The BEST episodes of Taste the Nation

Every episode of Taste the Nation ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Taste the Nation!

Host Padma Lakshmi takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today.

Last Updated: 1/27/2023Network:Hulu
Where the Kabob is Hot
25 votes

#1 - Where the Kabob is Hot

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/18/2020

Padma tastes her way through Los Angeles, sampling one of her favorite cuisines: Persian food. The community opens up about the misconceptions some Americans have about Iranians, one kabob at a time.

The Gullah Way
30 votes

#2 - The Gullah Way

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/18/2020

The Gullah Geechee people of South Carolina are fighting to preserve the traditions passed down from their ancestors, West Africans forced into slavery. Padma catches and cracks crab with new friends and old, all working towards reclaiming their heritage.

Dancing in Little Lima!
20 votes

#3 - Dancing in Little Lima!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/18/2020

Peruvian cuisine hasn’t quite had its moment on the American food scene, but Padma knows the power of a great bowl of ceviche. She visits Paterson, New Jersey, a Peruvian enclave, for a deeper look at this vibrant culture.

Truth and the Turkey Tale
11 votes

#4 - Truth and the Turkey Tale

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/4/2021

Thanksgiving -- the all-American feast. Or is it? Padma visits Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard to deconstruct the holiday narrative and learn more about the lifeways and food of original Americans -- the Wampanoag Nation.

Burritos at the Border
41 votes

#5 - Burritos at the Border

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/18/2020

El Paso was once part of Mexico. Its border location defines the region’s identity and the complexity of America’s political landscape. Padma eats her way through this border city while discovering the origins of one of America’s most beloved cuisines.

Don't Mind if I Dosa
32 votes

#6 - Don't Mind if I Dosa

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/18/2020

Padma asks family, friends and those she admires how they hold onto Indian culture and pass it to the next generation. In NYC, she cooks the dishes that remind her of her original home and tastes Indian foods near her current home.

The Pad Thai Gamble
16 votes

#7 - The Pad Thai Gamble

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/18/2020

Las Vegas is home to one of the largest groups of Thai immigrants in the country, many of whom were women who came here after marrying American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Padma hears their stories over delicious food - Pad Thai is just the start.

Zen and the Art of Poke
17 votes

#8 - Zen and the Art of Poke

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/18/2020

Padma dives into Japanese culture, ubiquitous in Honolulu, to understand just how far their cultural footprint reaches. She slings fish and rolls sushi where a century and a half ago Japanese immigrants first docked on Hawaii’s shores.

What Is Chop Suey Anyway?
33 votes

#9 - What Is Chop Suey Anyway?

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/18/2020

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the U.S. but the flavors of a vast country have been simplified over time. In San Francisco, Padma explores how Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans are broadening our understanding of this cuisine

Mojo-ho Christmas
10 votes

#10 - Mojo-ho Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/4/2021

If you're smelling pork in the air, it must be close to Nochebuena. Join Padma as she connects with the Cuban community of Miami to learn about their food, history, and the recreation of their homeland on American soil.

The Original Americans
24 votes

#11 - The Original Americans

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/18/2020

What is the original American cuisine? Padma travels to Arizona to eat food that is indigenous to this land. She tries some surprising dishes and explores how Native Americans seek to reestablish a connection to the past in order to protect their future.

Watch Now:Amazon
Happy Challah Days
11 votes

#12 - Happy Challah Days

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/4/2021

Padma noshes her way through eight decadent nights of Chanukah on New York's Lower East Side. Along the way, she explores the origins of Jewish-American identity and learns about the true meaning of Chanukah

The All American Weiner
29 votes

#13 - The All American Weiner

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/18/2020

Hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels… Many think these foods are quintessentially American, but their origins are actually German. In Milwaukee, Padma meets descendants of early German immigrants who hold onto their heritage by celebrating and reclaiming it.

K-Town Countdown
9 votes

#14 - K-Town Countdown

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/4/2021

Lunar New Year -- a time to look forward while celebrating the old and the new. Join Padma as she dives into Los Angeles' Koreatown, soaking up a delicious mix of fabulous flavors and toasting a communal birthday.

Watch Now:iTunes

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