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Blue Plate Special: Stalking the Elusive Pawpaw, with Andrew Moore

In this edition of The Blue Plate Special, Kurt and Christine visit with Andrew Moore, author of Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, just released by Chelsea Green.  Andrew discusses the elusive treats origins, flavors, uses, and why you should never eat the seeds.  Following that discussion, Kurt gives Christine a primer on knife basics – bare essentials, selection, care and use.


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The Blue Plate Special: Autumn Comfort Food with Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

6 years ago Ruth Reichl (It’s “RYE-shul,” not “RYE-Kul) had been the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for 10 years.  Food magazines everywhere were succumbing to the onset of the Internet, but it never crossed her mind that Gourmet might shutter.  Until it did.

In conversation with Blue Plate Special hosts Kurt and Christine Friese, Reichl discusses the demise of Gourmet, how retreating to the kitchen was her salvation, and the book that resulted.  My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life is part journal, part cookbook, part collection of tweets that read like Haiku.  The great book designer Susan Turner used Reichl’s recipes and journal entries, along with the inviting photography of Mikkel Vang.

Afterwards, Kurt and Christine discuss their current go-to comfort foods for eating alone, like real ramen, and curry.  The book they refer to by Deborah Madison is called What We Eat When We Eat Alone, and you can get that here.

Follow Ms. Reichl on Twitter, and get her new book from your favorite local, independent bookseller by clicking 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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The Blue Plate Special: Celebrating Paula Wolfert with Emily Kaiser Thelin

Writer Emily Kaiser Thelin. Photo by Quentin Bacon

Emily Kaiser Thelin is a writer and editor based in Berkeley with a focus on food, drink, travel and design. A two-time finalist for James Beard awards, from 2006 to 2010 she was a food editor at Food & Wine. In 2007 she co-authored The Harney and Sons Guide to Teawith Michael Harney, published by Penguin Press. Her work has also appeared in the Best Food WritingseriesOprah, Dwell, Gourmet, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Timesand The Washington Post.

Now she is hard at work with her friend and mentor Paula Wolfert on their new Kickstarter-funded project: UNFORGETTABLE: Bold Flavors from a Renegade Life, a retrospective on Wolfert’s life and career in light of the onset of Alzheimers.

In this episode of The Blue Plate Special, hosts Kurt and Christine Friese talk to Thelin about Wolfert’s remarkable career and how the new project is coming together.

Click here to contribute the campaign, see their video and the recipes discussed in this episode.

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The Blue Plate Special: In the Prairie Kitchen with Summer Miller

Summer Miller Blogs at ScaldedMilk.com

Kurt & Christine chat with Summer Miller, author of New Prairie Kitchen, about the burgeoning cuisine of the Heartland.  Summer spent 4 years touring and tasting at farms and restaurants to find the best of this oft-neglected region, where the best soil on earth makes growing and eating local food easy.  Summer Miller blogs at ScaldedMilk.com.

There’s also a quick plug for the newest show int he Edible Radio lineup, Cuisine KaChing, and a mention of the forthcoming food writers conference, Eating Words.

The conference will be held October 2-4.  Make your plans now!  Tickets are available here, hotel arrangements here, travel info here, and the agenda is posted here.  You can follow updates via Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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

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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.

Download the Khoresh recipe by Najmieh Batmanglij.

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