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 Joachim, author of "A Man, A Can & a Plan" and "Mastering the Grill", a tailgate enthusiast and expert who revels in the ingenuity and community of tailgaters and their technology (eg. parking lots with outlets for each space). This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch: purveyors of fine grass-fed beef from the coast of CA.

Photo: an example of mass-tailgating