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History digs into “The Food That Built America”

A+E Networks-owned cable net History will launch its food history series The Food That Built America next month. The 3 x 120-minute series tells the stories of innovation and rivalry that ...
July 31, 2019

A+E Networks-owned cable net History will launch its food history series The Food That Built America next month.

The 3 x 120-minute series tells the stories of innovation and rivalry that shaped America’s culinary landscape into what we know today, recounting the stories of food industry tycoons like Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, Henry Heinz, C.W. Post, the McDonald brothers and more.

Their stories are told through reenactments, alongside expert commentary from celebrity chefs, food writers and other successful entrepreneurs, including Adam Richman, Buddy Valastro, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and more.

The Food That Built America is produced by Lucky 8. Kim Woodard, Greg Henry, Isaac Holub and Yoshi Stone are executive producers for Lucky 8. Jim Pasquarella and Mary E. Donahue are executive producers for History.

“Our viewers enjoy gaining insight about extraordinary people who have made an impact and this miniseries showcases larger-than-life visionaries who built empires that have defined far more than American eating habits,” said Eli Lehrer, EVP and general manager of History, in a statement. “Their powerful stories epitomize some of the core principles America was created upon — innovation, discovery and profound entrepreneurship.”

The docuseries premieres Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History and airs on consecutive nights, with parts two and three debuting on Aug. 12 and 13, respectively, both also at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Watch a trailer below:

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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