Why would the Nixon administration and the Chinese government put so much emphasis on food during Nixon’s Historic trip to China? Well, a newspaper article from the time alludes to the fact that President Johnson signed an immigration reform bill that outlawed quotas in 1965. This changed the demographics on the East Coast and the West Coast. So the U.S. was getting an influx of Chinese immigrants and China was again becoming a major trading partner with the U.S. So the governments of both countries needed to build goodwill among citizens. They needed to get everyone on board to smooth out the cultural exchange that was about to take place. For decades before this, Americans did not see much of Chinese culture coming into the U.S. and diplomatic relations between the two countries were kind of strained. So images broadcast from the Nixon trip signaled the emergence of new lines of communication that were lubricated with food and drink.
Will has been up to his eyeballs in burrito research, but it is nothing compared to Bill Addison’s Bay-area burrito quest some years back. Listen to some of Addison’s criteria for a good burrito, then find out Will’s pick for the best California-style burrito in town. (Hint: It’s not a national chain.) Also, No Satiation gets named one of the top 10 food blogs in Austin The Austin Chronicle.
This one is heavy. The title for this episode comes from the last line of “Woman under Siege: Leningrad 1941-1942,” by Darra Goldstein in the book From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food. The chapter is full of details about what happened during the German siege of Leningrad in World War II from September 8 1941 to January 27 1944. Specifically, it is about how women fed their families during the siege. Powerful stuff.