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Pick of the Week: Freakonomics – Eating and Tweeting

April 17, 2012

Freakonomics – Eating and Tweeting
Podcast release date: April 11, 2012
Time: 57:27

Sprouted mung beans

Sprouting mung beans – no liquid nitrogen required.

I’ve been enjoying Freakonomics’ series of hour-long podcasts. In the first half of this week’s podcast, they talk to cooks/scientists with very different visions of the future of food. Alice Waters looks towards the past and Nathan Myhrvold looks to science for the future of food and cooking. While I lean towards Alice Waters’s approach to food (locally grown, sustainable, simple food), I enjoyed hearing about Nathan Myhrvold’s methods for cooking food. Many of the cooking techniques he describes involve liquid nitrogen, blow torches, vacuum pouches, deep fryers, and blow torches.

The second half looks at Twitter and ponders the ratio of followers to people one follow. They give examples of people with lots of followers who follow lots of people (Yoko Ono) and talk to Justin Halpern (“Shit My Dad Says”), a man with lots of followers who only follows one person.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Frivolous Monsters permalink
    April 20, 2012 4:18 am

    Thanks I didn’t know Freakonomics did a podcast!

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