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.

And as mentioned, if you would like to start your own Edible, click here.

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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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The Kitchen Workshop: Glorious Kale with Catherine Walthers

Kitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, editor and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley is joined by Catherine Walthers. Cathy is a personal chef and food writer. She is the author of four cookbooks, the latest of which is Kale, Glorious Kale.

Join us in the Workshop as Mary and Cathy discuss varieties of kale, the perfect kale chip and kale cocktails! Cathy also shares her secret for making the perfect kale salad (hint: it involves massage therapy!).


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Kitchen Workshop: Twelve Recipes with Chef Cal Peternell of Chez Panisse

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Chef Cal Peternell. Photo by Ed Anderson

Kitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, editor and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley, speaks to Cal Peternell about his book Twelve Recipes. Cal been a part of the team at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California for nearly twenty years and is currently the chef of the downstairs restaurant.

His book embraces the idea that we should know how to cook a few things well. Then we can use those recipes as springboard for more creative thought. Twelve Recipes is written from a professional chef’s perspective, so experienced cooks will feel as if they have found a peer in its pages. But, it’s written from a father’s point of view as well; so a less-experienced cook will also find a comforting voice. Learn more about Cal Peternell at CalPeternell.com, and pick up a copy of Twelve Recipes at your favorite local bookseller!

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The Kitchen Workshop with Cake Guru Rose Levy Beranbaum

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Cake Guru Rose Levy Beranbaum

 

Kitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, editor and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley, speaks to Rose Levy Beranbaum about her latest book, The Baking Bible. They discuss her unique ingredient grid system and that fact that with ten cookbooks under her belt, she learns something new every time.

PLUS! Three great recipes from her new book below the fold: Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Praline Pecan Meringue Cookies, and Hazelnut Praline Mousse.

Learn more about Rose at RealBakingWithRose.com


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Underground Airwaves – Belt Loop Beans with Michael Mazourek

Michael Mazourek

At the end of September a number of farmers, plant breeders, and chefs gathered together in Portland, Oregon for the Variety Showcase.  The event was put on by previous Underground Airwaves guest Lane Selman.  At the event, people could taste a number of different varieties of vegetables and determine the ones they liked best.  Not only could they rank the varieties but the farmers and seed breeders were there and ready to talk about all of the vegetables.

One of the plant breeders at the event was Michael Mazourek of Cornell University.  He and I found a moment to step out and talk about his work as a breeder.  In that conversation he describes a pepper that he has recently bred that will soon be available commercially (see link for the Habanada below).  He also talks about how his early gardening experiences influenced him as a plant breeder.  The story and interview were recorded at Chris King Precision Components in Portland.

For more information about Michael’s research focus visit cornell.edu

You can find the Habanada pepper at fruitionseeds.com

 

 

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Kitchen Workshop: Cream Puffs and More with Dorie Greenspan

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Dorie Greenspan – Photo by Alan Richardson

Kitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, editor and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley, speaks to Dorie Greenspan about her latest book Baking Chez Moi, Recipes from my Paris Home to your Home Anywhere. Listen and learn about falling in love (with pastry), the intricacies of working with French butter in American kitchens and the secret of “The French Bake”.

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We discussed success with cream puffs on the show. Here is Dorie’s recipe for Chocolate Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling.… Read More

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Underground Airwaves – Chewing the Fat with Render Magazine

cover_webThere is a new quarterly magazine in Portland and it will likely interest readers of Edible Publications.  Render and the focus of the magazine is on food and feminism.  After a successful Kickstarter campaign this past summer, they have started printing the magazine.  The first issue of the magazine takes a look at flesh; from women in the field of butchering to food and issues with weight.

On this episode of the podcast we talk with Gabi de Leon, founder and creative director, and Danielle Knott, executive director, about the origin story of the magazine as well as what they want to accomplish five years down the road. Gabi starts off the podcast with a story about how a butchering class with the Portland Meat Collective enabled her to be more in touch with her own flesh. The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio.

You can subscribe to Render Magazine at RenderFoodMag.com

 

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Underground Airwaves – Baking Baguettes with Sam Fromartz

Sam-FromartzIf you are interested in reading a new food book, look no further than In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey by Sam Fromartz.

In the book, Sam takes us on a journey around the world where he works with some of the best bakers.  He also talks about some of his accomplishments as an amateur baker, including baking for a dinner hosted by local food maven Alice Waters.

Along with the many stories, Sam includes several recipes with detailed instructions that highlight the breads contained in that chapter.  It is a captivating and inspiring read. Sam was in Portland to give a reading at Powell’s Books when I got the chance to talk with him.  On the podcast, he tells a story about a trip to France, talks about the book, and explains some of what it takes to make good bread.  The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio.

Find more information about Sam Fromartz and his book, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey at chewswise.com

 

 

 

 

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