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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 Advisory Board of Earth Save. In his lectures, articles, and books, he has specialized in the study of vegetarianism from an historical perspective. Tune into this episode to hear Rynn and Linda discuss the cultural and religious significance of a plant-based diet. Why has vegetarianism become popular in the past fifty years? Learn about the historical link between vegetarians and abolitionists, and the health considerations of a meat-heavy lifestyle. Listen in to learn about some famous vegetarians throughout history! This program has been brought to you by Whole Foods.

"Vegetarianism often has a religious impetus; it is not entirely a secular movement." [12:25]

"People have been consuming raw food for eons. Cooking food was not financially expedient until recently." [24:50]

-- Rynn Berry on A Taste of the Past


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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 week's episode of A Taste of the Past as Linda Pelacchio is joined by author of "Breakfast, A History", Heather Arndt Anderson. Hear how the grab-and-go approach for breakfast has maintained over time and why grains have proven to be so important not only in the meal but in human evolution at large. Discover the early days of the Kellogg brothers as they searched a product that was easy to chew and ended up revolutionizing the way we eat breakfast. From corn to dairy and coffee to cocktails, dig deep into breakfast on A Taste of the Past. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. Break music provided courtesy of Cookies.

"Breakfast was always a grab and go meal and that's a trend that's maintained over time." [6:00]

"In the Renaissance, egg cookery was a pretty big deal. They found hundreds of new ways to cook eggs." [21:00]

"Because of poor water quality in the Middle Ages, small beer was the most common beverage during breakfast." [24:00]

--Heather Arndt Anderson on A Taste of the Past


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Learn about the social and economic implications of the supermarket on this week's 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 this program to learn about the inception of the supermarket as an American institution in the 1930s. Find out how supermarkets aimed to appeal to women through their interior design, layout, and overall aesthetic. How did local food pricing regulations cause some grocery stores to fail, and others to thrive? Tune into this episode to learn how issues of gender, class, and race are tied up in the success of the American supermarket. This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Today's music has been provided by Pamela Royal.

"The very first supermarkets did feature super low prices... They were hugely popular, but then many of them went out of business. If you cut your prices too low, you're not going to be able to stay in business!" [11:10]

"Having predictable sales became more important to these larger stores." [26:15]

-- Dr. Tracey Deutsch on A Taste of the Past


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