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We've selected our favorite segments of the year for our final show of 2014. Our top picks range from donut-slinging luchadors to Soylent, a beverage some have dubbed “the future of food.”

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The Breakfast Bible 8 MIN, 18 SEC

Seb Emina, also known as Malcolm Eggs, is the editor of the London Review of Breakfast and the author of the book The Breakfast Bible. He talks about how a lack of breakfast coverage in the media inspired his obsession with breakfast. 

Donut Man of East LA 7 MIN, 25 SEC

Carolina Miranda’s story “The Donut Man of East LA” appeared in the tenth issue of Lucky Peach magazine. She tells the story of Abel Nabor Campos who left his town of Lagos de Moreno, Mexico and accidentally fell into doughnut-making when he arrived in the US. In his spare time, Abel is a luchador. He fittingly refers to himself as the donero luchador.

The Buttermilk Drop 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Dwight Henry is best known as an actor with roles in the award-winning films 12 Years a Slave and Beasts of the Southern Wild. But in his civilian life in New Orleans, he runs a bakery in the 7th Ward called The Buttermilk Drop, that’s famous for a pastry with the same name. 

Soylent, Is It the Future of Food? 7 MIN, 3 SEC

Rob Rhinehart is the CEO of Soylent. He crowd-sourced $3 million in funding for the beverage, plus, $1.5. million in private capital. Evan Kleiman tastes soylent and weighs its pros and cons. 

Jonathan Gold Reviews Porridge and Puffs 7 MIN, 5 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Food Writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Porridge and Puffs, a porridge pop-up inside Field Trip. He recommends the spicy dandelions; roasted kohlrabi and fennel with sesame cream; pickles and jam porridge; short-rib porridge; puffs with coffee cream.

You can read Jonathan's LA Times review here and you can find all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

The Untold Story of Alcohol in American Literature 9 MIN, 26 SEC

Olivia Laing is the author of The Trip to Echo Spring, a book about her literary journey across the US, tracking the role alcohol played in the lives of extraordinary American writers. She talks about how she discovered the untold story of the role of alcohol in literature. 

Are Placebo Cocktails Enough to Get a Buzz? 8 MIN, 27 SEC

Adam Rogers is the author of the new book Proof: The Science of Booze. In the book he documents a University of Washington study that examined the placebo effect when it comes to drinking.


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