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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes Cindy Lobel to the program. Cindy is an assistant professor of history at Lehman College, a cultural historian with interests in urban development and consumer culture as well as the history of New York. Today she and Linda discuss her book, Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York. Was New York City the first in the country to have a restaurant? What was the first restaurant to open in New York City? Surprisingly, it seems as though present day New York food scene is not so different than it was in the 1800s. Tune in as Cindy takes us through the beginnings of restaurants in New York City and how the now flourishing industry evolved through the years. This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard and Winery.

"People think that New York was born with the Zagat Guide, and that of course is not the case... free standing restaurants have a history in New York." [5:40]

"The rise of restaurants is really tied to the growth of the city." [8:10]

-- Cindy Lobel on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past Linda tackles the delectable topic of the donut with food historian, Michael Krondl, and author of The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin. Tracing the donut through the years, Michael details the various types of fried dough that ultimately led to the donut that we all know and love today, including the popular cronut. However, when did donuts start being filled with sweets? Where did the donut originate? Where is the donut headed in the future - Linda predicts the up and coming biznut. Tune in to find out more about this beloved treat as well as other derivatives of donuts found around the world. This program has been brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"I have a theory... that donuts do well in times of economic crisis. If you look at the depression, donuts were big, if you look at the 1970's, donuts were big, and if you look at the last ten years, once again, donuts become huge." [27:19]

"Donuts have a street cred that cupcakes will never have." [28:43]

-- Michael Krondl on A Taste of the Past


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Fresh off winning the Outstanding Restauranteur award at the James Beard Awards, Barbara Lynch sits down with Dorothy Cann Hamilton on Chef's Story for a candid and insightful conversation on her upbringing, her career and her current projects. Hear how "Knuckles Lynch" survived a tough childhood in the projects and went from working as a bookie in high school to becoming a world renowned chef and restauranteur. From bad business deals to meetings with Michelle Obama, get a rare behind the curtain look at one of America's most fascinating and bold personalities in food. This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"At 12, I realized if I could cook for a living, I'd always have a job because people will always eat and drink." [11:00]

"My first trip to Italy was the first time I really felt I wanted to do this. In Italy you didn't need a title you just needed to make good pasta." [23:00]

--Barbara Lynch on Chef's Story


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