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#335: Who Killed Lard?

January 7th, 2012

Episode 439 of 902 episodes

You rarely see lard on menus. There aren't shelves and shelves of it in every supermarket. In this country, we've sort of lost touch with the once beloved pig fat.On today's podcast, we ask — who killed lard? Was it Upton Sinclair? His novel, The Jungle, contained a memorable passage about the men who cook the lard and perhaps fell into the vats.Or should we blame William Procter and James Gamble? It was their company which created a new alternative to lard — the "pure and wholesome" Crisco.

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