EPISODE 257 | December 8, 2016

All About Butter

From an accidental churning in ancient times to the modern day quest for the purest, silkiest spreads, butter has a…

EPISODE 256 | December 1, 2016

As American as…Black Pepper? Surprising Flavors of American Cuisine

American cuisine is often described as bland, but throughout our history flavors and spices such as pepper, vanilla, curry powder…

EPISODE 255 | November 17, 2016

A Culinary Journey: Historic Food Traditions

Intrepid traveler and writer Shane Mitchell shares her insights into the culture and regional cuisines of remote communities around the…

EPISODE 254 | November 10, 2016

The Myth of the Italian Mamma

Artist, writer, and accomplished cook Rob Chirico talks about growing up with an Italian mother who would rather be anywhere…

EPISODE 253 | November 3, 2016

China: 3000 Years of Flavor

Since ancient times Chinese cuisine has been a reflection of cultural triumph and struggle. From political battles and famines to…

EPISODE 252 | October 20, 2016

American Cake

Cakes in America aren’t just about sugar, flour, and frosting. They have a deep, rich history that developed as our…

EPISODE 251 | October 13, 2016

What’s In a Name: A Spirits History

In 1765 Richard Hennessy created the eponymous Cognac. Today, Maurice Hennessy, 8th generation, joins us to tell the story. And…

EPISODE 250 | October 6, 2016

Ten Restaurants that Changed America

Restaurants in America are as diverse as our population, and they speak volumes about our society according to Professor Paul…

EPISODE 249 | September 29, 2016

Food and Memories

Elissa Altman, James Beard Award-winning writer of the blog and book, Poor Man’s Feast sits down with Linda to talk…

EPISODE 248 | September 22, 2016

Stroopwafels – How the Dutch Gave Us Our Cookies

The Dutch were some of the earliest settlers in America, yet many of their culinary contributions remain little known. Food…

EPISODE 247 | September 15, 2016

Food Origins

Food history explores the origins of edible items, and Saveur magazine has joined the pursuit of interesting and perhaps unusual…

EPISODE 246 | September 8, 2016

Meat Loaf & Casseroles: Food of the Great Depression

After WWI, America went from sending food to war-starved Europe to suddenly no longer being the land of plenty. Authors…

EPISODE 245 | August 18, 2016

Funeral Food

On the season finale of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Sarah Lohman, to…

EPISODE 244 | August 4, 2016

Tastes Like Chicken

This week on A Taste of the Past – author and culinary historian Emelyn Rude traces the history of eating…

EPISODE 243 | July 28, 2016

Consider the Oyster

New York was once known as the oyster capital of the world, and was famous for the Blue Point Oyster…

EPISODE 242 | June 30, 2016

How Artisans Reclaimed America’s Lost Flavors

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined via phone by Patric Kuh, the multiple-James Beard…

EPISODE 241 | June 16, 2016

Food in the Gilded Age: What Ordinary Americans Ate

America’s Gilded Age, the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is renowned for the excesses of robber barons and tycoons…

EPISODE 240 | June 9, 2016

Paletas and the History of Mexican Sweets

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Fany Gerson. A graduate…

EPISODE 239 | June 2, 2016

Cooking of Spain’s Basque Region

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Chef Alex Raij. Alex…

EPISODE 238 | May 26, 2016

Fast Food: The Big, The Bad and The Hungry

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Andrew F. Smith, author…

EPISODE 237 | May 19, 2016

How Coke Became Kosher, and other tales

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Roger Horowitz, an historian of American business, technology, and…

EPISODE 236 | May 5, 2016

Foods of Alsace with Gabriel Kreuther

Chef Gabriel Kreuther joins us in the studio to talk about the cuisine of his native Alsace-Lorraine. A Michelin-starred chef, Kreuther…

EPISODE 235 | April 28, 2016

Foodways and Cooking of Appalachia

Appalachian food has been sustainable and organic for generations. They have been offering “farm to table” fare forever, without needing…

EPISODE 234 | April 14, 2016

Cuban Cocktail History

On this week’s A Taste of the Past, the tropical elegance and vibrant energy of Cuba’s rich history and culture…

EPISODE 233 | April 7, 2016

Ethnic Restaurateurs

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Krishnendu Ray, Department Chair…

EPISODE 232 | March 31, 2016

Modernizing Old World Mediterranean Jewish Recipes

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein. For twelve…

EPISODE 231 | March 24, 2016

From Harissa to Berbere and Beyond: History of Hot Sauce

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with “Pope of Peppers” Dave DeWitt, a food…

EPISODE 230 | March 17, 2016

The CIA Then and Now

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the…

EPISODE 229 | March 3, 2016

Italy: The Changing Food Culture

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by author, food…

EPISODE 228 | February 25, 2016

Long History of a Little Pea

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Clifford Wright and Tim McGreevy. In…

EPISODE 227 | February 11, 2016

Mac ‘n Cheese: Black Chefs in The White House

Adrian Miller is a ‘recovering’ lawyer, soul food scholar, and former special assistant to President Clinton and today joins Linda…

