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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the history of public markets and meat supplies in New York City with Gergely Baics, Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College. Tune in to learn about food provisioning and local markets and how policy and seasonality play into the proteins made available to the public in urban areas. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.


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Peter Hertzmann is an author, instructor, blogger, historian, and occasional butcher. Today, Peter's expertise that shines through the rest is that of knives. Linda interviews him about the origins of the chef's knife, which actually didn't even exist a mere 50 years ago! Tune in to hear more about how knives have evolved! This program has been sponsored by The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Today's music provided by Obey City.

"If you look at the year 1855 as a dividing point...they did have steel before that, but that really made modern production of steel possible." [13:55]

"The Japanese style handle with a western style blade can be very comfortable." [35:30]

--Peter Hertzmann on A Taste of the Past


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Get ready to loosen up your belt a notch or two because A Taste of The Past is having a Christmas feast. Host Linda Pelaccio is joined accomplished food historian Clifford Wright who explains history of holiday feasts from the origin of the real St. Nicholas to the significance sweets at the holidays for the poor. This episode is sponsored The Barterhouse.

"We take it for granted, but there was a time when people couldn't afford food and (Christmas) was the one time of the year you could have visions of sugar plums" - Historian Clifford Wright on A Taste of the Past


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