Linda Pelacci...Show More
Episode 213: What’s in a Name: Chinese Dishes

31:09 | Oct 8th, 2015

Take a trip to the Far East long ago as host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Kian Lam Kho to the studio for a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past.  Kian shares descriptive details on what banquets were like in China more than three-thousand years ago an...Show More
Episode 212: The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

37:57 | Oct 1st, 2015

Women of African descent have contributed to America’s food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate “Aunt Jemima” who cooked mostly by natural instinct. Toni Tipt...Show More
Episode 211: Early American Heirloom Vegetables with William Woys Weaver

38:17 | Sep 24th, 2015

With the harvest season in bloom, A Taste of the Past host Linda Pelaccio welcomes food historian, author, and epicure William Woys Weaver for a thorough discussion on the significance of vegetables in the colonial and revolutionary period of early A...Show More
Episode 210: Manuscript Cookbooks

40:59 | Sep 17th, 2015

A Taste of the Past is back for a new radio season with host Linda Pelaccio welcoming guest Stephen Schmidt to the studio for a thorough talk on manuscript cookbooks. Stephen is the Principal Researcher and Writer for The Manuscript Cookbooks Survey,...Show More
Episode 209: Scottish Cuisine: “Beyond Haggis” with Rachel McCormack

41:25 | Jul 30th, 2015

What is Scottish cuisine? Well, its certainly more than haggis. Travel to the UKs northern-most country on a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past. Host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Rachel McCormack, an expert on the subject of Scottish cuisine. Sh...Show More
Episode 208: Sugar and Sweets Around the World

35:29 | Jun 11th, 2015

A sweet tooth is a powerful thing! This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is exploring the vast array of sweets across the globe with Darra Goldstein, the Editor in Chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. As Linda and Darra ...Show More
Episode 207: Cuban Cuisine

40:52 | Jun 4th, 2015

The food of the Cuban table has largely been reproduced in other countries primarily by those who left their home in an attempt to recreate the tastes and smells of their past. Now that relations are opening up again, author Ana Sofia Pelaez together...Show More
Episode 206: Roman Food Culture

35:33 | May 21st, 2015

Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is getting Elizabeths person...Show More
Episode 205: Man and his Bread

29:29 | May 14th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Eric Kayser, artisan baker, founder of Maison Kayser, and author of the book The Larousse Book of Bread to the show. Born into a family of French bakers, dating back four generations and ...Show More
Episode 204: Nordic Cuisine

28:18 | May 7th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is taking listeners on a journey to Iceland! Welcoming guest Jody Eddy, author of the new cookbook North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland, to chat about one of the most beautiful and untouched p...Show More
Episode 203: The Middle Eastern Roots of Spices and the Early Globalization of Food

30:02 | Apr 23rd, 2015

On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio takes listeners on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space on the ancient spice trades with Dr. Gary Nabhan. Talking about his new book, Cumin, Camels, and Caravans, A Sp...Show More
Episode 202: Sugar and its Dark History

35:01 | Apr 16th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talkin sugar and its checkered, dark past with guest Andrew F. Smith, author of Sugar: A Global History. Its no surprise that sugar has been on our minds for several millenia. First cultivated ...Show More
Episode 201: Live From the IACP: Anne Willan

22:01 | Apr 9th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio takes listeners along to the recent International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference held in Washington, DC, and chats with the distinguished Anne Willan. Anne Willan has had an extr...Show More
Episode 200: Italian Food & Feasts

20:44 | Apr 2nd, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Judy Witts Francini to talk all about the food of Italian feasts! Despite not being Italian herself, Judy has an impressive Italian culinary resume including Divina Cucina cooking classes...Show More
Episode 199: Nowruz: Persian New Year Traditions

30:14 | Mar 19th, 2015

The vernal equinox is upon us and with it brings the start of spring! It is also the beginning of the ancient Persian New Year celebration of Nowruz, and on this weeks A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking to the guru of Persian cuisine...Show More
Episode 198: Automat: The History, Book & Movie

31:38 | Mar 5th, 2015

Americans once sipped coffee and ate pie around communal tables, sharing their struggles and dreams with strangers at Horn and Hardarts iconic Automat. This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking the history of the automat with M...Show More
Episode 197: History of Food in India

35:15 | Feb 26th, 2015

From dal to samosas, paneer to vindaloo, dosa to naan, todays A Taste of the Past is delving into the history of the food in India. Host Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Colleen Taylor Sen, a culinary historian and writer who has specialized in the cuis...Show More
Episode 196: History of Dining on the Trans

34:39 | Feb 19th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is taking a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway with author Sharon Hudgins. Sharon has traveled along this particular railway numerous times and worked for University of Maryland University College...Show More
Episode 195: How the Other Half Ate: Working Class Meals of 1900

36:39 | Feb 12th, 2015

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is delving into the pages of culinary history, wondering how the working-class ate at the turn of the century. Dr. Katherine Leonard Turner joins Linda via phone, adding to the discussion interest...Show More
Episode 194: Preserving Traditional Italian Cuisine

35:55 | Feb 5th, 2015

Ciao! This week on a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is chatting with one of Americas foremost authorities on Italian food, Julia della Croce. She is the author of over 13 cooking and travel books, notably Italian Home C...Show More
Episode 193: Women Behind the Food Sections

33:01 | Jan 15th, 2015

This week on a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio kicks off 2015 talking to Dr. Kimberly Wilmot Voss, author of The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community. Linda and Kim discuss how food blogs are everywhe...Show More
Episode 192: Chef Boyardee

36:51 | Dec 18th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Anna Boiardi of the infamous Chef Boyardee empire. Anna is the granddaughter of Mario Boiardi, a man who along with his two brothers (including the chef himself, Hector Boiardi) launched ...Show More
Episode 191: Eating Delancey: Jewish Food Memories

51:03 | Dec 11th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is delving into some delicious food memories, using theJewish cuisine on Delancey Street in New York City, as a guide. Welcoming Aaron Rezny, Jordan Schaps, Arthur Schwartz and Cara De Silva to th...Show More
Episode 190: Longevity Food

