When Europeans arrived in the Americas in the late 15th century they sparked one of the most dramatic ecological and cultural exchanges in human history. Nowhere is that fact more evident than on dinner plates all over the world. In our new 8-part series, the Leonard Lopate Show will investigate the profound changes that the Columbian Exchange brought to cooking and cuisine.
Every Wednesday, from 12:40 to 1, from October 3 through the day before Thanksgiving, we’ll profile a different food that originated in the Americas and was adopted across the globe: tomatoes, corn, beans, pumpkins and squash, vanilla and chocolate, chilies, potatoes and turkey.
We're also encouraging our listeners to submit recipes!
We're wrapping up our Globavores series this week with a discussion of turkey—just in time for Thanksgiving. Chef Waldy Malouf of Beacon restaurant and food historian Andrew Smith, author of The Turkey: An American Story and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, tell us how turkeys, which were found in the New World and were transported around the world and incorporated into the cuisines in many cultures. And we'll have recipes!
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We look at the ever versatile potato on this week’s installment of our series Globavores: Food Travels Since 1492! We’ll speak with food historian Andrew Smith and chef Maricel Presilla, author of Gran Cocina Latina about the potato’s origins, how it traveled around the world to become a staple, and some of the world’s favorite ways to prepare potatoes.
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We explore the many variations of chilies and where they’ve traveled around the world since the start of the Columbian Exchange. Roberto Stantibañez, chef at Fonda and author ofTacos Tortas and Tamales , and food historian Dave Dewitt of Fiery-Foods, author of the Chile Pepper Encyclopediaexplain the origins and wide variety of chilies, and talk about how they're used from Mexico to Thailand.
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This week's installment of our series Globavores, about the foods of the Columbian Exchange, is all about chocolate, which had rich, long history in the Americas long before Europeans arrived. Chocolatier Jacques Torres and Louis Grivetti, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis, talk about the origins of chocolate in Mesoamerica and how the cacao seed has traveled around the globe transforming cuisine and palates along the way.
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We continue our exploration of the foods of the Columbian Exchange with a look at corn, which has become a staple of modern agriculture. Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn, explains how the grain has changed the way the world eats. We'll also look at how corn is used in a variety of Mexican dishes with Zarela Martinez, author of numerous cookbooks including Zarela's Veracruz
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The first part of Globavores, our 8-week series about the Columbian Exchange, kicks off today with a look at the tomato and its 500- year journey from mesoamerica across the globe. We'll speak with Andrew Smith, culinary historian and author of The Tomato in America and with chef Lidia Bastianich, whose latest cookbook is Lidia's Favorite Recipes.
Share your favorite tomato recipe below!