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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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This week on the Morning After, Sari and Jessie open the program with a few thoughts on food television these days and cell phones in the restaurant setting. Guest Sal Lamboglia, Chef and Partner of Bar Primi, weighs in on these topics with the ladies before delving into his Italian background and how his father worked in Little Italy as a chef in the late '80s - something that inspired Sal as a child to gravitate toward the kitchen. Being recently named on the NYC Zagat 30 Under 30 for his efforts at notable restaurants like The Dutch, Lafayette, and his own Bar Primi, Sal takes Sari and Jessie through his amazing career thus far. Tune in to hear all about Bar Primi and how it sets itself apart from the traditional Italian pasta shop. This program was sponsored by Edwards VA Ham.

"You see chefs and cooks in certain situations and how they respond to pressure. I think a bad experience is also a good experience because I learned what not to do." [28:00]

"Bar Primi means a lot because it's all I ever wanted to do and it's all I want to do." [32:20]

-- Sal Lamboglia on The Morning After


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From food culture in 800BCE to the present day, this week's episode of A Taste of the Past will take you there. With the help of New School professor of food studies, Fabio Parasecoli, host Linda Pelaccio takes you on a world tour of food globalization throughout major world time periods. Parasecoli, who has also edited an encyclopedic 6-volume tome on the subject-- A Cultural History of Food-- discusses the rise of food scholarship in major learning institutes around the world as well how food, not just eating, is taking an ever-expanding presence in every aspect of daily life. This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market

"Food has become very important in social and political debates. So my question is were those debates already there at the Roman times, what happened in the middle ages? For example, is the family meal really an institution or did we create it 100 years ago and we just pretend its been there forever?"

--Fabio Parasecoli on A Taste of the Past


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