A Taste of the Past

Heritage Radio Network

Culinary historian Linda Pelaccio takes a journey through the history of food. Take a dive into food cultures through history, from ancient Mesopotamia and imperial China to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Tune in as Linda, along with a guest list of culinary chroniclers and enthusiasts, explores the lively links between food cultures of the present and past.

Location:

New York, NY

Description:

Culinary historian Linda Pelaccio takes a journey through the history of food. Take a dive into food cultures through history, from ancient Mesopotamia and imperial China to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Tune in as Linda, along with a guest list of culinary chroniclers and enthusiasts, explores the lively links between food cultures of the present and past.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Unraveling The Food of Taiwan with Cathy Erway

1/26/2023
Taiwanese food is closely associated with Fujian and Japanese cuisine. There is a lot of braising, pickling, steaming, deep-frying, and noodles. Linda talks with Taiwanese-American food blogger, cookbook author, and podcaster Cathy Erway, to learn about the origins, influences, and nuances of the food of Taiwan. Photo courtesy of Pete Lee. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is...

Duration:00:44:02

The History and Revival of Gelatin

1/12/2023
There was a time, beginning about 500 years ago, when aspic/gelatin represented the finest, most elite, five-star dining experience. Jello dishes—savory and sweet-- appeared in abundance in the following decades. However, as historian and author Ken Albala clearly points out, “Jello is among the best examples of a food that goes in and out of fashion." On this episode, Ken discusses the history and future of the slippery stuff from his new book, "The Great Gelatin Revival." Heritage Radio...

Duration:00:43:23

The Miracle of Salt

12/1/2022
Naomi Duguid has written fabulous books that are not only history and gastronomic adventures, but travelogues as well. In her newest work, she focuses on one ingredient--salt--and the essential role it has served for millennia in preserving, fermenting, and transforming food. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by Simplecast.

Duration:00:52:46

Talking Turkey: History of the Turkey Talk Line

11/10/2022
On Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys will be the centerpiece of American holiday tables. And, as usual, home cooks across the country will have questions and concerns about how to best prepare the big bird. For 41 years the Butterball team of experts has been fielding more than 100,000 calls during the holiday season on the Turkey Talk-Line. Bill Nolan, the Talk-Line Supervisor, shares the story. Photo Courtesy of Butterball. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported...

Duration:00:47:54

Marion Nestle: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics

10/21/2022
Marion Nestle is one of the original food activists in America. For nearly half a century, as she tells it in her recently published memoir Slow Cooked, she has been teaching and writing about the effects of politics on what we eat and, therefore, on our health. She has been called a courageous champion of healthy food, social justice, and scientific integrity. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A...

Duration:00:53:32

The Cookie Bible

10/14/2022
Legendary baker Rose Levy Beranbaum made history when she pioneered the reverse creaming technique for baking cakes. She wrote about it in her award-winning book, "The Cake Bible," 34 years ago. Now, twelve books later, she has just published "The Cookie Bible." On this episode, Rose shares her life of baking and love of cookies. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is Powered by...

Duration:00:47:53

History and Art of Dim Sum

9/22/2022
When the Michelin starred chef Andrew Wong was on a working tour of China, it ignited a burning curiosity in not just exploring the vast cultural and regional differences that have come to define the gastronomic identity of China, but also opened his eyes to the beauty of China’s 3000-year history first-hand. It inspired newfound respect for the local and ceremonial aspects of Chinese culinary heritage and began the formation of ideas for his own approach to cooking. And he sought help and...

Duration:00:43:00

The Cuban Sandwich: History in Layers

9/15/2022
According to the authors of a new book on the history of the Cuban Sandwich, "Hiding beween the thin slices of its fillings are invisible layers of meaning, the spirit of a people, and the story of a nation--the life and times of the Cuban Sandwich." They share the tales and delicious variations of how the Cubano became a symbol for a displaced people and won the hearts and bellies of America. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the...

Duration:00:41:55

The Genealogy of Chicago's 'Italian Beef'

9/8/2022
Every city has its own iconic food, particularly a sandwich. And in Chicago, it's the 'Italian Beef,' made even more well-known by the recent TV series "The Bear." Historian Anthony Buccini shares the facts of why it's Italian. We learn how the sandwich went from being served at festive occasions to being a staple take-out from a sandwich stand, all the while preserving its socio-cultural place in the cookery of Naples. Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons Heritage...

Duration:00:50:34

County and State Fairs: An American Tradition

8/11/2022
Last year, Capri Cafaro, host of HRN’s Eat Your Heartland Out, recorded a show about the summer State and County Fairs. I thought it would be a terrific way to get to know her podcast, and what could be more perfect in August than to replay this episode? There is nothing quite as American as the county or state fair. Capri welcomes Marla Calico, President & CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, who discusses the history behind the agricultural fair and how fairs...

