Founding Food Editor and Editorial Director for Food, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Menus aren't just for ordering food any more. Oceanographers are using menus from 100 years ago to help determine the changes to fish populations around the world. Researchers could gage which populations were plentiful in various geographic areas. One hundred years ago we were not flying in Wild Alaskan Salmon for example. People ate what came from the local waters. For example in New York and New England you could see the fish on the menu change from Halibut to Cod and then scrod. Menus pricing was also an indirect measure of scarcity - high priced items were more rare and prized.
The Guys welcome Susan Spungen founding food editor and editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to the show to talk about her new cookbook "Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook". Susan believes that the most enjoyable part of the meal should be in the preparing of the meal. Her cookbook is for home cooks with various skill levels, "Not too scary for the novice."
Podcast Date: 2/20/2006