MPR News with Angela Davis

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl reflects on 25 years of Minnesota people, places and food in her new book

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MPR News host Tom Crann (left) with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl in the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Sept. 21.
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If you listen to All Things Considered on MPR News in the afternoon, you’ve probably noticed that host Tom Crann has a passion for talking about food via his weekly Appetites segment.  

And in those conversations, you’ve likely heard Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s voice.  

Moskowitz Grumdahl is a nationally respected food writer. She’s a six-time winner of the James Beard Awards — the Oscar of the food world. Her food writing has been published in USA Today, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Appetit and other outlets.  

She’s also explored Minnesota’s culinary scene for decades — from the best “Juicy Lucy” to what’s new to eat at the Minnesota State Fair, from trying to define “northern cuisine” to the hottest Twin Cities restaurants.  

Moskowitz Grumdahl spoke with Crann last week at an MPR News event about her new book, “The Essential Dear Dara: Writings on Local Characters and Memorable Places.”


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