Episode 336: Fred Plotkin's Italy

August 18, 2007
Listen: Fred Plotkin's Italy

We're off to Italy this week with Italian food and culture authority Fred Plotkin. He takes us to the luscious and evocative region of Marche, an area little known to Americans where the charm rivals Tuscany but you aren't likely to run into your neighbor. The recipe for Scampi al Prosciutto is from Fred's book, Italy for the Gourmet Traveler.

It's Chicago but no hot dogs for the Sterns. This time they're tucking into chicken with 18 soulful vegetables at Feed. That master chef of the herb garden, Jerry Traunfeld, is back and he's talking herbal cocktails. His refreshing Sage Rush is from his latest book, The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor.

Cynthia Zarin shares a vacation memoir of trying to blend a family over the broken fantasy of an island in Maine. Stump Master Christopher Kimball presides over a new round of "Stump the Cook," we have the scoop on a new perfume that will have you smelling like a cheese tray, and Lynne takes your calls.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • August 5, 2006 (originally aired)

  • August 18, 2007 (rebroadcast)