Eat My Globe

Eat My Globe

In Eat My Globe: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Food, Simon Majumdar will talk about an ingredient, a dish, a theme, a person or a nation and the fascinating story of how they became part of the world that we often take for granted. Over the course of the show, he shall be examining some of the great tales of food history, the origins of some of your favorite dishes and drinks, and the people who helped to create them. He will also share fantastic trivia that you can use to bore people with at parties. ... Show More

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November 11, 2019 24 min

From an ingredient that was once dismissed as “the cockroach of the sea,” lobster has now become part of what our host, Simon Majumdar describes as the “lexicon of luxury.” But how did this now prized seafood go from being so disparaged to so sought after? How was it used in historical recipes, and how true is it that servants complained that they were forced to eat it too often? Tune in now to find out.

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On a recent visit to the Republic of Ireland, our host, Simon Majumdar took a bus from Dublin to the town of Kilbeggan to visit its historic distillery and to speak with the Brand Ambassador of Kilbeggan Whiskey, John Cashman.

In an interview that was accompanied by some very delicious whiskey, they chatted not only about the unique history of this distillery, but about the joys of Irish whiskey in general.

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Our host, Simon Majumdar, is a particular fan of the whiskies of Scotland. So much so that he actually spent time on the island of Islay learning how to make it. In this episode, he shares “5 things you didn’t know you didn’t know about” the finest distilled spirit in the world, including the origins of the name, the differences in styles of Scotch Whisky and some of its most famous drinkers.

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Listeners might be surprised to know that the thought that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is a very recent one. In fact, in history the earliest meal was often seen as a minor one and even a sinful one. In this episode, our host, Simon Majumdar follows the history of breakfast and discovers the origins of breakfast cereals. 

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Our host, Simon Majumdar, may not be able to drink the stuff, but he knows that he is in a minority and that it is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It also has a history as dark, rich and sometimes as bitter as the liquid the ground coffee beans make when mixed with hot water. In this episode, Simon will follow the history of coffee from its origins in Ethiopia to the ubiquitous gourmet coffee stores of today.

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In this episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, shares “5 things you didn’t know you didn’t know” about one of the world’s most popular foods -- pasta -- including its origins, the “myth of Marco Polo,” how it reached America, and who consumes the most (you may be surprised).

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September 23, 2019 1 min

Simon Majumdar is back.

Get ready to delve into a whole new season of Eat My Globe!

Season 3 is packed with loads of new stories, historical food facts and some very well known guests.

It all starts October 7th, 2019!

 

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Very few individuals can claim to have had as much impact on the way we eat today (in the West, at least) as George Auguste Escoffier. During his life he redefined the way kitchens worked and the style in which food was presented to diners. He also created thousands of dishes and wrote books that are still considered culinary bibles today. Behind the scenes however, he led a life that was often much darker than his public person... Read more

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May 20, 2019 30 min

The world of food is filled with many examples that show how cultures can combine to created new dishes, and indeed whole new cuisines.

A recent trip to Vietnam proved to confirm that while this splendid country has retained a passion for its own traditional cuisine, the influence of French imperialists has also had a profound impact.

One example is the increasingly popular noodle soup, Pho.

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Apart from water, beer is arguably the oldest beverage in the world. Its glorious history dates back at least 18,000 years ago and continues through Ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, the American revolution and points in between.

In this very special episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, interviews the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Brewing History Curator Theresa McCulla. Simon and Theresa w... Read more

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In this episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, explores the glorious history of, arguably, the world’s oldest beverage apart from water: beer. The journey starts 18,000 years ago and continues through Ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, the American revolution, and points in between.

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In part 2 of this episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, continues his exploration of the origins of a main ingredient seen in most restaurants around the world: beef.

His journey of tracing the history of beef continues to the New World and how cattle inspired technological inventions not just in the food industry but also in other industries, such as in transportation.

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In part I of this episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, traces the history of beef, a main ingredient seen in most restaurants around the world.

It will take him on a journey starting with how cattle first became domesticated and how it started to appear on dining tables of early civilizations.

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In this latest episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, discusses the History of Cheese. He will trace the journey of how this fermented milk product became one of the world’s favorite dining staples – from the Neolithic era, to Classical Greece, to the Roman Empire, to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and ... Read more

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Chocolate has become such an everyday part of our lives that it’s hard to believe that it has a long, complicated and often dark history stretching back to the 15th Century.

 

In this special episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, interviews UCLA Department of History Professor Teofilo Ruiz. Simon and Professor Ruiz will discuss some of the impacts that followed the introduction of chocolate to the Old ... Read more

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April 1, 2019 44 min

In this episode of Eat My Globe, our host, Simon Majumdar, takes us on a journey to explore the history of chocolate.

Chocolate has become such an everyday part of our lives that it’s hard to believe that it has a long, complicated and often dark history stretching back to the 15th Century.

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March 11, 2019 2 min

Simon Majumdar teases what's coming up April 1st on Season 2 of Eat My Globe: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Food!

(There may be a few bloopers or 7 on here too!)

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A very special interview of UCLA Department of History Professor Stephen Aron. The interview covers, among others, the UCLA Convivium dinners, the importance of food history, and how the Eat My Globe and UCLA collaboration came about.

 

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A very special interview of Yale Professor Paul Freedman, author of “10 Restaurants That Changed America.” The interview covers, among others, the origins of restaurants in America, and the history of the 10 chosen restaurants and some of their classic dishes.  

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So much has been written about the Titanic and its fate in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, that it might be hard to say anything new.

However, in these two episodes, our host, Simon Majumdar, will look not only at the history of the ship itself, but at what the food served to passengers in each of the classes carried onboard can tell us about society and the way people ate at the time.

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