Episodes

Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design, shares the latest findings on why we eat what we do, beer expert Greg Engert gives us a taste of the delicious world of spontaneous fermentation and Maryann Tebben joins us to talk about her book, Sauces: A Global History. Carla Siedl visits the mill Carolina Ground, and Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire, explains the role cooking played in the evolution of humans.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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, 2014Friday, May 15, 2015

Journalist Barry Estabrook exposed the dark side of Florida’s tomato crop in his best-selling book Tomatoland. He now takes on the pork industry with his latest book, Pig Tales. We get exuberant and professional help with our picnics from Jen Stevenson, a member of The Portland Picnic Society and co-author of the book The Picnic. Robyn Lea, author of Dinner with Jackson Pollock, shares how she discovered Jackson Pollock's recipes, and Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet, has alternatives to refined sugar. The Sterns are at Honey from the Rock Café in Augusta, Georgia.

Friday, May 8, 2015

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, 2014Friday, May 1, 2015

This week we talk to David Gelb, creator of the Netflix series Chef's Table. We get indoor gardening advice from Elizabeth Millard, author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Diana Henry shares ideas for cooking chicken, and Tara Whitsitt explains Fermentation on Wheels, her mobile fermentation project. We also revisit a piece about Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian botanist who collected seeds, with author Gary Nabhan.

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's a look at the real world of the professional kitchen with chef April Bloomfield of New York City's The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, The Perennial Plate heads 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, 2014Friday, April 17, 2015

Contributor Melissa Clark digs into the fragrant food of Lebanon with Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Jeremy Nolen, author of New German Cooking, says German food is more than sauerkraut and schnitzel. Kimberly Jung co-founded Rumi Spice, a business that buys saffron directly from Afghan farmers. We meet up with a man with synesthesia -- he tastes what he hears -- and learn about his project to map out the tastes of the London Underground. Neil Kelley, a research fellow at the Smithsonian, explains what we can learn about animals' diets from studying their skull and teeth. The Sterns visit The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant in New Orleans.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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, 2014Friday, April 3, 2015

We’re talking to journalist Tom Philpott of Mother Jones about the dark side of everyone’s favorite nut, the almond. Sarah Copeland, author of Feast, explains what it means to eat 90 percent vegetarian. The Sioux Chef's Sean Sherman specializes in Native American food with indigenous ingredients. Jane and Michael Stern share a regional treasure from Pennsylvania, the zep.

Friday, March 27, 2015

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, 2014Friday, March 20, 2015

This week we hear about a group of renegade Montana farmers and their quest to change the farming industry from Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. We talk to chef Eric Ripert about his recent travels, and we have an encore performance of the day Lynne taught violinist Joshua Bell how to cook pasta.

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week we play another round of Stump the Cook with Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi. We meet Erin Byers Murray, author of the memoir Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm, and we look at low-alcohol wines with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, author of Drink This: Wine Made Simple.

Saturday, February 18, 2012Saturday, February 16, 2013Friday, March 6, 2015

We are looking at the history of the chicken with Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?  Lynne blind tastes California olive oils, and Edd Kimber explains the proper way to make scones. In honor of our 20th anniversary we’re revisiting a 2008 interview with David Lett, the groundbreaking American winemaker behind The Eyrie Vineyards.

Friday, February 27, 2015

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, 2014Friday, February 20, 2015

Perfumer and chef Mandy Aftel explains the connection between scent and emotion. Her book is Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. The Sterns have found a first-rate gluten-free bakery at Mama’s Cheese Bread Factory in Brookfield, Connecticut, and Lisa Gross talks about The League of Kitchens, an organization where immigrants teach others to cook. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt debunks five myths about cast iron, while Fuchsia Dunlop cooks Gong Bao Chicken.

Friday, February 13, 2015

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, 2014Friday, February 6, 2015

This week we talk to Kat Kinsman, editor in chief of Tasting Table, about the ethics of food journalism. We turn to Michael Ruhlman, author of Ruhlman's How to Roast, about the essentials of that cooking technique, and meet Azalina Eusope, a fifth-generation street vendor from Malaysia who is setting San Francisco’s food scene on fire.

Friday, January 30, 2015

We take a look at regional Thai food with chef Andy Ricker, author of Pok Pok, chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant in Portland, Ore., brings some inspiration for winter salads, and what exactly is a meal like in space? Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, fills us in.

Friday, January 24, 2014Friday, January 23, 2015

This week it’s Jennifer McLagan with her book Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes, Jimi Yui, one of the world’s leading restaurant kitchen designers, explains how he works with chefs to make their kitchens their own, and Food & Wine magazine's Ray Isle talks about American wines. The Sterns are in Idaho, and the BBC's Lucy Hooker has the story of one man's mission to save the Mangalica pig.

Friday, January 16, 2015

World-renowned chef René Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma joins us with a conversation about his latest book, A Work in Progress, Katie Workman of The Mom 100 Cookbook takes on picky kids, and we talk to Michael Anthony, chef of New York City's Gramercy Tavern, about bringing chefs' tricks into the home kitchen.

Friday, January 10, 2014Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is featured in our series The Key 3. Jane and Michael Stern are eating classic Mexican in Mesilla, N.M., and we talk to Crescent Dragonwagon about her latest book, Bean by Bean.

Saturday, March 17, 2012Saturday, March 16, 2013Friday, January 2, 2015

We are taking on the Christmas goose with Hank Shaw, author of Duck, Duck, Goose, master baker Alice Medrich takes on chocolate with her book Seriously Bitter Sweet, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the best in holiday pies, and Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine talks about what it takes to capture the best food photos.

Friday, December 20, 2013Friday, December 26, 2014

Noelle Carter talks to chef Sean Brock about his new book, Heritage, Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times shares how to shop for olive oil, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift trade ideas for easy holiday dishes. Artist David Ligare explains the relationship between food and gratitude in the ancient world, and the Sterns are at Bobke’s Bread Basket in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This week we talk to London’s culinary sensations Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi about their new book, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, we look at honey varietals with Marina Marchese, author of The Honey Connoisseur, and Melissa Clark talks to Improvised Life’s Sally Schneider about gifts for the cook in your life.

Friday, December 6, 2013Friday, December 12, 2014

This week we dig into chef Marcus Samuelsson’s ethnic pantry. His latest book is Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home.  We look at the decline of traditional French cheese in France, we match junk food with wine for a lesson in wine pairing with Anthony Giglio and we talk to the duo who documented Cuban home cooking in their new book, The Cuban Table.

Friday, December 5, 2014