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Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil, and food writing are the topics of the day on A Taste of the Past! Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Nancy has written for The New York Times, and is the author of books such as The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, The Essential Mediterranean, and an upcoming untitled book about olive oil. Hear how Mediterranean food changes from region to region, and learn why authenticity in food and food writing is so nebulous. Listen in to hear about Nancy's upcoming olive oil excursion, and how to determine olive oil quality. What food cultures excite Nancy? Visit Nancy's website, and find out on this week's installment of A Taste of the Past! This episode has been sponsored by 360 Cookware.

"What I resent more than anything else are people who go to a place and spend three weeks, and grab a bunch of recipes, and go home to write about it or set themselves up as an expert. [20:00]

"One of the worst things that has happened in the world of food media has been the entrance of the blogger." [22:00]

-- Nancy Harmon Jenkins on A Taste of the Past


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It's that time of year again - students are headed back to school! Linda Pelaccio gets in the spirit on a academic themed episode of A Taste of the Past with guest Ken Albala, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific, USA. He is the author or editor of 17 books including Eating Right in the Renaissance, The Banquet and Beans: A History. He has also coauthored two cookbooks, The Lost Art of Real Cooking and The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home. With the proliferation of food history courses and avid interest among scholars and the general public, the need for a solid comprehensive collection of key primary texts about food of the past is urgent. His latest book, The Food History Reader, is that collection. Tune in as he urges researchers to focus on primary sources and gives listeners some insights into the world of food history. This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"I think we need fewer encyclopedias and more original research and it won't happen unless a generation of students is raised on the original sources and not the rehashes of information." [12:00]

"People eat certain things as expressions of who they are and who they want to be." [16:00]

--Ken Albala on A Taste of the Past


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On a special off-site edition of WORD OF MOUTH, host Leiti Hsu chats with Michael Tusk, Executive chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna restaurants in San Francisco. Michael shares his culinary story - form childhood to current day - as he recalls apprenticeships, early eating memories and the changes he's seen in the food world over the course of his illustrious career. Michael is known for his refined and modern approach to both Italian and French regional cuisine and he shares some of the influences that inspire him in the kitchen. Tune in and get a closer look at one of the best chefs working on the West Coast! This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"In order to be a chef, you really need to love food." [28:00]

"I've always respected raw products, materia prima - where things are from." [41:00]

--Michael Tusk on WORD OF MOUTH


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