On today’s Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia answer your e-mails and take calls from both sides of the Atlantic. Listen to learn the rich history of American country ham, the magical properties of sodium alginate, how to build your own vacuum pump, and the centrifugal secrets of Dave’s Banana Justino. This episode is brought to you by Edwards of Surry, Virginia.

Image: American Country Ham from S. Wallace Edwards & Sons