EPISODE 226 | February 4, 2016

How Big is Your Plate? Redesigning How We Eat

Ever wondered how plate size affects waist size?  This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is on…

EPISODE 225 | January 21, 2016

Evolution of Military Rations & Their Influence on Our Diet

Americans eat more processed foods than anyone else in the world. We also spend more on military research. These two…

EPISODE 224 | January 14, 2016

Folklore of Food

Folklore has long explored food as a core component of life, linked to identity, aesthetics, and community and connecting individuals…

EPISODE 223 | December 31, 2015

Chicago: A Food Biography

You don’t need anybody to tell you Chicago is a food city or to extol the virtues of chicken Vesuvio,…

EPISODE 222 | December 17, 2015

Sugarplums and Gingerbread: A History of Christmas Sweets

“While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…” But, what exactly is a sugarplum? On the season finale of A…

EPISODE 221 | December 10, 2015

Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Lidia Bastianich to the studio discussing her newest…

EPISODE 220 | November 26, 2015

Savoring Gotham

On a special episode A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by Cathy Kaufman, the managing editor of Savoring Gotham:…

EPISODE 219 | November 19, 2015

Libyan Jewish Cuisine in Rome

In 1967, four-thousand Jews fled from Libya, each with one suitcase and the equivalent of $50; half of them settled…

EPISODE 218 | November 12, 2015

New Orleans Food History

Using restaurants as a lens to observe the city’s cuisine, Lolis Elie talks about food, culture and customs of New…

EPISODE 217 | November 5, 2015

Nordic Cuisine

From smoked arctic char, meatball stew and savory puffed pancakes to Swedish almond wreaths, cardamom braids and whipped berry pudding,…

EPISODE 216 | October 29, 2015

Frederick Douglass Opie on Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neal Hurston is one of the most notable authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Her extensive ethnographic research on African…

EPISODE 215 | October 22, 2015

What America Ate Project – Food of the Great Depression

In an effort to preserve a period of America’s culinary history the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded the…

EPISODE 214 | October 15, 2015

100 Years of Pyrex: How it Changed the Way America Cooks

Look in your kitchen cabinet, there’s no doubt a Pyrex dish in there somewhere, whether it be a glass pie…

EPISODE 213 | October 8, 2015

What’s in a Name: Chinese Dishes

Take a trip to the Far East long ago as host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Kian Lam Kho to the studio for…

EPISODE 212 | October 1, 2015

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

Women of African descent have contributed to America’s food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still…

EPISODE 211 | September 24, 2015

Early American Heirloom Vegetables with William Woys Weaver

With the harvest season in bloom, A Taste of the Past host Linda Pelaccio welcomes food historian, author, and epicure…

EPISODE 210 | September 17, 2015

Manuscript Cookbooks

A Taste of the Past is back for a new radio season with host Linda Pelaccio welcoming guest Stephen Schmidt…

EPISODE 209 | July 30, 2015

Scottish Cuisine: “Beyond Haggis” with Rachel McCormack

What is Scottish cuisine? Well, it’s certainly more than haggis. Travel to the UK’s northern-most country on a brand new…

EPISODE 208 | June 11, 2015

Sugar and Sweets Around the World

A sweet tooth is a powerful thing! This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is exploring…

EPISODE 207 | June 4, 2015

Cuban Cuisine

The food of the Cuban table has largely been reproduced in other countries primarily by those who left their home…

EPISODE 206 | May 21, 2015

Roman Food Culture

Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. “Eating Rome,” is her homage…

EPISODE 205 | May 14, 2015

Man and his Bread

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Eric Kayser, artisan baker, founder of Maison Kayser,…

EPISODE 204 | May 7, 2015

Nordic Cuisine

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is taking listeners on a journey to Iceland! Welcoming…

EPISODE 203 | April 23, 2015

The Middle Eastern Roots of Spices and the Early Globalization of Food

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio takes listeners on a vivid and far-ranging…

EPISODE 202 | April 16, 2015

Sugar and its Dark History

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talkin’ sugar and its checkered, dark past with…

EPISODE 201 | April 9, 2015

Live From the IACP: Anne Willan

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio takes listeners along to the recent International Association of…

EPISODE 200 | April 2, 2015

Italian Food & Feasts

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Judy Witts Francini to talk all about the…

EPISODE 199 | March 19, 2015

Nowruz: Persian New Year Traditions

The vernal equinox is upon us and with it brings the start of spring! It is also the beginning of…

EPISODE 198 | March 5, 2015

Automat: The History, Book & Movie

Americans once sipped coffee and ate pie around communal tables, sharing their struggles and dreams with strangers at Horn &…

EPISODE 197 | February 26, 2015

History of Food in India

From dal to samosas, paneer to vindaloo, dosa to naan, today’s A Taste of the Past is delving into the…

EPISODE 196 | February 19, 2015

History of Dining on the Trans

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is taking a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway with…

EPISODE 195 | February 12, 2015

How the Other Half Ate: Working Class Meals of 1900

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is delving into the pages of culinary history, wondering…

EPISODE 194 | February 5, 2015

Preserving Traditional Italian Cuisine

Ciao! This week on a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is chatting with…

EPISODE 193 | January 15, 2015

Women Behind the Food Sections

This week on a brand new episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio kicks off 2015 talking…

EPISODE 192 | December 18, 2014

Chef Boyardee

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Anna Boiardi of the infamous Chef Boyardee empire….