38:09 | Dec 4th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is headed to the Grecian Island of Ikaria where inhabitants seemingly forget to die! Chef, author, and Greek food expert Diane Kochilas joins Linda to talk about this amazing place via her new boo...Show More
Episode 189: Turkey, An American Story

38:46 | Nov 20th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is feeling festive, talking the history of the turkey with food historian Andrew Smith. Teaching food history at the New School in NYC, he is also the author of numerous books and hundreds of arti...Show More
Episode 188: Brunch: A History

25:17 | Nov 13th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Farha Ternikar, professor of sociology at Le Moyne College to talk about the history of every New Yorkers favorite meal: brunch. Author of the book Brunch: A History, Farha explains that ...Show More
Episode 187: 187

31:00 | Nov 6th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes one of Greeces foremost cooking authorities, Aglaia Kremezi to the show. Author of the new book, Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts, she lives on the island of Kea, Greece, and also runs a c...Show More
Episode 186: Mexico’s Culinary Heritage

37:32 | Oct 30th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Margarita Carrillo Arronte to discuss the traditional foods for Mexicos Day of the Dead celebrations as well as her research of some of Mexicos historical forgotten recipes, plus wher...Show More
Episode 185: Baby Food: A Cultural History

45:10 | Oct 16th, 2014

Were you a Gerber baby? This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking the history of baby food with Amy Bentley, Food Historian and Associate Professor of Food Studies at New York University. She is also the author of the book, Inv...Show More
Episode 184: Vegetarian Flavors

38:12 | Oct 9th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Karen Page, author of many books but most recently The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, to talk all about eating vegetarian. With the popularity of cutting out meat in the past decade, Karen Page...Show More
Episode 183: Colonial Drinks: Shrubs, Flips, & Rattle

43:26 | Oct 2nd, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking shrubs, flips, and rattle-skulls - aka colonial drinks! Welcoming food writer and author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England Corin Hirsch via phone to brief Linda on this intere...Show More
Episode 182: History of the Potato Chip

32:48 | Sep 25th, 2014

What is it about salty snacks? What is it, in particular, about the potato chip? Learn about the history of the iconic snack with Dirk Burhans, author of Crunch!: A History of the Great American Potato Chip. Dirk traces the history of the chip back t...Show More
Episode 181: Bread with Lionel Vatinet

31:41 | Sep 11th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio kicks off the new radio season welcoming Lionel Vatinet, master baker of La Farm Bakery in Cary, North Carolina and author of the book A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker. Lionel shar...Show More
Episode 180: The Food History Reader

32:47 | Aug 28th, 2014

Its that time of year again - students are headed back to school! Linda Pelaccio gets in the spirit on a academic themed episode of A Taste of the Past with guest Ken Albala, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific, USA. He is the autho...Show More
Episode 179: Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie

31:04 | Jul 3rd, 2014

What is Midwestern cuisine? We may not ever know, but we get closer to understanding the food of the Midwest on a new episode of A Taste of the Past. Host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Peggy Wolff, author of Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie. With its corn ...Show More
Episode 178: The Donut with Michael Krondl

33:30 | Jun 26th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda tackles the delectable topic of the donut with food historian, Michael Krondl, and author of The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin. Tracing the donut through the years, Michael details the ...Show More
Episode 177: Food Obsessed Metropolis

30:51 | Jun 19th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes Cindy Lobel to the program. Cindy is an assistant professor of history at Lehman College, a cultural historian with interests in urban development and consumer culture as well as the history of New Yor...Show More
Episode 176: Ramen: The Untold History

33:07 | Jun 12th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks about the history of ramen in Japan and the United States with George Solt, author of The Untold History of Ramen. Tune into this episode to learn how international relations and trade agreements...Show More
Episode 175: History of Food in Italy with Fabio Parasecoli

39:27 | Jun 5th, 2014

How does one begin to encapsulate the varied cuisine of Italy? On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by Associate Professor at the New School, Fabio Parasecoli. Recently, Fabio released Al Dente, a book about the history of...Show More
Episode 174: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

35:15 | May 29th, 2014

Linda Pelaccio welcomes Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his husband Brent Ridge, who are known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, to this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past! The Beekman Boys describe themselves as Two NYC guys who bought a farm and are sharing ...Show More
Episode 173: Food Trends with David Sax

37:55 | May 22nd, 2014

David Sax is an expert of food trends and author of Save the Deli and most recently The Tastemakers: Why Were Crazy For cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue. Linda and David talk about how food trends come about, how they spread across the world, and how ...Show More
Episode 172: Real Pasta with Maureen Fant

45:08 | May 8th, 2014

You think you know pasta? Think again! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio chats with author and pasta expert Maurren Fant who dispels many common myths around everybodys favorite carb. From cooking times to salting water, Maura breaks d...Show More
Episode 171: Beyond Bratwurst

30:49 | May 1st, 2014

German cuisine is often thought of as brats and not much else. Ursula Heinzelmann is here to change that perception and shes this weeks guest on A Taste of the Past. Ursula is an acclaimed German food and wine writer, a sommelière and a gastronome. ...Show More
Episode 170: Pretzel History with Hans Röckenwagner

28:44 | Apr 17th, 2014

Pretzel history is this weeks topic on A Taste of the Past. Linda interviews Hans Röckenwagner, owner and founder of Restaurant Röckenwagner, James Beard Award winner, pretzel expert and more, about pretzels: where they came from, where theyre made...Show More
Episode 169: Delmonico’s Restaurant

39:23 | Apr 10th, 2014

In 1827, before Delmonicos opened, diners ate at cafes and boarding houses (inns), where the food was simply the food available that day from the farms. Diners had no choice of dishes, but ate the food that was served. Delmonicos changed all of that....Show More
Episode 168: The History of Knives with Peter Hertzmann

40:14 | Apr 3rd, 2014

Peter Hertzmann is an author, instructor, blogger, historian, and occasional butcher. Today, Peters expertise that shines through the rest is that of knives. Linda interviews him about the origins of the chefs knife, which actually didnt even exist a...Show More
Episode 167: Foods of The Silk Road

30:20 | Mar 27th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of Rhubarb and other foods of The Silk Road with Laura Kelley, author and food historian. Laura tells us about how so many foods were originally used as medicine, and the lines between food...Show More
Episode 166: Darina Allen: 30 Years at Ballymaloe

