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January 2009


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It's time to spice things up a bit! On today's Chef's Table we'll follow our own spice trail. We begin with the history of three influential spice cities. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi reveals how to layer lots of flavors. Plus her secrets for staying model thin and still eat those celebrity chef meals. Later, learn how to make amazingly light vegan cupcakes. Discover chocolate with Clay Gordon, and the world's most expensive coffee. And much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Nasoya "Garlic & Onion" Tofu with Corn, Tortilla Soup
Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk Cheesecake

This week's featured books:

The Taste Of Conquest
by Michael Krondl

Tangy Tart Hot And Sweet
by Padma Lakshmi

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Discover Chocolate: Ultimate Guide To Buying, Tasting, And Enjoying Fine Chocolate
by Clay Gordon

Melissa's Great Book Of Produce: Everything You Need To Know About Fresh Fruits And Vegetables
by Cathy Thomas

In Bad Taste: The Adventures And Science Behind Food Delicacies
by Dr. Massimo Marcone

First Big Crush: The Down And Dirty On Making Great Wine In The Down Under
by Eric Arnold

French Women Don't Diet and French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure
by Mirelle Guiliano

Everything I Ate
by Tucker Shaw



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Got a lot of frequent flyer miles? Guess what, probably not as much as your food does! Today, the average meal travels thousands of miles to our table. On today's show we're talking transportation... from our food to our personal travels. We begin with shipping containers and our moveable feast. A couple talks about their year eating locally. Later we take a train ride in India. We'll also talk to a neuroscientist about the tricks of memory and Proust's famous madeleines. Plus potluck pointers, Jessica Harris on the ferry rides of her childhood, and a cab driver's memoir.

This week's featured recipes:
Whole Roasted Organic Chicken with Plums with a Natural Pan Glaze

This week's featured books:

Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome To The 21st Century
by Sarah Murray

Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What To Do With My Life And Started Driving A Yellow Cab
by Melissa Plaut

Crowd Pleasing Potluck
by Francine Halvorsen

Eating India: An Odyssey Into The Food And Culture Of The Land Of Spices
by Chitra Banerji

Proust Was A Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer

Plenty: One Man, One Woman And A Raucous Year Of Eating Locally
by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

The Martha's Vineyard Table
by Jessica Harris



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Maryland has the Crabcake, Buffalo its Beef on Weck, and where would New Orleans be without its Po'Boys? While many will argue where to get the best Cheesesteak, there's no question this sandwich is the iconic food of Philadelphia. We'll discover the history... and some controversy on the Cheesesteak sandwich. Later, we'll find out what one chef would cook for the Obama's in the Whitehouse. And, you think politics and dinner don't mix? We've got the Axis of Evil And Other Irritating States Dinner Party Approach to International Relations. Plus finding great Italian wine for not alot of bucks, artisan cheeses and Sheila Lukins on her favorite foods.

Credit: Monday Lunch - Philly Cheese Steak! photo by Cyndie@smilebig! from flickr.com

Plus, is roast pork better than the cheesesteak, check out our debate on The Sixth Square and check out Josh Ozersky on Grub Street

This week's featured recipes:
Roquefort Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion and Mixed Greens

This week's featured books:

The Hamburger" and Meat Me In Manhattan: A Carnivore's Guide to New York
by Josh Ozersky

The Ecco Guide To The Best Wines Of Italy
Ian D'agata

Atlas Of American Artisan Cheese
by Jeff Roberts

Ten: All the Foods We Love And Ten Recipes For Each
by Sheila Lukins

Silver Palate Cookbook 25th Anniversary Edition
by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

The Kitchen Diva! The New African-American Kitchen
by Angela Shelf Medearis

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil And Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach To International Relations
by Chris Fair



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The Superbowl is practically a national holiday. Even though Chef Jim Coleman is mourning Philadelphia Eagles playoff loss, he's still ready to plan that spectacular game day party. Steve Raichlen provides some ultimate tips for football worthy grilling and barbecuing - including the poke test for testing the doneness of steaks. WineLibrarytv's Gary Vaynerchuk finds tailgating wines. Later, walk down the cereal aisle of any supermarket and count how many choices there are... even for the same cereal. Neuro-science writer Jonah Lehrer explains what happens in our brains when we are faced with decisions. Plus, we'll also get ready to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ox and much more.

This week's featured recipes:
Braised Oxtail Tortellini

Gary Vaynerchuck, host of winelibrarytv.com and die hard NY Jets fan offers these wine picks for your Superbowl party:

  • Burgers: Gary suggests Portuguese wines from the Douro region for your beefy burgers. They are under 10 or 12 bones, easy to drink in a party setting and bring serious thunder.
  • Chicken Wings: If you're going to have anything spicy like wings, Gary recommends a crisp white Albarino from Spain. This wine is inexpensive and generally has the acidity to cut through some of the heat from hot wings, while also complimenting the flavors.
  • Sausages and Peppers: If you've got a serious rooting interest in the game, be it emotional or financial, you're going to want some bubbly around. For this, Gary picks a Cava from Spain or a Prosecco from Italy. These choices will ensure you'll have delicious sparkling wine, without overpaying for the French "names" that are as overrated as the Buffalo Bills turned out to be!

This week's featured books:

How We Decide
by Jonah Lehrer
Visit Jonah Leher's blog, The Frontal Cortex

Barbecue Bible
by Steve Raichlen

Essentials Of Asian Cuisine: Fundamentals And Favorite Recipes
by Corrine Trang

Beyond The Great Wall
by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duiguid

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Jennie 8 Lee

Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World
by Gary Vaynerchuk



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Let's take a little blast into past. On today's show we'll revisit some favorite interviews. Remember Molto Mario when he had just one little restaurant in Greenwich Village? We'll hear some early Rachel Ray, plus chat with Jeramiah Tower and Rozanne Gold. Also, recalling a trip to Italy. And Annemarie Colbin begins our ten year love affair with food and aphrodisiacs.

This week's featured recipe:
Frozen Chocolate Mousse

Check out our culinary arts blog on WHYY's Arts and Culture blog The Sixth Square.

This week's featured books:

Kids Cook 1-2-3 and Desserts 1-2-3
by Rozanne Gold

30-Minute Meals
by Rachel Ray

Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home
by Mario Batali

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
by Nora Ephron



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