Episode 8: American Food Fads

July 26, 1997

A look at seven decades of American food fads with Sylvia Lovegren, author of Fashionable Foods, from the Prohibition era's Ginger-Ale Salad to the 90s obsession with fusion cooking—no matter what —it's all American! She even has a recipe to wax nostalgic. Don Skahill talks about the Pop Tart—a fad that outlived even the Fondue. Travelers Jane and Michael Stern report in from "Robert Redford Land"—Utah. Cheese expert Steve Jenkins gives us the rules of cheese storage—move over, plastic wrap.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • February 22, 1997 (originally aired)

  • July 26, 1997 (rebroadcast)