THE HISTORY OF FOOD
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What makes us human? Humans are just animals who know how to cook. Whether you're interested in food, history, or both like I am, this podcast is for you Visit anthrochef.blog for recipes. Theme music by Michael Levy of Ancient Lyre. “An Ancient Lyre” and much more is available from all major digital music stores and streaming sites.
||CleanHOF Episode 10: Hombres de Maíz (Mesoamerica)||Of all the food discoveries made across the ancient world, few are more impressive than the domestication and then nixtamlization of maize (corn) in the lands that would one day be called Mexico and Central America. Mesoamerica is one of just three plac||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 9: Raw and Cooked (China)||What does it mean to be a raw (barbarian) person vs. a cooked (civilized) person? To find out, our culinary and historical journey heads east. Far East, to the lands of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. Ancient China. Guzheng music for this episode perform||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 8: Hunger and Collapse (Mesopotamia and Bronze Age)||No civilization lasts forever. In fact, it’s kind of a miracle any starts at all. The conditions must be exactly right for people to come together into urban environments. So like an overextended, teetering Jenga tower, it’s not if but when th||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 7: Age of the Aegean (Greece)||Here we are at last, on the shores of Greece. It’s a brief retelling of Aegean history, a story you’ve heard before, though perhaps not from a chef’s point of view. Come for the history, stay for the foods that made them special. By mastering||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 6: Lands of the Nile (Egypt)||Egypt needs no introduction. But here’s one anyway! The ancient people along the Nile built a civilization out of grain like Mesopotamia, but diverged on their own unique path, transforming their food surplus into the greatest monuments the world ha||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 5: Un Otro Mundo (Andean Civilization)||Sumer was the oldest urban civilization, but not by much. Second place followed quickly, and incredibly was across the ocean in South America. People on the coast of modern Peru kickstarted a multi-millennium wave of Andean civilization, passing down||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 4: How to Turn Food into Wealth (Sumer)||We’ve done it. We’ve finally crossed into the realm of written records and recorded history. Join me on an odyssey going back 6,000 years ago, when the Sumerians of what is today southern Iraq, took a mega-surplus of grain and transformed it direc||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 3: Early Farming Around the World||Come travel around the world and follow the Neolithic cultures that spread across it, including very early farmers of Egypt, China, and Old Europe. Then come across the oceans to Mesoamerica, one of two places in the world civilization was invented from||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 2: Gardeners of the Neolithic||The second episode of our History of Food concerns the greatest turning point in human history since the taming of fire. The New Stone Age, when farming was invented and our species forever changed. What were our lives like, what were we eating, and h||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOF Episode 1: Human Ancestors and Prehistoric Foragers||What makes us human? Humans are just animals who know how to cook. This first episode attempts to explain what humans and our hominid ancestors have been eating for the 6 million years since we first came down from the trees, how taming fire and cooking||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A Fantastic New Podcast!
I loved this podcast right out of the gate, but wanted to wait & see if it would keep coming out on a regular schedule before I reviewed. In short, this is a really fantastic podcast. It covers all the various ways humans obtained & prepared their food from the ealiest days of the hunter-gatherers all down through human history. Episode 3 featured an extremely interesting & thought-provoking discussion on whether humans moving from hunter-gatherer societies to more agricultural societies was necessarily a good move, in terms of both human health and societal pros/cons. Apart from the subject matter, the show also has everything else nailed down: great audio quality, background music (by the great Michael Levy), etc. Holden's delivery is also great - lots of info and lots of humor, presented in a very welcoming and congenial style. Here's to many more great episodes!
Actually true to the title and doesn’t just cover Ancient Greece and Rome like many other “history” podcasts do. Love the recipes at the end. Wish there was an accompanying blog or something for the pictures of the finished product and recipes to review later. Also this podcast, in addition to being comprehensive, is very accurate to what we know about early history.
Please stop using the background music
It’s super distracting and the mix overpowers the voice. Other than that, so far so good.