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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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American food writer Betty Fussell joins Linda Pelaccio this week on "A Taste of the Past" for a conversation on culinary history, cultural identity and food literature. Betty is an award-winning writer and is the author of eleven books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir. Learn how she discovered food through travel and writing and became an "accidental" food historian. Listen as Betty describes the American cuisine she discovered throughout her life and elaborates on everything from corn fields to Mexican markets. Find out why Betty fell in love with New York City as she reads one of her literary passages live on-air! This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"The food of my family was absolutely terrible - the land of the bland! It was Midwestern bible belt food in California. The discovery of the drama of what food could be was enormous!" [07:08]

"Corn created settlements, it's the basis of our agriculture in the Western world. It's totally different from the plow culture of Europe." [12:15]

"I have two romances - one is the California landscape I grew up in, two is New York City. The wonder of New York City has never left me, it's the last of the great cities of the last two centuries." [21:20]

--Betty Fussell on A Taste of the Past


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