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Nourished and Zingerman's Bakehouse on Great Taste this Week!

NourishedLia Huber, the author of Nourished:  A Memoir of Food, Faith and Enduring Love, is my guest on the opening segment of this week's show.  Lia has a writing style that engaged me as a reader and I lost myself in the intimate way she shared her story.  There are reicpes in the book, but her focus is the personal journey and how she discovered a practical way to eat well.

You can check out her website The Nourish Evolution here.  Talking with her was one of the highlights of doing the Great Taste show this year.

 

Great Taste LIve-BagelsI was really excited to welcome back Aaron Hall, an amazing baker and owner of The Local Crumb in Mount Vernon.  Aaron bakes bread and bagels for numerous restaurants including Rapid Creek Cidery and is a regular at both the Iowa City and Mount Vernon Farmer's Markets.

His bagels are outstanding, and I know several native New Yorkers who are converts.

On Tuesday, November 7 we spent an hour at Green Building Supply talking and making bagels and had plenty of fun.  It looked like they were not that difficult to make.  You can watch the video on the Fairfield Media Center's YouTube site HERE.

New Bread BasketOver the past several decades as the growth of artisanal foods has exploded, a greater appreciation for the ”terroir" aspect of coffee, beer, wine, chocolate, cheese, and other foods has given rise to a ”craft" culture that includes a developing pricing system supportive of continued growth. But, one major food group-grains, is lagging behind this surge. What is different about the bread culture in the USA; a culture that is achieving well-earned understanding and recognition, but not at a pace even close to  many complementary food groups?David KaiselOn the most recent "Eater Update" podcast (check it out on iTunes, Overcast or your favorite podcast app), Modernist Cuisine co-author, Nathan Myhrvold shared his thinking on this complex problem:”Bread is something that our society tried to relentlessly get to be cheap.  And oh my God did we succeed.  Wheat is cheaper than dirt.If you take a loaf of bread, whether it is artisanal bread or supermarket bread, the amount of your money that went to the farmer is about five cents. ... Now, that is screwed up."Breadtopia foundersOn this week's show I hope we can plant seeds that will add to the cultivation of our own small, but growing, local grain economy, and countless others around the States.   Assisting us in reaching this objective are Amy Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, and David Kaisel of Northern California's Capay Mills.  In the studio, I'll be joined by Breadtopia's Eric and Denyce Rusch, along with Run of the Mill Organics Dean Goodale. Please tune into the live broadcast on KRUU or the stream Wednesday at 7:00 PM and Friday at 7:00 AM. All times are Central Daylight Time. Next week Great Taste is LIVE from Green Building Supply on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 PM.  Our guest is Neerja Maheshwari, and the focus and tastes are from the Indian state of Rajasthan.

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Paris and Provence with Patricia Wells Plus Local Flavor at Tartine

Food Lover's Guide to ParisPatricia Wells, James Beard award-winning author, spoke with me this week from Provence, where spring came early this year.  Our first local asparagus poked its way through the now thawed ground only this week, but she has been enjoying that amazingly tasty flowering perennial since January.  Don't miss her tip on the simplest way to prepare this spring treat.  You'll have to listen to the show for the recipe.

Ms. Wells' completely revised 5th edition of The Food Lover's Guide to Paris is available in bookstores and online, and the app for IOS is on the iTunes Store as a free download to try out, or for $4.99 you can get the complete app with over 350 recommendations for enjoying the culinary delights in the City of Light.

You can learn more about Patricia, her cooking classes and books at-http://patriciawells.com/.

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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The Bread Exchange and Sabita Sawhney this Week on GREAT TASTE

ALERT:  DO NOThe Bread ExchangeT MISS THIS WEEK'S GREAT TASTE RADIO PROGRAM!

Kicking off the show is my visit with fashion model and author, Malin Elmlid.  Malin's new book is The Bread Exchange-tales and recipes from a journey of baking and bartering.  

I am not going to talk about Malin's story in the post other than to ask you to listen to her and feel the power of her passion and love for bread and humanity.

Her journey is not only compelling, but she encourages each of us to think about what we have to share, and find a way to do that with our fellow sojourners on this planet. 

