Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss nixtamilization of corn, the Kentucky long rifle, the Inca Road system, the ancient North American city of Cahokia near modern St. Louis, and how biases in favor of modern technology can actually reverse innovation.
Links and Additional Materials:
The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by Libby O’Connell.
The Inca Road System via History of Information
How the Pyramids were Built via How Stuff Works
A Short History of the Kentucky Long Rifle by Dallas Bogan
America’s Forgotton City (Cahokia) via National Geographic
Cahokia: A Pre-Columbian American City by Timothy R. Pauketat, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Culinary Institute of America Chef Instructor Iliana de la Vega demonstrates the traditional Mexican method of nixtamalization, making masa for corn tortillas: