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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Gustavo Arellano to discus the history of the taco. Gustavo is the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, an editor at OC weekly, and a contributing editor to the LA Times. Linda and Gustavo discuss the evolution of the meal we now know as the taco, and how the taco differs around the U.S. This show has been sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. Thanks to Pamela Royal.

"There's a time for every taco and a season for every torta." [12:35]

Gustavo Arellano on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the history of Rhubarb and other foods of The Silk Road with Laura Kelley, author and food historian. Laura tells us about how so many foods were originally used as medicine, and the lines between food and medicine have become much more clear over the years. This program has been sponsored by Rolling Press. Today's music provided by Pamela Royal.

"Most cinnamon we see on the shelves today labelled cinnamon isn't really cinnamon." [15:00]

"You have to really try to kill a chili plant." [24:30]

--Laura Kelley on A Taste of the Past


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Take a trip to Texas on a southern themed episode of Eat Your Words. Guest host Talia Ralph is joined by Lisa Fain, author of the popular blog Homesick Texan and the book it inspired, The Homesick Texan Cookbook.In 2006, Fain started the blog Homesick Texan to share Texan food with fellow expatriates, and the site immediately connected with readers worldwide, Texan and non-Texan alike. Now, in her long-awaited first cookbook, Fain brings the comfort of Texan home cooking to you. Hear about some of her favorite regional dishes, some misconceptions about Texas cooking and a preview at what recipes readers can find in The Homesick Texan Cookbook. This program was brought to you by The International Culinary Center.

"Tex-Mex sometimes has a bad rap, but when it's well done it can be just as delicious as any other cuisine." [07:00]

"If you want to parlay a blog into anything you have to post on a regular basis." [23:00]

"Beans are great on their own and chili is great on its own. It's almost disrespectful when you combine them." [30:00]

--Lisa Fain on Eat Your Words


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