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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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Lynne Olver is a reference librarian with a passion for food! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio calls Lynne to talk to her about food history and her website, FoodTimeline.org. How does Lynne's library science background inform the way she researches and references recipes, food origins, and more? Learn how studying food prices can reveal further information about the economy of a certain time period. How does one become a food historian? Learn the methods that Lynne uses to research any topic, and what resources Lynne trusts. Find out why Lynne is not interested in corporate food history, and how her beliefs on information are influenced by her passion and profession. This episode has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Thanks to Four Lincolns for today's music.

"What I'm trying to do here with FoodTimeline.org is give a starting point for an individual's research." [8:00]

-- Lynne Olver on A Taste of the Past


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What spirit were the Three Musketeers drinking back in the 17th century? Armagnac! On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by David Lincoln Ross, a food writer and armagnac expert. Learn about the ancient roots of the spirit in Egypt, and the differences between cognac and armagnac. Learn about the regional grapes used to make traditional armagnacs, and the importance of oak from the Mon Lunzon forest in the aging process. How does one choose a bottle of armagnac? Learn about the different characteristics of armagnac that can be used to determine what quality spirit to buy. How does armagnac pair with food? Learn about the culinary landscape of Gascony, France, and how armagnac plays a significant role in its food culture. This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"Cognac, in the most simple terms, is distilled twice. It yields a more refined spirit with a higher level of alcohol when it comes out of the still. It's called double distillation. Armagnac has a simpler or continuous distillation process so the spirit that comes out after the distillation process is at a lower proof, but because it has only been distilled once, it has a more fragrant and flavorful result." [6:40]

-- David Lincoln Ross on A Taste of the Past


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