Chewing the Fat
4 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
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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)

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)

3 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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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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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.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ MasterMaq

2 months ago
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It’s mid-August in Chicago and for many people that means tomato season. But there are many controversies surrounding this love apple that has worked its way from the Americas to most of the world’s cuisines. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng learned this as they researched their Tomato Tomahto episode.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

2 months ago
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Why should you spend double digits on a pint of ice cream? Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams tells us why, in loving detail. We also take a tour of Chicago’s coolest delicacies, including Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Finally, we bite into the cold, spicy, mango treats served at Mexican neverias. These places inspire Louisa to make a Honey Bun sundae for Monica, but Will She Eat It? Find out on the Icy episode of Chewing the Fat!

3 months ago
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On this bonus WBEZ Pledge Drive Chewing the Fat special, hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng are back from tasting the future of food! Monica and Louisa break bread, with smoked butter and sous-vide-cooked steak and eggs, with culinary tech maker Philip Preston, inventor and owner of PolyScience. They flavor trip on miracle berry inspired chocolate and bacon donuts with Moto and Berrista chef and owner Homaro Cantu. Plus US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) CEO Randy Krotz tells us how we as consumers drive meat to the market. And Blue Hill co-owner, chef, and author of The Third Plate Dan Barber details a multi-course meal of the future, including the Rotation Risotto he’s serving right now.

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(Photo: Louisa Chu/Flickr—Bacon chocolate donut test for Berrista in Chicago)

4 months ago
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LISTEN to our Chewing the Fat COOKOUT episode HERE! Louisa Chu and Monica Eng discuss deliciously dangerous BBQ with Low & Slow BBQ author/Barn & Company pitmaster Gary Wiviott; Gluten Is My Bitch author/blogger April Peveteaux; and legendary anchorman/new Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me scorekeeper/Tallgrass Beef Company’s Bill Kurtis!

(Photo: Flickr/Christopher Craig)

5 months ago
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This week we dig into the rising intolerance for the gluten intolerant by talking to celiac scientist Dr. Stefano Guandalini, comedian Brian Babylon, blogger and author April Peveteaux (“Gluten Is My Bitch”) and WBEZ COO Alison Scholly. (Photo by Louisa Chu)

5 months ago
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This week we mix it up with anchorman, and sometimes judge & scorekeeper of NPR/WBEZ’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Bill Kurtis. He talks about his delicious and nutritious Tall Grass beef franks. Plus, we grill “Gulp” author Mary Roach about the benefits of juicing and extreme chewing. And we learn the secrets of eating like a movie star with actor John Turturro who wrote, stars and directs the new movie “Fading Gigolo.”

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