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The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Every two weeks, we immerse you in the sights, sounds,& tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won& which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal. Email suggestions for shows to

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The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Every two weeks, we immerse you in the sights, sounds,& tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won& which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal. Email suggestions for shows to
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"Feast of the Seven Fishes": Italian-American Christmas Cuisine with Director Robert Tinnell

On a special holiday bonus episode of the Feast, we talk to Robert Tinnell, the writer and director of the new film, “Feast of the Seven Fishes”, out now. Centered on the Italian-American culinary tradition of seven seafood dishes eaten on Christmas Ev...
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The Hardworking History of the Hardy Orange

The Feast is back! And we’re bringing you a few special episodes before the launch of Season 4 on January 7, 2020. Longtime Feast listeners may remember our episode that touched on the history of egg nog and the Virginia hardy orange. The hardy orange ...
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The Feast Presents: Green Eggs & Dan

Hungry for more food podcasts while the Feast is on season break? Try Green Eggs & Dan, a new podcast from The Podglomerate. Taking a new look at “you are what you eat,” comedian Dan Ahdoot brings listeners in on conversations about food, life, and...
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The Waldorf’s First Final Feast

On the Feast’s season finale, we revisit a meal that ended a chapter in one of the most famous hotel’s in history: the Waldorf Astoria. Famous for its invention of the Waldorf Salad and (arguably) Eggs Benedict, the legacy of this world-renown hotel ha...
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Georgia O'Keeffe's Art of Eating

Join us on an artistic feast like no other with American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. A prolific painter, O’Keeffe was also a devoted foodie, with an enviable cookbook collection and gigantic kitchen at her home in New Mexico. This week, we take at a look...
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Ernest Shackleton's Pantry

This week, we’re heading to the ends of the earth with legendary explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Responsible for many expeditions to Antartica, Shackleton is known for his incredible leadership even through some of the toughest and most extreme conditions...
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Travels with Steinbeck: Dogs & Drive Ins on the Open Road

We’re exploring the great American road trip this week on The Feast. Learn how the call of the open road has inspired millions over the last century to see the country. We follow in the footsteps and exhaust fumes of American writer, John Steinbeck, al...
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Call Us Julius Childus: A Roman Culinary Experiment

This week, The Feast is heading back to ancient Rome to do a little culinary archaeology. We’re rolling up our sleeves to make a first century dessert recipe courtesy of one of the most famous Roman cookbook writers of all time, Apicius. Although this ...
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Titanic Redux: The Final Feast of the Unsinkable Ship

This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes in honor of the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  We explore the culinary life onboard the unsinkable ship, looking at everything from those who worked in Titanic’s state of t...
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Nailed It! Ancient Roman Edition featuring Farrell Monaco

The Feast is headed to ancient Rome this week with experimental archaeologist, Farrell Monaco of Join us as we discover the bakeries and fast food joints of Pompeii, make an ancient Roman cheese ball with an early-rising farmer,...
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Cardamom is Queen: Sweden's Surprising Spice

This week, The Feast looks at the surprising history of Sweden’s favorite spice: cardamom! From its origins in India and the Middle East, how did this unlikely seed pod make its way to the chilly climes of Scandinavia? We break down how cardamom became...
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Historical Meals on Wheels: The Manitoba Food History Project

Join us this week as The Feast hits the road with the Manitoba Food History Project Food Truck. We speak to Dr. Janis Thiessen and Kent Davies (University of Winnipeg), two leaders on this research project to discover meaningful dishes and historical r...
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Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Tales from a Star Trek Speakeasy

The Feast is back! On our debut episode for Season 3, we dig deep into one of the most beloved sci fi universes of all time: Star Trek. Forget the transporters, phasers, and warp speed, on this episode, we look at the food and drink that kept the Enter...
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Of Fish & Fermentation: Maine’s Odd Alewives Farm Brewery

Join us on Maine’s craft brewery trail as we head north to Waldoboro to talk to John and Sarah McNeil, co-owners of Odd Alewives Farm Brewery. From their adorable brewery cat, Rocket, to the latest changes in the American craft beer scene, we’ll discov...
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Wine, Olives, and Sheep: The Etruscan Guide to 21st Century Foodways

This week, join The Feast under the Tuscan sun as we chat with award-winning winemaker Charlotte Horton about the enduring culinary traditions of one of Italy’s oldest communities: the Etruscans. From millennia-old grape presses to enduring wine-soaked...
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Changing Tides in Maine's Craft Beer: A Conversation with Heather Sanborn

The Feast's summer road trip continues as we head to a state once known as the birthplace of Prohibition: Maine! Join us in conversation with state politician and owner of Portland's Rising Tide Brewery, Heather Sanborn, as we chat about the past and p...

