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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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On today's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with special guest Mollie Katzen, known throughout the culinary world as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time. A 2007 inductee into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame—and largely credited with moving plant-based cuisine from the fringe to the center of the American dinner plate—Katzen has been named by Health Magazine as one of The Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat, and she has been a member of the faculty at Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives, the groundbreaking annual symposium co-hosted by The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health, since its inception. Today's topic on the show includes the evolution of vegetarian cuisine, and how Mollie has taken the rise of vegetarian popularity to even further heights. Her latest cookbook, The Heart of the Plate, completely reinvents the vegetarian repertoire, unveiling a collection of beautiful, healthful, and unfussy dishes — her “absolutely most loved.” Whether it’s a salad of kale and angel hair pasta with orange chili oil or a seasonal autumn lasagna, these dishes are celebrations of vegetables. Tune-in to learn more! This program has been sponsored by Fairway Market.

"A lot of vegetarian food isn't actually about vegetables. In some ways it's actually about meat, and how you swap things out." [9:50]

"It's so much easier to make a dish that is focused on the vegetable. It's so enjoyable!" [23:50]

-- Mollie Katzen 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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