EPISODE 191 | December 11, 2014

Eating Delancey: Jewish Food Memories

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is delving into some delicious food memories, using theJewish…

EPISODE 190 | December 4, 2014

Longevity Food

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is headed to the Grecian Island of Ikaria where…

EPISODE 189 | November 20, 2014

Turkey, An American Story

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is feeling festive, talking the history of the turkey…

EPISODE 188 | November 13, 2014

Brunch: A History

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Farha Ternikar, professor of sociology at Le Moyne…

EPISODE 187 | November 6, 2014

187

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes one of Greece’s foremost cooking authorities, Aglaia Kremezi…

EPISODE 186 | October 30, 2014

Mexico’s Culinary Heritage

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Margarita Carrillo Arronte to discuss the…

EPISODE 185 | October 16, 2014

Baby Food: A Cultural History

Were you a Gerber baby? This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking the history…

EPISODE 184 | October 9, 2014

Vegetarian Flavors

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Karen Page, author of many books but most…

EPISODE 183 | October 2, 2014

Colonial Drinks: Shrubs, Flips, & Rattle

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is talking shrubs, flips, and rattle-skulls – aka colonial…

EPISODE 182 | September 25, 2014

History of the Potato Chip

What is it about salty snacks? What is it, in particular, about the potato chip? Learn about the history of…

EPISODE 181 | September 11, 2014

Bread with Lionel Vatinet

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio kicks off the new radio season welcoming Lionel Vatinet,…

EPISODE 180 | August 28, 2014

The Food History Reader

It’s that time of year again – students are headed back to school! Linda Pelaccio gets in the spirit on…

EPISODE 179 | July 3, 2014

Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie

What is Midwestern cuisine? We may not ever know, but we get closer to understanding the food of the Midwest…

EPISODE 178 | June 26, 2014

The Donut with Michael Krondl

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda tackles the delectable topic of the donut with food historian, Michael…

EPISODE 177 | June 19, 2014

Food Obsessed Metropolis

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes Cindy Lobel to the program. Cindy is an assistant professor…

EPISODE 176 | June 12, 2014

Ramen: The Untold History

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks about the history of ramen in Japan and the…

EPISODE 175 | June 5, 2014

History of Food in Italy with Fabio Parasecoli

How does one begin to encapsulate the varied cuisine of Italy? On this episode of A Taste of the Past,…

EPISODE 174 | May 29, 2014

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

Linda Pelaccio welcomes Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his husband Brent Ridge, who are known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, to this…

EPISODE 173 | May 22, 2014

Food Trends with David Sax

David Sax is an expert of food trends and author of Save the Deli and most recently The Tastemakers: Why…

EPISODE 172 | May 8, 2014

Real Pasta with Maureen Fant

You think you know pasta? Think again! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio chats with author…

EPISODE 171 | May 1, 2014

Beyond Bratwurst

German cuisine is often thought of as brats and not much else. Ursula Heinzelmann is here to change that perception…

EPISODE 170 | April 17, 2014

Pretzel History with Hans Röckenwagner

Pretzel history is this week’s topic on A Taste of the Past. Linda interviews Hans Röckenwagner, owner and founder of…

EPISODE 169 | April 10, 2014

Delmonico’s Restaurant

In 1827, before Delmonico’s opened, diners ate at cafes and boarding houses (inns), where the food was simply the food…

EPISODE 168 | April 3, 2014

The History of Knives with Peter Hertzmann

Peter Hertzmann is an author, instructor, blogger, historian, and occasional butcher. Today, Peter’s expertise that shines through the rest is…

EPISODE 167 | March 27, 2014

Foods of The Silk Road

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of Rhubarb and other foods of The Silk…

EPISODE 166 | March 20, 2014

Darina Allen: 30 Years at Ballymaloe

Darina Allen joins us on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, to tell us about Ballymaloe Cookery…

EPISODE 165 | March 13, 2014

Turmeric

Turmeric: health benefits, flavor, dyes, and more. This spice is used in many eastern cuisines, such as Thai and Malaysian….

EPISODE 164 | February 20, 2014

Anne Northup: Northern Creole Cookery

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda’s guest is culinary historian, storyteller, and Soul Food authority, Tonya Hopkins….

EPISODE 163 | February 13, 2014

American Icons: Chocolate Chip Cookies and SPAM

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the origin of the chocolate chip cookie. Her guest Carolyn…

EPISODE 162 | February 6, 2014

Is Candy Food?

