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The American Meal; Deepak Chopra's Weight Loss Advice; Foraging; Please Explain

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Friday, December 13, 2013

On today’s Food Fridays show: Abigail Carroll explains what our eating habits reveal about our national identity. Deepak Chopra talks about what mainstream and alternative medicine can tell us about why so many people overeat. Professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong tells us what foods and ingredients you can find underfoot in the winter months. And this week’s Please Explain is all about whole animal butchery—we’ll find out about different cuts of meat and how best to cook with them.

The Invention of the American Meal

Why did Americans abandoned a rustic, single mid-day meal for complex roasts, sides, desserts, and—increasingly—processed foods?

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Deepak Chopra Asks: What Are You Hungry For?

What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem?  Peace? Deepak Chopra believes that people overeat because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real fulfillment. In What Are You Hungry For? reveals his approach to weight loss based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine.

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Winter Foraging

Tama Matsuoka Wong, author of Foraged Flavor and forager for the restaurant Daniel, explains how to forage for wild plant ingredients, even in the winter, using juniper, pine, hickory bark, barberry, and wild onion.

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Please Explain: Butchery

Sam Garwin and Ryan Fibiger from Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport, Connecticut, talk about the importance of local, humanely raised meats. They explain the various cuts of meat, how they’re best prepared, whole-animal butchery, knife skills, and how the sausage is made.

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Guest Picks: Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra was on Food Fridays on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, What Are You Hungry For?. He also told us what he's been reading recently and why he doesn't have a comfort food. 

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Recipe: Tama Matsuoka Wong's Pine Needle Oil

An aromatic made from pine needles

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Recipe: Deepak Chopra's Ratatouille Stew

A rich, healthy vegetable stew.

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Recipe: Tama Matsuoka Wong's Wild Barberry Rice Pudding

This pudding makes a great winter holiday dessert with jewel-like red and cream colors. The fluffiness of the sweet rice pudding pairs nicely with the barberry’s full-bodied wild flavor.

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Recipe: The Chopra Center’s Unbelievable Double Chocolate Cake

Applesauce and tofu give this chocolate cake a rich, moist texture without the many grams of saturated fat contained in traditional recipes.

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