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A linguist takes us through how we use language to describe both food and food-related rituals and we explore how some caffeinated drinks came to embody a political bent. Plus, Gustavo Arellano tells us about a place in Santa Ana that has 60 types of tortas.

Banner Image Credit: Melina Josserand

The Implications of Antibiotic Use in the Food System 9 MIN, 15 SEC

All of the bacteria in your body weigh about three pounds, roughly equivalent to your brain. Recent studies suggest that otherwise normal individuals have lost 15-40% of their microbial diversity, needed to ward off disease. What does this mean? Dr. Martin J. Blaser, the director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University, explains in his most recent book Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plague.

Missing Microbes

Martin J. Blaser

A Linguist’s Tour of Food 8 MIN, 19 SEC

Dan Jurafsky is a professor of linguistics at Stanford University. His most recent book is The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.

The Language of Food

Dan Jurafsky

Edible French 10 MIN, 5 SEC

Clotilde Dusoulier of the award-winning blog Chocolate and Zucchini teamed with talented artist Melina Josserand to create Edible French, a revealing, sometimes hilarious and occasionally incomprehensible look at how the French use food language in everyday life.

Edible French

Clotilde Dusoulier

‘Latte Liberalism’ 6 MIN, 35 SEC

“They ran out of almond milk for my latte!” Sound like a first world problem? Caffeine has become a political metaphor, with conservatives complaining about “latte liberals” in the media and Newt Gingrich deriding the New York mayor’s tax hike plan to fund universal preschool as “small soy latte liberalism.” How did connotations of affluence and left-wing leanings take hold in our choice of coffee drink? Anna North wrote about the issue in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

Fish Lips and Bird’s Nest at Shi Hai 8 MIN, 55 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he ventures off to the San Gabriel Valley where there’s a new dim sum place that serves everything from the standard stuffed meat dumplings to desserts made of frogs’ fallopian tubes.

Jonathan recommends the surf clam and crab egg shrimp dumpling; congee; roasted suckling pigeon; chicken feet with brown sauce; crispy cruller rice noodle roll; salty pancake with assorted meat.

Shi Hai
1412 S Garfield Ave.
(626) 282-3888

All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions can be found on the Good Food restaurant map.

Jonathan Gold (1960-2018), Good Food on the Road (@thejgold)

Market Report 7 MIN, 27 SEC

Laura Avery talks to David Karp, the farmers’ market reporter at the Los Angeles Times, who explains the implications of AB 1871, a new bill passed in California that takes aim at farmers’ market fraud.

Laura Avery, Santa Monica Farmers' Market

60 Types of Tortas at Tortas Sinaloa 4 MIN, 24 SEC

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author of Taco USA and of the nationally-syndicated “Ask a Mexican” column. This week he talks about Tortas Sinaloa in Santa Ana, where you can find sixty different types of torta.

Gustavo Arellano, Host, 'Orange County Line' (@GustavoArellano)

Taco USA

Gustavo Arellano

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