The image of the family gathered at the table for the evening meal is a durable American tradition. Only it’s a myth. On today’s show, a food historian describes how most families ate for most of American history.
Plus, researchers at Cornell offer tips on how to navigate the all you can eat buffet without gaining a pound.
Then, we move from food to booze: hard drinking writers, like Ernest Hemingway and John Cheever fortified the myth of the alcohol-soaked genius. An author who explores why writers drink, and dispels any myths about booze as muse.
12.30.14: The History Of Three Square Meals & Following The Path Of 6 Literary Alcoholics
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What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold... monastic beer. Yes, beer brewed by monks. There is a relatively high possibility that monks (yes, monks) are cooler than you. And I'm not sorry, because they do some pretty darn awesome stuff. Here are 5 reasons why monks are way awesome:
Our shiniest and sparkliest content, all in one show-tacular program. This week, a Salon writer contemplates the history of "white Southern defeat," a foremost expert on gluten explores the hype around the latest food trend, New Hampshire author Ben Nugent talks about his new novel, "Good Kids," and illustrator Danny Gregory explains how grief was overcome with art. Oh, and Sean Hurley contemplates the danger of skating on thick ice.