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There and Back Again: The Migration of New World Foods

In this entertaining and informative program, food historian Tames Alan takes the audience on a fascinating journey that explores the impact of New World foods on the Old World and how Old World foods changed the diet of the indigenous peoples.


Many national dishes we associate with individual countries were created with New World foods and became forever identified as the ethnic foods of America’s diverse immigrant population. Follow the tomato on its journey from poison fruit to its enlistment in the British Navy as a sustaining sauce. Learn how the potato was the salvation and near ruin of Ireland, how the Italians conquered their prejudice of the tomato, and how peppers changed Asian cooking forever.

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