Great show at GrFlavor Flourseen Building Supply last night with Eric and Denyce Rusch of Breadtopia.  We consumed terrific red fife bread and cookies.  Thanks to both of them, and our sponsors GBS and Everybody's Whole Foods.  You can hear part of the discussion in the second half of the show on our "Iowa Cooks" segment.

The first half of the show features Alice Medritch, author of the new and highly-acclaimed book, Flavor Flours.  Join us.  Here is what Alice wrote to me about her book:

"The book is about new ingredients and a whole new approach to what people insist on calling Gluten Free, and I want to discuss why that is so, and what the advantage is of not thinking about these flours as merely substitutes.  This book is about broadening horizons and new tastes and textures.  The recipes are mostly quite easy, of course I have advice about how to best to succeed with the recipes, but there is not rocket science involved."  This is going to be a fascinating look into what up, until now, would be considered baking outside the box.

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Many people have the mistaken idea that traveling for work to different places is a blast.  It can be, but working trade shows is usually more exhausting than exhilarating.  After almost three weeks on the road and three trade shows, I am thrilled to be home for a few weeks before leaving for two more trade shows in February.

The good news is I did enjoy some terrific meals-good food and great company are perfect for recharging my system after 8-10 hours of standing and talking.  More details perhaps next week, but the standout spots included Tartine, the bakery where Heli Claire Witherspoon works in San Francisco, a surprising meal at The Barrymore in Las Vegas, Nielsens Frozen Custard’s Vegas branch (not Ted Drewes, a St. Louis landmark, but very good), and two other favorite places in Vegas-Otto at The Venetian, and Chada Thai in a nondescript strip mall on the outskirts of Vegas’ Chinatown (not what you might expect-just one strip mall after another filled with restaurants and foot massage parlors).