Episodes

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

Mexican chef Pati Jinich, host of PBS's "Pati's Mexican Table," joins us with her take on authentic Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Jane and Michael Stern are at Eckl's Beef & Weck in Orchard Park, N.Y. And we talk to food activist and MacArthur Fellow (Genius Award recipient) Will Allen about his book, The Good Food Revolution.

Saturday, May 5, 2012Saturday, May 4, 2013

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

We meet up with JJ Goode, a culinary ghostwriter, Jane and Michael Stern are back from New Orleans with fresh finds, and we talk to Wine & Spirits editor Tara Q. Thomas about Greek wines.

Saturday, April 21, 2012Saturday, April 20, 2013

This week, it's another installment of our series The Key 3, conversations with good cooks about the three recipes they think are essential. Lidia Bastianich takes us into the kitchen of Felidia in NYC to teach us her key pasta recipes. Also, Jane and Michael Stern are at The Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., and Hank Shaw teaches us to harvest spring trees.

Saturday, April 14, 2012Saturday, April 13, 2013

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

National Geographic explorer Barton Seaver joins us with his take on seasonal seafood. He is the author of For Cod and Country. Tea merchant Bill Waddington introduces us to the newest category of teas just discovered in China: dark tea. And Jane and Michael Stern are at the Sweet Water Cafe in Marquette, Mich.

Saturday, March 31, 2012Saturday, March 30, 2013

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

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'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

This week, we talk to Andrea Nguyen about her latest book, Asian Tofu. Jane and Michael Stern are on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the Exmore Diner. We get a smell tour of Seattle with researcher Victoria Henshaw, and we talk to Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden about the newest in culinary seeds.

Saturday, March 3, 2012Saturday, March 2, 2013

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 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

Nigella Lawson joins us this week with her new book Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes. And we meet up with Joe Warwick, who has compiled a guide of chefs' favorite restaurants worldwide, Where Chefs Eat.

Saturday, February 9, 2013Friday, January 31, 2014

This week in The Key 3, it's Thai food expert Andy Ricker. Jane and Michael Stern are at Sylvan Park in Nashville, Tenn. We take on homemade mustards with Los Angeles Times reporter Noelle Carter, and we look at the food world through its knives with Allegra McEvedy, author of Bought, Borrowed & Stolen.

Saturday, February 4, 2012Saturday, February 2, 2013

This week journalist Anne Applebaum, author of The Polish Country House Kitchen, joins us with tales of food and life in Poland, and we head to Kansas City for an Austrian-Germanic take on the cocktail with the bartender from Grunauer.

Saturday, January 26, 2013Friday, January 17, 2014

This week, we learn what it takes to be a cheesemonger with Steve Jones, proprietor of Cheese Bar in Portland, Ore. We're also looking at willpower with John Tierney, co-author of Willpower, Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. And Jane and Michael Stern are breakfasting at Green Salmon in Yachats, Ore.

Saturday, January 21, 2012Saturday, January 19, 2013

This week it's a look at the sometimes scandalous world of olive oil with Tom Mueller author of Extra Virginity. Legendary vegetarian cook Anna Thomas brings us her take on steaming bowls of green soup for the winter months. Her book is Love Soup. We talk with Christian DeBenedetti about his book The Great American Ale Trail, and play another round of Stump the Cook with Modern Family's Ty Burrell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012Saturday, January 12, 2013

We talk with Britain's exuberant gastronaut Stefan Gates about his BBC documentary on bug-eating called Alien Nation. New York City restaurateur Eddie Huang of BaoHaus explains the art of the Asian bun. His memoir is Fresh Off the Boat. And chef Charles Phan of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door gives us a primer on the Vietnamese noodle soup pho. His latest book is Vietnamese Home Cooking.

Saturday, January 5, 2013Friday, January 3, 2014

British food writer Nigel Slater, author of Tender, joins us with his take on the holiday meal; Edward Behr has a new book, The Art of Eating Cookbook; and Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Soda, brings some non-alcoholic suggestions for the holiday.

Saturday, December 24, 2011Saturday, December 29, 2012

Opinionated cheesemonger Steve Jenkins brings us his annual cheese picks for the holidays. We check in with writer Junot Diaz about the Dominican food of his childhood. He is the author of the award-winning book This Is How You Lose Her. And Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life has inspiring thoughts on making small tables large and beautiful for next to nothing.

Saturday, December 22, 2012Friday, December 27, 2013

Childhood nostalgia comes full circle with pastry chef Christina Tosi and her new book, Momofuku Milk Bar. Food Stylist Annie Rigg joins us with her charmingly British take on homemade gifts. Her book is Gifts From the Kitchen. John Moe takes on techy food gifts. And Jane and Michael Stern have declared Los Angeles as the best city for 24-hour eating.

Saturday, December 17, 2011Saturday, December 15, 2012

This week we talk about eating on the road with rapper and poet Dessa. We head into Lynne's kitchen with comedian Lizz Winstead for another round of The Key 3. Winstead's new collection of essays is Lizz Free or Die. And we talk to Dr. Andrew Weil about what we really should be worrying about when we worry about what we eat.

Saturday, December 8, 2012Friday, December 13, 2013

This week, Markus Bachmann of Sonor Wines explains how he uses music in the fermenting process. We talk to Stephanie Pierson, author of The Brisket Book; we visit a beer stock exchange in Washington, D.C.; and Jane and Michael Stern head to Lafayette, La.

Saturday, December 10, 2011Saturday, December 1, 2012

This week chef and journalist, Michael Ruhlman joins us with his new book Ruhlman's Twenty, 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto. Jane and Michael Stern are at Steve's Pig and Ox Roast in Lackawanna, N.Y., and Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good Uncomplicated Food for the Sustainable Kitchen brings us the latest in vegetable cookery from the British Isles.

Saturday, November 12, 2011Saturday, November 24, 2012