Jell-O Girls: A Conversation with Allie Rowbottom

Join us for an exclusive chat with author, Allie Rowbottom, as she talks about the food and feminist themes that infuse her new book, Jell-O Girls: A Family History, available on July 24th, 2018. "A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic Am...

Summer Special: Joshua James & Arizona's First Cocktail

On this special summer episode, we talk to award-winning bartender Joshua James of the Clever Koi restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona about the long-lost original Arizona state cocktail, aptly named the Statehood. Learn how the cocktail was developed in 191...

Cod Sounds, Goose Tongue, & Lion's Teeth: A Culinary Journey Through Newfoundland with Lori McCarthy

Join us in the season finale of the Feast for a discussion with Lori McCarthy of Cod Sounds in Newfoundland. From salt cod to goose tongue, she takes us through a culinary cornucopia of the island's history and culture. Whether it's making a hearty sco...

Exhibition Sneak Peek! Mixed Messages: Making & Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada

The Feast is headed to the library this week with a special sneak peek of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's upcoming exhibition, Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada. We'll speak with one of the co-curators of the exhibit, ...

Riding the Rails with the Harvey Girls

All aboard! This week, The Feast is riding the rails with an icon of American dining, the Harvey House. Founded by Fred Harvey in the 1870s, Harvey Houses marked the first attempt to provide standardized high quality dining experiences to passengers tr...

Titanic's Final Feast: Edwardian Eating on the Unsinkable Ship

More than one hundred years after its fateful encounter with an iceberg on April 14th, 1912, the Titanic still captivates history buffs as a microcosm of Edwardian society. This week we’re exploring the culinary life onboard the unsinkable ship, lookin...

Saffron Rice and Shiraz Wine: The Past & Present of Persian New Year

From fire jumping to colored eggs, Persian New Year (Nowruz) is an epic annual tradition for millions of people worldwide. A celebration of the return of spring, Nowruz is a food-laden affair where thousand-year-old dishes are served each year on Persi...

King Arthur's Cookbook: A Handy Manual for Medieval Feasting

Sure, he can pull a sword from a stone, but can King Arthur dice vegetables? The once and future king is usually known more for his sword skills than his knife skills. But surely someone had to fix dinner for the Round Table! This week, we discover how...

The Feast Live! The New Woman's Guide to Cocktails: Punch & Prohibition in Progressive America

It's a very special live episode from The Feast! In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you a live discussion of women and cocktails in American history, straight from the Rosson House in Phoenix's Heritage Square. Before the 1920s with its ...

Mixed Drink Mavens Part 1: The First Cocktail Party Redux

This week The Feast is on tour, heading to Phoenix Arizona to talk manhattans, martinis, and other mixed drinks with the fantastic folks at the Rosson House in Heritage Square. We'll be exploring the great and often forgotten women behind America's coc...

Cantonese Canada: Supermarkets, Street Food, & Special Ingredients

As the Year of the Dog approaches, join us for noodle rolls and year cake in the city of Markham, Ontario- home to some of the best Cantonese restaurants and Asian supermarkets outside China! We talk to Teresa Zhang, whose family hails from Guangzhou, ...

Musketeers & Mousselines: Alexander Dumas' Massive Dictionary of Food

Alexander Dumas was among the most beloved writers of the 19th century, responsible for classics like The Three Musketeers & The Count of Monte Cristo. But did you know Dumas longest work was devoted entirely to his other passion? Food! Written at ...

A Case for Kale: Vegetarianism in Victorian England

With 2018 finally here, it's resolution time! Over 1/3 of Americans have resolved to eat healthier this year and, for many, that means adopting a more plant-forward diet. From buffalo fried cauliflower to tempeh fish and chips, it's clear that vegetari...

Hard Nog and Hardy Oranges: A History of Virginian Cocktails with Micah LeMon

Join us for a special holiday episode where we investigate the rich mixed drink history of Virginia with Micah LeMon, bartender and author of The Imbible, A Cocktail Guide for Beginning & Home Bartenders. What did Virginia citrus have to do with th...

The Gods Must Be Hungry: Divine Food Stories from Eaten Magazine

From medieval butter towers to prehistoric bee-keepers, this week we're examining the divine associations with global foods with Emelyn Rude, editor of the new food history magazine Eaten. Join us as she gives us a sneak peak of "The Food of the Gods",...

Unsimply Soba: Comics & Competition in Japanese History

Think you can eat 50 bowls of noodles? What about 100? This week, The Feast explores the tradition of wanko soba from Iwate, Japan, where families and friends compete to see who can slurp the most noodles in a single sitting. But what makes soba, or bu...

Passionate Pavlovas: National Desserts from A to Z

From the Caesar salad to Fettucini Alfredo, we're surrounded by dishes named for famous figures in history. But how many can claim to be the national dessert of not one, but two countries? This week, we're taking a look at the origins and history of th...