43:14 | Mar 20th, 2014

Darina Allen joins us on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, to tell us about Ballymaloe Cookery School located in southern Ireland, of which she is the founder. Linda asks her about real Irish cuisine, and she explains how many people in Irel...Show More
Episode 165: Turmeric

31:55 | Mar 13th, 2014

Turmeric: health benefits, flavor, dyes, and more. This spice is used in many eastern cuisines, such as Thai and Malaysian. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda interviews food historian and spice expert Colleen Sen, who tells us all about The Won...Show More
Episode 164: Anne Northup: Northern Creole Cookery

29:57 | Feb 20th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Lindas guest is culinary historian, storyteller, and Soul Food authority, Tonya Hopkins. Linda and Tonya talk about American master cook Anne Northrup (wife of Solomon Northrup) and the significance she had on Americ...Show More
Episode 163: American Icons: Chocolate Chip Cookies and SPAM

36:45 | Feb 13th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the origin of the chocolate chip cookie. Her guest Carolyn Wyman is the author of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie, among other books that document the history of Americas most iconic foods. La...Show More
Episode 162: Is Candy Food?

31:34 | Feb 6th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past: is candy food? Linda Pelaccio interviews Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. Samira explains to us how difficult it was to make candy back in the 1800s, and how technological innovations ...Show More
Episode 161: History of Salmon as Food with Nic Mink

38:15 | Jan 30th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda talks to Nic Mink, professor at the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University, President and co-founder of Sitka Salmon Shares, and author of Salmon, A Global History. Nic tells us about the various evoluti...Show More
Episode 160: Andrew Smith

37:39 | Jan 23rd, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, the subject is New York City food. Linda speaks with Andrew Smith, author of New York City: A Food Biography, about the history of food in New York City. Andrew brings us back thousands of years, and describes what t...Show More
Episode 159: Gustavo Arellano & Taco History

30:50 | Jan 16th, 2014

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Gustavo Arellano to discus the history of the taco. Gustavo is the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, an editor at OC weekly, and a contributing editor to the LA Tim...Show More
Episode 158: History of Refrigeration

32:21 | Jan 9th, 2014

A cold chain is a supply chain that transports and stores temperature sensitive perishable goods. The most visible manifestation of the cold chain is the electric household refrigerator. - Jonathan Rees The world was changed by the innovation of refr...Show More
Episode 157: Alice Ross on the History of Christmas Dinner

33:13 | Dec 19th, 2013

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the roots of the Christmas celebration. She brings in guest Alice Ross, a distinguished culinary historian who recreated the recipes for a modern version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Dinner....Show More
Episode 156: Robert Sietsema on The History of Pizza

35:29 | Dec 12th, 2013

This week on a thrilling episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio brings in features writer for, Robert Sietsema. Robert educates us on the history of pizza, and enlightens us about where many aspects of modern pizza originated. Aft...Show More
Episode 155: Open Hearth Cooking

32:12 | Nov 21st, 2013

Imagine having to cook Thanksgiving dinner over an open fire! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by historical interpreter Carolina Capehart. Carolina is a hearth-cooking expert, and prefers to cook all types of ...Show More
Episode 154: The Vegetarian Crusade

35:03 | Nov 14th, 2013

Adam Shprintzen discusses 19th Century vegetarianism in his book, The Vegetarian Crusade. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with Adam about the roots of meat abstention in the 19th Century with the British Bible Christians. How w...Show More
Episode 153: Invention of the American Meal

31:08 | Nov 7th, 2013

This week on A Taste of the Past, Abigail Carroll joins host Linda Pelaccio via phone for a discussion on the American meal. Abigail Carroll is the author of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, where she upends the popular understandin...Show More
Episode 152: Halloween History

29:59 | Oct 31st, 2013

Its Halloween on A Taste of the Past at the HRN studios! Host Linda Pelaccio welcomes historic gastronomist and blogger, Sarah Lohman, and together they talk about the history of Halloween, trick-or-treating, superstitions, costumes, Halloween cakes,...Show More
Episode 151: Fried Chicken: Tracing the African Roots with Michael Twitty

33:49 | Oct 24th, 2013

On todays episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio talks about the huge craze that surrounds fried foods: fried chicken! The guest on todays show is Michael Twitty, culinary historian of African and African American foods. What makes each ...Show More
Episode 150: Cuisine & Empire with Rachel Laudan

33:16 | Oct 17th, 2013

Rachel Laudan is taking a culinary approach to world history in her book, Cuisine and Emire! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with Rachel about the influences of medicine, politics, and religion on cuisine throughout the ages. L...Show More
Episode 149: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

29:59 | Oct 3rd, 2013

On todays episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Anya Von Bremzen, author, journalist, food writer, and contributing editor of Travel + Leisure magazine, into the studio for a talk about food, and the history of traditional Sovi...Show More
Episode 148: Mollie Katzen on Vegetables

36:10 | Sep 26th, 2013

On todays episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with special guest Mollie Katzen, known throughout the culinary world as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time. A 2007 inductee into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of ...Show More
Episode 147: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook

27:02 | Sep 5th, 2013

Linda Pelaccio visits The Fabulous Beekman Boys at their farm to discuss The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past! Tune into this program to learn about the nostalgic properties of family recipes, and wh...Show More
Episode 146: Who Was Betty Crocker?

