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Julia Child melded TV and food 50 or so years ago. Now with scads of celebrity chefs, cooking shows, and networks devoted to it, cuisine is even more popular. National Geographic Channel's six-hour miniseries salutes its history, science and culture. Each episode tackles a central theme: revolutionaries, meat, sugar, seafood, junk food, and grains -- with stories and reflections by a smorgasbord of chefs, authors, scientists, etc. Interviewees include Padma Lakshmi, Nigella Lawson, Simon Majumdar, Rachael Ray, Marcus Samuelsson, Anna Boiardi and Graham Elliot.

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aired 789 days ago
A look at how high-protein, omega-rich seafood has impacted our history and the changes needed to develop ways to catch, eat and prepare what the sea gives us instead of continuing unsustainable demands for a single species.
aired 793 days ago
With the discovery of grains came the end of human's hunter-gatherer practices; the unintentional consequences of its refinement over the past 80 years soon followed; today, there is a renewed craving for grains in their purest form.
aired 796 days ago
The story of sugar consumption: from the first farming of sugarcane approximately 10,000 years ago to the industrialization that created more refined sugar and the age of the candy bar that followed.
aired 800 days ago
Discussing the drastic ways that processed foods have changed what people eat today with questions and concerns about the health and safety of foods high in sugar, fat and salt.
aired 803 days ago
Humankind's insatiable appetite for meat throughout history, effects on the food chain and landscape, and solutions for keeping up with the demand.
aired 810 days ago
Influential figures throughout the history of food; including: chef Julia Child, explorer Christopher Columbus, French chef Auguste Escoffier, author Nathan Myhrvold, chef Hector Boiardi, inventor Clarence Birdseye and researcher Howard Moskowitz.

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