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Foodology with Gregory Gould

GouldOur guest is Gregory Gould, Albuquerque based foodologist, food scholar and activist.

Foodology is the interdisciplinary study of food from the perspectives of economics, sociology, anthropology, history, agriculture, medicine, nutrition, biology, religion and politics.

Gregory Gould presents lectures and workshops on food history to provide better information on issues related to Diabetes prevention and obesity.

See our previous feature about the work Gregory Gould is doing here:

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Special Edition: Eating Words – The Edible Institute Food Writing Conference in the City of Literature

Edible Words Logo FinalLater this year, some of the best writers in food are gathering at Eating Words in Iowa City. Eating Words is Edible Institute’s first conference devoted exclusively to the art of food writing and journalism. Over three days in October, you’ll learn about memoir writing, food journalism, and perfecting the perfect pitch.
Host Mary Reilly, publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley and host of the Kitchen Workshop chatted about what to expect with Tracey Ryder, Edible Communities‘ founder; Kurt Friese, Publisher of Edible Iowa (and host of The Blue Plate Special right here on Edible Radio), and Barry Estabrook, author of Pig Tales and Tomatoland. , who blogs at PoliticsOfThePlate.com.
There’s plenty more information about Eating Words here: agenda, speakers, and contemporaneous events like a Brewfest and the Iowa City Book Festival!
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Underground Airwaves – City Pigs with Catherine McNeur

When cities formed, they were essentially just groups of people coming together in one place. What we imagine as a city now is a far cry from what they were originally.

Catherine McNeur, a historian and professor at Portland State University, takes a look at New York City during it’s infancy in her book Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City.  The book covers a period of time when a politician’s view on the issue of urban pigs could make or break them.  On this episode of the podcast, Catherine talks about the book, including the early pig riots, how the city interacted with the nearby farms, and the push away from local foods. She also tells a story about her move to Portland and how she kept running into urban livestock while finishing the book.

The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR. Find more information about Taming Manhattan at CatherineMcNeur.com.

 
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The Blue Plate Special: Defending Beef with Nicolette Hahn Niman

Rancher and environmentalist Nicolette Hahn Niman

Join rancher and environmental activist Nicolette Hahn Niman to discuss her new book, Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production.  Ms. Niman discusses the impact of beef on our health and out earth, the reasons our grasslands need ruminants, and how it is that a long-time vegetarian could become a cattle rancher.

Chef Kurt Michael Friese, publisher of Edible Iowa and owner of Devotay Restaurant & Bar, co-hosts with his sister Christine.

See a review of the book in Edible Iowa here.

See James Beard Award winner (and friend of the show) Barry Estabrook’s review of it here.

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The Blue Plate Special: Patrick Martins and the Carnivore’s Manifesto

Patrick MartinsEdible Iowa publisher Kurt Friese and his co-host/sister Christine Friese speak with Patrick Martins, author of The Carnivore’s Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat.  Martins is also the founder of Heritage Foods USA, Heritage Radio, and was the founding director of Slow Food USA, which is how he and Kurt first met.

Martins shares why you should not be a “Hipster Hater,” the meaning of the word “Têtoirs,” and why it’s sometimes good and sometimes not so good to be a vegetarian.

Afterwards Kurt and Christine discuss how there’s much more to sprouts than alfalfa. Edibleseacoast.com gets a shoutout in this episode.

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The Kitchen Workshop with Mark Bittman

headshot phot credit Fred Conrad_NY TimesKitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley  speaks with Mark Bittman. Mark is probably most famous for his cookbooks How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and Vegan Before 6. He is now an opinion columnist for the New York Times and many other publications, focused on policy, agriculture, health, the environment as well as cooking and eating. He’s an outspoken advocate of the idea that we all just need to cook more. His new book How To Cook Everything Fast is in bookstores now.

Mary and Mark discuss the simple changes we can all make to improve our diets. Mark also outlines the many ways we can take action outside our own kitchens.

You can find links to Mark’s books, videos and columns at MarkBittman.com.

Watch Mark’s keynote address at the 2014 Edible Institute.

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Underground Airwaves: Chef Dan Barber & The Third Plate

1304p40-healthy-habits-hero-dan-barber-mWhile “farm to table” eating is exciting and inspiring and focuses on many of the problems of industrial agriculture, it has mostly failed to change the way we eat. In his book, The Third Plate: Field notes on the Future of Food, chef and author Dan Barber discusses the next steps in creating a sustainable food system. In this episode, Dan talks about learning from the process of attempting to translate the agricultural landscape in the Spanish Dehesa to upstate New York. We also discuss the book, what a sustainable food future entails, and the chefs role in that future.

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Underground Airwaves: Wendell Berry on the Value of Intangibles

_DSF0079Lola Milholland of Edible Portland and the nonprofit Ecotrust and her mother Theresa Marquez of Organic Valley recently spoke with legendary farmer, author, and eloquent octogenarian Wendell Berry at the Organic Valley annual meeting in April. He shares his thoughts on the economic value of intangibles, gives advice for parents who want to empower their children to act for change, and recollects sweet childhood memories.

Find Wendell Berry’s writing at wendellberrybooks.com.  Learn more about Lola’s visit with Wendell

Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by Willamette Week, Organic Valley, and White River Lamb Company

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Underground Airwaves: Christopher Leonard

-1Investigative reporter Christopher Leonard has spent years researching the poultry industry in the southern United States. In his book, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, he writes about the vertical integration of the poultry industry and the rippling effects it has on farmers, consumers, and the entire U.S. food system. In this episode of the podcast, Leonard discusses the book as well as a chance encounter with Don Tyson – a man who carries great responsibility for the state of the poultry industry – in an Arkansas hotel restaurant.

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