Episodes

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, 2014Friday, May 29, 2015

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, 2014Friday, May 15, 2015

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, 2014Friday, May 1, 2015

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 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

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, 2014Friday, April 3, 2015

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, 2014Friday, March 20, 2015

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, 2014Friday, February 20, 2015

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, 2014Friday, February 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

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 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

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

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

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