A Taste of History

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  • 2009
  • 13 Seasons
  • 8.9  (55)

A Taste of History from Janson Media starring Walter Staib and Diana Wolkow is a cooking and history show that takes viewers on a journey through time with delicious meals and fascinating stories. Each episode features a different historical period or event, and the hosts use authentic ingredients and cooking techniques to recreate dishes from the era.

The show begins with host Walter Staib, a noted chef and culinary historian, traveling to a historical site or museum related to the featured period or event. He is often accompanied by fellow host Diana Wolkow, an enthusiastic amateur historian and food lover. At the site, they explore artifacts, documents, and other historical sources to gain insights into the cuisine of the era. Staib then uses this knowledge to plan and cook a three-course meal that showcases the flavors and traditions of the time.

The cooking segments of the show are informative and engaging, with Staib providing step-by-step instructions and explanations for each dish. He carefully selects ingredients that would have been available or popular during the historical period, and he uses cooking techniques that are true to the era as well. For example, in an episode about colonial Virginia, Staib uses a mortar and pestle to pound corn kernels into flour for a traditional Native American dish called succotash. He also demonstrates how to cook over an open fire, a common practice in the colonial era.

As Staib cooks, Wolkow provides historical context and interesting anecdotes about the period. She draws from primary sources such as diaries, letters, and cookbooks to shed light on the daily lives and food traditions of people in the past. For example, in an episode about the American Revolution, she explains how general Lafayette introduced ice cream to the United States, and how soldiers in the Continental Army often went hungry due to supply shortages.

Once the meal is complete, Staib and Wolkow invite guests to join them for a tasting. These guests often include scholars, museum staff, and other experts in history or food. They discuss the flavors and textures of the dishes, as well as their cultural and historical significance. The guests also share their own knowledge and insights about the featured period or event, adding to the educational value of the show.

Overall, A Taste of History is an entertaining and educational show that combines cooking, history, and storytelling in a unique way. It offers viewers a window into the past through the lens of food, showing how cuisine has evolved over time and reflecting the cultural, social, and technological changes that have shaped our world. The show is well-produced, with high-quality visuals, clear audio, and engaging hosts. It is suitable for all audiences, from food lovers to history buffs, and is sure to leave viewers hungry for more.

A Taste of History is a series that is currently running and has 13 seasons (155 episodes). The series first aired on February 15, 2009.

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Seasons
Flavors of the First State - Delaware
10. Flavors of the First State - Delaware
October 8, 2023
Chef Walter Staib travels the globe, to historical locations, into famous kitchens and exotic markets to bring you A Taste of History. The cooking TV series explores, educates, and brings America's culinary heritage to life through the recreation of elegant and sumptuous dishes inspired by the founding fathers.
A Multicultural Menu - Victoria, Australia
9. A Multicultural Menu - Victoria, Australia
October 7, 2023
Join Chef Staib on a flavorful journey through Melbourne, Australia, as he dives into the vibrant culinary scene of this multicultural city. From meeting talented local chefs to uncovering the source of Australian lamb in the countryside, experience the diverse flavors and cultural pulse that make Melbourne a true food lover's paradise.
Grilling Down Under - New South Wales, Australia
8. Grilling Down Under - New South Wales, Australia
October 7, 2023
Chef Walter Staib takes a journey Down Under to Sydney, Australia, where he learns of the regenerative techniques Australian Farmers use to create delicious tasting Beef and support a sustainable future for the planet. Get ready for a sizzling adventure that celebrates the flavors of Australia in true "Barbie" style!
Birthplace of Kentucky - Harrodsburg, Kentucky
7. Birthplace of Kentucky - Harrodsburg, Kentucky
October 7, 2023
Travel to Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg, Kentucky to explore the history of the fort and life of James Harrod. Joined by Mary Barlow, Chef Walter Staib pays tribute to the culinary heritage in the George Rogers Clark Cabin, they prepare historic recipes including a Kentucky Elk roast and a delightful Stack Cake, showcasing the traditional flavors of the region.
Tides of a Revolution - The Battle of Machias Bay
6. Tides of a Revolution - The Battle of Machias Bay
October 7, 2023
Embark on a captivating history of Machias, Maine and the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Gain insight into the region's sustainable practices and the symbiotic relationship between the land and sea. Inspired by the local bounty, Chef Staib creates mouthwatering recipes that celebrate this remarkable coastal town.
Melting Pot Metropolis - New York City
5. Melting Pot Metropolis - New York City
October 7, 2023
Embark on a captivating history of Machias, Maine and the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Gain insight into the region's sustainable practices and the symbiotic relationship between the land and sea. Inspired by the local bounty, Chef Staib creates mouthwatering recipes that celebrate this remarkable coastal town.
Paris of the Pacific - New Caledonia
4. Paris of the Pacific - New Caledonia
October 7, 2023
Chef Walter Staib travels to the enchanting Pacific island of New Caledonia and discovers the harmonious fusion of French and indigenous Kanaky culture and the mouthwatering cuisine born from this blend. From a centuries-old Bougna recipe to the French pastry shops that dot the capital city, New Caledonia is a culinary treasure.
Flavors of the High Country - Boone, North Carolina
3. Flavors of the High Country - Boone, North Carolina
October 7, 2023
Journey back in time to uncover Boone's historic roots and savor its vibrant culinary scene. Chef Walter Staib tries his hand at fly-fishing, and connects with modern pioneers shaping the region's food culture. Delve into the historic Tatum Cabin, where delightful recipes are prepared, capturing the essence of Boone's heritage.
Savoring Oaxaca - The Spirit of Mezcal
2. Savoring Oaxaca - The Spirit of Mezcal
October 7, 2023
Chef Walter Staib travels into the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico to embark on a captivating journey that uncovers the art of Mezcal making, guided by local experts who reveal the secrets behind this beloved spirit. The mysteries of the ancient city of Monte Alb
Applejack - The Original Colonial Elixir
1. Applejack - The Original Colonial Elixir
October 7, 2023
Join us on a spirited journey as we explore the rich history of Applejack and Apple Brandy, discovering their colonial origins and witnessing the meticulous distillation process at America's oldest distillery. Chef Walter Staib returns to the historic Harriton House to fire up some apple inspired recipes, including Scallopini of Pork with Stuffing, a sizzling Apple Flamb
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A Taste of History is available for streaming on the Janson Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch A Taste of History on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hoopla, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 15, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (55)