Secret Cuisines and Sacred Rituals Podcasts

Friday 13th of March 2015
Jennifer Abadi, writer, story collector of all things cuisine & culture of the Sephardic Jewish world, gives us a glimpse into her collection of interviews on Passover traditions. 85 people from 18 countries...her passion is to honor and preserve not only the recipes but also the memories, their personal stories behind the food and rituals...with a cultural context.
Thursday 5th of March 2015
Tina Wasserman, masterful storyteller, renowned and well respected cooking instructor, authority on Jewish culinary history and cuisine, author of high acclaimed books, Entree to Judaism - A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora & Entree to Judaism for Families, talks to us about Passover traditions, Seder plates around the diaspora, the perfect matzo ball soup and more.
Friday 6th of February 2015
Amy Reiley talks to us about "Eating Something Sexy" this Valentine's Day. Amy Reiley is considered a leading authority on aphrodisiac foods. She’s been interviewed on this scintillating topic by The New York Times, National Geographic, BBC, NPR, Epicurious and The Today Show.   She is the creatrix of EatSomethingSexy.com, rich in aphrodisiacs, recipes, myths, mystique and science.
Friday 30th of January 2015
Illustrious Parsis of India,tiny community, imaginative cuisine, ancient language of prayers, sacred rituals and the jewels of their synthesis with India in hundreds of years with Perzen Patel www.bawibride.com & Shernaz Petigara of www.ahuramazda.com
Friday 23rd of January 2015
"Purba - Feasts from the East", the only cookbook in English on Cuisine from Odissi (Orissa),land of ancient sun temples, Sacred pilmgrimage, 56 Delicacies offered to the presiding deity. Written by an avid cook and scientist, Laxmi Parida.
Friday 16th of January 2015
Bridget White-Kumar, daughter of a prominent Anglo-Indian community in Kolar Gold Fields talks about five generations, cuisine & traditions of Anglo-Indian Commujity. Author of 7 cookbooks that revive forgotten dishes and recipes of Colonial British Raj for future generations, hotels, Restaurants, clubs and foodies of all kinds.
Friday 9th of January 2015
We talk Bengali Culinary traditions, Signature flavors, rituals and "Spice Chronicles" with Rinku Bhattacharya, Cookbook writer, blogger and culinary teacher. She is known for nuanced regional Indian cuisine, especially that of her native Bengal, and cooking with the bounties of the seasons and spices in NY.
Friday 2nd of January 2015
Pratibha Jain & Jigyasa Giri, award winning authors of books on Andhra Cuisine, Ayurvedic Cooking & Traditional Wisdom, talk to us about signature flavors, stories and memories of their beloved Pedatha, aunt by heart and by marriage, her legacy of hundreds of years of cuisine and love.
Friday 26th of December 2014
History, Traditions, Family Rituals & Foods you may have never heard of from the Catholic Communities in former Portuguese colony of Goa & Southern Coastal community of Mangalore.
Friday 19th of December 2014
Piecing together the shards of history of his ancestors at Ioannina (pr.Yannena, Isaak Dostis talks about the vanishing ancient diaspora of Rommaniote Jews of Ioannina. His work to ensure that they are never lost from our collective memory.
Friday 12th of December 2014
The COLOR of FOOD : Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming by Natasha Bowens a.k.a Brown.girl.farming Natasha Bowens talks to us about the four years spent gathering stories from Black, Native, Asian and Latina farmers and food activists who are revolutionizing the food system and preserving cultural foodways around the country.
Friday 5th of December 2014
We explore the Franco-Tamil Cuisine, Culture & Celebrations of the french speaking people of former french colony in south India in “The Pondicherry Kitchen” with Dr.Lourdes Tirouvanziam-Louis,an educator, writer, sociolinguist from an old Pondicherry family.
Friday 21st of November 2014
An Invitation to a Healing Table - Science & Medicine of Scents & Flavors our modern thanksgiving, historical influences. Cranberries & Corn, Sage & Thyme, Sweet potaotes, Squashes & Pies. Special Obsession - Savoring and healing with Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Pie.
Friday 31st of October 2014
"The Vanishing Kodavas & The Coorg Table" - the stories, sacred hunts, foods & traditions of this ancient race in a tiny, lush cradle between the sea and the mountains. Kaveri Ponnapa's homage and unstinting work of 15 years.
Friday 17th of October 2014
Viji Varadarajan and Vilasi talk healing traditions of their ancestors, Tamil Brahmins of India - Life a 100 years ago, signature ingredients, foods, the Banana leaf meal service, rice, neivedya - food offerings to God, Rites of Passage, Sacred Wedding Rituals and more
Friday 3rd of October 2014
An intimate history, glimpse into the life, journey, cuisine, rituals, celebrations of the ancient Beta Israel of Ethiopia; their journey to Homeland. Dr. Yarden's mission and remarkable personal history.
