Podcast episode on the history of American food re-released

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People interested in the history of holiday foods might want to listen to a re-released podcast episode.

BackStory, an American history podcast produced by Virginia Humanities, has re-released the "What's Cooking? A History of Food in America" episode.

Hosts Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly talk about some of the homegrown culinary traditions and what the foods people eat say about the American identity.

They are joined by Katharina Vester, Kelley Fanto Deetz, Dan Kraker, Pati Jinich, and Laura Shapiro.

Vester is an assistant professor of history at American University where she specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies and the dynamics of power in everyday practices.

Deetz is an archaeologist and public historian who wrote "Bound to the Fire: How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine."

Kraker is a Minnesota-based report who works for Minnesota Public Radio.

Jinich is a chef and host of "Pati's Mexican Kitchen."

Finally, Shapiro is a journalist and culinary history who wrote "What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their Stories."

The episode is available for free at the link in the Related Links box.

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