The British empire was on the verge of revolution and at the centre of events are the Stuart sisters: Mary the Queen, and Anne the Queen-to-be, continually haunted by the memory of their father, James II, whom they have wronged.
Two strangers arrive at Hundred Acre Field and the rumour is that a large housing estate is to be built there. While the protests and public enquiry take place, the villagers have other cause for shaking their heads when Miss Jackson falls in love and Joseph Coggs takes flight from Tyler's Row.
Gopnik charts America's transformation from being simply aware of what they eat to being obsessive about it. This culinary journey will transport listeners from 18th-century France and the origin of America's popular modern tastes to the kitchens of the White House and beyond.