Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

The Birth of French Haute Cuisine

October 2, 2017

In the mid-17th century, France assumed a preeminent position in the art of cooking. In today’s podcast we’re going to explore the aesthetics of the newly emerging French Haute cuisine, It’s a way of cooking that is based in subtlety, refinement, and pureness of flavors. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Elizabethan England, Puritans, Country Food

October 2, 2017

English cookery’s unflattering reputation really conceals a rich and varied culinary past. In today’s podcast we’re going to look at the religious and political factors that ended up producing multiple different versions of English gastronomy. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Dutch Treat—Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco

October 2, 2017

In today’s podcast, we’ll follow the conquests of the Dutch, the British, and the French, and we’ll discuss how the trade in a group of entirely superfluous, edible, luxury items changed the focus of the global economy and the global cuisine. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

African and Aboriginal Cuisines

October 2, 2017

In this episode we’re going to learn about the distinctive African foodways. These are food ecosystems that predated extensive outside contact. They encompass traditions such as rich stews and “fufu” which is a starch-based porridge. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Edo, Japan—Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics

October 2, 2017

In today’s podast, we’re travelling all the way to the islands of Japan, where we will contemplate how traditional Japanese reverence for nature is reflected in their respect for the natural flavors of food. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Colonial Cookery in North America

October 2, 2017

In today’s podcast we’re going to contrast the culinary fashions of colonial Virginia which were modeled on the English gentry, with the mercantile, Puritan ethic of New England. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution

October 2, 2017

The Industrial Revolution brought far-reaching changes in food production and culture. In this episode, we’ll travel to the British Isles and observe how the advent of industrially organized farming, urban labor, and mass production led to the artificial modification of food and a decline in the quality of diet […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians

October 2, 2017

In the 19th century, food-conscious social movements reacted against the many ills of industrial society. In today’s podcast. we’re going to delve into new dietary ideologies that stressed purity and were backed by both quasi-scientific and religious thought. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Big Business and the Homogenization of Food

October 2, 2017

In today’s episode we’re going into the underbelly of food production. We’ll investigate the process by which late 19th-century food production became a vast industry. And we’ll see how technological developments such as freezing, canning, and pasteurization gave large companies increasing amounts of control over food production. […]

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