This week on A Taste of the Past: is candy food? Linda Pelaccio interviews Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A…

EPISODE 161 | January 30, 2014

History of Salmon as Food with Nic Mink

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda talks to Nic Mink, professor at the Center for Urban Ecology…

EPISODE 160 | January 23, 2014

Andrew Smith

This week on A Taste of the Past, the subject is New York City food. Linda speaks with Andrew Smith,…

EPISODE 159 | January 16, 2014

Gustavo Arellano & Taco History

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Gustavo Arellano to discus the history of the…

EPISODE 158 | January 9, 2014

History of Refrigeration

“A cold chain is a supply chain that transports and stores temperature sensitive perishable goods. The most visible manifestation of…

EPISODE 157 | December 19, 2013

Alice Ross on the History of Christmas Dinner

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the roots of the Christmas celebration. She brings in…

EPISODE 156 | December 12, 2013

Robert Sietsema on The History of Pizza

This week on a thrilling episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio brings in features writer for EaterNY.com,…

EPISODE 155 | November 21, 2013

Open Hearth Cooking

Imagine having to cook Thanksgiving dinner over an open fire! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio…

EPISODE 154 | November 14, 2013

The Vegetarian Crusade

Adam Shprintzen discusses 19th Century vegetarianism in his book, The Vegetarian Crusade. This week on A Taste of the Past,…

EPISODE 153 | November 7, 2013

Invention of the American Meal

This week on A Taste of the Past, Abigail Carroll joins host Linda Pelaccio via phone for a discussion on…

EPISODE 152 | October 31, 2013

Halloween History

It’s Halloween on A Taste of the Past at the HRN studios! Host Linda Pelaccio welcomes historic gastronomist and blogger,…

EPISODE 151 | October 24, 2013

Fried Chicken: Tracing the African Roots with Michael Twitty

On today’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio talks about the huge craze that surrounds fried…

EPISODE 150 | October 17, 2013

Cuisine & Empire with Rachel Laudan

Rachel Laudan is taking a culinary approach to world history in her book, Cuisine & Emire! This week on A…

EPISODE 149 | October 3, 2013

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

On today’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Anya Von Bremzen, author, journalist, food writer,…

EPISODE 148 | September 26, 2013

Mollie Katzen on Vegetables

On today’s episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with special guest Mollie Katzen, known throughout…

EPISODE 147 | September 5, 2013

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook

Linda Pelaccio visits The Fabulous Beekman Boys at their farm to discuss The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook on this…

EPISODE 146 | August 29, 2013

Who Was Betty Crocker?

Betty Crocker is not, and never was, a real person – but that doesn’t change the effect she had on…

EPISODE 145 | August 22, 2013

Housewives’ Paradise: History of Supermarkets

Learn about the social and economic implications of the supermarket on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past….

EPISODE 144 | August 15, 2013

Breakfast History

Most of us eat breakfast every day, but we rarely think of the the origins behind the meal. From etymology…

EPISODE 143 | August 8, 2013

Kitchen History with Tori Avey

What foods were historical figures like Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo Da Vinci eating during their lifetimes? On this…

EPISODE 142 | August 1, 2013

Antarctic Cuisine

Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and cuisine on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda…

EPISODE 141 | June 27, 2013

A History of Food in 100 Recipes

William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins Linda Pelaccio for this week’s episode of A…

EPISODE 140 | June 20, 2013

Coffee History

Mark Pendergrast comes into the studio this week on A Taste of the Past to talk about the history of…

EPISODE 139 | June 13, 2013

Darina Allen & Irish Traditional Cooking

Darina Allen is an Irish chef, food writer, TV personality, and founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Schanagarry, County…

EPISODE 138 | June 6, 2013

Roman Chefs Look to the Past

Katie Parla is in love with the contemporary Roman food scene! On this week’s episode of A Taste of the…

EPISODE 137 | May 30, 2013

Dione Lucas: Television’s First Celebrity Chef

Who was television’s first cooking star? If you guessed Julia Child, you must be forgetting Dione Lucas! This week on…

EPISODE 136 | May 23, 2013

Babylonia and Beyond: History of Iraqi Cuisine

Nawal Nasrallah joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to celebrate the new edition of her book, Delights from the Garden…

EPISODE 135 | May 9, 2013

Lynne Olver & FoodTimeline.org

Lynne Olver is a reference librarian with a passion for food! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda…

EPISODE 134 | May 2, 2013

Food Gangsters

Did you know that gangsters controlled nearly all of the food distribution in Depression-era New York City? This week on…

EPISODE 133 | April 11, 2013

History of Vegetarianism

Learn about the history of vegetarianism and veganism with Rynn Berry. Rynn joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to talk…

EPISODE 132 | March 28, 2013

Easter Sweets & Ancient Rites of Spring

Michael Krondl is talking Easter sweets on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past! Michael joins Linda Pelaccio…

EPISODE 131 | March 14, 2013

Clodagh McKenna

Getting excited about St. Patrick’s Day? Tune in to A Taste of the Past this week as Linda Pelaccio hosts…

EPISODE 130 | March 7, 2013

Kubee Kassaye

How did an Ethiopian immigrant become an award winning chef in NYC? Find out today on A Taste of the…

EPISODE 129 | February 28, 2013

Farm To Table: Financial Pathways of Food

Kara Newman explains The Secret Financial Life of Food on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda…

