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With all of the focus on ethnic and regional cooking in the modern food movement, why is Russian cuisine so often neglected in the foodie canon? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio sits down with Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian at Williams College. Darra is also the founder and former Editor in Chief of Gastronomica, and the author of two books- A Taste of Russia and Georgian Feast. Tune into this episode to learn about the staples of Russian cooking. Why did Russian peasants crave sour foods? Learn how Peter the Great Westernized Russian cuisine for the upper classes. Tune in to hear Linda and Darra discuss some traditional Russian beverages such as vodka, kvass, and kefir. Listen in to learn about traditional Russian aversions to ocean fish and bears! This program has been brought to you by Bi-Rite Market.

"The new Russia is so fascinating... The capital cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg- you would hardly be able to recognize them if you lived there when it was the Soviet Union. There are many foreign chefs working there." [7:00]

"One thing that distinguishes Russian cuisine is the stove's falling temperature." [22:50]

-- Darra Goldstein on A Taste of the Past


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"The kitchen anchors the country's economic, social, and political life." Christine Baumgarthuber revives the dying discipline of home economics on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past. Christine is a writer and blogger for The Austerity Kitchen, and she's talking with Linda Pelaccio about the history of economical cooking. Learn about Juliet Corson, the woman who spread the good word of nutrition and wrote about meals on a budget. Hear how Juliet Corson's writings became political, and ultimately threatened the wages of the working class. How does home ec empower individuals? Listen in to hear Christine and Linda talk about the relationship between home economics education and understanding the food industry. This program has been sponsored by White Oak Pastures.

"I truly believe that revolution does begin at home. What people cook at home can be a model more mindful means of consumption." [21:15]

-- Christin Baumgarthuber on A Taste of the Past


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