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For most of us, soy sauce is little more than a salty side note. What started out as a by-product of food preservation methods in ancient China has developed into a star ingredient with global reach. What are we to make of one of the world's oldest condiments, its origins, and introduction to the United States?

By Elizabeth Kulas

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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio delving into the history of soy sauce with Helen Roberts, the Publicity Manager and Creative Culinary Director at Kikkoman USA. Soy sauce has a rich history, dating back to 500 B.C. in China! Learn about the brewing processes that are used to make soy sauce! Tune in to learn about the Japanese standards for soy sauce, and why many soy sauces in the United States would not pass as authentic in Japan. Helen also shares some alternative uses for soy sauce; learn how to brine your turkey and make chocolate with soy sauce! Hear about the rich family history of the company, and its horizontal operating ideology. Check out the Kikkoman USA documentary trailer on their website. "Make haste slowly" - it's the Kikkoman way! This episode has been brought to you by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"People haven't learned how to use soy sauce properly. A lot of times, it seems too salty because they have used way too much. You should use soy sauce as an umami ingredient to increase the flavors of everything else." [10:30]

-- Helen Roberts on A Taste of the Past


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You think you know pasta? Think again! This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio chats with author and pasta expert Maurren Fant who dispels many common myths around everybody's favorite carb. From cooking times to salting water, Maura breaks down pasta from A-Z and leaves listeners with a much better understanding of the potential, history and variations of pasta. She talks about the process of writing her award-winning book, Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way, and describes what real Italians do when it comes to cooking pasta. The pasta police are definitely patrolling the airwaves - that means no cream in your alfredo, no tomato sauce and angel hair and definitely no overcooked spaghetti! This program was sponsored by Bonnie Plants.

"People believe that pasta exists as a vehicle for sauce - it's quite the opposite. The pasta is the main attraction." [14:00]

"The only way to eat angel hair or tortellini is in broth!" [21:00]

"There is no cream in fettuccine alfredo!" [26:00]

--Maureen Fant on A Taste of the Past


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