EPISODE 128 | February 21, 2013

Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

Master the art of Southern cooking today on A Taste of the Past! This week, Linda Pelaccio is joined in…

EPISODE 127 | February 14, 2013

Chocolate: From Pre

It’s Valentine’s Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by indulging with some luxurious chocolate! This week on…

EPISODE 126 | February 7, 2013

Found Food: Lewis & Clark with Mary Gunderson

Mary Gunderson chronicles the journey and food of the Lewis & Clark expedition in her book, The Food Journal of…

EPISODE 125 | January 31, 2013

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Learning Culture through Food

Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil, and food writing are the topics of the day on A Taste of the Past! Linda…

EPISODE 124 | January 24, 2013

A Taste of Russia with Darra Goldstein

With all of the focus on ethnic and regional cooking in the modern food movement, why is Russian cuisine so…

EPISODE 123 | January 17, 2013

Making a Case for Home Ec

“The kitchen anchors the country’s economic, social, and political life.” Christine Baumgarthuber revives the dying discipline of home economics on…

EPISODE 122 | January 10, 2013

Drinking History with Andrew F. Smith

This week on A Taste of the Past, Andrew F. Smith once again joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio! Andy…

EPISODE 121 | December 13, 2012

Donuts: America’s Obsession

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is investigating the recent donut trend! Tune in to hear…

EPISODE 120 | December 6, 2012

Soy Sauce History with Chef Helen Roberts

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio delving into the history of soy sauce with Helen Roberts,…

EPISODE 119 | November 29, 2012

A History of Peanut Butter with Author Jon Krampner

Everyone has heard about George Washington Carver, and his famous peanut preparations. But did you know that he did not…

EPISODE 118 | November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving’s Roots with Food Historian Sandy Oliver

Linda Pelaccio begins today’s episode of A Taste of the Past by taking a moment to spread the word about…

EPISODE 117 | November 8, 2012

Antonin Careme: “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings” with Eric Lanlard, British Celebrity Pastry Chef

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by celebrity pastry chef to the stars…

EPISODE 116 | October 25, 2012

What the Musketeers Drank with David Lincoln Ross

What spirit were the Three Musketeers drinking back in the 17th century? Armagnac! On this episode of A Taste of…

EPISODE 115 | October 18, 2012

Cucina Ebraica

On today’s episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking about Jewish Italian food, or Cucina Ebraica,…

EPISODE 114 | October 11, 2012

Betty Fussell, The Accidental Food Historian

American food writer Betty Fussell joins Linda Pelaccio this week on “A Taste of the Past” for a conversation on…

EPISODE 113 | October 4, 2012

Burmese Cuisine with Naomi Duguid

This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by Canadian food writer Noami Duguid, who…

EPISODE 112 | September 27, 2012

Cider with Ben Watson

What’s more American than apple pie? Answer: apple cider! On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda…

EPISODE 111 | August 30, 2012

Whole Grains

Grains take center stage on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past as host Linda Pelaccio is joined…

EPISODE 110 | August 9, 2012

The Rise and Fall of Tuna

Did you know that most Americans did not eat tuna until the 20th century? On this week’s episode of A…

EPISODE 109 | July 19, 2012

Alice Medrich, First Lady of Chocolate

Cooking with chocolate is the theme on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, as Linda Pelaccio is…

EPISODE 108 | June 28, 2012

Herbs: A Global History

What differentiates an herb from a weed? And what historical significance do herbs hold? Today’s episode of A Taste of…

EPISODE 107 | June 21, 2012

Remembering Craig Claiborne with Tom McNamee

This week’s episode of A Taste of the Past is a dedication to Craig Claiborne, legendary New York Times restaurant…

EPISODE 106 | June 14, 2012

Historic Menus

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Rebecca Federman of…

EPISODE 105 | May 31, 2012

Giuliano Hazan

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is on the phone with Giuliano Hazan, cooking instructor and…

EPISODE 104 | May 24, 2012

Origins of the Modern Cookbook

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with cooking instructor, author and founder of…

EPISODE 103 | May 17, 2012

Ancient Grains

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking about ancient and whole grains with…

EPISODE 102 | May 10, 2012

Sake

On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is in the studio with Tim Sullivan, sake educator…

EPISODE 101 | May 3, 2012

Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

This week marks the 100th episode of A Taste of the Past; congratulations to our hostess, Linda Pelaccio! To celebrate…

EPISODE 100 | April 26, 2012

Preserving the Past

“Each time a good cook dies without passing down recipes, family dishes become suddenly lost forever.” – Unknown. This week…

EPISODE 99 | April 19, 2012

Milk Through the Ages

Is milk “nature’s perfect food”? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by cookbook historian…

EPISODE 98 | April 12, 2012

Sheilah Kaufman and Turkish Cuisine

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with Sheilah Kaufman, author of The Turkish Cookbook: Regional…

EPISODE 97 | April 5, 2012

The Manioc Route

What staple food feeds over 500 million people, and is gluten-free? Answer- the manioc root, and it’s this week’s topic…

