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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 food in Italy. Learn how a desire for modernization suppressed the interest in Italian heirloom ingredients. Find out how economic conditions shaped Italian cuisine today. Why is Italian food so regionally diverse, and how do Italians express their local pride through food? How did Italians incorporate agricultural products from other areas into their culinary identity? Find out on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! Thanks to our sponsor, The International Culinary Center. Music by Idgy Dean.

"There was this idea of being 'modern' rather than 'Italian', and that allowed for the spread of products throughout the country, and many of them were industrialized food products." [9:30]

-- Fabio Parasecoli on A Taste of the Past


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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 evolutionary mechanisms that salmon have developed to survive. Later, Nic and Linda discuss the developments in catching and storing salmon - from wild to farm-raised, line caught and canned. Tune in to hear the whole discussion! This program has been sponsored by Fairway Market. Today's music provided by The Hollows.

"Salmon was kind of nature's first convenience food." [10:40]

"If you ever see on a menu 'Wild Atlantic Salmon', that restaurant is either doing something incredibly bad, or they are mislabeling their menu." [24:45]

"The best thing to do for a wild salmon actually is to eat one!" [34:05]

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William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins Linda Pelaccio for this week's 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 of fast food and supermarkets, and how the idea of self-service mechanized the business of eating. From Mesopotamia to Mario Batali, William highlights and reproduces important recipes in order to transport the reader to specific time periods. How do different foods denote status? Learn about William's literary lineage, and how that inspired his writing. How did William decide to outline his book, and why does food history research require primary sources? Find out all of this and more on this week's edition of A Taste of the Past! Thanks to our sponsor, Hearst Ranch, and thanks to Plexophonic for today's break music.

"Food is a wonderful subject for journalists because it touches on so many aspects of everyone's lives." [3:30]

-- William Sitwell on A Taste of the Past


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