Episode 126: Cannabis with Vanessa Lavorato

The very strict and expensive rules about cannabis dosing; cold water hash and caramel; and tips for visiting See’s Candies with Bong Appetit's Vanessa Lavorato. Plus actual audio of Alice B. Toklas describing her “hash brownie," and recommendations for strains, or as we’re calling them now, varietals. (Listen here.)

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Music: Sugar Magnolia, The Grateful Dead

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California Magazine

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Episode 125: Mofongo with Miles Gray

Eating fufu in Ghana and mofongo in New York; Eric Adjepong from Top Chef; tips for ordering late-night bbq and ... the phenomenon of taking “fun” photos at Holocaust memorials. And we try to figure out reparations, no big deal. Things get light and dark in this episode with Daily Zeitgeist's Miles Gray. (Listen here.)

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Music: Le Kwa Ukwu, Iyanya

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African Ethnobotany in the Americas

A Taste of Puerto Rico

Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture and Identity

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Episode 120: Tourist Towns with Ken Layne

Desert mythologies, like Desert Sasquatch and Yucca Man (they’re different). The desert economy, and opening restaurants in a tourist town - if you're a resident, you might not eat at them. But still, if you're visiting Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, Ken’s got some recommendations. (Listen here.)

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Music: It’s My Life, The Animals

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Desert Sun

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Park City Chamber of Commerce (PDF)

Episode 118: Fried Chicken with Josh Zad

First-, second- and third-wave coffee, Melrose Place, and how to order chicken in Farsi. Josh Zad loves fried chicken and is the best Beverly Hills tour guide I've ever met. Plus some notes on the topic from Mike Harris, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonalds. (Listen here.)

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Music: Do the Funky Chicken, Rufus Thomas

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Fried Chicken: An American Story

Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food and Power

First We Feast

Bitter Southerner

Bonus Episode! Live from Scoopfest: Mai Tais with Allan Katz

Extreme rum nerdery from Scoopfest 2018! Mai tais and tiki were the topics with Allan Katz of Jammyland in Las Vegas. Dram shop laws, Howard Hughes’ germophobia, and rum as rite of passage. (Listen here.)

Tiki spots mentioned in the show: Here’s Looking At You, Frankie’s, Tiki Ti, and Jammyland.

Huge thanks to our drink sponsors: Gruppo Campari for Appleton and Grand Marnier, and Rhum Clément.

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Music: Voodoo Dreams, Les Baxter

Episode 108: Ladies Who Lunch with Valerie Gordon

The feminist history of the trope “women be shopping.” What if the origin of the department store is the Old West general store? Plus the process of resurrecting old recipes, when manners are just a reflection of commerce, and hot lesbian fantasies. (Listen here.)

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Music: Downtown, Petula Clark

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Women and the Everyday City

Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America 

The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

Someone's in the Kitchen with Dayton's, Marshall Field's, Hudson's 

Episode 107: Salad with April Wolfe

A deep hatred of Craisins, lessons learned at the Steak ‘n Shake, and rank and provocative excresences with film critic April Wolfe. Plus, Jell-O salad vs Jell-O shots, the cooked-down hooves that become gelatin. The social implications of Perfection Salad - after all, “hygiene” is a classist concept. (Listen here.)

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Music: Stir It Up, Patti Labelle

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Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallats

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Perfection Salad

A Book of Salads

Bettina's Best Salads and What to Serve With Them

Fancy Salads of the Big Hotels

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Smart Mouth Cookie Contest 2018

Send me your cookie recipes!

It’s cookie contest time! I figured December is a great time to eat cookies, so let’s find some new ones. Send in your unpublished cookie recipes that are sure to blow some minds, and I’ll bake them! Three winners will be announced on-air December 12.

Enter your favorite original cookie recipe here before December 4, 2018 at 9am PST.

My co-judges are Josh Scherer and Danielle Salmon, two renowned cookie-heads.

PRIZES!

The top three cookie recipes (as judged by Danielle, Josh and me) will win prize packages including King Arthur Flour gift cards, Bringing It Home by Gail Simmons, The Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson, a cookbook and a tin of cookies from Milk Bar, Over Easy by Mimi Pond, and a collection of cherry-black pepper and tamarind-ginger vinegar drinking shrubs from Saintly Shrubs. (Packages will vary.)

Listen to Smart Mouth for more details and to hear who won!

ENTER THE CONTEST HERE

Contest ends December 4, 2018 at 9am PST.