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A Meal Fit for a Colonist

A Meal Fit for a Colonist

April 1, 2022

Continuing with our theme of food and Italian fascism, we discuss how Futurists set the stage for the new political changes that were about to come. While most of Europe was starting to see their colonialist policies as something of a relic of the past, Italians felt that they had to catch up. How would they get the public on board? The only way they knew how: through their stomachs! 

 

Once again, we are joined by Dr. Diana Garvin, author of Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women's Food Work and professor of Italian studies at the University of Oregon. This week she goes into great detail about how the Italian Futurists used the strange and wonderful foods of Eastern Africa to set the stage for the horrible atrocities that were to would come.

Fascism Fell While Rice Grew

Fascism Fell While Rice Grew

March 22, 2022

When you think of Italian food, the first thing that probably comes to mind is pasta. But the truth is that Italian is extremely diverse and that diversity has played a huge part in its development, especially during the fascist regime of Mussolini. 

 

This week we are joined by special guest Dr. Diana Garvin, professor of Italian studies at the University of Oregon and author of Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women's Food Work. She helps us to understand the role that Italian rice weeders played in changing hearts and minds during some of Italy's darkest days. Plus, how they filled people's stomachs with risotto!

The Great Tamale Incident of 1976

The Great Tamale Incident of 1976

February 14, 2022

There's no denying it: American politics are weird. They make no sense and people have been trying to change it for years. Something as simple as the food a candidate eats on the trail can change history. From Garbage Plates in Rochester to crab cakes in Maryland and even tamales in Texas, what a candidate eats and how they eat it can make all the difference.

 

In this episode, we go over a mishap that befell President Ford while visiting the Alamo in the great state of Texas. How did a single tamale change American history? Find out on this episode of Delicious History!

The End of the World (Pt 2)

The End of the World (Pt 2)

December 28, 2021

Look who's back! After going over the structure of the late Bronze Age in our last episode, we go over what toppled the house of cards that had been set up for centuries. 

 

What finally did it in? Was it the Sea People, food shortages or just own poor planning? We talk about that and more in this week's episode!

Announcement

Announcement

November 4, 2021

We've reached a point where we need to catch up on our research to make sure that we can present the highest quality information possible. So, we'll be taking a month's break. But don't worry! We're upgrading our gear, bringing in guests and making Delicious History better than ever!

The End of the World (Pt 1)

The End of the World (Pt 1)

October 28, 2021

While so many of us are worried about the world ending now, we forget that it already ended...about 3,000 years ago! The fall of the Bronze Age was one of the most historical events in the history of the world, forming much of what was to come. But how did it happen and how was food involved? Tune in to this week's episode to find out!

Revolutions Run on Coffee (Pt 2)

Revolutions Run on Coffee (Pt 2)

October 20, 2021

Putting our focus on Europe, how did coffee upset the social and political systems of the 17th and 18th centuries. Plus, what did that have to do with the United States or Haiti? Find out why rulers such as Charles II and Frederick the Great were so keen on outlawing coffee within their borders and why you should thank your morning brew for creating the world we live in today!

Revolutions Run on Coffee (Pt 1)

Revolutions Run on Coffee (Pt 1)

October 13, 2021

Coffee might just be the best part of waking up, but did you know it played a huge role politically since the moment it came on the scene? In this episode of Delicious History, we go over how coffee made a splash in the Islamic world, causing governers and sultans from Mecca to the Ottoman Empire to ban it and even execute its drinkers! 

Beer, Bread and Witches

Beer, Bread and Witches

October 6, 2021

When we think of the stereotypical witch, perhaps a tall hat, broomstick and bubbling cauldron might come to mind. But what if we were to tell you that almost everything you associate with witches was originally just anti-feminist propaganda?

 

In this episode, we go over the witch scares of Europe and how they moved across the ocean to the most infamous witch scare of them all, the Salem Witch Trials, and what unlikely culprit might have been to blame.

Foundational Series: The Columbian Exchange

Foundational Series: The Columbian Exchange

September 29, 2021

Some concepts come up again and again with the types of stories we tell on this show. Instead of explaining that every time they come up, the Foundational Series episodes will be referenced to fill in the background. You know what that means: less time with boring chatter and more of the interesting stories you've come to expect!

 

In this episode, we talk about the Columbian Exchange. This was the sharing of plants, animals, diseases and humans from the Old World and New World. What effects did this have on our history? Tune in to find out!

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