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It's Valentine's Day, and there's no better way to celebrate than by indulging with some luxurious chocolate! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Clay Gordon. Clay authored the book Discover Chocolate, is the moderator of The Chocolate Life, and host of HRN's Straight From the Source. Learn about the origins of chocolate south of the equator, and learn some chocolate terminology. How does one define a 'single origin' chocolate bar? How did the Industrial Revolution and mechanized production shape the chocolate tastes of the world? Hear Clay talk about his recent trip to Peru, and explains how different types of cacao beans ferment. What distinguishes 'good' chocolate from 'bad' chocolate? Tune into this special Valentine's Day edition of A Taste of the Past! This program has been brought to you by The International Culinary Center.

"The closer you get to more genetic diversity, the closer you get to the place of origin." [6:10]

"Every part of the human condition you can connect to chocolate in a meaningful way." [20:40]

-- Clay Gordon on A Taste of the Past


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Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and cuisine on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio is talking with Jason Anthony, author of the recent Hoosh. But what is 'hoosh'? Antarctic explorers used ingredients like pemmican and melted snow to create a stew that they named hoosh; find out how a diet of hoosh lead to vitamin deficiencies on the cold continent. Tune in to hear about Jason's seasons in Antarctica, and what food he packed for a hundred-day excursion into the center of the continent. What foods are most desired by Antarctic explorers? Also, tune in to hear about early explorers' roasted penguin recipes, and find out how Jason and his colleagues preserved fresh produce in their sleeping bags! This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods. Thanks to Idgy Dean for today's music.

"Antarctica went from being an unknown blank spot on the map to a known blank spot on the map." [7:00]

"Explorers knew from Arctic exploration that you needed more calories in cold temperatures, but the problem was that they were unable to bring enough supplies to Antarctica on their ships to sustain themselves." [8:50]

"I think the unstated thesis of my book is: the worse the food, the better the story!" [15:55]

-- Jason Anthony on A Taste of the Past


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