EPISODE 96 | March 29, 2012

Jay Buchsbaum & Kosher Wine

In this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio talks kosher wine with Jay Buchsbaum of the Royal…

EPISODE 95 | March 22, 2012

William Rubel and a History of Bread

This week on A Taste of the Past we’re talking about the history of bread with hostess, Linda Pelaccio, and…

EPISODE 94 | March 15, 2012

Hummus Wars

How do you indigenize a food? What are the hummus wars? Tune in to a food identity themed episode of…

EPISODE 93 | March 8, 2012

Downton Abbey

Hooked on Downton Abbey? Curious what food was like during the Edwardian Period? Tune in to an especially historic episode…

EPISODE 92 | March 1, 2012

Linsanity & Taiwanese Cuisine

It’s Linsanity on A Taste of the Past!! Tune in as Linda discusses the cuisine and culture of Taiwan with…

EPISODE 91 | February 23, 2012

Cracking the Jemima Code

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined by food writer and journalist Toni Tipton-Martin for…

EPISODE 90 | February 16, 2012

Fabio Parasecoli

From food culture in 800BCE to the present day, this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past will take…

EPISODE 89 | January 26, 2012

Monica Bhide

This week on A Taste of the Past host Linda Pelaccio talks with food writer and interviewer Monica Bhide who…

EPISODE 88 | January 19, 2012

Rick Ellis

This week on A Taste of the Past get ready to dive in to the re-emerging world of “table-scaping” –ie….

EPISODE 87 | January 5, 2012

Dining Out in Early Gotham

How did restaurants become such a staple in American culture? Tune in for a lively discussion with historian and professor…

EPISODE 86 | December 22, 2011

Benedictine Liqueur

This week on A Taste of the Past we take a trip to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy where…

EPISODE 85 | December 15, 2011

The History of the Christmas Feast

Get ready to loosen up your belt a notch or two because A Taste of The Past is having a…

EPISODE 84 | December 8, 2011

The Lost Art of Real Cooking

This week on A Taste of The Past it’s time to rediscover The Lost Art of Real Cooking with Ken…

EPISODE 83 | December 1, 2011

Feeding Gotham: History of Urban Provisioning

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the history of public markets and meat supplies in…

EPISODE 82 | November 17, 2011

Heritage Foods USA

When it comes to food, what exactly does Heritage mean? How did Slow Food’s Ark of Taste help launch Heritage…

EPISODE 81 | November 10, 2011

Liquid Gold: The Impact of Olive Oil on Western Civilization

Three million tonnes of liquid gold have been produced this year and no we’re not talking about bullion, we’re talking…

EPISODE 80 | November 3, 2011

Julia Child and the Rise of Food TV

This week A Taste of The Past investigates the rise in popularity and power of TV cooking shows. Host Linda…

EPISODE 79 | October 27, 2011

The Silver Spoon

This week A Taste of the Past recreates a classic master cookbook of the Italian vintage “The Silver Spoon” with…

EPISODE 78 | October 20, 2011

History of American Wine

We all know and love French and Italian wines, and of course California is known for it’s interesting varietals and…

EPISODE 76 | September 29, 2011

Jacques Pepin

This week On A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by a very special guest who is not only…

EPISODE 75 | September 22, 2011

The Art of Eating with Ed Behr

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Ed Behr, the man behind The Art of…

EPISODE 74 | September 15, 2011

A Southerly Course

This week on A Taste of The Past goes south to Mississippi with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Martha Hall…

EPISODE 73 | September 8, 2011

Barry Estabrook & Tomatoland

This week A Taste of the Past has a serious talk about tomatoes with James Beard award recipient Barry Estabrook,…

EPISODE 72 | September 1, 2011

Hot Dogs

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of the hot dog with Bruce Kraig, Ph.D,…

EPISODE 71 | August 18, 2011

Eat Your Words: A Culinary History of the English Language

What do beat, bean, and leek all have in common with each other? Find out on this week’s episode A…

EPISODE 70 | August 4, 2011

The Great American Debate: No National Dish

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by author and teacher Megan Elias, author of the…

EPISODE 69 | July 7, 2011

Food Preservation’s History and the 21st Century Root Cellar

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of food preservation with Jack Kittredge, homesteader, instructor…

EPISODE 68 | June 30, 2011

What is That thing? Antique Cooking Utensils

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by kitchenware collector and creator of The Brooklyn Kitchen,…

EPISODE 67 | June 23, 2011

Voices from the Food Revolution

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by journalist and creator of the “Voices From the…

EPISODE 66 | June 16, 2011

Reconstructing Historic Royal Kitchens: The Tudor Kitchens of Henry VIII and the Newly Discovered Kitchens of George III

EPISODE 65 | June 9, 2011

Cast Iron Cookware

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda sits down with cookware historian/collector Joel Schiff and author/poet Stacey Harwood…

EPISODE 64 | June 2, 2011

Italian Food: The Empire Strikes Again

John Mariani, Esquire food critic, noted journalist and author of “How Italian Food Conquered the World”, is this week’s guest…

