Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Learn how the entirety of human civilization—war, trade, politics, art, religion, and more—has been shaped by our interaction with food, in this delicious podcast.
Presented by Professor Ken Albala
Dr. Ken Albala is an award-winning Professor of History and Chair of Food Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He is also a Visiting Professor at Boston University, where he teaches an advanced food history course in the gastronomy program. He has written or edited over 24 books on food.
The transition to agriculture is perhaps humanity’s single most important social revolution – and one that was not without its tradeoffs. In episode 2 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History we’re going to explore the factors surrounding the rise of agriculture, how plants and animals were domesticated, and why agriculture directly led to civilization as we know it. […]
In this episode, we’re going to learn about the culture of the Aryans, whose religion prefigured Hinduism; we’ll discuss food customs relating to India’s caste system; and we’ll even touch upon the traditions of vegetarianism in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. […]
In this episode we’re going to Ancient Rome, where we’ll delve into some intriguing contrasts in the dining habits of the ancient Romans. We’ll examine the simple food customs of republican Rome, and then trace the expanding empire and learn how exotic food became a status symbol. […]
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. […]