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This week on Eating Disorder, the Rev. Spyro, Chef Paul, and Crazy Legs Conti take on the topic of foraging for food. To start, the guys bring on Lee Allen Peterson, expert on edible wild plants, to corroborate and quell their thoughts on the more traditional survival technique. Lee cautions the crew on nature's warning signs concerning wild foods as well as ways to successfully eat wild. In the second half of the show, Wildman Steve Brill and daughter Violet hit home the concept of urban foraging. Telling the infamous tale of being arrested for eating wild dandelions in Central Park, Steve still leads regular tours through the park, spreading the word on the urban foraging lifestyle. Tune in to hear all about living off the land - wild or urban! This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"Things are out in the wild are usually more clean and more germ free than things you're going to get in the markets." [12:32]

--Lee Allen Peterson on Eating Disorder

"I've been doing this for 32 years - I just had close to 80 people in Central Park, no one has ever gotten sick. The stuff is makes you healthy. It's what you buy in the fast food places that makes you sick." [31:11]

--Wildman Steve Brill on Eating Disorder


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In 1827, before Delmonico's opened, diners ate at cafes and boarding houses (inns), where the food was simply the food available that day from the farms. Diners had no choice of dishes, but ate the food that was served. Delmonico's changed all of that. Today's guest is Billy Oliva, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and currently the Executive Chef at Delmonico's. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA. Today's music provided by Pamela Royal.

"[Delmonico's] is history. And when you walk through the door you feel that way." [5:15]

"Ireland is not really known for food but that has changed so much." [28:00]

--Billy Oliva on A Taste of the Past


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With all of the focus on ethnic and regional cooking in the modern food movement, why is Russian cuisine so often neglected in the foodie canon? This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio sits down with Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian at Williams College. Darra is also the founder and former Editor in Chief of Gastronomica, and the author of two books- A Taste of Russia and Georgian Feast. Tune into this episode to learn about the staples of Russian cooking. Why did Russian peasants crave sour foods? Learn how Peter the Great Westernized Russian cuisine for the upper classes. Tune in to hear Linda and Darra discuss some traditional Russian beverages such as vodka, kvass, and kefir. Listen in to learn about traditional Russian aversions to ocean fish and bears! This program has been brought to you by Bi-Rite Market.

"The new Russia is so fascinating... The capital cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg- you would hardly be able to recognize them if you lived there when it was the Soviet Union. There are many foreign chefs working there." [7:00]

"One thing that distinguishes Russian cuisine is the stove's falling temperature." [22:50]

-- Darra Goldstein on A Taste of the Past


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