Episode 696: Discovering Thanksgiving with Four American Chefs

November 15, 2019
Listen: Discovering Thanksgiving with Four American Chefs

This year’s Thanksgiving show celebrates some of America’s great immigrant chefs. We get stories and recipes from Korean American chef Ann Kim of Young Joni in Minneapolis. We head to Houston for a lesson in day-after stew, Turkey Posole, with Mexican American chef Hugo Ortega. Serbian American pastry chef Miroslav Uskokovic, of Grammercy Tavern in NYC, brings us the story of his first Thanksgiving in rural Indiana as a teenager. Indian American chef Maneet Chauhan, who serves Thanksgiving dinner at her restaurants Chauhan Ale and Masala House in Nashville, tells us how the South’s classic “meat and three” has become “meat and nine” on Thanksgiving Day.

All four chefs have their stories and recipes included in the wonderful new book, A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation's Top Foreign-Born Chefs, from the Vilcek Foundation, a group dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions in American and fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences.