If you don't know Adam Savage's good friend Chef Traci Des Jardins from her appearances on Top Chef, Iron Chef and Knife Fight, you may know the James Beard Award-winning chef from her several videos on Tested, including Cooking the Perfect Omelette, Improving a Cat Exercise Wheel and Making a Space Burrito (With Chris Hadfield).
This friend of Adam's and Tested's was a natural choice, then, for The Talking Room -- but perhaps what's most unexpected was how much Adam himself learned from his and Traci's ensuing conversation.
In case you missed the full video, we've summed it up for you. Here are our favorite things that emerged from Adam's Talking Room interview with Traci Des Jardins.
Traci grew up eating "strange things," like blackbirds and squirrels.
Traci grew up in a family of hunters, where the rule was you had to eat whatever you killed. It meant that "hunting accidents ended up sometimes with an interesting culinary fodder," such as blackbirds and squirrels.
If you wouldn't kill it, you should reconsider eating it.
Traci first went to a slaughterhouse when she was just 9 years old. Likewise, she always wanted her son, now a teenager, to understand that beef comes from a cow.