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All things dairy: the surprising history and brouhaha over milk




A customer scans through gallons of milk sitting on a cooler shelf at a Safeway grocery in Washington, DC.
A customer scans through gallons of milk sitting on a cooler shelf at a Safeway grocery in Washington, DC.
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From the award-winning author of single topic books on salt, cod, paper and more, is now a new publication on everything you’ve always wanted to know about...milk!

Milk isn’t just mundane and ubiquitous. It’s embedded with controversy and shapes significant debates on issues ranging from breastfeeding to agriculture to becoming the world’s most regulated food. It’s also plain fun, thanks to author Mark Kurlansky’s fascination with the subject. His dedicated research dives into questions such as: How did humans start consuming the milk of other mammals? Who invented powdered milk? Where did the French get their béchamel sauce? And was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dessert really Baked Alaska?

Kurlansky joins host Larry Mantle to share all about the entertaining history and quarrels of milk in, “Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas.” The book also includes special recipes – like 18th century macaroni and cheese!

Guest:

Mark Kurlansky, James Beard Award-winning author of many books including his latest, “Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas” (Bloomsbury Publishing 2018); he tweets @codlansky