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December 2009


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Kitchen competitors
Long before Iron Chef there were plenty of kitchen competitors. Writer Andrew Friedman took a year to go behind the scenes at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or, a serious international competition since 1987. But, we'll also look at how to tame your cooking nerves by creating a supper club. Rozanne Gold takes on the challenge of getting teens into healthy kitchens with her new book, "Eat Fresh Food Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs." We'll also find you an online nonna to cook with and a mother passes down a treasured quince jam recipe to her son. Plus, beer isn't just for drinking anymore just ask John Schlimm about its role in a recipe. And much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Asian Grilled Vegetables

This week's featured books:

Knives at Dawn
by Andrew Friedman

Forking Fantastic
by Zora O'Neill and Tamara Reynolds

Eat Fresh Food Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
by Rozanne Gold

Beer Lover's Cookbook
by John Schlimm

The Modern Baker
by Nick Malgieri

Eat Shrink and Be Merry
by Janet and Greta Podleski

Party Drinks! 50 Classic Cocktails and Lively Libations and Good Spririts
by A.J. Rathbun



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Cooking the cookbooks
Just about everyone has a cookbook in their kitchen. And if you are like Chef Jim Coleman, you might have a collection of thousands! On today's show we're cooking the books, so to speak. The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik stops by to talk about his recent essay, "What's in a Recipe?" The woman whose cookbooks have inspired many to cook Italian, Lidia Bastianch, reveals the power of the Sunday Supper. Later, Rose Levy Beranbaum goes from the cake bible to heavenly cakes. We'll also celebrate Channukah with Joan Nathan. Plus Arthur Schwartz stops by to put some Italian flavor on the holiday table and we'll have some organic cocktails to shake up the holidays. Plus much more.

Photo Credit: The New Yorker magazine.

This week's featured recipes:
Potato Pancakes (Latkes) for Hannukah

This week's featured books:

Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
by Adam Gopnik

Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy
by Lidia Bastianich

Rose's Heavenly Cakes
by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Organic, Shaken and Stirred
by Paul Abercrombie

Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again
by Lisa Schroeder

Jewish Holiday Cookbook" and "The New American Cooking
by Joan Nathan

The Southern Italian Table
by Arthur Schwartz



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Getting ready for the final push of the holiday season
We are well into the holiday season. How are you holding up? Has the grinch gotten to you yet? On today's show we're getting ready for the final push of the season. "Simple Stunnng Wedding" creator and renown event and party planner, Karen Bussen, stops by to take the fear out of entertaining. Then, an intimate look at one family's Italian tradition of the seven fishes. We'll get the history and recipes of Charles Dickens' Christmas, some alternatives to New Year's Eve at Times Square as well as enjoy a cheese tasting. Finally, music critic Tom Moon suggests a playlist to bring the holidays to a relaxing end. And more!

Caption: Did you know Philadelphia is home to the world's only full-size statue of that great literary craftsman, Mr. Charles Dickens?

This week's featured recipe:
Baked Crab, Brie, and Artichoke Dip

The beer that was mentioned as a great gift in the interview with Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune authors of The Naked Pint is called DeuS Les Brut de Flanders.

Tom Moon's Holiday Playlist:
Chilling After Holiday Party

Kenny Burrell: Away in a Manger
Oscar Peterson: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio (from Jingle all the Way)
Charlie Byrd: Do You Hear What I Hear
Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

This week's featured books:

Simple Stunning Parties at Home: Recipes, Ideas, and Inspirations for Creative Entertaining
by Karen Bussen

Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds and Attytudes
by Lorraine Ranalli

The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide To Craft Beer
by Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune

Starting with Ingredients" and "Starting with Ingredients: Baking: Quintessential Recipes for the Way We Really Bake
by Aliza Green

Mike Colameco's Food Lover's Guide to New York City
by Mike Colameco

A Christmas Dinner: A Story by Charles Dickens
Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
Recipes by Alice Ross
Illustrations by Sharon Stein

The Cheese Chronicles
by Liz Thorpe

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die
by Tom Moon


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