Tuesday December 20, 2016

Podcasts for foodies

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Chefs Plate

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Chefs Plate

Listen to Full Episode 53:07

Six podcasts on the meals we eat.

Correction: In the December 24th and December 27th broadcast the hosts of the Foodstuffs Podcast were identified incorrectly. It is hosted by Jessica Walker and Brian Goman. 

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1. Completely Optional Knowledge

"If the tomato is a fruit, why don't we eat them like apples?" — Tina Antolini on confusing food labels

Rebecca Rupp, a science writer with a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry, puts to rest the question of the ages: are tomatoes fruits or vegetables?

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2. The Racist Sandwich

"People are trying to be creative about how they incorporate Asian things into [photos]. Why don't you just let the food speak for itself?" — Celeste Noche on food photography

Images of dishes are not all about showcasing the meal. A food photographer reveals her inner thoughts on Asian food and the idea of "cultural context."

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3. The Food Podcast

​"There are 4 basic categories: green, black, red and white. They grow on the vine clustered like tiny grapes." Lindsay Cameron Wilson on peppercorns

Salt gets all the glory, but pepper is still a crucial part of the equation. Trace its origin from some of the best peppercorn producers in the world.

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4. Dinner Party Download

"Where once flowed a mighty river, they found an almost empty riverbed, strewn with dead fish." — Michelle Philippe on Niagara falls in 1848

In what sounds like a supernatural occurrence, Niagara Falls actually went dry over 200 years ago. Neighbouring towns were spooked, but also inspired to create a new beverage.

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5. Foodstuffs

"One of the main things we wanted to do, was not discriminate." — Chef Grant van Gameren on his new neighbourhood diner

Renowned restaurateur Grant van Gameren shares why he purchased a diner in a low income neighbourhood, and how this could be his most challenging project to date. Foodstuffs is hosted by Jessica Walker and Brian Goman.

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6. Gastropod

"It wasn't until 70 years after the invention of the can, that anyone invented a can opener." — Gastropod

The invention of food packaging is one of humanity's greatest achievements, but it has also become one of our biggest environmental disasters.

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