Food for Thought (Updated)

May 24, 2015

What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food.

  1. The Buzz Behind Food Trends

    How do foods become trendy seemingly overnight? Journalist David Sax tracked the origins of a variety of food fads for his book, "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue."

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences

    When it comes to food, everyone seems to have an opinion. Producer Rehman Tungekar set out to gather some thoughts on what makes a good meal during a recent visit to Chicago’s Windy City Ribfest.

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  3. Julia Child and the Love of Cooking

    Legendary Knopf editor Judith Jones reflects on Julia Child and her influence on cooking in the U.S. She writes about their friendship In her own memoir, "The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food.”

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  4. Food As Religion

    Ever wonder why certain foods fall out of favor? In his book “The Gluten Lie” Alan Levinovitz argues that food has become akin to a modern religion for a lot of us, complete with its own set of rules, prohibitions and guiding beliefs.

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  5. BookMark: Michelle Wildgen on "Crossing to Safety"

    Michelle Wildgen recommends "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner.

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  6. 1971 - An FBI break-in that rocked the nation

    We head back in time now, to the evening of March 8th, 1971.  The night 8 young Vietnam war protestors broke into their local FBI office – in Media, PA – and stole top-secret documents that would rock the nation.  

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