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This week on A Taste of the Past, the subject is New York City food. Linda speaks with Andrew Smith, author of New York City: A Food Biography, about the history of food in New York City. Andrew brings us back thousands of years, and describes what the food culture were like throughout time. After the break, they discuss some specific food establishments such as the automat and the supermarket that imposed varying levels of change on the food industry in New York and nationwide. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Today's music provided by Four Lincolns.

"From about the 1830's on, New York City became the major sugar refinery not just for the north but for the entire country." [15:25]

"New York is really the beginning of what we think of as bagels." [20:25]

Andrew Smith on A Taste of the Past


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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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Linda Pelaccio welcomes Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his husband Brent Ridge, who are known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, to this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! The Beekman Boys describe themselves as "Two NYC guys who bought a farm and are sharing their experiment in living better lives, season by season, neighbor by neighbor." They are the stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, a reality TV show now broadcasting on The Cooking Channel, and have many other endeavors, including running a farm, a mercantile, writing cookbooks and many more. Their new Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook is a delectable yearlong trip through the Beekman vegetable bounty and is packed with simple, delicious, and seasonal vegetable-forward recipes that will have readers counting down the months to green shoots every year. This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.

"This idea of growing your own crops and appreciating heirloom varieties is very important to us. [10:00]

--Brent Ridge on A Taste of the Past

"Whenever you meet an unfamiliar vegetable - know that anything can be roasted. Toss it in olive oil put in an oven bake it at 400 degrees until its soft and see how it tastes." [15:00]

--Josh Kilmer-Purcell on A Taste of the Past


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