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  1. Knives: the new bling

    Bling, the Urban Dictionary tells me, is an onomatopoeic representation of light bouncing off a diamond. Or a Bob Kramer original hand-made chef’s knife, which goes for $2000 and up. Of course some people might be able to justify spending that kind of cash on what is, after all, one of the key tools of the trade … if your trade happens to be cooking. But my guest today, Peter Hertzmann, says he sees lots of knives, maybe not quite that expensive, hanging on the wall in people’s kitchens, unused. “Kitchen knives”, he told this year’s Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, are “the new bling”.

    Peter teaches knife skills, has written extensively on the topic, and one of the things he is adamant about is that you never chop, you slice. Even if you’re pretty handy with a blade, you can probably learn a thing or two from his video Three Aspects of Knife Skills. I know I did.

    http://www.eatthispodcast.com/knives/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  2. Pasta

    There’s supposed to be this whole mystique surrounding “proper” pasta: how to cook it, which shape with what sauce, how to eat it, all that. And if you’re not born to it, you’ll never really understand it. Well, maybe not, but with a little effort you can get a whole lot closer to authenticity. Maureen Fant, a writer and scholar who has lived in Rome since 1979, has a new book out with her collaborator Oretta Zanini de Vita, making their Encyclopedia of Pasta a tad more kitchen-friendly. Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way is a curious blend of the constrained and the relaxed … just like Italy. One of the things they’re relaxed about is shapes for sauces, which came as a bit of a surprise. One of the things they’re not relaxed about is overcooked pasta, which did not.

    There was so much else we could have talked about, and the book is a one of those cookbooks that is as much a good read as a manual of instruction. As for my beloved cacio e pepe, fashionable or not, I am greatly encouraged by the the news that “[t]his is not a dish to make for a crowd … The smaller the quantity, the better the result.” That’s all the encouragement I need.

    http://www.eatthispodcast.com/pasta/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  3. Why save seeds?

    What, really, is the point of conserving agricultural biodiversity? The formal sector, genebanks and the like, will say it is about genetic resources and having on hand the traits to breed varieties that will solve the challenges tomorrow might throw up. Thousands of seed savers around the world might well agree with that, at least partially. I suspect, though, that for most seed savers the primary reason is surely more about food, about having the varieties they want to eat. David Cavagnaro has always championed that view. David’s is a fascinating personal history, which currently sees him working on the Pepperfield Project, “A Non-Profit Organization Located in Decorah, IA Promoting and Teaching Hands-On Cooking, Gardening and Agrarian Life Skills”. I first met David 15 or 20 years ago at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. This year, I was lucky enough to be invited there again, and I lost no time in finding time for a chat.

    David pointed out that immigrants are often keen gardeners and, perforce, seed savers as they struggle to maintain their distinctive food culture in a new land. That’s true for the Hmong in Minneapolis, Asian communities in England and, I’m sure, many others elsewhere. What happens as those communities assimilate? The children and grandchildren of the immigrant gardeners are unlikely to feel the same connection to their original food culture, and may well look down on growing food as an unsuitable occupation. Is immigrant agricultural biodiversity liable to be lost too? Efforts to preserve it don’t seem to be flourishing.

    Seed saving for its own sake, rather than purely as a route to sustenance, does seem to be both a bit of a luxury and to require a rather special kind of personality. John Withee, whose bean collection brought David Cavagnaro to Seed Savers Exchange and people like Russ Crow, another of his spritual heirs, collect and create stories as much as they do agricultural biodiversity. And that’s something formal genebanks never seem to document.

    http://www.eatthispodcast.com/why-save-seeds/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  4. Stop Podcasting Yourself 317 - Scott Simpson | Maximum Fun

    Show: 

    Stop Podcasting Yourself

    Guests: 

    Scott Simpsons

    Scott Simpson returns to talk donating stuff, Palm Springs, and bus liars.

    Download episode 317 here. (right-click)

    Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

    Brought to you by:

    (click here for the full recap)

    Lift

    Jamiroquai

    Miniature pony in sneakers

    Natasha Henstridge

    Chaaaaaapters

    Rue McClanahan

    Joshua Tree

    Papa Shango

    Jason Alexander’s McDonalds commercial

    Whiskey stones

    Mixed Emotions

    Gilmore Grandparents

    Egghead Discount Software

    http://maximumfun.org/stop-podcasting-yourself/stop-podcasting-yourself-317-scott-simpson

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  5. Hip Pop and EDM

    From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/straight-outta-chevy-chase/#commentlist

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  6. Radiolab: Pop Music

    Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/91629-pop-music/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  7. Inboxes Zero: Merlin Mann on anxiety, relationships and expectations – BTTDL059

    Merlin Mann returns to do a gradually deeper dive about anxiety, how thoughts effect our feelings and vice versa, relationships, expectations and much more.

    http://beyondthetodolist.com/inboxes-zero-merlin-mann-on-anxiety-relationships-and-expectations-bttdl059/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  8. Scriptnotes, 129: The One with the Guys from Final Draft | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

    The makers of Final Draft pay us a visit to clear up John and Craig’s misconceptions of, well, everything. It’s double the umbrage for your money. Then we discuss Quentin Tarantino’s leaked script, the upcoming WGA negotiations, and how to make it clear you’re attached to direct your spec.

    http://johnaugust.com/2014/the-one-with-the-guys-from-final-draft

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  9. Feral Audio - 27 - John Roderick

    Highly regarded and amazing comedian Todd Barry talks to friends - and maybe people he doesn’t know - about their careers, travel, food, and various other topics. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yeah. It really does.

    http://www.feralaudio.com/27-john-roderick/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  10. BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Outriders

    This week Jamillah talks to the creator of electronics for people with disabilities so they can use games consoles, a guy who tells stories in 3d online, a couple of chaps who created music using camera sounds and the creator of Dr Puppet - a web based animation linked to the 50th anniversary of Dr Who.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pods

    —Huffduffed by iamdanw

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