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Who was television's first cooking star? If you guessed Julia Child, you must be forgetting Dione Lucas! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Australian author and food historian Jill Adams to talk about the life of Dione Lucas. Also in the studio is Margaret Happel Perry, the president of the New York chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Tune into this episode to find out why Dione Lucas has not necessarily been remembered favorably. How did Dione Lucas help popularize television in Australia? Learn how the advertising schemes of the 1950s have made it impossible to syndicate Dione Lucas' cooking shows. This program has been sponsored by Bonnie Plants. Thanks to The California Honeydrops for today's musical break.

"She absolutely insisted that the food be genuine. It was great, and something our readers really connected with." [8:45]

-- Margaret Happel Perry on A Taste of the Past

"I think that you tell a great story by dragging things out of the closet. There are a lot of things unknown about Dione Lucas." [12:50]

-- Jill Adams on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio is joined by celebrity pastry chef to the stars Eric Lanlard who has recently published several recipe books for baking at home. He discusses the origins of baking and the history of prominent bakers who worked under harsh conditions and the comparison to baking today. Hear chef Lanlard talk about early recipe creation and baking for the Queen of England and her passion for food. He discusses the history of Antonin Careme's baking for royal courts as well as his own cooking for celebrities. His most recent book is a selection of recipes for home baking called "Tart It Up!" This program was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

"I wanted to put [savory baking] back in fashion." [2:01]

"I know what it's like to put something on the table and get the wow factor." [2:03]

"I like giving more tips, I like getting more flavors." [2:04]

"Baking is like chemistry." [2:05]

"I want to make [baking] accessible." [2:05]

-- Eric Lanlard, Pastry Chef on A Taste of the Past


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William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins Linda Pelaccio for this week's episode of A Taste of the Past to talk about the evolution of the food industry over hundreds of years. Tune in to hear William talk about the initiation of fast food and supermarkets, and how the idea of self-service mechanized the business of eating. From Mesopotamia to Mario Batali, William highlights and reproduces important recipes in order to transport the reader to specific time periods. How do different foods denote status? Learn about William's literary lineage, and how that inspired his writing. How did William decide to outline his book, and why does food history research require primary sources? Find out all of this and more on this week's edition of A Taste of the Past! Thanks to our sponsor, Hearst Ranch, and thanks to Plexophonic for today's break music.

"Food is a wonderful subject for journalists because it touches on so many aspects of everyone's lives." [3:30]

-- William Sitwell on A Taste of the Past


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