A Brief History (and Spirited Defense) of Spam

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Spam is the most processed of processed meats. Mention it and you're bound to get an intense reaction: from yelps of revulsion, to cries of genuine affection and yes, even ironic appreciation. Erin DeJesus, editor of Eater Portland and a news editor at Eater National broke down Spam's history, explained why it became popular in many Asian cultures and defended the canned meat from its many detractors. She asked "Why is there a foreignness or otherness to Spam? Why is it maybe less American, or more maligned than something like a hot dog?" 

Her article is called “A Brief History of Spam.”


Click listen above to hear a less than appetizing recipe for "Spam Upsidedown Pie"