33:41 | Aug 29th, 2013

Betty Crocker is not, and never was, a real person - but that doesnt change the effect she had on generations of people in America. Learn more about the history of the iconic Betty Crocker on this episode of A Taste of the Past! Linda Pelaccio is joi...Show More
Episode 145: Housewives’ Paradise: History of Supermarkets

30:53 | Aug 22nd, 2013

Learn about the social and economic implications of the supermarket on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio talks with University of Minnesota History Professor Dr. Tracey Deutsch about building a housewives paradise. Tune into t...Show More
Episode 144: Breakfast History

32:58 | Aug 15th, 2013

Most of us eat breakfast every day, but we rarely think of the the origins behind the meal. From etymology to cultural history - go deeper behind breakfast on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past as Linda Pelacchio is joined by author of Breakfa...Show More
Episode 143: Kitchen History with Tori Avey

28:52 | Aug 8th, 2013

What foods were historical figures like Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo Da Vinci eating during their lifetimes? On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio chats with Tori Avey- author and food writer- and the editor...Show More
Episode 142: Antarctic Cuisine

39:21 | Aug 1st, 2013

Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and cuisine on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio is talking with Jason Anthony, author of the recent Hoosh. But what is hoosh? Antarctic explorers used ingredients like pemmican...Show More
Episode 141: A History of Food in 100 Recipes

34:09 | Jun 27th, 2013

William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins Linda Pelaccio for this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past to talk about the evolution of the food industry over hundreds of years. Tune in to hear William talk about the initiation...Show More
Episode 140: Coffee History

40:45 | Jun 20th, 2013

Mark Pendergrast comes into the studio this week on A Taste of the Past to talk about the history of coffee! Mark Pendergast is an American independent scholar, and author of six books, with his most recent titled, Uncommon Grounds: The History of Co...Show More
Episode 139: Darina Allen & Irish Traditional Cooking

40:50 | Jun 13th, 2013

Darina Allen is an Irish chef, food writer, TV personality, and founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Schanagarry, County Cork, Ireland. In this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Darina explains the current state of Irish food and culture i...Show More
Episode 138: Roman Chefs Look to the Past

27:01 | Jun 6th, 2013

Katie Parla is in love with the contemporary Roman food scene! On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio invites Katie into the studio to talk about restaurant trends in Rome. Find out why so many Roman chefs look to their citys hi...Show More
Episode 137: Dione Lucas: Television’s First Celebrity Chef

38:20 | May 30th, 2013

Who was televisions first cooking star? If you guessed Julia Child, you must be forgetting Dione Lucas! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Australian author and food historian Jill Adams to talk about the life...Show More
Episode 136: Babylonia and Beyond: History of Iraqi Cuisine

39:54 | May 23rd, 2013

Nawal Nasrallah joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to celebrate the new edition of her book, Delights from the Garden of Eden. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda and Nawal delve into the history of Iraqi cuisine and the Sumerian people. Learn ab...Show More
Episode 135: Lynne Olver &

33:41 | May 9th, 2013

Lynne Olver is a reference librarian with a passion for food! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio calls Lynne to talk to her about food history and her website, How does Lynnes library science background inform the way ...Show More
Episode 134: Food Gangsters

33:36 | May 2nd, 2013

Did you know that gangsters controlled nearly all of the food distribution in Depression-era New York City? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio invites Andy Coe to talk about racketeering in New York City food history. Learn how somethin...Show More
Episode 133: History of Vegetarianism

30:37 | Apr 11th, 2013

Learn about the history of vegetarianism and veganism with Rynn Berry. Rynn joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to talk vegetables, raw food, and animal rights. Rynn is a historical adviser to the North American Vegetarian Society and is on the Adviso...Show More
Episode 132: Easter Sweets & Ancient Rites of Spring

32:11 | Mar 28th, 2013

Michael Krondl is talking Easter sweets on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past! Michael joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to shed some light on some confusing Easter mythology. Why do we give chocolate bunnies at Easter time? Why are rabbits a...Show More
Episode 131: Clodagh McKenna

33:41 | Mar 14th, 2013

Getting excited about St. Patricks Day? Tune in to A Taste of the Past this week as Linda Pelaccio hosts Irish chef, TV personality, cookbook author and director of a new cookery school, Clodagh McKenna. Coming all the way from Dublin, Clodagh shares...Show More
Episode 130: Kubee Kassaye

28:04 | Mar 7th, 2013

How did an Ethiopian immigrant become an award winning chef in NYC? Find out today on A Taste of the Past as Linda Pelaccio hosts Ethiopian native and chef of the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan, Kubee Kassaye as well as Marsha Palanci of Les Dames dEsc...Show More
Episode 129: Farm To Table: Financial Pathways of Food

34:58 | Feb 28th, 2013

Kara Newman explains The Secret Financial Life of Food on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio invites Kara into the studio to talk about her book and the history of food commodities. What foods are traded on the commodity market...Show More
Episode 128: Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

31:56 | Feb 21st, 2013

Master the art of Southern cooking today on A Taste of the Past! This week, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, co-authors of the book Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Both Nathalie and Cynthia have h...Show More
Episode 127: Chocolate: From Pre

40:21 | Feb 14th, 2013

Its Valentines Day, and theres no better way to celebrate than by indulging with some luxurious chocolate! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Clay Gordon. Clay authored the book Discover Chocolate, is the mode...Show More
Episode 126: Found Food: Lewis & Clark with Mary Gunderson

31:10 | Feb 7th, 2013

Mary Gunderson chronicles the journey and food of the Lewis and Clark expedition in her book, The Food Journal of the Lewis and Clark: Recipes for an Expedition. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with Mary about the trials a...Show More
Episode 125: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Learning Culture through Food

33:25 | Jan 31st, 2013

Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil, and food writing are the topics of the day on A Taste of the Past! Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Nancy has written for The New York Times, and is the author of books such...Show More
Episode 124: A Taste of Russia with Darra Goldstein

34:22 | Jan 24th, 2013

With all of the focus on ethnic and regional cooking in the modern food movement, why is Russian cuisine so often neglected in the foodie canon? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio sits down with Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian at ...Show More
Episode 123: Making a Case for Home Ec

29:03 | Jan 17th, 2013

The kitchen anchors the countrys economic, social, and political life. Christine Baumgarthuber revives the dying discipline of home economics on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Christine is a writer and blogger for The Austerity Kitchen, a...Show More
Episode 122: Drinking History with Andrew F. Smith

44:10 | Jan 10th, 2013

This week on A Taste of the Past, Andrew F. Smith once again joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio! Andy teaches food history at the New School in New York City, and is the author and editor of numerous books on culinary history. On this episode, Andy t...Show More
Episode 121: Donuts: America’s Obsession

34:46 | Dec 13th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is investigating the recent donut trend! Tune in to hear some interviews from customers of The Vault in Chicago conducted by correspondent Whitney Henry-Lester. Later, Linda calls up pastry chef and co...Show More
Episode 120: Soy Sauce History with Chef Helen Roberts

