Listen to most pundits and you come to believe obesity is an exclusively American plague. But listen to certain researchers and you get a different story. This week's guest, Barry Popkin, claims obesity is a 21st century human problem. Mr. Popkin is the Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the University of North Carolina and director of the university's Interdisciplinary Obesity Center. He is the author of The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race.
Appropriately, The Sterns muse over the great North Jersey crumb cake at the B & W Bakery in Hackensack.
Sally Schneider, author of The Improvisational Cook, looks at dishes from every angle to bring new tastes into play. She talks flavor enhancers and shares a few of her favorites.
True crumb cake could be called a regional thing or, more specifically, a New Jersey thing. It's huge there, and the best place to get it is B & W Bakery in Hackensack.
At B & W it's called "Heavy Crumb Cake" because it is. A thick layer of crunchy, crumbly streusel tops a thin pound-cake-like layer below. But that layer of cake is really just a crumb delivery mechanism; it's all about that streusel.
Michael says there's nothing in the world better than a piece of this cake with a cup or two of coffee. But be warned: when you ask for "a piece of crumb cake," you'll get a slab that's about 8 inches by 12 inches!
Expect a long line, especially on weekends.
B & W Bakery
614 Main Street
Poet Elizabeth Alexander
Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander read this poem for us on the air. Find poems and more by Elizabeth Alexander online at the Poetry Foundation.
"Butter" by Elizabeth Alexander, published 1996 in "Body of Life" by Tia Chucha Press, San Fernando, CA. All Rights Reserved.
You can find "Body of Life" and other books by Tia Chucha Press here.
The commemorative chapbook edition of Elizabeth Alexander's inaugural poem, "Praise Song for the Day," published by Graywolf Press, is available starting February 6, 2009.
You can find "Praise Song for the Day" and other books by Graywolf Press here.