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February 2009


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What are the two scariest words for restaurant workers? Valentine's Day... so on today's Chef's Table we'll hear how a waiter made his frustrating rant work for him. And, Chef Jim Coleman reveals a little bit about the Valentine's Day that his staff dubbed, "St. Valentine's Massacre." But, if you want to do something nice for your sweetheart, serve them some Vitamin D. Our registered Dietician tells us why. Later in the show, we'll discover an early 20th Russian scientist who had more adventures than Indiana Jones. Plus, tips for making tea, kissing in the kitchen, and much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Abraham Lincoln's Scalloped Oysters

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This week's featured books:

Waiter Rant
by Steve Dublanica

Sex Death And Oysters
by Robb Walsh

Kissing In The Kitchen
by Kevin Roberts

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

The Harney And Son's Guide To Tea
by Michael Harney

Where Our Food Comes From - Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine
by Gary Paul Nabhan



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There's nothing like getting in the kitchen to cure mid-winter blues. Homemade stocks and soups are great to put away in the freezer for when you don't feel like cooking in warmer weather. And long simmering steams the windows up a bit and adds a welcoming aroma to the house. Today's show features Michael Ruhlman on stocks and Grace Parisi on sauces. We'll also talk to Danny Meyer about being a restaurateur. Also, the history and fate of one of the most popular fruits. Plus seven tips to a longer and healthier life. And much more!

This week's featured recipe:
Healthy Banana Bread

This week's featured books:

Elements Of Cooking
by Michael Ruhlman

Get Saucy
by Grace Parisi

by Dan Koeppel

The Taste of Conquest
by Michael Krondl

by Dr. Mark Liponis

Setting The Table
by Danny Meyer

Saveur Magazine
by Editor-in-Chief James Oseland



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Caption: Ratatouille the dish, (left) and Ratatouille the Disney/Pixar film (right).

There's food and then there's film. And what happens when you put the two of them together? Today's show is all about the marriage of food and movies. We'll get the inside scoop and talk to restaurateur and former actor, Pino Luongo. Thomas Keller stops by to talk about consulting on food movies. Also, Michael Pollan sets the scene for a documentary that follows a corn kernel from seed to plate. Plus, cocktails inspired by a director, the culture of popcorn, and healthy candy choices at the theater.

Caption: Scene from Spanglish (left) and King Corn (right).

This week's featured recipe:
Red Wine Risotto with Truffle Oil & Parmesan

This week's featured books:

French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon
by Thomas Keller

Climbing the Mango Tree
by Madjur Jaffrey

Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story Of Passion, Pain and Pasta
by Pino Luongo

Omnivore's Dilemma In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Pollan

Eat This Not That
David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding



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The Superbowl is over, no holidays on the horizon and weeks before it is spring. Could be you have the winter blues. This week on A Chef's Table, we'll talk to a nutritionist about foods to help those down-in-the-dumps symptoms. Then we'll discover some olive oil from sunny Italy and, later, more good ideas from the Mediterranean diet. Plus Andrew Carmellini cooks urban Italian and wines priced to be recession-proof.

Caption: Olive tree from Rivida family farm, La Gurra.

Caption: Olive oil out of the olive press.

This week's featured recipe:
The Best Gnocchi

This week's featured books:

Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food
by Andrew Carmellini

Bottega Favorita
by Frank Stitt

Seasons of Sicily
by Natalia Ravida

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
by Elizabeth Berg

The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
by Nancy Harmon Jenkins



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