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On today's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio welcomes Anya Von Bremzen, author, journalist, food writer, and contributing editor of Travel + Leisure magazine, into the studio for a talk about food, and the history of traditional Soviet dishes. Anya also talks about her latest book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing. In the book, Anya tells the gripping story of three Soviet generations—masterfully capturing the strange mix of idealism, cynicism, longing, and terror that defined Soviet life. On the show, Anya and Linda also welcome Anya's mother, Larisa Frumkina, as she speaks about food history, Russian literature, and various traditional dishes. Tune-in for a truly interesting episode into the history of the USSR and the Russian dishes. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

"Bread was something was almost always available. It was something almost sacred."

-- Anya Von Bremzen on A Taste of the Past

"For me, food history starts with Russian literature."

-- Larisa Frumkina on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of The Past it's time to rediscover The Lost Art of Real Cooking with Ken Albala who has written a book on just that. Learn how our liberation from the kitchen in the '70s has lead to our over-consumption of pre-made and pre-packaged foods. From government subsidies to food deserts, tune in to learn something new about how to recover this lost art. This episode is sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.


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On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Adam H. Weinert, a dancer and choreographer, takes the teachings of Ted Shawn, a pioneer of American modern dance, and inflects the agrarian ideals first conceptualized at Jacob’s Pillow, initially a farm property in the Berkshires, now home to America’s longest running dance festival. How does the physical labor of farming inform the movements of modern dance? Find out on The Food Seen! This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"Space and time are very important to dance. moving bodies through space and time is what dance is." [12:00]

--Adam Weinert on The Food Seen


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