Episodes

This week we check in with the hilarious columnist Jolie Kerr about keeping kitchens clean. She is the author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to Ethiopia for a look at the super grain teff, and we get a sense of modern Greek food with Maria Elia, author of Smashing Plates.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sandor Katz, author of the masterful Art of Fermentation, joins us with the guidelines for yogurt making, we get a basic guide to tequila from Lucinda Hutson, author of Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking and Other Agave Adventures, and we learn how to train our wine taste buds with Megan Krigbaum of Food & Wine magazine.

Saturday, July 27, 2013Friday, July 18, 2014

We are looking at how we will feed the world with National Geographic magazine’s Dennis Dimick, we take on homemade boozy summer drinks with Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits, and we talk to Roy Choi, the L.A. chef who went from a fancy restaurant to feeding the masses $2 tacos and jump-starting the L. A. food scene. He is author of L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.

Friday, July 11, 2014

We get a master lesson in pie crust from chef Thomas Keller and pastry genius Sebastian Rouxel, authors of Bouchon Bakery, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the very best in extremely hot road food and Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez looks at the Middle Eastern influences on modern day Mexican food.

Saturday, July 13, 2013Friday, July 4, 2014

David Sedaris joins us this week with his stories about family dinners. His latest book is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. We look at an alternative and ancient way to bake -- on the grill -- with Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire, and learn the art of pairing beer with cheese from Steve Jones, owner of Cheese Bar in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

We are meeting up with Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of Mad Hungry Cravings, for another round of Key 3, and we talk with award-winning writer and Texan Robb Walsh about whether or not Tex-Mex is an actual cuisine. He is the author of The Hot Sauce Cookbook.

Saturday, June 29, 2013Friday, June 20, 2014

We're taking our Weber to a more primal state this week with Tim Byres, author of Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, and we get a recipe for Japan's delicious pancake, okonomiyaki, from The Washington Post's food columnist David Hagedorn.

Saturday, June 22, 2013Friday, June 13, 2014

This week we ask the question, “Who owns the world’s superfoods?” It’s the battle over quinoa with journalist Lisa Hamilton, we hear the story of wine entrepreneur Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates from the author of A Man and His Mountain and the duo from the award-winning Perennial Plate takes us to Argentina for the tradition of mate.

Friday, June 6, 2014

We take a look at the latest trend in sustainable meat -- goat -- with chef Jesse Griffiths, author of Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish. The Sterns are at Big W's Roadside Bar-B-Q in Wingdale, N.Y., and we talk to Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets Of Happy Families, about the surprising news on what is really important about family dinner.

Saturday, June 8, 2013Friday, May 30, 2014

We are talking about fried chicken this week with Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman, authors of Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides, Food & Wine Magazine’s Ray Isle explores a re-imagined wine bottle and we look at rice through a Persian cook’s eyes with Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen.

Friday, May 23, 2014

This week we talk to spice merchant Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte à Epice in New York, we take a look Filipino food with Marvin Gapultos, author of The Adobo Road Cookbook, and turn to the duo behind The Perennial Plate to learn about their food travels in Spain.

Saturday, May 25, 2013Friday, May 16, 2014

We are looking at mindfulness in the kitchen this week with Dan Harris, best-selling author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help that Actually Works -- A True Story. We talk to the Martha Stewart of Australia, Donna Hay, chef Ronna Welsh tells us how to reduce waste in the kitchen, and the Sterns fill us in on Arkansas fried pies.

Friday, May 9, 2014

This week we talk to award-winning journalist Michael Moss about the food giants that decide what we eat. He is the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Chopped's Ted Allen has advice on how to get out of our food ruts and we look at the stirrings of a movement in the wine world, natural wine. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013Friday, May 2, 2014

It's a look at the real word of the professional kitchen with chef April Bloomfield of New York City's The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, the duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to South Africa to learn about biodynamic wines, and historian Frederick Douglass Opie takes us on a musical journey through the South's chitlin' circuit.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dan Buettner, author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, tells us about the significance of the shared meal among the world's happiest people. Jane and Michael Stern are tracking down the very best in deli rye and we talk to Dana Bowen about celebrating Easter in Sicily.

Saturday, April 23, 2011Friday, April 18, 2014

We’re heading to India for this week’s Key 3 with Raghavan Iyer, author of the best-selling 660 Curries. Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, brings the stories from our tabletops.

Saturday, April 27, 2013Friday, April 11, 2014

This week it’s a look at real ramen with Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint, the Sterns are in North Garden, Va., at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie, we talk to Gustavo Arellano of the syndicated Ask a Mexican! column about the latest in American-Mex cuisine, and David Rosengarten of davidrosengarten.com is just back from Sicily and brings us a primer in capers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

This week it’s a look at saliva with America’s funniest science writer, Mary Roach, author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Trail. The Sterns are at the Blue Scorcher Bakery Café in Astoria, Ore., and we learn which salts are really worth the money with salt merchant Mark Bitterman, author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral.

Saturday, April 6, 2013Friday, March 28, 2014

We’re looking at the world of wine tasting with an unusual guide, Hoby Wedler, the blind host of the Tasting in the Dark seminars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Chef Daniel Patterson of San Francisco’s famed Coi talks about the philosophy behind the vegetable emphasis on his menu, and could cactus be the next kale? We check in with Modern Farmer’s Sam Brasch.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Greg Engert's profiling system divides beer into seven categories. Award-winning writer and cook Deborah Madison is here with the missing puzzle piece for vegetable cooking -- the plants themselves -- with her book Vegetable Literacy. We turn to the duo from The Perennial Plate, an online documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.

Saturday, March 23, 2013Friday, March 14, 2014

Jeffrey Hertzberg, the best-selling co-author of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, joins us with the newest take on bread making for the home cook, we look at Muslim-Chinese cuisine with Jason Wang of New York City's Xi'an Famous Foods, we head to Tallahassee, Fla., with the Sterns to Olean's Cafe for first-rate soul food and hear about how vegetarians are taking on the congressional lunchroom.

Friday, March 7, 2014

We're talking to Smithsonian paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner about the origins of meat-eating. Food scientist Harold McGee explains the nuances of rice wine vinegar, and we get the lowdown on real Southern cooking in Chicago with Garden & Gun magazine’s Julia Reed.

Saturday, March 9, 2013Friday, February 28, 2014

Investigative journalist Christopher Leonard takes us inside the meat industry with his book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, wine expert Joshua Wesson brings us his picks of wines to pair with charcuterie, and we look at the food from Macau with the duo behind Chicago’s Fat Rice.

Friday, February 21, 2014

We're looking at legendary gourmand and politician Winston Churchill with Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table. And Jane and Michael Stern join us with tales from eating on the road; this time, it's the Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm, Wis.

Saturday, February 23, 2013Friday, February 14, 2014

This week it’s a very private look at the restaurant business with chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo in Portland, Ore., the duo from The Perennial Plate take us into the jungles of Mexico for an inside view of cacao, we look at the history and origins of culinary diplomacy, and get a lesson in Italian pasta from the author of Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way.

Friday, February 7, 2014