GUESTS: ROB VAN DER PLAS, CHEF BIJU THOMAS
Here in the northern hemisphere, we’re celebrating Summer Solstice (and the perfect Solstice activity would be a bike ride, hint, hint). The astronomical celebration continues tomorrow (Sunday, June 23rd) when we’ll have a perigee full moon, when the moon is at its closest to Earth for the entire year. Another great excuse for a night ride (or at least to go outside and stare at the sky for a while)!
Meanwhile, in the subterranean studios of WJCU, Diane has cooked up an episode of The Outspoken Cyclist as big as the sky. First up is engineer and prolific cycling author Rob Van der Plas. Van der Plas has written a small library of cycling-related books, and his latest is an epic collection entitled The Bicycle Illustrations of Daniel Rebour. In an age where everyone and everything is photographed and shared instantly via social media, Van der Plas’ book is 288 pages of pure technical, black-and-white, line-drawing happiness. You need a copy for every bathroom in your home (plus one for the coffee table)!
After the news and a break, Diane welcomes back chef Biju Thomas, whose new book (co-written with Allen Lim, PhD) is Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes. Thomas and Lim build on the premise of their first book, namely that athletes should eat real food during exercise, with simple, tasty recipes that are both wholesome and mobile. For those of us not lucky enough to have Skratch Labs follow us around and cook for us on the pro tour, this book is the next best thing.