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June 2009


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On today's show, let's examine the good life! Finding the right job is often a key, so we'll talk to Irena Chalmers who knows of 150 jobs for food lovers. Later, a restaurant consultant reveals what it takes to succeed. Ruth Reichl's personal journey on learning how NOT to become her mother — and a few thoughts on mothers and food. Plus being Down Home with the Foodnetworks' Neely family. Later, success in the kitchen is all in the measuring and one woman's love gone wrong... with recipes.

This week's featured recipe:
Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherries

This week's featured books:

Down Home With The Neely's
by Gina and Patrick Neely

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
by Giula Melucci

Food Jobs: Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs For Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers
by Irena Chalmers

Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things you Should Know to Enjoy Wine
by Matt Skinner

Not Becoming My Mother
by Ruth Reichl

by Michael Ruhlman

Cooking Know-How
by Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein



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The best time machine is food. On today's show we'll travel in time to the dining hot spot of 1773 - Philadelphia's City Tavern. We'll also discover a unique writing project that looks at regional foods of the 1930's. Later, meet a fictional turn-of-the-century Harvey Girl and an historian looks at the origins of soul food. Also, if you've got a mid-life crisis the answer might be to travel the globe. And, one man finds the answer to his love life in Ramen Noodles. Plus, Bobby Flay's Burgers and Gourmet magazine says go Latin with your summer picnics.

Gourmet's Leaping Frog Chicken
Discover one of the best ways to barbecue chicken this summer for your cookouts with friends and family. Learn how to make Gourmet's Leaping Frog Chicken and send us your pics of your finished dish at chef@whyy.org

Gourmet magazine's Doc Willoughby finds an unusual summer picnic dish:

This week's featured recipe:
Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese and Stilton

This week's featured books:

Burgers Fries and Shakes
by Bobby Flay

The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed my Love Life
by Andy Raskin

Eat My Globe: One year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything
by Simon Majumdar

City Tavern Cookbook
by Walter Staib

by Gerald Kolpan

The Food of a Younger Land
by Mark Kurlansky

Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America
by Frederick Douglass Opie



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Picture this...it's after midnight, you can't sleep and the refrigerator is calling. Or, like many chefs, you've just finished a long shift at work and deserve some down time before hitting the hay. I asked a lot of my colleagues just that - what do you enjoy eating in those wee hours of the morning-- what's your favorite midnight snack? Some folks might surprise you! We'll also talk with Corrine Trang about Asian noodle recipes -- good for any time of the day. Plus, the history of one of our favorite snacks, the potato chip. Later, artisan cheese from Vermont, and cuisine from the land of the midnight sun. And, a nutritionist weighs in on the midnight snack habit and you'll be surprised to hear what she has to say.

Credit: "Midnight snacking...Nigella Lawson style..." photo by flickr user myDefinition

This week's featured recipe:
Strawberry Ice Cream

This week's featured books:

Noodles Every Day: Delicious Recipes From Ramen to Rice Sticks
by Corrine Trang

Six Hundred and Sixty Curries
by Raghavan Iyer

Crunch: the History of the Great American Potato Chip
by Dick Birhans

The Widow Clicquot
by Tilar Mazzeo

The Foie Gras Wars
Mark Caro

Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
by Jeff Roberts

All Heart Family Cookbook
by Suzanne Banfield and Kathy Kastan

Kitchen of Light
by Andreas Viestad



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Lidia BastianichToday we're all about the upcoming celebration on the Fourth. It's all about patriotic ceremonies, fireworks, history, and of course the food. And, as a nation of many immigrants, we're lucky to have many food influences. Lidia Bastianich (pictured) discusses her ten favorite places in Italy, plus her life as a native of Italy and her adopted America. Grilling expert David Joachim reveals how to master your grill. Hear about the ludicrous burger and get some tips to make your burgers perfect. We'll find out what's cooking in Yosemite and learn how to make a patriotic pizza dessert. Plus, the Texas State Fair!

Photo: "From the forthcoming "My Last Supper" by Melanie Dunea due out in November.

This week's featured recipe:
Grilled Steak Salad with Green Beans and Blue Cheese

This week's featured books:

Lidia's Italy by Lidia Bastianich

Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink by Andrew Smith

King of the Q's Blue Plate BBQ by Ted Reader

The Essential Baker by Carol Bloom

Mastering the Grill: the owner's manual for outdoor cooking by David Joachim And Andrew Schloss

1000 Places in the U.S. and Canada Before you Die by Patricia Schultz

Pathways to the Plate by Roland Henin



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