The Zest Because it's strange and beautiful and hot, people from everywhere converge on Florida and they bring their cuisine and their traditions with them. The Zest celebrates the intersection of food and communities in the Sunshine State.© 2020 WUSF Public Media. University of South Florida. All rights reserved.
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Because it's strange and beautiful and hot, people from everywhere converge on Florida and they bring their cuisine and their traditions with them. The Zest celebrates the intersection of food and communities in the Sunshine State.© 2020 WUSF Public Media. University of South Florida. All rights reserved.

Most Recent Episodes

Author Kristen Hare on Things to Eat in Tampa Bay Before You Die

Get ready to fill up your calendar with some foodie field trips, because this week's guest is Kristen Hare. Her book "100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die" is now in its third edition—and many of the entries are food-related. There's something for everyone, whether you live in Tampa Bay r you're starting a list of places to check out the next time you find yourself passing through. I recently visited Kristen at her home in Lithia, where she shared her favorites, from breakfast to burgers to what she called - quote - "the best Cuban sandwich of my life." Related interviews: Singing Praises for Neighborhood Stores The Cuban Sandwich—Our National Treasure Rum Punch Rhyme: Your Recipe for 'Happiness and Good Vibes in a Glass'

Low-Carb Florida Life with Dennis Perez of Black Tie Kitchen

In Florida, there's no shortage of Cuban bread, key lime pie or shrimp and grits. But eating well minus all the carbohydrates can get tricky. That's where Dennis Perez comes in. The Oldsmar resident is the content creator behind Black Tie Kitchen. It's a YouTube channel where he shares low-carb versions of his favorite foods—with a side of humor. Among his most popular recipes are pizza, ice cream and cheese biscuits. So put down that bread basket. Here are Dennis's tips and tricks for a low-carbohydrate lifestyle. Related episodes: How to Snack Smarter How to Be a Food Influencer Hacks to Help You Eat More Veggies

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' "Cross Creek Cookery" Turns 80: Reflections from Food Writer Jeff Houck

Majorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoir Cross Creek reads like a time capsule of life in rural Florida. Published in 1942, the book became an instant classic for its descriptions of natural beauty, farm life and 1930s race relations in the hamlet of Cross Creek, located between Gainesville and Ocala. Much of the book centered around food, so a natural follow-up that same year was Cross Creek Cookery. To mark the cookbook's 80th anniversary, food journalist Jeff Houck wrote about Cross Creek Cookery for the summer 2022 issue of Edible Tampa Bay. He recently visited our Tampa studio to offer his reflections. Related interviews: Zora Neale Hurston's Foodie Life James Weldon Johnson's Foodie Life Grits, Gravy and Pie: Florida Cracker Cooking Singing Praises for Neighborhood Stores

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' "Cross Creek Cookery" Turns 80: Reflections from Food Writer Jeff Houck

20 Tips for a Better Hurricane Food Kit: Advice from Janet Keeler

Florida's official hurricane season is June 1 to Nov. 30. But things really ramp up during peak season, which is between mid-August and late-October, according to the Florida State University's Florida Climate Center. So if your hurricane kit isn't quite ready for a major storm, fear not. There's still time to stock up on supplies. And when it comes to food, this week's guest can help you think outside of the soup can. Friend of the pod Janet Keeler is the former longtime food editor for the Tampa Bay Times and current current freelance editor for the personal finance website The Penny Hoarder. So she knows a thing or two about prepping your hurricane food kit on a budget. Here's the cheat sheet: Take this seriously. Assess your household's needs. Start now. Do some reconnaissance. Ban together. Buy what you'll actually eat. Lower the bar. Prepare for a power outage. Think like a camper. Grill what you've got. Figure out where you'll get your protein. Beware of salty-sweet snacks. Buy more water than you think you'll need. Shop the aisles. Buy some last-minute produce. Respect the power of comfort foods. Remember non-food items. Preserve hand-written recipes. Prep for the worst. Hope for the best. Related episodes: Cocktails for Hurricane Season How to Photograph Food Like a Pro Chef Judy Gallagher on the Lost Art of Hand-Written Recipes Summertime Grilling Tips for Your Best Barbecue Season Yet No Recipe? No Problem: How to Cook Using Your Intuition

How to Save Money on Groceries: Advice from UF/IFAS Expert Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo

For many of us, saving money at the supermarket is top of mind. So we reached out to Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo, who teaches a variety of food-related classes at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, including Grocery Shopping for Your Health. She has also written a series of blog posts titled Saving Money at the Grocery Store. In this conversation, Portelos-Rometo, offers advice for saving money on groceries. Related episodes: Tips for Grocery Service Delivery Success Conscious Cuisine: Chef Justin Timineri of Fresh From Florida Offers Ideas for Eating What's in Season Conscious Cuisine: Rob Greenfield on How to Live without Grocery Stores and Restaurants

How to Save Money on Groceries: Advice from UF/IFAS Expert Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo

Season 6 Premiere: Summer Reading and Wine Pairings from Book + Bottle's Terra Dunham

For many of us, summer is reading season. Whether you're indulging in a beach read or delving into something meatier on a plane ride, a good book goes great with a drink. So to kick off season 6, we're chatting with Terra Dunham, who owns Book + Bottle. It's a combination bookstore/wine bar in downtown St. Petersburg. The shop's Readers and Drinkers Circle is a quarterly book and wine pairing subscription. So Terra knows just what to drink with a good beach read. Related episodes: Mermosa Founder Desiree Noisette Makes Wine – and History Journalist Judith Smelser on Zoom Wine Tastings, Disney Sommeliers and How to Find Your Next Favorite Bottle of Wine Conscious Cuisine: Husband-and-Wife Master Sommeliers Andrew McNamara and Emily Pickral on How Climate Change Affects Wine

Season 6 Premiere: Summer Reading and Wine Pairings from Book + Bottle's Terra Dunham

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Season 5 Finale: Food Hacks for Your Next Vacation from Travel Blogger Carrie McLaren

It's our season 5 finale! After this week, The Zest will go on hiatus for about a month as we work on new episodes—and, let's be honest—do some traveling. We're hoping you'll get a well-deserved summer vacation, too. So we've invited travel guru Carrie McLaren to share her best food-related travel hacks. Carrie lives in Jacksonville, where she runs the website and social media accounts Carrie On Travel. She specializes in family travel, having been on countless trips with her husband, Robert, and daughters Maggie and Molly, who are 13 and 11. But her advice applies to anyone. Wherever your summer travels take you, Carrie's tips will help you eat better while saving time, money and stress. Related Episodes: How to Snack Smarter Disney Dining Tips Alfresco Dining Tips from "Outdoorsy Diva" Lauren Gay Lunchbox Mafia: How to Make a Lunch They Can't Refuse

Season 5 Finale: Food Hacks for Your Next Vacation from Travel Blogger Carrie McLaren

In Praise of Punch: Justin Gray on Your New Favorite Summertime Sip

Summer means graduation season, pool parties and backyard barbecues. In other words... we're gonna need more drinks! So today we'll hear from Justin Gray, Tampa Bay chapter president of the United States Bartenders' Guild. Justin makes a case for why punch is the perfect beverage for your summer get-together. Justin makes a case for why punch is the perfect beverage for your summer get-together. He explains how punch made its way from India to the rest of the world. You'll also learn tips for incorporating fresh Florida produce into your punch, how to keep beverages cold without them getting watered down—and the secret to a better nonalcoholic punch. Related episodes: How to Make a Mocktail The Ultimate Beach House Menu T-Pain and Maxwell Britten Want to Mix You a Drink Chef Joe Isidori Wants You to Explore Florida's Ethnic Food Markets Rum Punch Rhyme: Your Recipe for 'Happiness and Good Vibes in a Glass'

Conscious Cuisine: Edible Gardening Tips from Albert Risemberg

Albert's small front and backyards are like a modern-day Garden of Eden, lush with fruit and vegetable plants, 10 bee hives for honey and an impressive composting setup. Albert even grows plants to make his own medicines. His sustainability efforts earned him the title of Gulfportian of the Year from the local newspaper, The Gabber. Today on The Zest, Risemberg shares his journey from "miserable" aircraft mechanic to self-sustaining gardener, composter, beekeeper and yoga instructor. He also offers tips for planting your own edible garden and advice for going green later in life. Related episodes: Conscious Cuisine: Rob Greenfield on How to Live without Grocery Stores and Restaurants Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening 101 Hacks to Help You Eat More Veggies An Urban Garden Oasis – St. Petersburg EcoVillage Farm It's Always Sunny at St. Petersburg's Brick Street Farms