Chewing the Fat
5 days ago
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What happens when two Top Chefs and an American cider pioneer re-invent themselves? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng get a taste on this week’s RE-INVENTION episode and Season Three finale! Monica and Louisa talk to Virtue Cider founder Greg Hall. And Parachute restaurant chef and owner Beverly Kim. Plus Maddy’s Dumpling House chef and owner Chrissy Camba. All live at the 7th annual WBEZ Chicago Chef Battle! Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Reuben dumpling and pumpkin dumpling by chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy’s Dumpling House at ‪‎Kendall College for WBEZ Chicago Chef Battle)

1 week ago
1 week ago
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Can fat make you sick? One listener listener letter inspires this week’s Chewing the Fat episode of MYTHBUSTING THE FAT. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Nina Teicholz, author of the New York Times best-seller The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And for a dissenting opinion, Tufts University Professor of Medicine Alice Lichtenstein advises Monica to let go of her lard. Plus Louisa and Monica invite tech entrepreneur and chef Kimbal Musk to taste Soylent, but Will He Eat It? All that and fat hate listener mail on this MYTHBUSTING THE FAT episode of Chewing the Fat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Smoked prime rib with black garlic butter; grilled broccoli with smoked cheddar cheese sauce; smoked twice baked potato with bacon and crème fraîche by Pitmaster Gary Wiviott at Barn & Company in Chicago)

1 week ago
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This hunk of pastured pork belly that hangs in my kitchen is an essential part of my diet. So how come my cholesterol numbers are so great? Listen to this week’s Chewing the Fat to find out. 
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-39-mythbusting-the-fat

This hunk of pastured pork belly that hangs in my kitchen is an essential part of my diet. So how come my cholesterol numbers are so great? Listen to this week’s Chewing the Fat to find out.
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-39-mythbusting-the-fat

2 weeks ago
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Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go off their meds in this week’s Food as Medicine episode. Monica talks to hip hop artist and OG, as in organic gardener, DJ Cavem; and author of Turmeric: Great Recipes Featuring the Wonder Spice that Fights Inflammation and Protects Against Disease, Colleen Sen; then challenges Louisa to taste raw turmeric, but Will She Eat It? Plus modern day medicine woman Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark pays a housecall, bearing roasted broccoli and raw collards. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Roasted broccoli and raw collards by Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark)

3 weeks ago
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Pets or plates? And who’s winning in urban farming? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng dig in on this week’s Community, Gardens, and Farms episode. Monica visits rural farmer Kim Snyder at Faith’s Farm and her free-range rabbits, some destined for plates, and others as surprise pets. Louisa crashes an urban end of summer picnic at the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in the diverse neighborhood of Albany Park in Chicago. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Garden vegetable rolls at end of summer picnic at Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago)

4 weeks ago
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Jeff Leach is trying to catch the healthiest microbiome in the world. The founder of the Human Food Project will embark on a series of different diets to see how they effect his gut microbiota. Here he talks to Monica Eng of WBEZ’s Chewing the Fat about what we know and don’t know about the human gut.

1 month ago
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Fermentation is the new pickling! So say food fetishists. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng explore the ancient and bubbling world in this week’s Fermento episode. They talk to FermUp podcaster Branden Byers, author of The Everyday Fermentation Handbook: A Real-Life Guide to Fermenting Food without Losing Your Mind or Your Microbes. And Louisa and Monica invite their WBEZ colleague and reporter Lauren Chooljian to taste fermented veggie kefirs and homemade kraut chi, but Will She Eat It? Plus Monica and Louisa take a factory tour of Lifeway Foods to see how kefir is made, then talk with CEO Julie Smolyansky. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Beet kefir by Lifeway Foods)

1 month ago
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Fan mail!

Fan mail!

1 month ago
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Got milk? Raw mare’s milk? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng got it, for this week’s Raw Dairy episode. But Will They Drink It? And they get an insider update from Greg O’Neill, American Cheese Society Chair and owner of Pastoral Artisan Cheese in Chicago. Then Andy Hatch explains why he won’t be making his award-winning Vacherin Mont d’Or inspired Rush Creek Reserve cheese this year. Plus Louisa gets into a heated but unpasteurized discussion on Monica’s raw milk story.
Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng

1 month ago
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Yes, there’s destination dining, but destination markets? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng shop the aisles in this week’s Super Markets episode. Monica goes behind the scenes at ALDI US HQ. And they visit Louisa’s own local small but super market, The Dill Pickle, surprisingly Chicago’s only food co-op to date. Plus they talk favorite markets worldwide with expert Robyn Eckhardt, the blogger behind Eating Asia, on location in Turkey researching her upcoming book. Plus the tables turn this week when Monica challenges Louisa with bird’s nest white fungus drink, but Will She Eat It? — or drink it?! (Photo by Louisa Chu / Super market bags and basket at The Dill Pickle Food Co-op in Chicago)

1 month ago
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Happy tomato season!

Happy tomato season!

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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars want to be chefs? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask the experts in this week’s Music episode. Including Sound Opinions co-hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, backstage at their End of Summer BBQ on the WBEZ terrace. And from epic burger banger Kuma’s Corner, chef David Bacso on what’s metal and not. Plus Will She Eat It? guests Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha, producers of Sound Ops, discuss how to pair food and music, but will they eat a very special retro stoner delight? (Photo by Louisa Chu / A Kuma’s Corner metal mini burger at WBEZ Sound Opinions BBQ in Chicago, Illinois)

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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars are certified chefs. But what about diners? Does head banging metal make a better burger? How do experts pair a perfect summer tomato? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng share their all-access pass to the recent Sound Opinions BBQ, and what they heard about food and music.

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