30:09 | Dec 6th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio delving into the history of soy sauce with Helen Roberts, the Publicity Manager and Creative Culinary Director at Kikkoman USA. Soy sauce has a rich history, dating back to 500 B.C. in China! Learn abo...Show More
Episode 119: A History of Peanut Butter with Author Jon Krampner

35:21 | Nov 29th, 2012

Everyone has heard about George Washington Carver, and his famous peanut preparations. But did you know that he did not actually invent peanut butter? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is setting the peanut butter record straight with ...Show More
Episode 118: Thanksgiving’s Roots with Food Historian Sandy Oliver

33:30 | Nov 15th, 2012

Linda Pelaccio begins todays episode of A Taste of the Past by taking a moment to spread the word about Family-to-Family, a relief organization that allows a group of people to sponsor a family who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thanksgiving h...Show More
Episode 117: Antonin Careme: “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings” with Eric Lanlard, British Celebrity Pastry Chef

28:13 | Nov 8th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by celebrity pastry chef to the stars Eric Lanlard who has recently published several recipe books for baking at home. He discusses the origins of baking and the history of prominent bak...Show More
Episode 116: What the Musketeers Drank with David Lincoln Ross

30:21 | Oct 25th, 2012

What spirit were the Three Musketeers drinking back in the 17th century? Armagnac! On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by David Lincoln Ross, a food writer and armagnac expert. Learn about the ancient roots ...Show More
Episode 115: Cucina Ebraica

45:40 | Oct 18th, 2012

On todays episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking about Jewish Italian food, or Cucina Ebraica, with a panel of experts. Jayne Cohen is a food writer and cookbook author involved with preserving the culinary roots of Jewish cooking....Show More
Episode 114: Betty Fussell, The Accidental Food Historian

29:33 | Oct 11th, 2012

American food writer Betty Fussell joins Linda Pelaccio this week on A Taste of the Past for a conversation on culinary history, cultural identity and food literature. Betty is an award-winning writer and is the author of eleven books, ranging from b...Show More
Episode 113: Burmese Cuisine with Naomi Duguid

31:28 | Oct 4th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Canadian food writer Noami Duguid, who has authored seminal books such as Seductions of Rice and Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Tune in and hear what its like being an outsider in a foreign...Show More
Episode 112: Cider with Ben Watson

41:36 | Sep 27th, 2012

Whats more American than apple pie? Answer: apple cider! On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with apple evangelist and author of Cider, Hard and Sweet, Ben Watson. Where did the tradition of American cider originat...Show More
Episode 111: Whole Grains

33:02 | Aug 30th, 2012

Grains take center stage on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past as host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Bruce Weinstein, cooking instructor and author of Grain Mains: 101 Surprising and Satisfying Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal of the Day. Tune...Show More
Episode 110: The Rise and Fall of Tuna

39:54 | Aug 9th, 2012

Did you know that most Americans did not eat tuna until the 20th century? On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio sits down with Andrew F. Smith, a food historian and author of the recent book, American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of...Show More
Episode 109: Alice Medrich, First Lady of Chocolate

29:49 | Jul 19th, 2012

Cooking with chocolate is the theme on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, as Linda Pelaccio is joined by The First Lady of Chocolate, businesswoman, baker and cookbook author Alice Medrich. Alice explains how she found her way to baking and c...Show More
Episode 108: Herbs: A Global History

27:03 | Jun 28th, 2012

What differentiates an herb from a weed? And what historical significance do herbs hold? Todays episode of A Taste of the Past is a culinary history of herbs. Linda Pelaccio is joined by Gary Allen, herbalist and author of the recent book, Herbs: A G...Show More
Episode 107: Remembering Craig Claiborne with Tom McNamee

34:40 | Jun 21st, 2012

This weeks episode of A Taste of the Past is a dedication to Craig Claiborne, legendary New York Times restaurant critic. Linda Pelaccio is talking with Tom McNamee, author of the recent Craig Claiborne-focused book, The Man Who Changed the Way We Ea...Show More
Episode 106: Historic Menus

29:00 | Jun 14th, 2012

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Rebecca Federman of the Culinary Collections at the New York Public Library. Today, they are discussing the NYPLs old menu collection and the new Whats on the Menu? pro...Show More
Episode 105: Giuliano Hazan

32:32 | May 31st, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is on the phone with Giuliano Hazan, cooking instructor and author of a new book entitled Hazan Family Favorites. Giuliano comes from a tradition of fine Italian cooking. His mother, Marcella Hazan, is...Show More
Episode 104: Origins of the Modern Cookbook

34:34 | May 24th, 2012

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with cooking instructor, author and founder of LaVarenne Cooking School, Anne Willan. Annes cookbook, The Cookbook Library, includes cooking instructions from four centuries of recipe ...Show More
Episode 103: Ancient Grains

36:12 | May 17th, 2012

On this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking about ancient and whole grains with Maria Speck, IACP award winning author of the NYTimes notable book Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. Topics include Marias upbringing with whol...Show More
Episode 102: Sake

30:40 | May 10th, 2012

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is in the studio with Tim Sullivan, sake educator and founder of the site Tune in to hear about how rice processing and milling determines sake quality, why sake is more similar to...Show More
Episode 101: Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

33:28 | May 3rd, 2012

This week marks the 100th episode of A Taste of the Past; congratulations to our hostess, Linda Pelaccio! To celebrate her 100th episode, Linda is remembering Julia Childs 100th birthday with food writer and author of Julia Child: A Life, Laura Shapi...Show More
Episode 100: Preserving the Past

32:46 | Apr 26th, 2012

Each time a good cook dies without passing down recipes, family dishes become suddenly lost forever. - Unknown. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with food writer Donna Pierce about preserving the past through cuisine and recipes...Show More
Episode 99: Milk Through the Ages

36:43 | Apr 19th, 2012

Is milk natures perfect food? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by cookbook historian Anne Mendelson to debunk this myth. Anne is the author of Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages, a cookbook and overview of m...Show More
Episode 98: Sheilah Kaufman and Turkish Cuisine

