Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Europe’s Dark Ages and Charlemagne

October 2, 2017

The fall of Rome and the rise of Germanic tribal kingdoms brought significant culinary changes to Europe. In this podcast episode we’re going to examine the “barbarian” diet and the culture of “fast and feast” which emerged from the opposing ideals of Christian asceticism, German meat-eating virility, and classical moderation. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Islam—A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking

October 2, 2017

In this podcast we’re going to examine the Islamic take on food and cooking. We’ll contemplate the Muslim cultural values that permitted pleasure and the cultivation of the senses, and we’ll look at their creation of an exquisite cuisine. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Carnival in the High Middle Ages

October 2, 2017

In today’s podcast, we’re going to learn about great innovations in medieval European cooking. We’ll see how contact with Islamic civilization during the crusades and the Reconquista, changed European cooking forever. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

International Gothic Cuisine

October 2, 2017

Ironically, the horrific bubonic plagues in 14th-century Europe produced societal shifts that led to a resplendent era in food. In today’s podcast we’re going to look at the influence of three seminal Gothic era cookbooks and the craze for spices and sugar in the flourishing of “Gothic” cuisine. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

A Renaissance in the Kitchen

October 2, 2017

The Italian Renaissance brought a new aesthetic approach to cookery, featuring great complexity of presentation. In this podcast we’re going to uncover some of the era’s extremes in books by Renaissance food writers. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking

October 2, 2017

At the exact same time as the European Renaissance, the Aztec culture produced a unique food tradition that survives to this very day in Mexican cuisine. In this podcast, we’re going to learn about Aztec society, its indigenous foodstuffs, and it’s very distinctive diet. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

1492—Globalization and Fusion Cuisines

October 2, 2017

It was actually humanity’s desire for spices and other luxury items that eventually connected the entire globe. In this episode we’re going to investigate the powerful trading empires of the Venetians and Portuguese that secured stable routes to the spice islands. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets

October 2, 2017

In today’s podcast we’re going to examine a fascinating new dynamic in culture that swept across Europe in the 1500s. We’ll see the emergence of cutlery, elaborate tableware, ritualized behavior at the table. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Papal Rome and the Spanish Golden Age

October 2, 2017

In this podcast we’re going to explore the rise of regional and national cuisines in Europe, focusing on Italy and Spain. We’ll read the culinary writings of Bartolomeo Scappi – a brilliant Italian chef who brought together specialty dishes from all over Italy. […]

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