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From stomach strategy and leftovers to unique cultural traditions, we explore all things Thanksgiving. 

A Linguist Dissects the Turkey 8 MIN, 59 SEC

The story of the domesticated turkey is one of strange quirks of language, the spice trade, Portuguese secrecy, and general confusion. Linguist Dan Jurafsky explains it all in one of many stories found in his book The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.

The Language of Food

Dan Jurafsky

Thanksgiving Tamales 3 MIN, 53 SEC

Carlos Salgado is the the chef/owner of Taco María in Costa Mesa. He talks about his Mexican-American Thanksgiving traditions, including sweet tamales. 

Music: "Luna" by Bombay Bicycle Club

Turkey on the Side? 4 MIN, 29 SEC

Diep Tran is the chef/owner of Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. She says in her family the turkey is the side dish. 

Music: "Losing Sleep" by John Newman

Thanksgiving in Prison 10 MIN, 25 SEC

Since his release from prison, Daniel Genis has been writing about his incarceration. His story about Thanksgiving in prison can be found  in Newsweek on stands now. He also has a new column for Vice called In the Margins.

Music: "Come Together" (Instrumental)

Stomach Strategy 9 MIN, 16 SEC

Dan Pashman is the host of The Sporkful podcast from WNYC. His new book Eat More Better is a textbook that teaches you how to maximize flavor and efficiency in everyday meals.

Music: "Air Baloon" by Lilly Allen

Eat More Better

Dan Pashman

Thanksgiving Leftovers with Jonathan Gold 5 MIN, 43 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. Every week on Good Food he gives us a restaurant suggestion, but for Thanksgiving we are going to tap into Jonathan the cook instead of Jonathan the critic. He has some ideas for what to do with leftovers.

Music: "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order

Stuffles: The Leftover Stuffing Waffles 3 MIN, 1 SEC

Daniel Shumski’s blog and new book is Will it Waffle? Try this recipe for Stuffing Waffle Croque Madame from Serious Eats. It takes Daniel’s idea of stuffles to the next level.

Music: "The Way You Move" by Outkast

Will It Waffle?

Daniel Shumski

Leftovers on the Go 8 MIN, 34 SEC

The Thanksgiving pop tart is “a hand-held, self-contained, no-fuss feast in hot pocket form." KCRW producer Evan George is one half of the blogging and cooking writing duo Hot Knives. His cookbook is Lust for Leaf: Vegetarian Noshes, Bashes, and Everyday Great Eats--The Hot Knives Way.  Evan talks about his Thanksgiving leftover pop tart.

Music: "Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye

Lust for Leaf

Alex Brown

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