31:03 | Apr 12th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with Sheilah Kaufman, author of The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories.The Ottoman Turks controlled areas from Egypt to Austria, and all of the foods of these regions are incorporated...Show More
Episode 97: The Manioc Route

31:31 | Apr 5th, 2012

What staple food feeds over 500 million people, and is gluten-free? Answer- the manioc root, and its this weeks topic on A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio sits down with Teresa Corção, chef/owner of O Navegador restaurant and co-founder of Instit...Show More
Episode 96: Jay Buchsbaum & Kosher Wine

30:15 | Mar 29th, 2012

In this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks kosher wine with Jay Buchsbaum of the Royal Wine Corp. Tune in to hear Linda and Jay define kosher wine, the history of wine in Israel, the caliber and standards for kosher wine and its pla...Show More
Episode 95: William Rubel and a History of Bread

36:08 | Mar 22nd, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past were talking about the history of bread with hostess, Linda Pelaccio, and her guest, William Rubel. William authored the hearth-cooking book The Magic of Fire, and now has a new book called Bread: A Global History. Li...Show More
Episode 94: Hummus Wars

28:38 | Mar 15th, 2012

How do you indigenize a food? What are the hummus wars? Tune in to a food identity themed episode of A Taste of the Past as Linda Pelaccio chats with Ari Ariel, Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. Tune in to learn how cuisine is ...Show More
Episode 93: Downton Abbey

30:51 | Mar 8th, 2012

Hooked on Downton Abbey? Curious what food was like during the Edwardian Period? Tune in to an especially historic episode of A Taste of the Past with Linda Pelaccio as she is joined by Cathy Kaufman, chair of the Culinary Historians of New York. Fin...Show More
Episode 92: Linsanity & Taiwanese Cuisine

32:33 | Mar 1st, 2012

Its Linsanity on A Taste of the Past!! Tune in as Linda discusses the cuisine and culture of Taiwan with Jessica Chien and Joanne Liu, freelance pastry chefs. Learn the differences between China, Japan and Taiwan when it comes to food and hear what m...Show More
Episode 91: Cracking the Jemima Code

37:20 | Feb 23rd, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by food writer and journalist Toni Tipton-Martin for a discussion on imagery, stereotypes and African American cuisine and culture as it relates to the famous and controversial image of Aunt ...Show More
Episode 90: Fabio Parasecoli

30:31 | Feb 16th, 2012

From food culture in 800BCE to the present day, this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past will take you there. With the help of New School professor of food studies, Fabio Parasecoli, host Linda Pelaccio takes you on a world tour of food globalizatio...Show More
Episode 89: Monica Bhide

31:05 | Jan 26th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past host Linda Pelaccio talks with food writer and interviewer Monica Bhide who has written on a variety of subjects from Indian cooking to her latest venture into the world of e-publishing with her newest e-book, In Conv...Show More
Episode 88: Rick Ellis

30:24 | Jan 19th, 2012

This week on A Taste of the Past get ready to dive in to the re-emerging world of table-scaping --ie. how to set and visually design a dinner table setting-- with host Linda Pelaccio. Joined by esteemed guest, food stylist, and historian Rick Ellis, ...Show More
Episode 87: Dining Out in Early Gotham

30:57 | Jan 5th, 2012

How did restaurants become such a staple in American culture? Tune in for a lively discussion with historian and professor Cindy Lobel on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda and Cindy chat about the history of restaurants in New York, an...Show More
Episode 86: Benedictine Liqueur

25:22 | Dec 22nd, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past we take a trip to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy where the Benedictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli created the liqueur Benedictine in the 16th century. With the help Benedictine brand ambassador Martin Duffy, learn al...Show More
Episode 85: The History of the Christmas Feast

33:22 | Dec 15th, 2011

Get ready to loosen up your belt a notch or two because A Taste of The Past is having a Christmas feast. Host Linda Pelaccio is joined accomplished food historian Clifford Wright who explains history of holiday feasts from the origin of the real St. ...Show More
Episode 84: The Lost Art of Real Cooking

32:18 | Dec 8th, 2011

This week on A Taste of The Past its time to rediscover The Lost Art of Real Cooking with Ken Albala who has written a book on just that. Learn how our liberation from the kitchen in the 70s has lead to our over-consumption of pre-made and pre-packag...Show More
Episode 83: Feeding Gotham: History of Urban Provisioning

33:50 | Dec 1st, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the history of public markets and meat supplies in New York City with Gergely Baics, Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College. Tune in to learn about food provisioni...Show More
Episode 82: Heritage Foods USA

30:01 | Nov 17th, 2011

When it comes to food, what exactly does Heritage mean? How did Slow Foods Ark of Taste help launch Heritage Foods USA and bring pasture raised pork and Heritage breed turkeys and chickens to the dinner plates of thousands of Americans? Hear the Heri...Show More
Episode 81: Liquid Gold: The Impact of Olive Oil on Western Civilization

38:26 | Nov 10th, 2011

Three million tonnes of liquid gold have been produced this year and no were not talking about bullion, were talking about olive oil. From its first sightings on ancient Egyptian pyramids to the many different styles and pressings today, olive oil ha...Show More
Episode 80: Julia Child and the Rise of Food TV

31:03 | Nov 3rd, 2011

This week A Taste of The Past investigates the rise in popularity and power of TV cooking shows. Host Linda Pelaccio looks into the origins that have resulted in todays obsession with food TV, with hundreds of shows on a multitude of dedicated food a...Show More
Episode 79: The Silver Spoon

32:08 | Oct 27th, 2011

This week A Taste of the Past recreates a classic master cookbook of the Italian vintage The Silver Spoon with the help of the editor Emilia Terragni of Phaidon Press. Emilia expounds on the challenges that face a culinary historian in translating a ...Show More
Episode 78: History of American Wine

32:14 | Oct 20th, 2011

We all know and love French and Italian wines, and of course California is known for its interesting varietals and grapes but what about wine in other parts of America? Did you know Virginia used to make award winning wine? Tune in to an informative ...Show More
Episode 76: Jacques Pepin

