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Many of our familiar foods were once considered alien, unusual, even distasteful. Credit goes to America’s immigrants for introducing and popularizing many products. Where, for example, did yogurt originate and what did it mean in its language of origin? Which ethnic group helped the most to introduce it in the early days? Broccoli was once a specialized vegetable, most prized by the Italians. How, then, did it reach the general public? To which ethnic businessman do we owe Sara Lee cheese cake? We will explore these and related subjects in this program.

Joel Denker, a retired professor, has written and taught extensively about food history. Among his books are the World On A Plate and the Carrot Purple. Joel’s web site, Food Passages.Com, contains many of his food writings.

 

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World on a Plate


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