Duration:00:41:44

Juneteenth: History and Food of the Celebration

6/9/2022
President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making it an official holiday 154 years after it was first celebrated in Texas in 1866. And that was two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Black people throughout America now embrace the official Juneteenth celebration on June 19th. One of HRN's OG podcast hosts, Nicole Taylor, joins me to talk about this very special holiday and to share recipes from her new cookbook, WATERMELON and RED...

Duration:00:53:25

Taiwan Noodle Culture and the 100yr-old Recipe

6/2/2022
A-Sha Noodles is the cult-favorite noodle brand known for its patented, 100-year-old legacy noodle recipe from Tainan, Taiwan. Starting in one market in 1977, the company's product is now recognized around the globe. A-Sha Foods USA has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine and selected as one of the Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time for more than five consecutive years. Founder and CEO Young Chang talks about the 100-year-old...

Duration:00:40:23

Tabletop Politics: Fascism in the Kitchen

5/12/2022
Over the past decade, Diana Garvin has conducted extensive research in Italian museums, libraries, archives, and first-hand interviews to examine the role of women's food work in relation to the politics of Fascism. She describes her findings from her new book that demonstrate how women and the Fascist state vied for control over national diet. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by becoming a member! A Taste of the Past is...

Duration:00:47:36

Taste Tibet: Food of the Himalayas

4/14/2022
Tibetan cuisine cannot be described without talking about the geography of place, or the tradition of Buddhist or shepherd culture. Husband and wife team Yeshi Jampa and Julie Kleeman talk about the history and unique background which captures the essence of Yeshi's recipes served at their food establishment, Taste Tibet, in Oxford, England, and which are now published in their new book, Taste Tibet: Family Recipes from the Himalayas. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit...

Duration:00:55:07

Italian Rice: Long History of a Short Grain

3/24/2022
Italy is the largest rice production country in Europe, with a cultivation area of well over a half million acres and 1.6 million tons of total grain production. And they have been cultivating rice since the late 15th century. Count Paolo Salvadori di Wiesenhoff is an heir to and owner of one of the oldest Italian rice farms, Principato di Lucedio, which has been in existence since the 1400's. He shares the history and evolution of Italian rice production. Heritage Radio Network is a...

Duration:00:43:51

Mothers' Ruin

3/3/2022
The gin myth of “Mother’s Ruin,” which was depicted in William Hogarth’s 1751 print, Gin Lane, has colored the perception of alcohol consumption by women for nearly 300 years. Dr. Nicola Nice, who built her brand, Pomp & Whimsy, in an effort to write women back into cocktail history, joins Linda Pelaccio to talk about the history of gin and women. Photo Courtesy of William Hogarth Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support A Taste of the Past by...

Duration:00:43:00

The General's Cook: the Life of Hercules Posey

2/18/2022
It was well known in diplomatic circles that one ate very well at President George Washington's table, thanks to his very talented, but enslaved cook Hercules. Stories abound about the fate of the famed cook. Author and culinary historian Ramin Ganeshram has discovered how he reemerged, now with the surname Posey, in New York City, where his skill as a chef helped him create a new life as a free man, embodying the foundational narrative of the United States. Heritage Radio Network is a...

Duration:00:40:02

Forgotten Past of Green Tea in America

12/9/2021
It’s a little known fact that in the nineteenth century, Americans favored green teas consumed hot with milk and sugar. The teas were imported from China until Japan developed an export industry centered on the U.S. Author Robert Hellyer explores the forgotten American preference and traces the trans-Pacific tea trade from the eighteenth century forward in his book, Green with Milk and Sugar (discount code: cup20). He shares his insights on how the interconnections between Japan and the...

Duration:00:40:34

The Women Left Out of Cocktail History

11/4/2021
The history of cocktails in America is heavily skewed toward the male’s tale when, in fact, that is only half of story of the cocktail’s rise to social prominence. Women are largely absent from the tales of the cocktail until the late 20th century, but they were making, serving, and writing about the scene and its art long before Jerry Thomas’s famed bartender’s guide. Dr. Nicola Nice recognized the history gap while working in market research advising liquor companies. Now, along with her...

Duration:00:53:57

American Cider

10/14/2021
Cider is delicious and it is historic. It is America’s first popular alcoholic beverage, made from apples brought across the Atlantic from England in colonial times. And over the past fifteen or so years it has been enjoying something of a revival. To appreciate the differing tastes of cider one needs to know more about the apples and the history as “Cider embodies the best and worst of America’s history and agricultural practices.” Cider specialists and authors Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo...

Duration:00:49:35