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On Food and Connection, Earth Eats Talks With Alton Brown

"It keeps you from dying and it connects you." Alton Brown talks about food's power to connect, and how media and technology impact that relationship.

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Alton Brown mixes culinary science and entertainment in his live show "Alton Brown Eat Your Science." But that doesn't mean he doesn't think deeply about how celebrity chefs and social media change our relationship to food.

Alton Brown, Food Network star, cookbook author and host of the food science show, Good Eats, is on tour with an action-packed culinary variety show called Alton Brown Eat Your Science. Brown will be here in Bloomington Indiana on November 12, and I spoke with him on the phone a few weeks ago.

He talked about the show, and what to expect, but we also got to talking about the power of food to build connection, and how that power is helped or hindered by social media, and food-as-a-spectator-sport.

He also talks about how #ABRoadEats is like a first date with the town he’s visiting while on tour. It’s an opportunity for people to share what they love about their “edible community.” You can share your favorite Bloomington coffee shop, breakfast place, lunch spot & late night eatery at #ABRoadEatsBMG.

Full transcript of interview coming soon.

Also on this week’s show, from Harvest Public Media, how a labor shortage in agriculture has industry leaders now pushing for a guest worker program for immigrants, and how farmers can protect bees from harmful chemicals.

All that plus a snappy recipe for green beans from FARM Bloomington Restaurant.

 

Stories On This Episode

Rethink Deep Frying With Tempura Green Beans

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Think about deep frying like this... You're immersing the green beans in a really hot environment and steaming them from the inside out.

Government Report Contradicts White House On Climate Change

A dry riverbed in Kenya demonstrates the severity of a drought in 2006.

A U.S. government report says human industry is “very likely” the primary cause of climate change.

Ag Businesses Want To Keep Immigrant Workers In US Legally

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In spite of the tough anti-immigration talk in Washington, labor-starved dairy and feedlot owners are pushing for a guest worker program.

To Protect Pollinators, Researchers Look To Land For Answers

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Neonicotinoids threaten bee populations, but instead of limiting their use, researchers look to evergreens and prairie strips for minimizing the threat.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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