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July 2009


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We're going on a road trip! Sure, it'd be nice to have a corvette cruising along Route 66, but even if your wheels are more mundane and the road goes to grandma's house, there's something mystical about a taking off on four wheels. Jane and Michael Stern give us some great road food finds. Plus, what every trip should have is a little stash of homemade sandwiches in the cooler. So, who better to talk to than Tom Coliccio? And, we'll get some advice from bread expert Father Dominic. Later, perfect picnic wine suggestions from Maureen Petrosky, and the ultimate road trip playlist from music critic Tom Moon. Also, real chuckwagon food, and three generations of southern cooks.

Caption: Jane and Michael Stern's big roadfood sandwich find at Harold's New York Deli in Edison, New Jersey.

Look for more music with Tom Moon

Road music play list
-The Allman Bros. Band: anything from Live at the Fillmore East
-Bob Seger: "Turn The Page" from Greatest Hits Vol. 1
-Beau Jocque and the Zydeco High Rollers: "Cornbread" from Greatest Hits
-Dr. John: "Mama Roux" from Gris-Gris

Find out more about Jane and Michael Stern's 500 Things to eat before It's Too Late and the Very Best Places to Eat Them

This week's featured recipe:
Oregano & Olive Egg Salad Sandwiches

Featured Interview

Jane and Michael Stern chat up Lari Robling about their Roadfood finds.

This week's featured books:

by Tom Collichio

Bon Appetit Y'all: Three Generations Of Southern Cooking
by Virginia Willis

The Wine Club, A Month to Month Guide to Learning About Wine With Friends
by Maureen Petrosky

The Texas Cowboy Cookbook
by Robb Walsh

Five Hundred Things To Eat Before It's Too Late and the Very Best Places To Eat Them
by Jane and Michael Stern

1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die
by Tom Moon



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Today's show really takes the cake... seriously! We're slicing up some regional specialties... from dried apple stack cake to Tom Douglas' savory crab cakes. We'll also talk to a grandmother and grandaughter about their personal family cookbook and a recipe that led to a marriage proposal. If cake is off your diet because of celiac disease, have heart and a piece of cake with tips for gluten-free baking. Plus, we'll find out about a unique Bastille Day Celebration and talk to Mark Kurlansky about his translation of the French classic, "The Belly of Paris."

More cake history with Frederick Douglas Opie

Take a look at Philadelphia's storming of the Bastille

This week's featured recipes:
Nameless Cake
Blueberry Gingerbread Pancakes

Featured Interview

Chef Jim Coleman gets tips on baking gluten-free with Elizabeth Barbone.

This week's featured books:

Let Me Eat Cake
by Leslie Miller

The Belly of Paris
by Emile Zola

A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
by David Tanis

Easy Gluten-Free Baking
by Elizabeth Barbone

Hogs and Hominy
by Fredrick Douglas Opie

Comfort Food
by Kate Jacobs

Seattle Kitchen
by Tom Douglas



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Today we're having a little midsummer night's fun! We'll take an insider's romp through the crazy restaurant business with John Delucie. He's the chef/partner of New York's famed The Waverly Inn and tells quite a tale in his memoir, Hunger: The Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition. Plus, It seems the culinary gods can be cruel. France, once the Mount Olympus of cookery, is getting a bad rap these days. We'll take a look at that state of affairs. We'll also hear about the foods of Puerto Rico and how its island flavors inspire a line of cookies, We'll visit another island in Louisianna, Avery Island. Later A Harvard anthropologist on how fire made us human. Plus, preserving summers bounty, barbecue, and much more.

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Featured Interview

Chef Coleman discusses the state of French cuisine with Michael Steinberger, author of Au Revoir To All That.

This week's featured books:

Eula Mae's Cajun Kitchen: Cooking Through the Seasons on Avery Island
by Marcelle Beinvenue

Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Que
by Chris Lily

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
by Richard Wrangham

by Eugenia Bone

Hunger: The Story Of Food, Desire, And Ambition
by John Delucie

Au Revoir To All That: Food Wine and the End of France
by Michael Steinberger



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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


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