30:12 | Sep 29th, 2011

This week On A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by a very special guest who is not only a chef who has cooked for Charles de Gaulle and has 11 cookbooksbut who is also an Emmy Winner, a recipient of Frances highest honer: Chevalier de LOrdre des Ar...Show More
Episode 75: The Art of Eating with Ed Behr

30:36 | Sep 22nd, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Ed Behr, the man behind The Art of Eating, an in-depth periodical about the best food and wine. Linda and Ed discuss everything from subjective taste to food pleasures. Find out what you can learn ...Show More
Episode 74: A Southerly Course

32:00 | Sep 15th, 2011

This week on A Taste of The Past goes south to Mississippi with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Martha Hall Foose who was also the food stylist for the critically acclaimed move The Help, set in Mississippi in the 60s. Martha discusses the ...Show More
Episode 73: Barry Estabrook & Tomatoland

36:37 | Sep 8th, 2011

This week A Taste of the Past has a serious talk about tomatoes with James Beard award recipient Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. The discussion goes into the dark side of Ame...Show More
Episode 72: Hot Dogs

33:53 | Sep 1st, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of the hot dog with Bruce Kraig, Ph.D, author of Hot Dog, A Global History. Bruce has traveled the world tasting hot dogs and shares some very interesting variations including Korean batter...Show More
Episode 71: Eat Your Words: A Culinary History of the English Language

31:59 | Aug 18th, 2011

What do beat, bean, and leek all have in common with each other? Find out on this weeks episode A Taste of The Past where Linda goes into the history of food and culinary etymology with Ina Lipkowitz teacher of English literature and Biblical Studies...Show More
Episode 70: The Great American Debate: No National Dish

33:10 | Aug 4th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by author and teacher Megan Elias, author of the forthcoming book Taste of the Nation: American Cookbooks and Culture. Linda and Megan explore the history of American recipes, cuisine and cookbooks an...Show More
Episode 69: Food Preservation’s History and the 21st Century Root Cellar

38:45 | Jul 7th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of food preservation with Jack Kittredge, homesteader, instructor and Policy Director of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association). This episode was sponsored by The Smallholding Festiva...Show More
Episode 68: What is That thing? Antique Cooking Utensils

34:25 | Jun 30th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by kitchenware collector and creator of The Brooklyn Kitchen, Harry Rosenblum. Harry and Linda discuss the lineage of some familiar kitchen items and celebrate the nostalgia of antique utensils. Tune ...Show More
Episode 67: Voices from the Food Revolution

37:28 | Jun 23rd, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by journalist and creator of the Voices From the Food Revolution oral history project at NYU, Judith Weinraub to discuss how we came to this food renaissance in America. Tune in to learn what we share...Show More
Episode 65: Cast Iron Cookware

38:12 | Jun 9th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda sits down with cookware historian/collector Joel Schiff and author/poet Stacey Harwood to talk about the history of cast iron cookware. Joel traces the materials early beginnings in ancient China to its resurge...Show More
Episode 64: Italian Food: The Empire Strikes Again

40:07 | Jun 2nd, 2011

John Mariani, Esquire food critic, noted journalist and author of How Italian Food Conquered the World, is this weeks guest on A Taste of The Past. Linda and John trace the history of Italian and Italian American cuisine from the days where pizza ove...Show More
Episode 63: The Evolving Cuisine of Israel

38:59 | May 26th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the culinary history and traditions of Israel, both old and new, with Janna Gur. Janna Gur is the author of The Book of New Israeli Food and founder and editor of Tel Avivs top food and wine magazine. ...Show More
Episode 62: Ice Cream with Laura Weiss

35:26 | May 19th, 2011

Linda Pelaccio gets ready for summer as she explores the history of ice cream with noted journalist and author Laura Weiss on A Taste of the Past. Laura traces the history of ice cream, from its icy and innovative roots to its worldwide popularity to...Show More
Episode 61: Salt with Mark Bitterman

38:28 | May 5th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by salt expert and author of Salted: A Manifesto on the Worlds Most Essential Mineral, Mark Bitterman. Tune in to learn more about salt, the mineral that is essential for animal life and elemental in ...Show More
Episode 60: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

35:42 | Apr 28th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda invites filmmaker David Gelb and editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer to talk about their new film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, this documentary follows master sushi chef...Show More
Episode 59: The Potato: How it Changed the World

35:20 | Apr 21st, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda invites food historian and noted author Andy Smith to the program to explore and dissect the history of the most popular tuber and a staple of most diets - the potato. Did you know there are over 200 varieties ...Show More
Episode 58: Royal Weding Feasts

36:09 | Apr 14th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the decadent feasts behind royal weddings. Joined by food historian and period cookery instructor Ivan Day, she predicts what might been seen on the plates of guests at Prince Williams wedding and reve...Show More
Episode 57: An American Icon Turns 125

33:45 | Apr 7th, 2011

Join Linda Pelaccio as she celebrates the 125th anniversary of one of the most recognizable brands and products in the world - Coca-Cola. She is joined by Coca-Cola Company archivist Jamal Booker who takes us on a tour of the heritage of Americas mos...Show More
Episode 56: Joan Nathan

38:42 | Mar 31st, 2011

Award winning cookbook author, documentarian and TV personality Joan Nathan is Linda Pelaccios guest on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past. Joan talks about her latest book Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, ...Show More
Episode 55: America’s Vanished Foods

35:28 | Mar 24th, 2011

Linda Pelaccio explores Americas Vanished Foods on this weeks episode of A Taste of the Past with Andrew Beahrs, author of Twains Feast: Searching for Americas Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens. Tune in to hear about some of the original ...Show More
Episode 54: Vegetarian Cooking with Deborah Madison

36:43 | Mar 10th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Deborah Madison, The Julia Child of Vegetarian Cooking. Linda and Deborah dispel some of the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding vegetarian diets and explore ways to overcome the idea of a cente...Show More
Episode 53: Jessica B. Harris

45:43 | Mar 3rd, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes author, culinary historian, journalist and African American foodways expert Jessica B. Harris to the show. Jessica discusses some of the history included in her latest book High on the Hog. Tu...Show More
Episode 52: American Cooking with Molly O’Neill

