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On a special off-site edition of WORD OF MOUTH, host Leiti Hsu chats with Michael Tusk, Executive chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna restaurants in San Francisco. Michael shares his culinary story - form childhood to current day - as he recalls apprenticeships, early eating memories and the changes he's seen in the food world over the course of his illustrious career. Michael is known for his refined and modern approach to both Italian and French regional cuisine and he shares some of the influences that inspire him in the kitchen. Tune in and get a closer look at one of the best chefs working on the West Coast! This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"In order to be a chef, you really need to love food." [28:00]

"I've always respected raw products, materia prima - where things are from." [41:00]

--Michael Tusk on WORD OF MOUTH


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This week A Taste of The Past investigates the rise in popularity and power of TV cooking shows. Host Linda Pelaccio looks into the origins that have resulted in today's obsession with food TV, with hundreds of shows on a multitude of dedicated food and cooking networks, they find the catalyst in the impossibly original and witty Julia Child. With the help of NYU Cinema Studies professor Dana Polan, who has written a book about the subject, discover how Julia transformed America's views of home cooking and made us enamored of French cuisine. From her refusal to use any product placement to harnessing the power of PBS, learn about this food icon and the food media empire she help give birth to. This episode is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.


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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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