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This week A Taste of The Past investigates the rise in popularity and power of TV cooking shows. Host Linda Pelaccio looks into the origins that have resulted in today's obsession with food TV, with hundreds of shows on a multitude of dedicated food and cooking networks, they find the catalyst in the impossibly original and witty Julia Child. With the help of NYU Cinema Studies professor Dana Polan, who has written a book about the subject, discover how Julia transformed America's views of home cooking and made us enamored of French cuisine. From her refusal to use any product placement to harnessing the power of PBS, learn about this food icon and the food media empire she help give birth to. This episode is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.


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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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