EPISODE 63 | May 26, 2011

The Evolving Cuisine of Israel

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the culinary history and traditions of Israel, both old and…

EPISODE 62 | May 19, 2011

Ice Cream with Laura Weiss

Linda Pelaccio gets ready for summer as she explores the history of ice cream with noted journalist and author Laura…

EPISODE 61 | May 5, 2011

Salt with Mark Bitterman

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by salt expert and author of “Salted: A Manifesto…

EPISODE 60 | April 28, 2011

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda invites filmmaker David Gelb and editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer to talk about…

EPISODE 59 | April 21, 2011

The Potato: How it Changed the World

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda invites food historian and noted author Andy Smith to the program…

EPISODE 58 | April 14, 2011

Royal Weding Feasts

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the decadent feasts behind royal weddings. Joined by food historian…

EPISODE 57 | April 7, 2011

An American Icon Turns 125

Join Linda Pelaccio as she celebrates the 125th anniversary of one of the most recognizable brands and products in the…

EPISODE 56 | March 31, 2011

Joan Nathan

Award winning cookbook author, documentarian and TV personality Joan Nathan is Linda Pelaccio’s guest on this week’s episode of A…

EPISODE 55 | March 24, 2011

America’s Vanished Foods

Linda Pelaccio explores America’s Vanished Foods on this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past with Andrew Beahrs, author…

EPISODE 54 | March 10, 2011

Vegetarian Cooking with Deborah Madison

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Deborah Madison, “The Julia Child of Vegetarian Cooking”….

EPISODE 53 | March 3, 2011

Jessica B. Harris

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes author, culinary historian, journalist and African American foodways expert…

EPISODE 52 | February 24, 2011

American Cooking with Molly O’Neill

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the roots and current state of American Cooking with cookbook…

EPISODE 51 | February 17, 2011

Secrets from the White House Kitchens

To celebrate President’s Day, Linda invites author and former visiting White House Chef Jack Hanny to the studio to talk…

EPISODE 50 | February 10, 2011

Chocolate: a divine obsession

Valentine’s Day may have been intended to celebrate love, but we all know what’s really on our mind around this…

EPISODE 49 | February 3, 2011

Chinese New Year Food Traditions

This week on A Taste of The Past, Linda explores the gastronomic history and traditions of the Chinese New Year…

EPISODE 48 | January 27, 2011

The Ancient Legacy of the Mediterranean Diet

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by Moroccan born author and cooking instructor, Kitty Morse….

EPISODE 47 | January 20, 2011

The Evolution of the Modern Kitchen: 100 Years of Design

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of the modern kitchen. Joined by food journalist…

EPISODE 46 | January 13, 2011

Origins of Curry

This week’s discussion on A Taste of the Past focuses on curry, one of the most widley used – and…

EPISODE 45 | January 6, 2011

Good Luck Round Foods for the New Year and Mochi making with Hiroko Shimbo

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by trained sushi chef, restaurant consultant, cooking instructor, and…

EPISODE 44 | December 23, 2010

Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes historian, master mixologist and author David Wondrich back to the…

EPISODE 43 | December 16, 2010

Origins of Malaysian Flavors

Explore the history of Malaysian food this week on A Taste of the Past with Linda Pelaccio. Linda is joined…

EPISODE 42 | December 9, 2010

Heritage of Chinese Cooking: The Wok

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda is joined by author and wok master Grace Young. Her latest…

EPISODE 41 | December 2, 2010

Potato Latkes and the Food of Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah on a special episode of A Taste of the Past! Linda is joined by Rabbi, historian and author…

EPISODE 40 | November 18, 2010

Rozanne Gold

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda sits down with multiple James Beard award winner and author of…

EPISODE 39 | November 11, 2010

Thanksgiving and Historic Recipes

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda tackles Thanksgiving, and journeys back to discover some of the original…

EPISODE 38 | November 4, 2010

Wild Food

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to master forager Connie Green. Recommended by Martha Stewart Living…

EPISODE 37 | October 28, 2010

Apples

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda talks all things apple with Erik Baard a writer and an…

EPISODE 36 | October 21, 2010

Truffles

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda delves into the luxurious world of the truffle, and speaks to…

EPISODE 35 | October 7, 2010

Our Obsession with Diets with Susan Yager

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to Susan Yager, author of “The Hundred Year Diet”, an…

EPISODE 34 | September 30, 2010

Some Spicy History with Michael Krondl

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda talks salt, pepper, and spice: currency, commodity, and culinary aid. Author…

EPISODE 33 | September 23, 2010

Eataly with Joe Bastianich & Lidia Bastianich

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda speaks to Joe Bastianich & his sainted mother Lidia Bastianich for…

EPISODE 32 | September 16, 2010

Tailgating with Dave Joachim

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda explores the very American tradition of tailgating. Follow tailgating from the…

EPISODE 31 | August 19, 2010

“Hoppin John” Taylor

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda spoke to “Hoppin John” Taylor, master of “low-country” cooking. The low…

EPISODE 30 | August 12, 2010

Holley Bishop, Brandon Hoy & Eddie Diaz

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda sat down with Holley Bishop. Bishop wrote “Robbing the Bees”, a…

