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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda explores the origin of the chocolate chip cookie. Her guest Carolyn Wyman is the author of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie, among other books that document the history of America's most iconic foods. Later, Linda and Carolyn discuss the history of SPAM. This program has been sponsored by Fairway Market. Today's music provided by Plexophonic.

"Cookies are not on the dessert menu for most restaurants; it's more of a home food." [23:45]

--Carolyn Wyman on A Taste of the Past


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Cooking with chocolate is the theme on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, as Linda Pelaccio is joined by "The First Lady of Chocolate", businesswoman, baker and cookbook author Alice Medrich. Alice explains how she found her way to baking and chocolate, and how she's adapted to thinking in terms of home cooking instead of complex kitchen baking. Learn some tips for making world class desserts at home, and find out how sugar balance is essential for delicious and wholesome taste in sweets. This program was sponsored by White Oak Pastures.

"When I sold my business, I became a home cook again and started to realize that for a home cook and entertainer, it was not so easy to make complex desserts...so increasingly I've started to think more and more about the home cook who may have a limited kitchen, less time and less experience."

"One of the things that's consistent in my career is that I want to taste the ingredient more than the sugar."

-- Alice Medrich on A Taste of the Past


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Nawal Nasrallah joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to celebrate the new edition of her book, Delights from the Garden of Eden. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda and Nawal delve into the history of Iraqi cuisine and the Sumerian people. Learn about some of the world's oldest recipes written on cuneiform tablets. Learn about the importance of stews in the Iraqi diet! How did traditional, medieval-influenced Iraqi recipes change with the discovery of the New World? Tune into this episode to learn more about cooking techniques for masgouf! Find out how Nawal blends ancient, medieval, and modern recipes in her book! This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch. Thanks to SNOWMINE for today's musical interlude.

"I wanted people to see the other side of Iraq- the culture, the food- the bright side! This was my chance." [3:00]

"We had a revolution in our kitchens in the 19th century when the tomato was introduced." [25:40]

-- Nawal Nasrallah on A Taste of the Past


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