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Leiti Hsu is back for a brand new episode of WORD OF MOUTH after a brief hiatus! She's full of energy and joined by a great guest to get things back on track. Hear from Chris Jaeckle, the talented chef behind All'onda, a modern Venetian inspired Italian restaurant with Japanese influences in New York City. Chris is a fine dining vet, having worked as head chef at Michael White's Ai Fiori and spending almost a decade in kitchens like Tabla, Eleven Madison Park and Moriomoto. Tune in and hear why his mom is so important to him, why other cultures fascinate him and what it was like dealing with a brain tumor amidst a difficult time in his career. This program was brought to you by Of a Kind.

"When you're about to put 110-120 hours a week into something, other things seem to slip away." [08:00]

"I'm a very curious person - I'm always trying to understand cultures and quite often that's through food." [16:00]

"Everyone rubs you the wrong way sometimes. It's about finding those people who rub you the wrong way the least." [42:00]

--Chris Jaeckle on WORD OF MOUTH


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American food writer Betty Fussell joins Linda Pelaccio this week on "A Taste of the Past" for a conversation on culinary history, cultural identity and food literature. Betty is an award-winning writer and is the author of eleven books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir. Learn how she discovered food through travel and writing and became an "accidental" food historian. Listen as Betty describes the American cuisine she discovered throughout her life and elaborates on everything from corn fields to Mexican markets. Find out why Betty fell in love with New York City as she reads one of her literary passages live on-air! This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"The food of my family was absolutely terrible - the land of the bland! It was Midwestern bible belt food in California. The discovery of the drama of what food could be was enormous!" [07:08]

"Corn created settlements, it's the basis of our agriculture in the Western world. It's totally different from the plow culture of Europe." [12:15]

"I have two romances - one is the California landscape I grew up in, two is New York City. The wonder of New York City has never left me, it's the last of the great cities of the last two centuries." [21:20]

--Betty Fussell on A Taste of the Past


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Who was television's first cooking star? If you guessed Julia Child, you must be forgetting Dione Lucas! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Australian author and food historian Jill Adams to talk about the life of Dione Lucas. Also in the studio is Margaret Happel Perry, the president of the New York chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Tune into this episode to find out why Dione Lucas has not necessarily been remembered favorably. How did Dione Lucas help popularize television in Australia? Learn how the advertising schemes of the 1950s have made it impossible to syndicate Dione Lucas' cooking shows. This program has been sponsored by Bonnie Plants. Thanks to The California Honeydrops for today's musical break.

"She absolutely insisted that the food be genuine. It was great, and something our readers really connected with." [8:45]

-- Margaret Happel Perry on A Taste of the Past

"I think that you tell a great story by dragging things out of the closet. There are a lot of things unknown about Dione Lucas." [12:50]

-- Jill Adams on A Taste of the Past


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