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AARP members can watch this talk through June 13, 2023. Video run time is 1 hour, 1 minute. This is a recording of a live interactive event; references to participation in the chat no longer apply.


Francine Segan Explores Breakfast Culture and Food Innovations

Food historian discusses the most important meal of the day

The most important meal of the day gets extra attention in this lively talk from food historian Francine Segan. Join us for a fun look at the history of America's favorite morning staples, from classics like bacon and eggs, home fries, oatmeal, sausage and muffins to newer choices like instant drinks and smoothies.

We’ll explore the evolution of our breakfast culture, recent food innovations, hot trends and regional specialties, such as southern grits and biscuits with gravy, NYC’s bagels and lox, Alaska’s birch syrup on waffles and Wisconsin’s kringle cake.

About Francine Segan

Francine Segan is an expert on Italian cuisine and a noted food historian, as well as an engaging public speaker, author and TV personality. She lectures across the country, bringing her lively presentation to town hall groups, women’s clubs and many prestigious institutions. The host of New York City’s popular weekly TV series Americans Who Love Italy, Segan has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, the Food Network, and the History, Sundance and Discovery channels.

This talk is part of Segan's Food Historian Lecture Series presented by AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun. Check out her other videos from the series and stay tuned for upcoming talks.


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