The Whole Truth About Whole Grains | Maria Speck

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AN INTRODUCTION TO MARIA SPECK:

Maria is the author of Simply Ancient Grains and Ancient Grains for Modern Meals

Her work has received multiple awards, including a Julia Child and an M.F.K. Fisher cookbook award. 

Raised in Germany and Greece, Maria has a lifelong passion for whole grains. 

She has contributed to the new edition of Joy of Cooking and Modernist Bread as well as to numerous publications in both the US and Germany, including The Washington Post, Gourmet, Eating Well, Saveur, and Gastronomica. 

In the episode, Maria shares how to whip up tasty, flavorful whole grains in just minutes; why whole grains get a bad rap; strategies for seamlessly incorporating them into your meals…and more!


QUESTIONS I ASK MARIA IN THE EPISODE:

  • What’s your story (specifically, how did you become interested in whole grains)?
  • First up, the million dollar question: what is a whole grain?
  • What’s the difference between whole grains, refined grains, enriched grains, multigrain, and sprouted grains?
  • What does “healthy whole grains” or “heart healthy whole grains” mean? I see those terms on a lot of packages!
  • What nutrients are present in whole grains?
  • Why is eating whole grains important?
  • When looking to buy products made with whole grains, what should we look for on labels? Which terms on labels are meant to confuse us?
  • Can you describe the process of fresh milling to produce fresh whole grain flour? Is it possible to buy flour that’s been freshly milled?
  • Do all whole grains contain gluten?
  • What’s the biggest misconception people have about whole grains?
  • How do whole grains vary in taste? 
  • Which whole grains are less common and underrated, in your opinion?
  • What’s the easiest way to prepare whole grains? Any tips for making them super flavorful?
  • What are some creative ways to eat whole grains?

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