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Plenty #16: Jake Levin, author, Smokehouse Handbook

Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography.
Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography.

This is episode 16 of Plenty. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and as always, I do thank you for tuning in.

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This edition of Plenty features yet another special guest, Jake Levin, whose food knowledge and skills speak to the very heart of sustainability, which is the preservation of food for later, in addition to indulging in decadent flavor now. His recently published book, Smokehouse Handbook, illustrates how anyone, anywhere, can employ techniques that will up their cooking cred with minimal tools and at minimal cost. At least until you’re hooked and start dreaming of converting the garden shed into a smokehouse — and he can help you out there, too…

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Plenty #15: Eating the Landscape with Chef Brian Alberg

Photo of Hancock Shaker Mill vegetable gardens: The gardens at Hancock Shaker Village are a key educational component of the annual activities on site. Now, visitors can eat their education, both at Seeds cafe and through food awareness workshops; submitted photo.
The gardens at Hancock Shaker Village are a key educational component of the annual activities on site. Now, visitors can eat their education, both at Seeds cafe and through food awareness workshops; submitted photo.

Hey food enthusiasts! In this episode of Plenty, number 15 to be precise, we hear once again from Chef Brian Alberg, a nearly ubiquitous culinary presence in the Berkshires and beyond. Since it’s been quite a while since catching up with him last, we had a lot of ground to cover.

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Plenty #14: Farming While Black

Good day to you, dear sustainable food enthusiasts! I am your host, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you for tuning in to Episode #14 of Plenty. On this week’s show, we hear from Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.

Every year, Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York trains over 100 predominantly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people to take leadership as farmers and food justice organizers in their communities.
Every year, Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York trains over 100 predominantly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people to take leadership as farmers and food justice organizers in their communities.
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Plenty #13: The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook

As you might expect, we’d never settle for a cookbook that asks us to sacrifice the satisfying or substantial to achieve our family dietary priorities. Thankfully, The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook, by Aurora Satler, doesn’t leave taste buds or tummies, big or small, wanting.

Aurora Satler, author of The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook
Aurora Satler combines her talents and passions in the realms of food, photography, and writing to create a scrumptious roadmap to good family nourishment; submitted photo.
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Plenty #12: HEIRLOOM by design, at Greylock WORKS

Welcome to episode number 12 of Plenty, in which we spend time with a number of folks involved in HEIRLOOM by Design at Greylock WORKS in North Adams, Massachusetts—an inaugural celebration of the handmade, hand-grown, and house crafted.

Lucy Rollins, steering committee member of the Williamstown Farmers Market in Williamstown, Mass., will be on hand at HEIRLOOM by design to talk about the organization; photo by Jason Veláquez.
Lucy Rollins, steering committee member of the Williamstown Farmers Market in Williamstown, Mass., will be on hand at HEIRLOOM by design to talk about the organization; photo by Jason Velázquez.

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Plenty #11: No-till and Urban Ag at NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Amazing no-till results, proof-of-concept urban agriculture, and learning “tracks” available for a curated conference experience

Charcuterie techniques demonstrated during a 2015 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference session (submitted photo).
Charcuterie techniques demonstrated during a 2015 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference session (submitted photo).

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Plenty #10: Raising the Stakes of Fossil Fuels at Standing Rock

Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota (photo by Tony Webster; Taken on August 25, 2016; ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota (photo by Tony Webster. Taken on August 25, 2016 ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota (photo by Tony Webster; Taken on August 25, 2016; ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The human stories connected to social movements are, almost  without exception, highly charged with emotion. Details about the violence and intimidation directed at protesters by corporations and law enforcement generate instantaneous, visceral reactions in people with any amount of compassion. The chronicles of the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux, and their allies ignite just such emotions.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (under construction) The finished pipeline will carry up to 450,000 barrels a day of Bakken crude to a terminal near Patoka, Illinois (photo by Lars Ploughman).
The Dakota Access Pipeline (under construction)
The finished pipeline will carry up to 450,000 barrels a day of Bakken crude to a terminal near Patoka, Illinois (photo by Lars Ploughman). ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Plenty #9: Christopher Kimball Settles in on Milk Street

In Episode #9, Plenty talks with another icon of the food world, this time pioneer of the culinary airwaves, Christopher Kimball. The founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, and instantly recognizable host of the Emmy Award–winning  “America’s Test Kitchen” from 2001 through 2016, he is also the author of best-selling titles such as The Cook’s Bible and The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook.

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Plenty #8: Chef Power Hour — How to influence food policy

This episode of Plenty is unusual for the unique, unfiltered look it provides into one way  advocacy can result in changes to food policy. We sat in on the September “Chef Power Hour,” a monthly meeting of the minds hosted by the Chefs Collaborative and heard some thought-provoking ideas on how chefs, a set of professionals intimately concerned with food issues, can exert influence over the legislative and regulatory processes that govern the production, distribution, and preparation of our meals.

Chefs Collaborative is a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system. Their most recent Chef Power Hour focused on ways to influence food policy.
Chefs Collaborative is a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system. Their most recent Chef Power Hour focused on ways to influence food policy.

 

 

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Plenty #7: Darra Goldstein Helps Ferment the Food Revolution with CURED

Thanks for joining us for another mouthwatering helping of Plenty, the farm and table podcast that examines the people, practices, and policies that affect what goes on behind the menu and beyond the shopping list. This episode? Number 7. “Darra Goldstein Helps Ferment the Food Revolution” with the brand new journal of food preservation, CURED, from Zero Point Zero Media.

The pickled Kyoto specialty, Shibazuke, is a mix of chopped eggplant, ginger and a cucumber-like vegetable known as uri gourd. The vegetables are traditionally allowed to ferment in brine for about a year, but more modern versions involve salting them for a month (photo, Akihito Yoshida).
The pickled Kyoto specialty, Shibazuke, is a mix of chopped eggplant, ginger and a cucumber-like vegetable known as uri gourd. The vegetables are traditionally allowed to ferment in brine for about a year, but more modern versions involve salting them for a month (photo, Akihito Yoshida).

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Plenty #6: Shining Some Light into the DARK Act with David Durfee and Dan Bensonoff

In this episode, we are very pleased to have, as guests on this show, General Manager of Wild Oats Market in Williamstown, Mass David Durfee. and Dan Bensonoff, Policy Director at the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass). We’ll be discussion legislation at the federal level that will determine how, and even if, consumers will be able to know whether or not their food purchases contain genetically engineered ingredients or if this is just leftover DARK Act servings from 2015.

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Plenty # 5 — Sharing an Ocean Breeze with “Fresh Fish” author Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Whether you grew up on the shore or spent your life as a land lubber, Fresh Fish — A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching and Roasting Seafood will have you catching the scent of the beach on the wind. Keep Reading

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