Podcast Episode 017: A Historian’s Take on Food and Food Politics – Interview with Rachel Laudan

Sep 2, 2015

Today’s episode focuses on why we should love fast, modern processed food.

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Rachel Laudan

Today my guest is Rachel Laudan. She is author of the prize-winning global food history, Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History (2013). For many years she was a history professor in various American research universities, specializing in history of science and technology. She has been interested in food all her life from an upbringing on a dairy and wheat farm in England to cooking and dining on five different continents.


Here are the resources we mentioned on the show:

  1. Rachel’s website  
  2. Rachel’s book: Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History
  3. Rachel’s article: A Plea for Culinary Modernism: Why We Should Love New, Fast, Processed Food
  4. Washingtonian interview: How Michael Pollan, Alice Waters and Slow Food Theorists Got It All Wrong
  5. Sound Bites Podcast interview with Andrew Maynard of Risk Bites

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