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American Eats Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

12 Episodes 2006 - 2006

Episode 1


Thu, Jun 29, 2006 60 mins

The history of pizza. Included: the rise of global chains; and the frozen-pizza market.

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Episode 2

Hot Dogs

Thu, Jul 6, 2006 60 mins

The history of the hot dog is chronicled. Included: a visit to Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs at Coney Island in New York City.

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Episode 3

Ice Cream

Thu, Jul 27, 2006 60 mins

A history of ice cream in the U.S. includes the popularity of the ice-cream cone following its first use at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

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Episode 4

Salty Snacks

Thu, Jul 13, 2006 60 mins

Salty snack foods are examined. Included: popcorn, pretzels and potato chips.

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Episode 5


Thu, Jul 20, 2006 60 mins

An examination the soft-drink industry includes its origins in mineral waters peddled by small-town pharmacists, crafty marketing strategies used to sell it, and modern, state-of-the-art factories that produce an enormous volume of it.

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Episode 6


Thu, Aug 3, 2006 60 mins

The history of the cookie in America from its introduction by Dutch settlers in New York. Included: the creation of the chocolate-chip cookie by Ruth Wakefield in the 1930s.

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Episode 7


Thu, Aug 10, 2006 60 mins

Chocolate is the subject. Included: the creation of Hershey's chocolate and M&M's; and the popularity of chocolate bars among World War II soldiers.

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Episode 8


Thu, Aug 17, 2006 60 mins

Condiments are examined, including mustard, mayonnaise, maple syrup and soy sauce.

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Episode 9


Thu, Aug 24, 2006 60 mins

Barbecuing is the subject. Included: its origins in Europe and evolution in America. Also: technological innovations and techniques.

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Episode 10

Canned Food

Thu, Aug 31, 2006 60 mins

A history of canned foods in America traces its beginnings in Europe and its popularity during the Gold Rush and the Civil War. Also: technological innovations such as the can opener.

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Episode 11


Thu, Sep 7, 2006 60 mins

A history of beer in the U.S. begins with the arrival of the Mayflower. Included: the contributions of German immigrants; Prohibition; innovations in refrigeration, pasteurization, and transportation; and the arrival of the aluminum can.

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Episode 12

Holiday Foods

Wed, Nov 22, 2006 60 mins

Favorite holiday foods are examined. Included: roast turkey; bread stuffing; candied yams; cranberry sauce; gingerbread; candy canes; boxed chocolates; and fruitcake. Also: recent trends, such as deep-fried turkey; and turducken, which is a deboned chicken inside a deboned duck inside a deboned turkey.

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