Episode 66: The Origins of "California Cuisine" with Andrea Crawford

Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck got a lot of credit for the 1970s birth of "California cuisine," but they couldn’t have done it without farmers actually growing that famous produce. Andrea Crawford supplied the lettuce - and has the scoop on the early days at Chez Panisse: communal living! Urban homesteading! ...Lawry’s Seasoned Salt!

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Music: In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry

Episode 55: Thanksgiving with Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is Canadian, so we compare it to U.S. Thanksgiving, and talk about beans, olives, root beer, her bold licorice choices, the phrase “soup to nuts,” and the mysteries of sweet potato casserole. Check out her cookbook right here.

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Music: Crabbuckit, k-os

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Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie

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Episode 51: Disgusting Things with Caitlin Doughty

Celebrity mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about the funeral industry, sharing a bedroom with a dead body, the gnarliness of the Victorian era, worms in apples, long pig, cold dead hands dragging you to hell, beheadings, mossy skulls, and the grossest thing in history: the “whale cure.” Get Caitlin's book, "From Here to Eternity."

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Music: (Don't Fear) the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

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