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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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The Blue Plate Special: Featuring Author Ann Willan -
Cookbook author and La Varenne founder Ann Willan

Cookbook author and La Varenne founder Ann Willan

Legendary cookbook author Ann Willan joins Kurt & Christine on the occasion of the highly-anticipated re-realease of her classic La Varenne Pratique in eBook form.

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La Varenne Pratique eBooks can be purchased through many major online retailers including: iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Copia

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The Blue Plate Special: Featuring ROC Co-Founder Saru Jayaraman -
ROCUnited cofounder Saru Jayaraman

ROCUnited cofounder Saru Jayaraman

Restaurant Opportunity Centers United’s mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. They comprise 13,000 restaurant workers, 100 high-road employers, thousands of engaged consumers united for raising restaurant industry standards.  Co-founder Saru Jayaraman joins Edible Radio hosts Christine Friese and her brother Kurt Friese (a restaurant owner himself) for a discussion of the low wages and harsh conditions faced by many in the foodservice industry, and ROC’s suggestions for how to solve the problem.

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Check out a video trailer for her book, Behind the Kitchen Door, here

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Episode 130: Underground Airwaves – Wendell Berry on the Value of Intangibles -

Wendell_BerryLola 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.comBuy your ticket for the Local Hero Awards, June 12 in Portland. Learn more about Lola’s visit with Wendell.


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Kitchen Workshop: Mary Beth Shaddix -



Kitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, publisher and editor of Edible Pioneer Valley, talks with Mary Beth Shaddix, gardener, writer and recipe developer to discuss container gardening options for every garden. Mary Beth is the co-owner of Maple Valley nursery, near Birmingham, Alabama and also writes and blogs for Cooking Light magazine. She can be found at MaryBethShaddix.com and SimmerAndBoil.CookingLight.com.

For additional information about becoming a Master Gardener and recipes discussed on the show please visit Edible Pioneer Valley

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Episode 125: The Drink Tank – Carolina Wild -


Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, publisher and editor of edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Dennis Tracz, founder and CEO of Carolina Wild, a new muscadine juice producer in Pink Hill, NC.

Native Americans cultivated muscadines, a type of wild grape, and sipped their sweet, funky juice, long before the new world was “discovered” by seafaring Europeans.  Recent studies have found muscadines to be higher in antioxidants and polyphenols than any other fruit, once again proving the innate wisdom of our elders.

Touted by 16th Century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano and, later, English voyager Sir Walter Raleigh, who, legend has it, sent a keg of muscadine wine back to his queen, Elizabeth I, muscadines and the wine, juice and jelly traditionally made from their juice, have remained largely a Southern secret until now.  Tracz and his wife, Elizabeth Maxwell, a Pink Hill native, intend to change that.

Tracz and Maxwell’s secret recipe utilizes over 300 different muscadine cultivars to craft a distinctively delicious juice that can be simply sipped over ice, or included in recipes as varied as ice cream, mignonette sauce and a cocktail or two.

Learn more about Carolina Wild muscadine juice at www.CarolinaWildJuice.com.

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Episode 128: Blue Plate Special with Woody Tasch -

Woody Tasch, the founder of the Slow Food Alliance and author of Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, is our guest on this Edition of the Blue Plate Special on Edible Radio. Later in the show, Home and Hearth: How to plan meals without giving up time, taste or fun. With Chef Kurt Michael Friese and Christine Friese.

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Episode 126: Blue Plate Special with John Currence -

James Beard Award winning Chef John Currence is our guest on this Edition of the Blue Plate Special on Edible Radio, here to talk about his new book Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey. Plus a special appearance by Gibson Thomas of Edible Radio’s Drink Tank, with hosts Christine Friese and Kurt Michael Friese.

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Buy John’s Book, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey, from a local independent bookseller.

Listen: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey recipe/song pairing on Spotify.

Also on today’s show: Gibson Thomas of The Drink Tank on Edible Radio and publisher ofEdible Marin & Wine Country.

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Episode 126 Drink Tank with Tom Michaelsen of Karlsson’s Vodka -

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, publisher and editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Tom Michaelsen, marketing manager of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka.

Tom explains why Karlsson’s Gold Vodka is wildly different from most of its modern-day vodka brethren. And it is. Blended from seven varietals of virgin new potatoes grown on Sweden’s Cape Bjare, Karlsson’s Gold Vodka is produced in a way that actually preserves and celebrates the flavors of its star ingredients. Meant to be sipped and savored, expert reviewers actually attribute notes of earth, grass and ripe fruit to the spirit – a far cry from other vodkas that are distilled multiple times with the goal of removing all taste and smell. Tom and Gibson also discuss how the co-op of around 50 farmers who grow these special potatoes in the Cape Bjare area are able to preserve their generations-old land and traditions with the revenue generated by selling their potatoes to Karlsson’s. Learn more about Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, including where to find it in your area and interesting cocktail recipes, at Karlssonsvodka.com.

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Episode 125 Drink Tank with Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery -

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, publisher and editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Garrett Oliver, brewmaster extraordinaire of The Brooklyn Brewery.

Garrett and Gibson explore the rich history of brewing in Brooklyn that was propelled by the large influx of German immigrants in the 19th century, the demise of that tradition brought about by the rise of mass-produced (and mass-marketed) beers from the Midwest in the 1970s, and the current explosion in full-flavored, artisan-crafted beers in this country.

Learn more about The Brooklyn Brewery and its extraordinary craft beers, including recipes and pairings, at brooklynbrewery.com. Also look for Garrett’s books on the subject of all things beer including his latest, The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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