I was intrigued by Gary Nabhan’s book, which advocates saving endangered heritage breeds of American livestock and plants by drumming up culinary demand for them. I’m really proud of this piece, which I produced from start-to-finish: pitch, prep, field recording, scripting, studio recording and post production. My host and editor made few changes to my script. As you can probably tell, Andrea Seabrook is a ton of fun to hang out with, so I was happy to get to stroll around the DuPont Circle farmers market with her while we interviewed vendors and customers about heritage produce and meats.
“Conservation scientist Gary Paul Nabhan knows how to save endangered species: Slice them up and slap them on the grill.
There are more than 1,000 plants and animals once commonly eaten in the United States that are threatened or virtually extinct, Nabhan says, and saving them means creating market demand for flavors that have fallen off American dinner plates. His combination cookbook and history, Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods, documents many of these once-common foods that reflect our culinary heritage. It’s also a call-to-action on how to recover foods at risk before they go the way of the passenger pigeon.”