Friday 26th of September 2014
Ancient & Mediaval South India - Intriguing Stories, Green Leaves to Granite Plates, Ancient Recipes, Palate, Spices and cuisines (Ayurvedic & more) for wellbeing with Ammini Ramanchandran www.peppertrail.com
Friday 19th of September 2014
Exploring Food, Culinary Culture, Celebrations of Kerala with Food Writer, Author, Culinary Educator & Historian, Ammini Ramachandran. Evocative description of a feast - a sadya on a banana leaf in her lyrical voice and 1000 + history of South Indian Cuisine
Friday 12th of September 2014
​Lorraine Henrich brings us the myths, mystique, magical folklore and moving traditions & tributes - Celtic Shamans, the Greeks, the Vikings... Harvests, Festivals of Mabon - The Autumn Equinox, Sumbel, festivals of Patron Saints and more... Bonus! Ancient (Viking)Thanksgiving -Goal Setting -Manifestation process! Once a way of life, effortlessly woven into seasonal festivals, celebrations & rituals? Check out 5 layer Sumbel of the Vikings... the 3rd and 4th segments of the show
Friday 29th of August 2014
An interesting conversation with Amy C. Evans, oral historian, on Southern Foodways, memory keeping, story gathering and how to be an oral historian. We explore lesser know cradles of culture of the American South. The insulated-isolated fishing communities in Florida, sharing memories, stories, yearnings...and more.
Friday 15th of August 2014
Noam Henna, Jewish Henna Scholar, Researcher, Artist, Ritual Facilitator talks henna in history, Jewish celebrations, the very particular motifs, meaning and rituals. www.hennabysienna.com
Friday 8th of August 2014
Dr. Essie Sassoon, Bala Menon, Kenny Salem connect with us from different corners of the world to tell us stories, memories, culture, cuisine & contribution of this two millennia old culture of Cochin Jews. Their beautiful book, "Spice & Kosher" is part history, part social document, part memoir and part celebration.
Friday 1st of August 2014
Jael Silliman, the heart, brain & creatrix behind the digital archive, www.jewishcalcutta.in and the author of "The Man with Many Hats", a novel set in the Calcutta Jewish Community in India, talks about the tiny community of trailblazers whose contributions are indelible in the history of India. We talk about monuments, carefully maintained synagogues, a very famous bakery and other artists.
Friday 11th of July 2014
Farideh Goldin, the author of " Wedding Song", the vivid, poignant, hopeful, heartrending memoir of her world in Jewish Iran, talks about lost and reviving, foods, rituals,weddings, memories, ancient language of Judi - Hebrew and old Persian.
Friday 4th of July 2014
A refreshing way of looking at wellness & vitality. Exploring healing principles of food, what makes up our vitality blueprint. Why is it important choose freedom, adventure & delight for transformation It is a call to create your own Inspired Palette, and Be your own guru.
Friday 27th of June 2014
A Syrian-Jewish Kitchen & Sephardic Culinary Traditions - tart tamarind, sweet apricots, honey, spicy trio of cumin, allspice & cinnamon and more with Jennifer Abadi and her memoir-like cookbook at www.fistfuloflentils.com & www.toogoodtopassover.com
Friday 20th of June 2014
Jewish Diaspora - Foods, food lores, surprising origins, connections, celebrations and threads that connect to the past and the future with masterful storyteller, a brilliant Jewish historical cuisine expert - Tina Wasserman of www.cookingandmore.com
Friday 13th of June 2014
A bridge between a fiercely American icon - the BBQ & Sacred Jewish Traditions. Where Slow Smoke, comfortingly familiar & mysteriously exotic flavors meet. We talk Rosh Hashanah Brisket,flavors, marinating & smoking tips for beginners and enthusiasts. We dig into memories, food, family, connections. Find Rabbi Mendel Segal at www.RabbiQ.com & @BBQRabbi and follow his delightful adventures.
Friday 6th of June 2014
What do Paw Paws, Pecans, Pierogies have in common? The greatest river in America -The Mississippi. Renowned Chef, Regina Charboneau talks about the culinary traditions along the Mississippi river, the distinctiveness of each tiny cradle, its agriculture, it ecology, the farm to table and how to make it ours with seasonal produce of the America you live in. She also regales us with stories and memories of her childhood, of hoop skirts, oyster eating and her Antebellum home..
Friday 30th of May 2014
An exploration extended. Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, Chef-Culinary Anthropologist- Native Historian-renowned Photographer - author of Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations talks about heirloom beans, micaceaous clay pots, ancient clay covered cooking, wild riches of pursulane, dandelions, Navajo tea. Prickly pears, the sacred ritual of enough being enough. Sustainability and reviving traditions to sustain the earth and the generations to follow.
