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Episode 074: The Family Meal

Episode 074: The Family Meal

| October 8, 2014

I spent the better part of a day making sweet potato crêpes so that my CSA sweet potatoes didn’t go to waste. I often ask myself on days like these if I wouldn’t have been better off, say, chucking the potatoes in the freezer, buying some store bought crêpes and playing with my son for a couple hours.

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Episode 073: Peking Duck and Diplomacy

Episode 073: Peking Duck and Diplomacy

| September 15, 2014

Why would the Nixon administration and the Chinese government put so much emphasis on food during Nixon’s Historic trip to China? Well, a newspaper article from the time alludes to the fact that President Johnson signed an immigration reform bill that outlawed quotas in 1965. This changed the demographics on the East Coast and the West Coast. So the U.S. was getting an influx of Chinese immigrants and China was again becoming a major trading partner with the U.S. So the governments of both countries needed to build goodwill among citizens. They needed to get everyone on board to smooth out the cultural exchange that was about to take place. For decades before this, Americans did not see much of Chinese culture coming into the U.S. and diplomatic relations between the two countries were kind of strained. So images broadcast from the Nixon trip signaled the emergence of new lines of communication that were lubricated with food and drink.

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Episode 072: Cereal Rhetorics

Episode 072: Cereal Rhetorics

| August 11, 2014

What you thought was just a breakfast food is actually a network made up of the performative citationality of brand symbols. I wonder if that is what David Chang and Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar were thinking when they TMed their cereal milk.

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Episode 071: Kale, Sociality, and the Blender

Episode 071: Kale, Sociality, and the Blender

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the spirit of combining food, rhetoric, and technology, I want to talk about kale, sociality, and the blender. More precisely, I’m going to listen to a few other people talk about these things.

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Episode 070: Answers to the Queso Question

Episode 070: Answers to the Queso Question

| February 20, 2014

“Episode 070: Answers to the Queso Question” Will goes down another rabbit hole filled with queso. This time, however, he emerges with four answers to the queso question. (Or, how to make queso without Velveeta.)

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Episode 069: Barbecue and/as Religion

Episode 069: Barbecue and/as Religion

| January 23, 2014

Will and family go out to “the cathedral of smoke,” Louie Mueller Barbecue. Will’s mom is a preacher and the trip gets him thinking about the intersections of barbecue and religion. It goes beyond analogy. Have a listen.

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Episode 068: Burritosearch? Researrito?

Episode 068: Burritosearch? Researrito?

| January 3, 2014

Will has been up to his eyeballs in burrito research, but it is nothing compared to Bill Addison’s Bay-area burrito quest some years back. Listen to some of Addison’s criteria for a good burrito, then find out Will’s pick for the best California-style burrito in town. (Hint: It’s not a national chain.) Also, No Satiation gets named one of the top 10 food blogs in Austin The Austin Chronicle.

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Episode 067: Getting Technical With MM Pack

Episode 067: Getting Technical With MM Pack

| December 1, 2013

Will and MM Pack talk about food history, how recipes are a great example of technical writing, and the romantic dream of quitting a corporate job to go to culinary school.

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Episode 066: Michael Pollan, the Genre

Episode 066: Michael Pollan, the Genre

| October 4, 2013

Will talks about Michael Pollan, the genre, not the man. He examines “the dupe,” a popular implied or imagined character in the genre that is Pollan.

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Episode 065: Keep Your Food Writing Fresh

Episode 065: Keep Your Food Writing Fresh

| September 26, 2013

Episode 065: “Keep Your Food Writing Fresh” Will talks with Austin American-Statesman food writer Addie Broyles about how to keep food writing fresh, avoid burnout, and listen for the kairotic moment that reveals itself during the writing process.

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Episode 064: Food Studies Project

Episode 064: Food Studies Project

| June 24, 2013

Will interviews Jennifer Huang, the incoming president of Food Studies Project at The University of Texas at Austin. Also, the podcast is going on hiatus until Aug. 8. In the meantime, buy some shirts, won’t you?

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Episode 063: Cue Conversation

Episode 063: Cue Conversation

| May 30, 2013

The Texas Monthy list of 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World came out. Cue conversations. Will talks with Dr. Frederick Coye Heard about barbecue commonplaces, traditions, and evolution.

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