Marketplace Money for Friday, October 26, 2012

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This week we've got a feast of food stories. Host Tess Vigeland takes a winding tour of cheap eats in Los Angeles with L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold. Our cheap food pursuit continues with a recipe tester from Cooking Light Magazine who was tasked with creating five dinners for a family of four -- on just a $50 budget. We talk about a pair of books that deal with how we produce and consume food in the U.S. today. Plus, a little Halloween fun. And go virtual grocery shopping through the decades with our simulator.

Interactive: How far will $35 go at the grocery store through the decades?

Weather, speculation, and the economy all impact food prices. So are you paying more for groceries today than in decades past? Find out with the Marketplace Grocery Shop Simulator.
Posted In: food prices, grocery

A tour of cheap eats with food critic Jonathan Gold

How do you find the best food at the best prices? Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-Prize-winning restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, leads us to some of the best joints in the city, and offers up some advice.
Posted In: Food

Advice on feeding a family of four with just $50

It is possible to eat healthy, filling food for a relatively small amount of money. A recipe taster from Cooking Light Magazine tells us how to do it.
Posted In: Food, budget, groceries

The economics of ghost hunting

People are spending real money to experience the paranormal.
Posted In: Halloween, ghosts, spending

The argument against locavorism

Pierre Desrochers, author of "The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet," discusses why eating locally produced food at all costs has negative implications.
Posted In: local, farmers markets, Food, locavorism

Letters: Opting out of solicitations, credit cards for teens

Listen to advice on where to find accredited credit counselors, where to go to opt out of getting credit card solicitations, and when to introduce your kids to credit.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Looking at the way we eat in America

Author and journalist Tracie McMillan went undercover at a number of places around the country to find out exactly how food gets from the farm to your dinner table. She discusses her experience as a farm laborer.

Music from this show

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Special Brew
Bad Manners
Four n Twenty
Cookin' on 3 Burners
Live In Vanilla
Boy Robot
Carry Out (Featuring Justin Timberlake) [feat. Justin Timberlake]
TV Dinners (Remastered Version)
ZZ Top
I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow
Nat Kendrick & The Swans

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