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Food School With Christine Barbour, Eggplant, Kansas Drought

Christine Barbour teaches students that food choices are political choices. Eggplant caviar and fries in the kitchen. Kansas copes with 3 years of drought.

Say hello to our big, beautiful eggplant!

It’s so hard to get people to think about food as something political. They just can’t do it. They also can’t think of political as anything other than, You go to the government and you try to get a law passed.

Christine Barbour challenges her students’ preconceived notions about food in the courses she teaches at Indiana University. She’ll be here talking about why making a food choice is an example of political activism.

Harvest Public Media takes us to Kansas to see how the three-year long drought is affecting growers.

It’s been wet enough in southern Indiana to grow eggplant this year, and we speak with Kim Bryant who is selling several varieties at the farmers market.

Finally in the kitchen, we put that eggplant to good use in two very different, very delicious recipes.

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Baba Ghanoush (Or Eggplant Caviar)

This is one interesting take on baba ghanoush. Don't forget the anchovies!

Eggplant Fries

You'll fool your guests when you replace your traditional potato French fries with these eggplant fries.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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