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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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Katie Parla is in love with the contemporary Roman food scene! On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio invites Katie into the studio to talk about restaurant trends in Rome. Find out why so many Roman chefs look to their city's history for culinary inspiration. Hear about the resurgence of ancient grains on many restaurant plates and inside craft beer bottles. Learn more about famed Roman chefs such as Arcangelo Dandini and Gabriele Bonci! What esoteric ingredients are these chefs using in their recipes? Find out all of this and more on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! Thanks to our sponsor, White Oak Pastures. Thanks to PEELS for today's music!

"In general, chefs in Rome don't travel, so they look at what they have already done. At times, this leads to fantastic results." [4:45]

-- Katie Parla on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is investigating the recent donut trend! Tune in to hear some interviews from customers of The Vault in Chicago conducted by correspondent Whitney Henry-Lester. Later, Linda calls up pastry chef and cookbook author George Geary. Recently, George authored the book 150 Best Donut Recipes: Fried or Baked- a comprehensive donut-making guide. Find out why donuts have holes, and how donuts became popular during war times. Learn how to cook all kinds of donuts - fry, bake, cake, and yeast! Hear about the rise of donut franchises like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme, and why gourmet donuts are becoming fashionable in U.S. cities! This episode has been sponsored by 360 Cookware.

"The only main problem around making donuts at home is that the shelf life is so low versus all of the horrible ingredients that they put in donuts at normal donut shops." [32:40]

-- George Geary on A Taste of the Past


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