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October 2009


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TV Celebrity Chefs
TV cooking shows. What's your favorite? On today's show we'll take a look at the evolution of celebrity chefs and food on the tube. We'll talk to historian Kathleen Collins about early shows and what's happening on the screen today. Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio gives us a behind-the-scenes look at this successful reality cooking show. Marcus Samuelsson stops by to talk about a special Swedish custom this time of year - and you'll hear his reluctant singing debut! Also, rating Big Apple eateries, a recipe from Seinfeld's Soup Nazi, and what's Graham Kerr galloping to today? Plus much more.

For more on Gary Vaynerchuk's web wine tastings visit tv.winelibrary.com

This week's featured recipe:
Turkey Chili (From "Sienfield" Soup Nazi)

What's Cooking with LaDeva Davis
Watch clips of What's Cooking with LaDeva Davis. This is the only know footage of show in existence, copied directly from LaDeva's personal vhs tape. The show was produced at this station in 1975. Also, check out LaDeva Davis' Coming of Age story »

Watch this clip of the intro to LaDeva's show »

Watch this clip of LaDeva's finished dish »

Featured Interview
Want to know what goes on behind the scenes of the cooking reality show, Top Chef? Listen to our interview with Chef Tom Colicchio.

This week's featured books:

by Tom Colicchio

Watching What We Eat
by Kathleen Collins

New American Table
by Marcus Sameulsson

101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World
by Gary Vaynerchuk



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The Art of Eatin' Apples
No matter how you slice 'em it's the time of year to enjoy apples! On today's show we take a bit out of fall and get an in-depth look at the art of eating an apple. And if you want to get the most of out of your grill before the winter hits - try breakfast. Then we take a look at a museum exhibit and the history of Chinese Restaurants. Susannah Foo stops by to talk about her Eastern/Western fusion, Corrine Trang gives us tips on rice and we cook with ginseng - it's not just for tea. Plus kids allergies, a singing table and a whiskey consultant.

More information on The Concerto Table

More information on The Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City

This week's featured recipe:
Apple Crisp

This week's featured books:

Tasting Club: 10 Hosting Ideas to Stimulate Your Friends' Palates
by Dina Cheney, Charles Schiller (Photographer)

Grilling: Exciting International Flavors from the World's Premier Culinary College
by Culinary Institute of America, Ben Fink (Photographer)

Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration: New Approaches to Chinese Cuisine
by Susanna Foo, Tina Rupp (Photographer)

Serve It Forth
by M.F.K. Fisher

Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World
by David Taylor

The Asian Grill: Great Recipes, Bold Flavors
by Corinne Trang

Kid Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes That Are: Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Low in Sugar
by Leslie Hammond, Lynne Marie Rominger, (Foreword by Kevin A. Tracy)



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Favorite foods from childhood
Even though I've had the opportunity to travel the globe and to try all manner of foods... it's always the dishes from my childhood that really satisfy - ah, banana pudding and fried chicken! John T. Edge recalls the donuts of his youth then we turn to a food memoir about Dirty Sugar Cookies. But what ever it is that you love, wouldn't you like to be able to make it faster? The author of Homemade In Hurry speeds you up. And if cleaning the kitchen is a drag, get some tips from The Accidental Housewife. Plus Niman Ranch, sausage and some nutritional advice on transfats.

This week's featured recipes:
Buttermilk Doughnuts
My Grandma's Mac and Cheese from Endangered Recipes by Lari Robling

This week's featured books:

Delilah's Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking with Style
by Delilah Winder

The Wine Club
by Maureen Petrosky

Endangered Recipes: Too Good to Be Forgotten
by Lari Robling

Life Death and Bialys
by Dylan Schaffer

Donuts: An American Passion
by John T. Edge

Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste
by Ayun Halliday

Homemade in a Hurry
by Andrew Schloss, (Foreword by Mario Batali)

Kitchen Sense: More than 600 Recipes to Make You a Great Home Cook
by Mitchell Davis

Get the Trans Fat out: 601 Simple Ways to Cut the Trans Fat out of Any Diet
by Suzanne Havala Hobbs

Accidental Housewife: How to Overcome Housekeeping Hysteria One Task at a Time
by Julie Edelman



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The dark side of food
It's almost Halloween, so let's go into the dark side of food. We'll discover common frauds from the past, plus some concerns for today. The creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles talks about her latest venture into the world of fairies. Sharon Bowers gives us ghoulish goodies. And what's Halloween without a murder mystery? We've got one one plotted in a vineyard! Plus, managing diabetes, the history of Betty Crocker and Halloween treats for kids with braces. and some not so scary advice for parents.

This week's featured recipe:
Roasted Monkfish

This week's featured books:

Spiderwick Chronicles
by Holly Black

You Don't Have to Be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook
by Tom Valenti

Ghoulish Goodies
by Sharon Bowers

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud From Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
by Bee Wilson

Finding Betty Crocker
by Susan Marks

The Bordeaux Betrayal
by Ellen Crosby

Eat This Not That! for Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!
by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding



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A little taste of history
Did you know Philadelphia was considered the most cosmopolitan of cities in the 18th century? We'll talk to Chef Walter Staib about his new TV series, A Taste of History. We'll also discover the great lost pastrami and go shopping for antique toasters. And while we are talking history, let's consider the tall tales and historical matter of moonshine. Later, fine dining in a toaster oven restaurant - no molecular gastronomy here! Also, some surprising news... at least to men... about women, water, and sex. Plus much more.

Caption: Chef Walter Staib

This week's featured recipe:
Chicken & Roasted Vegetable "Fantastic Toaster Oven" Quesadillas

This week's featured books:

City Tavern Cookbook
by Walter Staib

The Gastronomy of Marriage
by Michelle Maisto

by Matt Rowley



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