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May 2009


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Don't forget! Mother's Day is around the corner. So on today's show we're all about the moms - their cooking and their warm advice. Pino Luongo recalls his restaurant, "Le Madre," and blending "mom food" with professional chefs. Plus what happens when a daughter follows her mom into the world of food - we'll ask Nancy and Sara Jenkins. New York Times Minimalist Mark Bittman and Chef Eric Ripert each discuss the influence of mom on their palates. Find out how to save endangered recipes. Later, a writer finds peace with his past through his mother's recipes and Jim Coleman's mom's Pimento Cheese Sandwiches.

Credit: "pimento cheese samich" photo by flickr user leff

This week's featured recipe:
Pimiento Cheese

Featured Interview
Mother and daughter Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins discuss growing up around the globe... and keeping their boundaries in the kitchen.

This week's featured books:

Olives And Oranges: Recipes And Flavor Secrets From Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Beyond
by Sara Jenkins

The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
by Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Endangered Recipes: Too Good to Be Forgotten
by Lari Robling

Food Matters
by Mark Bittman

On The Line
by Eric Ripert

Comfort Food
by Kate Jacobs

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

Bittersweet: Lessons From My Mother's Kitchen
by Matt McAllester

Italian Food
by Elizabeth David



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Today's show is all about the rare breed... from a unique society dedicated to saving ancient beef, sheep, and pig stock, to searching for rare peppers in Turkey with Gourmet editor Doc Willoughby. We'll also make sense of wine and potlucks. Later, acclaimed Philadelphia restaurateur Michael Solomonov stops by to share a taste of his Israeli cuisine. Also, the scavenger's manifesto, a spicy look at the life of a pastry chef and much more.

Caption: May Turkish Peppers

Featured Interview

Chef Coleman interviews Michael Solomonov, rising star chef and co-owner of Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia, about his take on Israeli cuisine.

This week's featured recipe:
Heirloom Turkey Stuffed Exotic Peppers

This week's featured books:

by John Torode

Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better For Your Health And The Planet
by Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

The Scavenger's Manifesto
by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson

Wine Club: A Month to Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends
by Maureen Petrosky

Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen
by Dalia Jurgensen



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Food is all encompassing...how we buy it, store it, celebrate with it. That says a lot about who we are. On today's show, we'll look at our relationship to food...from simple bananas to an unusal place to dine where the waiters are visually impaired and you eat in the dark. A cultural psychologist examines how we perceive what's on our plate and we'll hear about "The Short History of the American Stomach." And, if you think you'd like to win the Pillsbury Bake-off contest hear how one woman took the prize. Plus, the fortune cookie chronicles, the perfect recipe for losing weight, and much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Foie Gras and Dumplings with Champagne Dipping Sauce

This week's featured books:

A Short History Of The American Stomach
by Frederick Kaufman

Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures In The World Of Chinese Food
by Jennifer 8. Lee

The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir
by Ellie Matthew

The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight And Eating Great
by Pam Anderson

A World Of Dumplings
by Brian Yarvin

Banana: The Fate Of The Fruit That Changed The World
by Dan Koeppel


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It's the beginning of the summer season and we're all thinking of places to visit. Here at Chef's Table our informal survey shows most people would choose a trip to Disney World over a trip to the moon. But, we thought we'd take a look at a few more destinations. First up, Southern Italy with Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Then onto the Arabian Peninsula, and later... Mauritius. Closer to home we talk about the Hamptons with the founder of it's unique paper, "Dan's Papers." And if you always wanted to dine in Paris, Alexander Lobrano gives you everything you need to know for a perfect meal. Our sommelier, Maureen Petrosky offers tips for cooking with wine. Plus, Phil Roy brings us an unusual way to mix food and music.

Hear Phil Roy's food song, Mustard Crust.
To find out more about Phil Roy's dinners and CD release visit philroy.com

This week's featured recipe:
Fennel- and Coriander-Spiced Salmon Fillets

This week's featured books:

Cucina Del Sole by Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Arabian Delights; Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula by Amy Riolo

Hungry For Paris: The Ultimate Guide To The City's 102 Best Restaurants by Alexander Lobrano

In The Hamptons: My Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, And Celebrities by Dan Rattiner

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

Panini Express by Daniel Leader

Tropical Latitudes by Dominique Macquet


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Everyone's favorite word is "YES!" But today's show is all about NO - what not to do. You know, all the things you've been told were oh, so wrong... like cheese with fish, using a dull knife, and starting that shrimp sear in a cold pan. We'll also take a look at that very dubious food product, SPAM. And, discover a new way perfume is being used in restaurants. We'll hear some words of wisdom from waitresses as well as take-on some dishes from the fifties. Plus the original bad boy chef Anthony Bourdain takes no prisoners and no reservations!

This week's featured recipe:
Super "Not" Nachos

This week's featured books:

No Reservations: Around The World On An Empty Stomach
by Anthony Bourdain

Gallery Of Regrettable Food and Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations From The Golden Age Of American Cookery
by James Lileks

The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size
by Julia Cameron

by James Peterson

The Best Recipes From America's Food Festivals
by James Fraoli

Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives To Fall In Love, Survive Your Next Meeting And Motivate Your Dentist
by Tyler Cowen

The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside The Perfume Industry In Paris And New York
by Chandler Burr


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