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Published July 25th, 2014

Running time: 20 Minutes

Equal parts chef and socially-minded pioneer, Tara Norvell wants to change the way the American public conceives of the term waste.’ In her role as co-executive chef at Okonomi in Williamsburg, Norvell inventively incorporates otherwise neglected parts of the animal or vegetable into her offer of ramen and regional Japanese dishes. Her visionary efforts in this area have earned her a place among Heritage Radio Network’s collection of Future Food Leaders in 2014.

By Elizabeth Kulas, Erin Fairbanks & Jack Inslee


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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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This week on A Taste of the Past we're talking about the history of bread with hostess, Linda Pelaccio, and her guest, William Rubel. William authored the hearth-cooking book The Magic of Fire, and now has a new book called Bread: A Global History. Listen in as Linda and William discuss the ancient roots of bread making, the social and class implications of certain types of flour and bread, and bread's place in different religious traditions and texts. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"Bread is a staple that allowed for the accumulation of material culture, the building of cities. It allowed for the accumulation of surplus, which lead to craft." -- William Rubel on A Taste of the Past


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