Hearty foods take center stage this week. Mark Schatzker has a primer on picking out a perfect steak, David Graulich traces the history of French fries and Joanna Pruess takes everyday bacon to new heights. Sociologist Barry Glassner talks about how Americans loves to eat, yet have created a culture of deprivation; and Jodi Kantor reports on the state laws that now require Body Mass Index (BMI) testing in elementary schools. Two bloggers join the show this week: "The Waiter," the anonymous author of WaiterRant.net, tells us exactly what he thinks of his customers; and John G, of Quaffability.com, teaches us about the wines of Trader Joe's (beyond Two Buck Chuck, that is). In this week's market report, Laura Avery tells us what's fresh and Evan Kleiman shares her recipe for Turkish Tarator -- a sauce for fish and vegetables.
The Perfect Steak; BMI Testing for Kids; 'The Waiter' Speaks
From this Episode:
BMI Testing in Schools
Jodi Kantor wrote an article for the New York Times about the laws in some states that require BMI (body mass index) testing of elementary school students. As the...
The All-American French Fry
French fries have become the stuff of legend. Not only are they a mainstay in the American diet, this delectable, deep-fried finger food has a long, international and...
Complaints about restaurant service are common, but what do the waiters have to say about us? The award-winning weblog Waiter Rant has become so big, that the identity of...
Where's the Beef
Mark Schatzker is a Canadian-based writer who is obsessed with steak. He has put his journalistic skills to good use, by assembling a team of tasters to find out what beef...
Cheap Wines... Beyond Two-Buck Chuck
Our wine expert this week is affectionately known to his followers as simply, John G. His wine blog, Quaffability is wildly popular among wine enthusiasts, which gives...
Bringing Home the Bacon
Long thought to be little more than a hearty and savory morning treat, bacon is breaking out of its shell, thanks to author, Joanna Pruess. In her cookbook, Seduced by...
The Gospel of Food
Our culture is food obsessed. Ironically, we also celebrate deprivation -- taking the joy out of our food experiences through dieting and bland food substitutions. The...