Supernatural Suppers: An Icelandic Ghost Story

Dead chefs tell no tales! Except on Halloween, that is. This week, we're bringing you the story of a ghostly banquet straight from the sagas of medieval Iceland. A mix of fact and fiction, sagas provide some of the only clues we have about early Icelan...

Complicating Kosher: How the Trefa Banquet Changed American Judaism

This week we’re discovering the meal that changed the face of American Judaism. Featuring Dr. Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University, we’ll learn how a lavish banquet in 1883 Cincinnati kicked off a fierce debate about what it means to keep kosher. How ...

From Washington Street to Atlantic Avenue: Food Stories from New York's Little Syria

Join us as we discover the rich culinary history of Syrian communities in New York City. Beginning in the 1880s, Syrian immigrants settled in lower Manhattan, setting up food shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. We'll taste fermented milk at Arta's ...

Fuelling the Presidency: African American Cooks in the White House

Zephyr Wright (left) & Laura Dollie Johnson (right) This week, we're exploring the unsung history of African American cooks in the White House with soul food scholar, Adrian E. Miller, author...
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A Thousand and One Recipes: Caliphate Cooking in 10th Century Baghdad

Courtesy of Nawal Nasrallah This week we're travelling to the golden age of the Islamic Empire in 10th century Baghdad. Hidden in a bustling paper market, we'll visit a mysterious bookmaker respo...
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Cooking with Lightning: Helen Louise Johnson's Electric Oven Revolution

An early 20th century advertisement for an electrical range from the Toronto Electric Light Company Discover the untold history of electricity in the kitchen. Although the earliest electrical ove...
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A Brief History of Space Gastronomy

The Feast is back! And our debut episode for Season Two is out of this world. Literally! We're going back to one of the most (in)famous meals in the history of NASA, when a contraband corned beef sandwich snuck aboard Gemini 3 in 1965. We'll explore ho...
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Coming Soon: The Feast's Season Two!

Dreaming of our new season....(and jello) We're cooking up a delicious new season, debuting Friday, August 4th 2017! Discover the hidden stories behind competitive Soba eating in Japan, how the e...
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A Mythic Meal: A Very Special Season Finale with The Curated Feast

Photo by Kyle Murphy of KNM PortraitsOn this very special season finale, we've teamed up with Liz Birnbaum and The Curated Feast to bring you a mythic meal that'll take you from the roots to the stars. Join Liz and her guests at a secret underground lo...
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The Scandalous, Dangerous, and Not-At-All Fabricated History of the Cocktail Party: A Tale of Manhattans, Marriage,& Murder

The Ramos Gin Fizz. The Sazerac. The Mint Julep. Cocktails can have some great origin stories, but how can you tell  sober fact from tipsy fiction? This week, we're going cold turkey to get the details behind that noble institution of pre-dinner drinki...
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Behind the Deep Fat Fryer: America's Original Fair Food

What's the most iconic fair food? Popcorn? Hot dogs? Deep-fried apple pie on a stick? Today, fair food and the fryer may be a match made in heaven, but where did the trend of eating adventurously at the fair start? Today, we're heading back to the orig...
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Edible Monuments: Naples' Salami Castle of 1768

Cuccagna Arch of Bread, Cheese, and Suckling Pigs on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, Naples 1630. Courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Photo by Mike PorttForget Hansel & Gretel's candy cottage, Naples was building fortresses ...
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Excuse me, Sir, but are you going to eat that woolly mammoth?

The meat served at the 1951 Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Division of Vertebrate Zoology, YPM HERR 19475. Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. Pass the mastodon, would you? This week we're talking abou...
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A Man Named Peppercorn: Saving& Savouring the Foodways of the Sonoran Desert

Photo by Mike PorttThis week, we're headed to the land of bean trees & cholla buds: the Sonoran Desert. Home to UNESCO's new capital of gastronomy, Tucson, we'll trace the desert's diverse culinary history, from the cornfields of the Hohokam to the...
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A Battle of the Chicken Pot Pies: A History of Department Store Dining

This week, take the escalator to menswear and turn left at home goods. We're heading to the glory days of department store dining with a trip back to old Toronto. Learn how Eaton's and Simpson's battled for the hearts and dollars of Torontonians throug...
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Maple Roosters and Tofu Tumults: A Han Dynasty Banquet

This week, The Feast is bringing you a very special Canadian episode dedicated to Chinese New Year! We're exploring an opulent Han Dynasty banquet from the second century CE as the basis for our own Chinese New Year celebrations in Toronto. Join us as ...
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A Punchy Inauguration Special: Andrew Jackson& the Mob of 1829

Feeling punchy this inauguration season? Take a note from Andrew Jackson & join the wildest party the White House has ever seen! In our first episode of 2017, we’re heading to 1829 when 10,000 people crashed Jackson’s Inauguration Reception for a b...
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