Friday 16th of May 2014
We look at the old and new through the eyes & heritage of Michael Twitty, Antebellum Chef-Culinary Historian. His Cooking Gene - inherited from all his ancestors - West African, European and more. We talk Old Medicine, New Science - Seafood/Fish & Greens, spice bush, dandelion greens, wild onions/chive vinegar. Reviving & Preserving with reverence heirlooms, wild and indigenous plants - The story of persimmons Restoring sovereignty to food systems with local communities. Bringing in Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions.
Friday 9th of May 2014
We travel through the eyes, memories, stories & discoveries of a New Orleans native,a historian, founder & president of Southern Food & Beverage Museum ( www.sofabinstitute.org ), Liz Williams. The heir to two culinary legacies - Sicilian and Southern (Cajun- country cooking). We talk about Artichokes, Offal, Angel Food Cakes, beloved grandparents and Parakeets...of moving tributes to the memories of her elders and ancestors, their living histories and culinary legacies. And..true well-being and a sustainable life from reviving southern traditions of using every bit of plants and animals for food, gratefully and reverentially.
Friday 2nd of May 2014
Welcome to an exquisite, soul-provoking exposition, stories and wisdom by award winning chef-native historian-culinary anthropologist, Dr. Lois Ellen Frank. Stories of Chilies. Sacred Corn. The Sisters. Seeds-the Memory Keepers. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Wisdom for a Sustainable earth Reviving healing foods, indigenous traditions and restoring health with ancient science and wisdom. Doing old things in new ways at www.redmesacuisine.com We are hungry for more...
Friday 11th of April 2014
Today our spotlight is on Mi’kmaq First Nation and their practices. Old Medicine, ceremonies, matters and practices dear to their heart. Of Cedar boughs & baths. Of Bread and Bear Grease. Both lighthearted and heartfelt. Our Guest: Teresa Edwards, BA,JD - A Mi'kmaq First Nation woman. A Barrister-at-Law. A Human rights activist - a woman who has grown up in her culture and traditions and speaking some of her language. (Hear her welcome and introduction in their language)
Friday 4th of April 2014
An Inspired Palette - A call to adventure. Creating a cuisine of your own...an expression and experience of Vitality, Celebration and Connection. Exploring origins and connecting threads of cuisines, spotlight on a beloved, comforting, ancient and now ordinary food - The noodle. Redefining a meal... honoring traditions...a tiny question...what is your rhythm? And how is it woven into a cuisine of your own...
Friday 21st of March 2014
An Inspired Palette - Cuisines, Celebrations & Cures; Rhythms, Rituals & Traditions. A newer way, exploring cuisine as healing and celebration; Vitality through delight, discovery and adventure. Common threads, uncommon ways. A kaleidoscope - unifying foods and flavors, distinct and unique styles and cuisines. Flying over the World Atlas of Scents, Flavors, Clusters of Cuisines; Celebrating Spring Equinox, Nowruz and a banquet of sacred symbolic foods, doing old things in new ways and new things in old ways.
Friday 7th of March 2014
Searching for Stories of and in Cuisine - the memory keeper and the most tensile thread in every cultural tapestry, We unfold our maps to chart our trails for 2014, marking clusters, cradles and connecting threads around the world. Our route in 2014, Americas - Spotlight on the American South, Creolization, First Nations/Natives and brilliant synthesis today. Weaving our way through "The Banana Leaf" , "Silk Routes", "The Jewish Diaspora", "The Ways We Wed" and other "Delightful Interjections", features, and adventures from our "Underground Club" In this show, we explore the current trends that draw us back, retracing our culinary steps and the surprising story of our meals, especially birth and evolution of breakfast. Salute to Cereal Grains, its history and culinary evolution on National Cereal Day! Spotlight - Burmese Breakfast, an all day food and a national dish, plus their other breakfast - street foods, peasant foods and hardy poor man's breakfast - a healthy, imitable fare, both mysteriously exotic and comfortingly familiar. And an adventure sheet for this weekend.
Tuesday 25th of February 2014
An Exploration of "Food as a Memory Keeper", a deeper context of comfort foods, exploring unusual, unexpected comfort foods of strangers and familiar. History of a few of well-celebrated comforts. Spotlight on Conjee (Kanji, Jook, Porridge, Gruel) as the most unexpected, unfashionable but one with 3000 odd years of popularity.
Friday 14th of February 2014
Exploring Mayans and their Magic Beans. Cassanova's Cuisine. Trailing on the heels of Marco Polo. Alluring Scents, Aphrodisiac Cuisines and Sacred Celebrations. 11 Foods of Love for 2014 - Extraordinary Ways of Ordinary Things
Friday 7th of February 2014
This is the inaugural episode with musings and memories of what we sought and what we found as we began our quest for secret cuisines and traditions. This is the beginning...before I knew it was...
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