Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck
Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck
Here's the scoop on what it takes to be a food critic

Here's the scoop on what it takes to be a food critic

...podcast featuring Wini Moranville, author of Wini's Food Stories
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Here’s a podcast of our conversation with Wini Moranville and readers of our columns. This popular food critic is a consummate reporter who writes news and information about where and what to eat, mainly in the greater Des Moines area where she lives.

If you haven’t already subscribed, here is Wini’s Food Stories.

Readers are hungry for this kind of information. Wini brings to her writing an extensive background as a newspaper and magazine food reviewer, author, and college instructor. She spent many years in the hospitality business, too, so she can note the details of exemplary service from experience.

Find out what she loves about this new column writing experience and what she’d like to see more from her readers.

Listeners will find nuggets of information about restaurants in Iowa City, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.

Wini Moranville's memoir is coming this summer. Richard and I will host a book signing for her at our home. Paid subscribers will be invited. Pre-order by clicking on the photo below:

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Why is the cost of food so high?

Austin Frerick

Please join my colleague, Bob Leonard, Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture columnist, and me as we talk to author Austin Frerick about his new book, Barons, Money, Power, and the Corruption of America’s Food Industry.

Here is the link for our conversation with author Austin Frerick on Monday, March 18: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81022096611

From the press kit:

“In this eye-opening debut study, Frerick, an agricultural policy fellow at Yale University, reveals the ill-gained stranglehold that a handful of companies have on America’s food economy…It’s a disquieting critique of private monopolization of public necessities.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Why is food getting more and more expensive?

Join me, and together, we’ll ask this question (and others).

Austin Frerick's expertise is in agriculture and antitrust policy. He is a seventh-generation Iowan and first-generation college graduate with degrees from Grinnell College and the University of Wisconsin.


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