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Farmbox Direct & Your Friend: On a diverse episode of Sharp & Hot, host Emily Peterson shares a story about her sons newfound peanut allergy, chats with Ashley Turner, founder of Farmbox Direct, and hosts musician Taryn Miller of Your Friend. Hear how Ashley left the corporate world to make organic food her life's purpose with Farmbox Direct, a company she started that delivers the farmers market to your door! Later on - get some insight into the life of an independent musician on tour, as Taryn Miller talks about being on the road, playing music, and getting by on a gluten-free diet. This program was brought to you by International Culinary Center.


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What staple food feeds over 500 million people, and is gluten-free? Answer- the manioc root, and it's this week's topic on A Taste of the Past. Linda Pelaccio sits down with Teresa Corção, chef/owner of O Navegador restaurant and co-founder of Instituto Maniva- a group that promotes the heritage root called manioc. She is an active governing member of Slow Food Brazil, and has been honored by IACP with a Humanitarian of the Year award. Sara B. Franklin is also in the studio. A writer, oral historian, and multi-media storyteller, Sara is co-writing The Manioc Route cookbook with Teresa. Also joining Linda is Margarida Nogueira, co-founder of Instituto Maniva with Teresa, and founder of Slow Food Brazil. Tune in to hear about the upcoming cookbook, The Manioc Route, and how it combines cooking with history, culture, and emotion. Did you know that the manioc has been in the upper Amazon Valley since 7,000 B.C.E.? Or that the manioc is naturally poisonous? All these facts and more on this week's A Taste of the Past. Be sure to get more information about the Manioc Route and visit their Kickstarter on Facebook. Watch a clip from Seu Bené Vai Pra Italia, a film about manioc flour producer Benedito Batista da Silva. This program is sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

"There's so much cultural history around this root, and it's delicious."

--Sara B. Franklin on A Taste of the Past

"Food is affection, culture, and heritage."

"Peruvian people had brought all types- over 2,000 varieties- of potatoes and today in Lima you can find lots of varieties of potatoes, and maybe this can be an example of how you can take an underestimated a staple and make it a gourmet food."

--Teresa Corção on A Taste of the Past

"When I discovered the Slow Food Movement on the Internet, I fell in love with the philosophy" --

--Margarida Nogueira on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio delving into the history of soy sauce with Helen Roberts, the Publicity Manager and Creative Culinary Director at Kikkoman USA. Soy sauce has a rich history, dating back to 500 B.C. in China! Learn about the brewing processes that are used to make soy sauce! Tune in to learn about the Japanese standards for soy sauce, and why many soy sauces in the United States would not pass as authentic in Japan. Helen also shares some alternative uses for soy sauce; learn how to brine your turkey and make chocolate with soy sauce! Hear about the rich family history of the company, and its horizontal operating ideology. Check out the Kikkoman USA documentary trailer on their website. "Make haste slowly" - it's the Kikkoman way! This episode has been brought to you by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"People haven't learned how to use soy sauce properly. A lot of times, it seems too salty because they have used way too much. You should use soy sauce as an umami ingredient to increase the flavors of everything else." [10:30]

-- Helen Roberts on A Taste of the Past


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