Combat-Ready Kitchen #364

April 08, 2016

This week, we're looking at how food -- and the containers it comes in -- have changed over time, and some of the factors that have influenced these changes. We'll speak with Anastacia Marx de Salcedo about her new book "Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat" about the ways military needs have influenced the food we all eat. And we'll speak with statistician Patrick McKnight about the BPA controversy, and how statistics can be used and misused in scientific studies.


  • Anastacia Marx de Salcedo
  • Patrick McKnight

Guest Bios

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo is interested in the things that are hiding in plain sight, often buried in volumes of bureaucratic documents and jargon-filled professional journals. Her current writing passions are industrial food science, microbial "farms", and non-munitions military technology transfer. She's worked as a public health consultant, the publisher of a newsmagazine, and a public policy researcher. She was born in New York City, graduated from Columbia College, and lives in Boston.

Patrick McKnight

Patrick McKnight is an Associate Professor and statistician in George Mason University's Department of Psychology. He oversees the Measurement, Research, Methodology, Evaluation and Statistics group, and serves on the Advisory Board of His work primarily focuses on applications of psychological science to areas of medicine, psychology, and methods.

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