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August 2009


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The movie Julie and Julia is coming out, so get ready to get your beef bourguignon on! We'll talk to Julie Powell whose blog about cooking all of Julia Child's seminal work, Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year was inspiration for part of the movie. The other story line is about Julia Child's life in France, before she knew how to cook. Her nephew, Alex Prudhomme, talks about writing Julia's memoir with her. Sara Moulton recalls working on her TV shows and we'll hear about the culinary library that holds Child's papers. Also, Nora Ephron on filmmaking, plus taking a look back at regretable food. Finally, just in time to enjoy your popcorn, nutritional news about butter and much more.

-Check out the Culinary Collection at the the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
-Want to know what Julia saved us from take a tour of the Gallery of Regretable Food.

This week's featured recipe:
Julia Child's Coquilles St. Jacques

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-Watch a clip from Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Stanley Tucci.

WHYY's movie critic Patrick Stoner talks to Meryl Streep about playing Julia Child in Julie and Julia. Watch the interview »

This week's featured books:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
by Julia Child

My Life in France
by Julia Child with Alex Prudhomme

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell

Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows
by Kathleen Collins

by Nora Ephron

Sunday Suppers at Lucques
by Suzanne Goin

The Gallery of Regretable Food
by David Lileks



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The Do Good Show

Caption: Chef Andrea Reusing

Sometimes food is more than a meal... it can be a way to build community or improve life. Today, we'll use food as way to do good - from reducing the carbon footprint of our kitchens to building a charitable business. We'll hear about some pitfalls on the road to starting a philanthropic cookie company. Later, we'll talk to Andrea Reusing - she's earned the title of one of America's best green chefs. And did you know the latest new trend for brides has nothing to do with gowns? It's all about the 100 mile localvore wedding. Plus, the chocolate bar that saved the rainforest and kitchens go green - but we don't mean avocado appliances!

This week's featured recipe:
Individual Chocolate Bread Pudding Cups

Rachel Simon, author of Building a Home with My Husband: A Journey Through the Renovation of Love, and her husband, Hal Dean give their green tips for remodeling kitchens. Check it out »

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Take a trip to the Khaya Cookie factory with A Chef's Table, and check out a few pictures of the bakery.

This week's featured books:

The Art of Simple Food
by Alice Waters

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen-the New Green Basics Way
by Kate Heyhoe

Building a Home with My Husband
by Rachel Simon



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The End of Summer Show
Let's enjoy the last few weeks of summer before September puts us back in high gear. No vacation is complete without a good novel... and we have one that is really percolating. Michael Idov's "Ground Up." We'll learn how to save some of summer's delicious tomatoes for our winter table. Plus ride a bike and learn about the iconic Philly sandwich - all at the same time. Also, an American in Paris, the history of air conditioning, lots of travel tips near or far and much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Whole Wheat Linguini with Tomatoes & Walnut Spinach Pesto

This week's featured books:

A Culinary Traveler in Tuscany
by Beth Elon

Cool Comfort
by Marcia Ackerman

Too Many Tomatoes Cookbook
by Brian Yarvin

The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book
by Carolyn Wyman

Hungry for Paris
by Alec Lobrano

Ground Up
by Michael Idov



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What the nose knows
Ahhh... the smell of freshly cut grass; steak off the grill; and sea breezes. On today's show we find out what the nose knows with Dr. Avery Gilbert. Dr. Nancy Snyderman debunks some medical myths, such as how much water we really need to drink. And, the milennials are here... and buying wine right and left. Find out what makes this marketing group so important. We'll travel to Sri Lanka and learn about curry leaves. Plus prepare a meal kit; the history of chile peppers and much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Oven Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

This week's featured books:

What the Nose Knows:The Science of Scent in Everyday Life
by Avery Gilbert

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

Medical Myths That Can Kill You
by Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Robin To The Rescue: Quick Fix Meals For Delicious Home Cooking
by Robin Miller

The Fine Art Of Sri Lankan Cuisine: Clay Pot Style And Other Methods
by Disna Weerasinghe and Anula Ranaweera

The Taste of Conquest
by Michael Krondl

Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
by Tim Stark

We've Always Had Paris... and Provence
by Patricia Wells and Walter Wells



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What America eats
So, you're on a picnic this weekend. Take a look at the table. We have so many different influences on our cuisine. On today's show we'll take a look at what America eats. Josh Ozersky, our Mr. Cutlets, says there's one food that is categorically American -- the hamburger. And if it is grass fed and raised on the prairie, then even more so! Discover an unpublished WPA project with Pat Willard as she traces the meals and foodways of this writers project. Examining the history of alcohol left us with a question -- what about the music of prohibition?! Elisabeth Perez-Luna talks -- and takes a listen -- with Dr. Guthrie Ramsey. Plus much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Southwestern Turkey Burger

This week's featured books:

The Hamburger
by Josh Ozersky, read more Josh Ozersky at: nymag.com/daily/food/

America Eats

America Eats: On the Road with the WPA
by Pat Willard

America Eats America Eats

Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home
by Lise Funderburg

The Prairie Table Cookbook
by Bill Kurtis

Prairie Girl's Guide to Life
by Jennifer Worick

Drink: A Cultural History of the Alcohol
by Iain Gately

A Short History of the American Stomach
by Fred Kaufman


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