EPISODE 29 | August 5, 2010

Kara Newman

This week, author Kara Newman, author of “Spice and Ice”, stops by to announce the second golden age of the…

EPISODE 28 | July 22, 2010

Steven Raichlen

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda spoke to Barbecue Bible (blog and book series) author Steven Raichlen…

EPISODE 27 | July 15, 2010

Jane Ziegelman

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda spoke to Jane Ziegelman, author of the book “97 Orchard: An…

EPISODE 26 | June 24, 2010

Jimmy Carbone

Jimmy Carbone spoke to Linda about beer’s history as a medicinal aid, German purity laws and why they can help…

EPISODE 25 | June 10, 2010

Seamus Mullen

This week on Taste of the Past Linda spoke with Seamus Mullen of Boqueria & Boqueria Soho. They discussed the…

EPISODE 24 | June 3, 2010

Amy Cotler

Linda talks about the trials and tribulations of the devoted Locavore with Amy Cotler, author of “The Locavore Way”. Amy…

EPISODE 23 | May 27, 2010

Gabriel Ross

Linda speaks to Gabriel Ross, chef and charcoutier at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market, NYC. Get the skinny on…

EPISODE 22 | May 20, 2010

Ice Cream with Jon Snyder & Jeri Quinzio

This week on A Taste of the Past Linda spoke with two masters of frozen delights. Jon Snyder of Il…

EPISODE 21 | May 13, 2010

Heirloom Seeds with Amy Goldman

Linda sits down with author, horticulture legend and the worlds premiere vegetable gardener Amy Goldman. Amy also serves as the…

EPISODE 20 | May 6, 2010

Trevor Gulliver

Trevor Gulliver of St John stops by to talk Nose To Tail Philosophy, and preview some of the new projects…

EPISODE 19 | April 29, 2010

Mitchell Davis

Linda talks with Mitchell Davis, Vice President of the James Beard Foundation about the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants and the…

EPISODE 18 | April 22, 2010

Rice with Renee Marton

This week’s theme is rice, as Linda is joined by author and chef Renee Marton.

EPISODE 17 | April 15, 2010

Bread Baking with Jim Lahey

Linda sits down with Jim Lahey, the owner of Sullivan St Bakery. They talk about the origins of bread baking,…

EPISODE 16 | April 8, 2010

Jake Dickson

Linda sits down with Jake Dickson of Dickson’s Farmstand meats. They discuss the recent trend towards traceable and sustainable meats.

EPISODE 15 | April 1, 2010

BBQ History with Zak Pelaccio

Zak Pelaccio talks about the history of BBQ and discusses the philosophy behind his newest venture, Fatty ‘Cue

EPISODE 14 | March 25, 2010

Passover Cuisine with Jayne Cohen

Jayne Cohen talks about Passover cuisine and her books “Jewish Holiday Cooking” and “The Gefilte Variations”.

EPISODE 13 | March 18, 2010

Asian Food Culture with Danielle Chang

Sponsored by Dickson’s Farmstand Meats. Linda talks with Danielle Chang about Asian food culture and upcoming festivals in New York…

EPISODE 12 | March 11, 2010

Maple Syrup

This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda tells us all about the origins and uses of maple syrup.

EPISODE 11 | March 4, 2010

Television Cooking Show History with Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins, author of Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows, talks about the past, present and…

EPISODE 10 | February 23, 2010

Peter Kaminsky & Donna Gelb

Linda speaks to Peter Kaminsky and Donna Gelb about the book, “Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way”.

EPISODE 9 | February 18, 2010

Joanne Lamb Hayes

Author Joanne Lamb Hayes talks about wartime culinary trends, victory gardens & meat Substitutes.

EPISODE 8 | February 11, 2010

Italian Cuisine Traditions with Michele Scicolone

This week, Michele Scicolone comes by to talk about croc pots, Italian cuisine traditions and her latest book “The Italian…

EPISODE 7 | February 4, 2010

Chinese Food with Andrew Coe

This week on A Taste Of The Past, Linda Pelaccio talks with author and culinary historian Andrew Coe about the…

EPISODE 6 | January 26, 2010

Toni Lydecker

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes author Toni Lydecker to the studio to discuss…

EPISODE 5 | January 21, 2010

Jewish Delicatessens with David Sax

On this week’s episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda interviews David Sax, author of Save the Deli, about…

EPISODE 4 | January 11, 2010

Mesopotamian Cuisine with Cathy Kaufman

On this week’s A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes Cathy Kaufman, professional chef and food writer to the studio…

EPISODE 3 | January 3, 2010

History of the Hamburger with Andrew Smith

On this week’s A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio hosts famed food writer Andrew Smith to talk about the…

EPISODE 2 | December 17, 2009

Punch with David Wondrich

On this week’s A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio takes us on a journey through time to trace the…

EPISODE 1 | December 10, 2009

William Grimes: A History of New York Restaurants

On the pilot episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio takes us on a journey through the history…

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Why the Recession Helped the Donut

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