Presented by Bill St. John, Journalist, Culinary Historian
What we call the Colombian Exchange was that vast interchange of foodstuffs (and peoples, non-edible plants, technology, cultures, diseases and various animals) between the New World and the Old World that began in 1492 A.D. when Columbus “reunited” those two hemispheres. Continue reading
Presented by Chef Iliana Regan
As Regan explores the ancient landscape of Michigan’s boreal forest, her stories of the land, its creatures, and its dazzling profusion of plant and vegetable life are interspersed with efforts to make a home and a business of an inn that’s suddenly, as of their first full season there in 2020, empty of guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She discovers where the wild blueberry bushes bear tiny fruit, where to gather wood sorrel, and where and when the land’s different mushroom species appear—even as surrounding parcels of land are suddenly and violently decimated by logging crews that obliterate plant life and drive away the area’s birds. Continue reading
Presented by Monica Eng and David Hammond
Chicago food shows its true depth in classic dishes conceived in the kitchens of immigrant innovators, neighborhood entrepreneurs, and mom-and-pop visionaries.
Monica Eng and David Hammond draw on decades of exploring the city’s food landscape to serve up thirty can’t-miss eats found in all corners of Chicago. Continue reading
Presented by Colleen Taylor Sen
- What ‘ethnic food” is universally popular among Indians?
- Who is known as India’s Julia Child?
- What Italian restaurateur opened a restaurant called “the Maxim’s of the East?”
- How are lichens used in Indian cuisine?
- How do Indian Jews celebrate Purim?
Presented by Lucy Long, PhD
Links to Recipes:
Ballymaloe Traditional Brown Soda Bread
Ballymaloe White Soda Bread
Soda bread, a quick bread using baking soda as the primary rising agent, is closely associated in the U.S. with Ireland. Its history and meanings, however, are much more complicated—and tasty—than the sweet loaf with raisins that is usually found around St Patrick’s Day in March. Continue reading