Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
One in three adults in the U.S. is obese, and that doesn’t account for the simply overweight. But many people still don’t know what’s actually making people fat. KQED Forum talks with nutrition and food expert Marion Nestle about her new book, “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.”
The USDA has confirmed a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow near Fresno. This is just the fourth case of mad cow disease found in the U.S. since the disease first appeared in the country in 2003. Agriculture officials say meat-eaters are not at risk because it’s an atypical case — the infected cow was not intended for the food supply and the disease cannot be transmitted by milk. But consumer advocates say there are many questions yet to be answered.
Celebrity chef Jacques Pépin has been cooking for over 60 years. He has published 27 cookbooks and recently won an IACP Award for his new TV series “Essential Pépin.” Previously, Pépin has won a Daytime Emmy, numerous James Beard Awards and two of France’s highest honors. Pépin joined Michael Krasny on Forum to discuss food, his newest cookbook and his KQED-produced PBS series “Essential Pépin.”
Author Barb Stuckey says if you really want to understand why you like the food you like, you can’t stop with taste. Her new book “Taste What You’re Missing” explains how all five senses interact to make our experience of meals delicious, or disappointing.
The new four-part PBS Series “America Revealed” explores the hidden food, energy, transportation and manufacturing systems that keep America running. Forum talks to host Yul Kwon about the new program, and about his unique career. The multi-talented Stanford grad has also worked at Google and the FCC. He’s also the first Asian-American to win the CBS reality show “Survivor.”
America Revealed’s Food Machine and Food Forward Premieres: A Tale of Two Totally Different PBS Programs
Sarah Henry discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding two new food programs from PBS airing on KQED soon: America Revealed‘s first episode “Food Machine” on April 11 and Food Forward‘s pilot on April 9.
Going vegan can offer a range of challenges. Can you really get enough protein without meat and dairy? Can you really make eggless desserts that are anything more than a crumbly mess? Forum’s guests, Chloe Coscarelli and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau say yes to both questions.
Officials say the average farmer in California is nearly 60 years old — and nearly 20 percent are older than 70. They say without an influx of younger and more ethnically diverse farmers, the state’s $37 billion industry will suffer.
KQED’s Forum discusses the graying of the agriculture industry in a broadcast from our Sacramento studios.
The Bay Area has been at the forefront of a coffee renaissance in recent years, and local boutique companies like Blue Bottle, Ritual and Four Barrel are now spreading their roasting philosophy — and their coffee beans — across the country. KQED’s Forum talks to some of the entrepreneurs behind the so-called “third-wave” coffee movement.
The Bay Area’s foodie culture has gone mobile in recent years, as food trucks offering everything from creme brulee to empanadas to curry-filled burritos have proliferated. But in San Francisco, some restaurant owners say the carts are cutting into their business and are asking City Hall to step in. Meanwhile, food truck vendors complain about the red tape and confusing permit process. Both sides are unhappy with the current rules, and they have come to the table to hash out new regulations.
Sarah Henry continues coverage of food trends and topics for 2011 with part-two of her top food stories posts. Up this time: food recalls, childhood obesity, partnerships in food, occupy food — and a healthy smattering of the year’s biggest food celebrities.