Recipe: Elvis Spread

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This week on the show, Evan talks with Jon Krampner, author of Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food. Jon’s book follows important people and legumes in the peanut butter story, from the first peanut spreads eaten in the United States to the revival of artisanal peanut butter going on today.

Creamy and Crunchy is also filled with peanut butter recipes. Read below to learn how to make Elvis Spread, and to read a few of Jon’s  peanut butter recommendations.

Jon’s list of favorite peanut butters is two pages long, divided into categories like “Most Intense Fresh Peanut Aroma” (Mamba Encore from Haiti) and best peanut butter and jelly combination spread (none – why bother?). Arrowhead Mills Creamy Organic and Trader Joe’s Crunchy Valencia with Flaxseeds are his two favorites overall, though the latter is currently off the market due to a salmonella scandal. Jon is also partial to the grainy-textured Koeze Cream-Nut.