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Slow Food From Italy to New Jersey

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jim Weaver, chef and owner of Tre Piani Restaurant in Princeton, co-founder of Slow Food Central New Jersey, and author of Locavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food Journey, talks about his work to foster the Italian "slow food" approach to food in New Jersey.

Guests:

Jim Weaver

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Comments [13]

Henry from Manhattan

Just got to listening to this later in the day.

Kind of a train wreck interview. Seemed like Jim Weaver was on the defensive on a few topics even though Amy wasn't really challenging him.

Regarding foie gras, here's:

Dan Barber's Foie Gras Parable
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_s_surprising_foie_gras_parable.html

It's both pro foie gras and anti-foie gras at the same time.

It's ironic that foie gras is the symbol of Slow Food.

Feb. 22 2012 06:00 PM

The renowned Italian recipe for...

Gorgonzola cheese fries!!!

Oh, boy.

Feb. 22 2012 01:07 PM

Chefs Special Fettuccine
Fried chicken meatballs with herb gravy 19

"Fried chicken meatballs"???

Someone, PLEASE direct me to the Italian region where "fried chicken meatballs" are prepared!

Feb. 22 2012 01:05 PM

From the Tre Piani Restaurant menu:

Penne with Jersey Tomato sauce
Garlic, olive oil and basil 19

20 bucks for penne with tomato sauce???

You're kidding, right??

Feb. 22 2012 01:01 PM

Dorothy
what is your point? not everyone likes foie gras. and have u ever had rat? maybe u should try something before u put it down

Feb. 22 2012 11:19 AM

I have nothing against foie gras, per se but, there is nothing "natural" about force feeding an animal until it's liver is fat saturated and diseased.

$600 meals are immoral.

How is "local, fair and safe" food sustainable if no one can afford it??

It will only be sustainable is more rather fewer people can afford it.

Elitest food is dumb.

Feb. 22 2012 11:16 AM
Dorothy from NYC

Stories like this are really starting to make me nauseous. Last night I watch a BBC documentary in which a little girl, maybe five, is talking about how her mother had to catch a rat and cook it in order to have something to eat. Guess where this was? Las Vegas, Nevada. This country. I turn on WYNC this morning and what are you talking about? How it's great to pay $600 for a meal of tortured geese. Bravo. Do you realize how absolutely insane and out of touch you seem?

Feb. 22 2012 11:07 AM
Dorothy from NYC

Force feeding geese is "natural"? Just how stupid do you think people are? What a crock. Good, clean and fair - not for those geese, huh?

Feb. 22 2012 10:59 AM
Dorothy from NYC

Force feeding geese is "natural"? Are you out of your mind? Just how stupid do you think people are?

Good, clean and fair? Yeah, it's real fair to those geese. What a crock.

Feb. 22 2012 10:57 AM
Peter Kennard from NYC

Jersey tomatoes are mainly about the soil and the climate ( as are those in maryland and virginia )

Out west the alkali soil and intense sun makes blah tasting tough tomatoes ( the toughness good for shipping )

I this case geography really counts.

Feb. 22 2012 10:57 AM

Jim, it is FAR from natural to force-feed duck and geese to the point of having a sickened, fatty liver and then killing them for it so we can enjoy it as something some close-minded people consider a delicacy. That's just...idiocy.

Feb. 22 2012 10:57 AM
Jon Pope from Ridge, NY

I lived in NJ for many years and completely enjoyed fresh local NJ produce every spring, summer and fall. I do the same out here in Ridge NY. I 100% support buying as much local produce as possible. But could you please ask your guest how the slow food movement is supposed to realistically work in a city like Las Vegas that sits in the middle of a desert with no local water source?

Feb. 22 2012 10:56 AM

What Italian recipe calls for the French foie gras??

Feb. 22 2012 10:55 AM

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