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60-Second Stir-Fry: Tama Matsuoka Wong

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Our Last Chance Foods guest this week, Tama Matsuoka Wong, forages and eats stinging nettle, so we knew she wouldn't break a sweat when confronted with the Stir Fry's lightning round of tough-as-overgrown-knotweed questions.

Her favorite place to forage is her backyard, but she lives in bucolic Hunterdon County, New Jersey. New Yorkers  -- whose backyards, if they have them, are often too shady to support anything other than moss, or are covered over in concrete -- will have to go elsewhere for sun-loving weeds. Matsuoka Wong was hot for garlic mustard, which she predicts will be the Next Big Thing in trendy kitchens.

You got to love her plug for her and Eddy Leroux's new book, Foraged Flavor. It's got plenty of recipes for all sorts of plants I would never think to eat, like stinging nettle.

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