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Katie Parla is in love with the contemporary Roman food scene! On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio invites Katie into the studio to talk about restaurant trends in Rome. Find out why so many Roman chefs look to their city's history for culinary inspiration. Hear about the resurgence of ancient grains on many restaurant plates and inside craft beer bottles. Learn more about famed Roman chefs such as Arcangelo Dandini and Gabriele Bonci! What esoteric ingredients are these chefs using in their recipes? Find out all of this and more on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! Thanks to our sponsor, White Oak Pastures. Thanks to PEELS for today's music!

"In general, chefs in Rome don't travel, so they look at what they have already done. At times, this leads to fantastic results." [4:45]

-- Katie Parla on A Taste of the Past


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This week on The Main Course, host Patrick Martins welcomes Chef Josh Laurano to the program. Having completed his first three months as Executive Chef at Lupa in New York City (starting there years ago as a line cook), Josh checks in with Patrick and shares his notable past experiences at Batali & Bastianich restaurants such as: Del Posto, Babbo, and Terry Market in Port Chester. The two also discuss Josh's personal background and how it inspired him to gravitate to the kitchen, starting with the woman known as the knish queen of West Virginia: Josh's mom. She owned and operated a local organic bakery while his dad had a vegetarian restaurant in New Jersey. Josh also addresses the grass-fed beef movement with his thoughts and even offers some tips when cooking with the leaner cuts of meat. Navigating Josh's impressive career with the B&B Hospitality Group, Patrick gets the details of the inner workings of these successful kitchens. This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"I try and eat, when I can, the meats that you guys stand behind; locally, organically, delicious meat. Fundamentally, as a chef and a consumer it really comes down to the taste of the product." [5:44]

"You have a couple of options as a young cook starting out. You can work and then party and not do anything in between, or can work and read and you can figure out, "alright I overcooked this, why did I do it."... So, maybe that helped propel me faster." [9:13]

"You can't just say I cook food and I'm a chef. We are responsible for the entire dining experience." [13:46]

--Josh Laurano on The Main Course


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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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