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June 2008


We're honoring all the dads out there today. So whether you are a dad, have a dad or think you'd like to be a dad join us for a toast to fathers! Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja talks about tradition, innovation and ushering in the fifth generation to this venerable business. We'll hear from a family who took a nine year old's diabetes diagnosis and created a business to make life easier for other diabetics. If you have a culinary quandry, James Peterson has the answer to at least 484 of them, Adam Gopnik on Paris and New York families, and Barbara Kingsolver on going locovore. Also, a little nod to Leopold Bloom. Plus much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Chipotle Flank Steak

This week's featured books:

Through the Children's Gate, by Adam Gopnik

The Ethnic Paris Cookbook, with Charlotte Puckette and Olivia Kiang-Snaije

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver

Sober Celebrations: Lively entertaining without the spirits, by Liz Scott

What's a Cook to do?, by James Peterson

Meat Me in Manhattan, by Josh Ozersky



What does it take to be excellent? On today's show we're looking at the fine art of living excellently. Although it sure doesn't sound pretty, we'll discover how coffee is judged at the famed "Cup of Excellence." Our sommelier, Maureen Petrosky, gives us a "101" on the basics of blended wine. And, we'll take a look at the house wine of the south - sweet tea - and swap stories about life and food in the rural south. Historian Mark Kurlansky takes us through time in Gloucester, Mass. Later in the show, what we don't know about calories can hurt us. Also, a few artisanal gems from around the country and Steve Raichlen on summer grilling. Plus much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Salmon and Leek Chowder

This week's featured books:

The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky

American Artisanal: Finding The Country's Best Real Food, From Cheese To Chocolate by Rebecca Gray

God In A Cup: The Obsessive Quest For The Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman

Screen Doors And Sweet Tea: Recipes And Tales From A Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose

The Wine Club: A Month To Month Guide To Learning About Wine With Friends by Maureen Petrosky

The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen

We've Always Had Paris...And Provence by Patricia and Walter Wells

The Provence Cookbook by Patricia Wells



On today's show we're solving some mysteries. From the authenticity of the world's most expensive bottle of wine to answering those pesky questions on how to cook fish. Actress Lorraine Bracco stops by to talk about her line of Italian wines. We'll also enter the high stakes world of wine collecting -- and, just like the art world, there are fakes. Jonathan Waxman describes the most unusual way he found his way into a professional kitchen. Plus, finding happiness through learning how to cook and much more.

Learn what fish are sustainable.

Lorraine Bracco wines

This week's featured recipes:
Horseradish Crusted Halibut

This week's featured books:

Fish Without A Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore

Bottomfeeder: How To Eat Ethically In A World Of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe

The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery Of The World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine by Benjamin Wallace

Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe by Bob Spitz

A Great American Cook by Jonathan Waxman

Compassionate Carnivore: Or How To Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, And Still Eat Meat by Catherine Friend



On today's show we are what we eat - we're serving up food and culture. Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford are known for examining the cultural context of food in their lavish cookbooks. In "Beyond the Great Wall," these two world travelers explore the region they call "The Other China." New York Times foodwriter Florence Fabricant on Park Avenue Potlucks. A couple keeps the memories, recipes and ingredients of a Phillipino kitchen alive. Also, find out why salad makes the meal. Plus the history of Western tableware; one man envisions how bread will save a village; and much more.

This week's featured recipes:
Marinated Shrimp and Artichoke Salad

This week's featured books:

Beyond The Great Wall by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford

Mantra: The Rules Of Indulgence by Jahangir Mehta

Memories Of Philippine Kitchens by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

The Lewis And Clark Cookbook: Historic Recipes From The Corps Of Discoveryland And Jefferson's America by Leslie Mansfield

Park Avenue Potluck by Florence Fabricant

Salad Makes The Meal by Wiley Mullins

Panini Express by Daniel Leader



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