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Why would a school choose the geoduck as its mascot? Why would anybody sauté zucchini? How can beet preparation go wrong? What's the best way to prepare bone marrow? Find out on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold is in the studio and he's joined by Nils Noren on the phone to tackle your questions. From flavored oysters to mushroom texture - join in on the educational and entertaining ride we call Cooking Issues. This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

"Vegetables that are porous, you want fairly pre-densified before you sauté because otherwise they will absorb oil." [17:00]

"If I really want a piece of a equipment and I buy the lesser version of that piece of equipment, I'm never happy and always end up getting the good one in the end." [28:00]

--Dave Arnold on Cooking Issues


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This week on A Taste of the Past: is candy food? Linda Pelaccio interviews Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. Samira explains to us how difficult it was to make candy back in the 1800s, and how technological innovations allowed the candy industry to boom. Later, she and Linda discuss society's perception of candy, how many other foods and beverages are less healthy, yet candy can be an easy scapegoat. This program has been sponsored by Many Kitchens. Today's music provided by Takstar.

"The tradition in the 19th century was candy was a luxury, and it was for special occasions." [9:40]

"I think it's easy to look at candy and see it as really the scapegoat of our anxieties around the role of sugar in our diet and the dangers of eating foods that are far away from the farm." [17:25]

--Samira Kawash on A Taste of the Past


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This week on A Taste of the Past, the subject is New York City food. Linda speaks with Andrew Smith, author of New York City: A Food Biography, about the history of food in New York City. Andrew brings us back thousands of years, and describes what the food culture were like throughout time. After the break, they discuss some specific food establishments such as the automat and the supermarket that imposed varying levels of change on the food industry in New York and nationwide. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Today's music provided by Four Lincolns.

"From about the 1830's on, New York City became the major sugar refinery not just for the north but for the entire country." [15:25]

"New York is really the beginning of what we think of as bagels." [20:25]

Andrew Smith on A Taste of the Past


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