Sabita Sawhney assisted by Bob BlankenshipOn "Iowa Cooks" we visit with Sabita Sawhney, the owner of Sabi's Cafe in the Golden Gate Building.  The show was part of our monthly "LIVE" series recorded on Tuesday, December 9 before a hungry group at Green Building Supply.  Everybody's Whole Foods provided the ingredients and Sabita taught us how to make parathas. Everyone ate plain, spinach, potato, and paneer parathas until the dough ran out.  You can see the video of the show and watch her make these savory breakfast delicacies at the following URL-http://new.livestream.com/FairfieldMediaCenter/events/3469155-, and thanks to Fairfield Media Center for producing the live stream.

Our next live show at Green Building Supply is Tuesday, January 6 with local cook and musician, Astred Griffin.  The fun starts at 7:00, as Astred teaches us how to make quiche in a wide variety of ways, including a vegan version.  Mark your calendar!

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FRESH--Juice and Bread--on GREAT TASTE

Putting together Great Taste every week always means encountering new people and information.   It's why I love to do the show; I learn more about food and cooking from knowledgeable and terrific farmers, authors, and chefs, then I have the privilege of passing their stories on to you, the listener. 

Robin AsbellRobin Asbell is the author of Gluten Free Pasta, Sweet and Easy Vegan Treats Made with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners, Big Vegan, New Vegetarian and The New Whole Grains Cookbook.  Her latest effort is Juice It! Energizing Juices for All Times of Day (Chronicle Books).

What was it that stood out above all other aspects when talking Juice It!with Robin about her new book?  It was her lack of an agenda other than the simple objective of offering people an easy option for imbibing delicious, healthy beverages.  She presents her recipes in a simple, straightforward style fitting all the juices into neat categories-energizing, healing, relaxing, or pure pleasure.  This approach along with added tips makes the book appealing to first-time and habitual juicers.  You can learn more about Robin and follow her blog at http://robinasbell.com/.

Josey Baker BreadAnyone notice the beating bread (wheat) is taking these days?  Everyone seems to either be allergic to it, cutting down to trim the waistline fat, or avoiding it because of adopting the "paleo" diet.  Spend five minutes or less in a room with Josey Baker and I'll bet your resolve would end up in Josey Bakerthe toaster along with a piece of bread.

Josey's book, Josey Baker Bread is an extraordinary cookbook that lesson-by-lesson can make you into a baker.  He is the perfect person to write this type of baking guide because he had no formal experience-not at his mother's apron strings, not at a school or at the hearth of a master baker in France.

Click Read More (at the bottom of the post) for the rest of the story on Josey's GT interview.

Heli (right) and classmatesWarning:  Eat before you tune in!

It is with the utmost concern that I begin this blog post with the above admonition.  Over the years, I have issued this same counsel many times, and always with a valid reason.  After all, every Great Taste listener is important to me. 

For over four months in San Francisco, our own Heli Claire Witherspoon has been learning the ancient art of turning flour into delicacies that captivate the eyes and taste bCakesuds.  We'll explore with Heli and her friend, Alden Hockett, the rigors of the baker's craft, what critical pieces of information they've picked up, and get some tips on baking at home.

In the second half of the show, Molly Aronica reports in from New York where she is the restaurant editor for the popular blog, The Molly AronicaDaily Meal.  I'm determined to find out during our discussion what it takes to put together a comprehensive blog post on a daily basis.  Also, Molly was kind enough to put together a list of her favorite casual New York dining spots recently for some friends of mine.  She'll share those recommendations, in case you're planning a trip to the Big Apple.

As always, food in the studio for those lucky folks who stop by.  Streamers, you can listen here to the most delicious 60 minutes on the radio.

Eric and Denyce Rusch

 

New Year's resolution to eat healthier and have more fun in the kitchen? GREAT TASTE is here to help you along.

TUNE IN FROM 7-8 PM AND WE'LL GET YOU UP TO SPEED ON BAKING FRESH BREAD IN YOUR HOME


Eric Rusch
, co-founder with his wife, Denyce, of Breadtopia will share some tips guaranteeing an easy road to successful baking.