32:30 | Feb 24th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the roots and current state of American Cooking with cookbook author and former NY Times columnist Molly ONeill. Molly talks about our culinary and recipe traditions in the United States and explores t...Show More
Episode 51: Secrets from the White House Kitchens

35:28 | Feb 17th, 2011

To celebrate Presidents Day, Linda invites author and former visiting White House Chef Jack Hanny to the studio to talk about his latest book, Secrets from the White House Kitchens. Jack goes into the history of cuisine at the Oval Office, chroniclin...Show More
Episode 50: Chocolate: a divine obsession

33:14 | Feb 10th, 2011

Valentines Day may have been intended to celebrate love, but we all know whats really on our mind around this time - chocolate! Tune into A Taste of the Past to learn more about one of the most commonly appreciated and seriously misunderstood treats....Show More
Episode 49: Chinese New Year Food Traditions

31:06 | Feb 3rd, 2011

This week on A Taste of The Past, Linda explores the gastronomic history and traditions of the Chinese New Year with culinary instructor and author of, Kho Kian Lam. They discuss the symbolism behind food items such as fish and dumplings,...Show More
Episode 48: The Ancient Legacy of the Mediterranean Diet

37:55 | Jan 27th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Moroccan born author and cooking instructor, Kitty Morse. Kittys latest book, A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Todays Table, is as much a history book as it is a cookbook. Tune i...Show More
Episode 47: The Evolution of the Modern Kitchen: 100 Years of Design

37:23 | Jan 20th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of the modern kitchen. Joined by food journalist and culinary historian Meryle Evans, Linda tells the story of the kitchen from its basement beginnings to its growth into a perfect work tri...Show More
Episode 46: Origins of Curry

32:11 | Jan 13th, 2011

This weeks discussion on A Taste of the Past focuses on curry, one of the most widley used - and misused - terms in the culinary lexicon. Joining Linda is Colleen Taylor Sen, a food historian and journalist specializing in the cuisine of India. Linda...Show More
Episode 45: Good Luck Round Foods for the New Year and Mochi making with Hiroko Shimbo

32:19 | Jan 6th, 2011

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by trained sushi chef, restaurant consultant, cooking instructor, and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo. Linda and Hiroko discuss the tradition of good luck round food for the new year along with the cere...Show More
Episode 44: Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl

35:41 | Dec 23rd, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes historian, master mixologist and author David Wondrich back to the show. Davids latest book, Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl, explores all things related to punch; from its cloudy o...Show More
Episode 43: Origins of Malaysian Flavors

34:40 | Dec 16th, 2010

Explore the history of Malaysian food this week on A Taste of the Past with Linda Pelaccio. Linda is joined by guest Susheela Raghavan, author of Flavors of Malaysia: A Journey Through Time, Tastes, and Traditions. Susheela discusses the history of M...Show More
Episode 42: Heritage of Chinese Cooking: The Wok

36:16 | Dec 9th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by author and wok master Grace Young. Her latest book is Stir-Frying to the Skys Edge, a book that explores everything from the origins and health benefits of stir-frying to the techniques great econo...Show More
Episode 41: Potato Latkes and the Food of Hanukkah

34:26 | Dec 2nd, 2010

Celebrate Hanukkah on a special episode of A Taste of the Past! Linda is joined by Rabbi, historian and author Gil Marks, author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Gil gives a brief history of Hanukkah and explains how it came to become a prominent ...Show More
Episode 40: Rozanne Gold

33:44 | Nov 18th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda sits down with multiple James Beard award winner and author of over a dozen cookbooks Rozanne Gold. They discussed Rozannes new book Radically Simple, a cookbook that focuses on clean, neat, healthy, and simple ...Show More
Episode 39: Thanksgiving and Historic Recipes

34:06 | Nov 11th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda tackles Thanksgiving, and journeys back to discover some of the original recipes used when the Plymouth Crew and the locals got together to celebrate the harvest. Joining Linda on this trip through the past is S...Show More
Episode 38: Wild Food

32:41 | Nov 4th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to master forager Connie Green. Recommended by Martha Stewart Living and co-author of The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes, Connie knows a thing or two about foraging. Learn how Connie is spr...Show More
Episode 37: Apples

33:46 | Oct 28th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda talks all things apple with Erik Baard a writer and an advocate for Newton Pippin apples, long considered the Cadillac of apples. Baard explains how the Pippin--fairly gross when eaten off the tree--sugars after...Show More
Episode 36: Truffles

34:31 | Oct 21st, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda delves into the luxurious world of the truffle, and speaks to Vincent Jeanseaume of Sabatino Tartufi. Vincent and Linda take a look at the many varieties of truffle available (or not-so-available), why truffle o...Show More
Episode 35: Our Obsession with Diets with Susan Yager

38:03 | Oct 7th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to Susan Yager, author of The Hundred Year Diet, an examination of Americas obsession with dieting, going back over a hundred years. Susan took a look at fad diets from the past and present; everything fr...Show More
Episode 34: Some Spicy History with Michael Krondl

37:28 | Sep 30th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda talks salt, pepper, and spice: currency, commodity, and culinary aid. Author and culinary historian Michael Krondl breaks down the roles that specific spices played in their respective empires; the English and D...Show More
Episode 33: Eataly with Joe Bastianich & Lidia Bastianich

27:32 | Sep 23rd, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to Joe Bastianich and his sainted mother Lidia Bastianich for a discussion about Eataly. The largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, Eataly is the brainchild of Mario Batali, the...Show More
Episode 32: Tailgating with Dave Joachim

30:24 | Sep 16th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda explores the very American tradition of tailgating. Follow tailgating from the chuck wagon to the station wagon as Linda looks back as far as the Civil War to find the roots of the tailgate. Joining her is Dave ...Show More
Episode 31: “Hoppin John” Taylor

34:33 | Aug 19th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda spoke to Hoppin John Taylor, master of low-country cooking. The low country is the coastal area of the Carolinas originally settled by wealthy plantation owners from Barbados. After French Huguenots and Mediterr...Show More
Episode 30: Holley Bishop, Brandon Hoy & Eddie Diaz

42:17 | Aug 12th, 2010

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda sat down with Holley Bishop. Bishop wrote Robbing the Bees, a book about the history of beekeeping and her own experience helping bee-keepers rob