"Las Tortilleras": women making tortillas through nixtamilization, early 19th century Mexico. Hand-colored lithograph. Carl Nebel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Episode 3: Biases & History II

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.
ISBN-10: 1492609862
ISBN-13: 978-1492609865

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: