People think they miss the food they ate as kids. What they really miss is actually being kids.

The Stuff We Ate as Kids Provokes Nostalgia, but It’s About the Feels, Not the Food

The Stuff We Ate as Kids Provokes Nostalgia, but It’s About the Feels, Not the Food

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 25 2018 8:24 PM

Ratatouille Got It Wrong

The nostalgia we feel around food is overrated. It’s not about the meal; it’s about what went with it.

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An Afghan boy gets a mouthful from his cotton candy at a fair marking the Afghan New Year in Kabul on March 21, 2014.

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In the Spiel, the nostalgia we feel around meals and dishes is overrated. It’s not about the food; it’s about the feels.

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