Dive deep into the culinary history of America with our esteemed guest Christina Ward. From riding in the Wienermobile with Padma Lakshmi for 'Taste the Nation' to her intriguing contributions to transgressive art, Christina's journey is nothing short of remarkable.

In her latest offering, 'Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat—An American History,' set to release on September 26, 2023, Christina meticulously unravels how religious beliefs intersect with politics, economics, and most intriguingly, food. This work presents an alternate story of America, spotlighting true believers, charlatans, visionaries, and the many who walked behind them. She navigates with precision between academic studies, first-hand interviews, cookbooks, and religious texts, offering fresh insights into American history, all viewed through the lens of our kitchens.

In this episode, we journey through the annals of religious influence on American culinary habits, discovering how food fads became mainstream and how vague spiritual movements of the 20th century used food as both a lure and a leash. With over 75 recipes from varied religious and communal groups, coupled with more than 100 historic images, 'Holy Food' promises to be a treasure trove for historians, food enthusiasts, and the curious souls alike.

Quoting the founder of the International Krishna Consciousness organization, Prabhupada, 'This business—eating, sleeping, sex life and defense—this is common to the animal and to the human being,' we embark on a conversation that promises to satiate both the mind and soul. Join us as we traverse the crossroads of faith, history, and the tantalizing world of gastronomy with Christina Ward.

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