Why We Eat What We Eat

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Most Americans now have more choices when it comes to food than any other group of people in the history of the world. We are so, so lucky to live in a time and place when we get to choose between feasting on fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market… and ordering a meat lover’s pizza delivered right to our door. With such a ridiculous abundance of options, how do we actually decide what’s for dinner? On Why We Eat What We Eat, host Cathy Erway investigates the unseen forces that shape our eating habits. We’ll tackle a kale conspiracy, how to get your kids to quit being so picky, visiting the epicenter of the potluck scene, and more. Brought to you by Blue Apron and Gimlet Creative.

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The Climate Change Diet

November 08, 2017 • 22m

When you think about the climate change, you might think about how it’ll affect where you’ll live, or get around. But one of the most intimate effects of climate change will be on what we eat. Sea level rise, more frequent droughts, extreme weather and more will reshape our diets. On this episode of Why We Eat What We Eat, we develop a diet of the future -- the “Climate Change Diet” -- for two brave volunteers.View artist Allie Wist’s “Flooded” project here.Rachel’s recipe for “Climate Change Cake”- 3 cups apples, chopped (from 4-5 “ugly” apples) - 3 tsp cinnamon - 3 Tbsp sunflower oil - ⅓ cup plain yogurt - 1/2 cup date molasses - 3 eggs from a non-industrial farm - 1 tsp bourbon - 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour - 1 1/2 tsp baking powder - 1/2 tsp kosher saltPreheat the oven to 350ºF, and slick a round baking pan with sunflower oil.Mix your apples, cinnamon, yogurt, eggs, oil, date molasses, and bourbon together in a large bowl.In a medium bowl, stir the buckwheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together. Scrape them into the baking pan and even the top out with a spatula.Bake for an hour, until a toothpick or tester comes out clean. Cool it in the pan for a few minutes before turning it out onto a rack.It spoils quickly, so eat it fast.This episode features: CC Buckley - herbalist and food stylist; Nate Cleveland - dieter; Max Elder - futurist at the Institute for the Future; Rachel Ward - dieter; Allie Wist - Brooklyn-based artist