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January 2010


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Need some flavor, give it some spice!
It's time to spice things up a bit! On today's Chef's Table we'll follow our own spice trail. We begin with the history of three influential spice cities. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi reveals how to layer lots of flavors. Plus her secrets for staying model thin and still eat those celebrity chef meals. Later, learn how to make amazingly light vegan cupcakes. Discover chocolate with Clay Gordon, and the world's most expensive coffee. And much more!

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This week's featured recipes:
Nasoya "Garlic & Onion" Tofu with Corn, Tortilla Soup
Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk Cheesecake

This week's featured books:

The Taste Of Conquest
by Michael Krondl

Tangy Tart Hot And Sweet
by Padma Lakshmi

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Discover Chocolate: Ultimate Guide To Buying, Tasting, And Enjoying Fine Chocolate
by Clay Gordon

Melissa's Great Book Of Produce: Everything You Need To Know About Fresh Fruits And Vegetables
by Cathy Thomas

In Bad Taste: The Adventures And Science Behind Food Delicacies
by Dr. Massimo Marcone

First Big Crush: The Down And Dirty On Making Great Wine In The Down Under
by Eric Arnold

French Women Don't Diet and French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure
by Mirelle Guiliano

"Everything I Ate
by Tucker Shaw



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How to beat those winter blues
The holiday's are behind us, the bills are coming due and BRRRR, it's cold outside! Could be you have the winter blues. This week on A Chef's Table, we'll talk to a nutritionist about foods to help those down-in-the-dumps symptoms. Then we'll discover some olive oil from sunny Italy and, later, more good ideas from the Mediterranean diet. Plus Andrew Carmellini cooks urban Italian and wines priced to be recession-proof.

This week's featured recipe:
The Best Gnocchi

Caption: Olive tree from Rivida family farm, La Gurra.

Caption: Olive oil out of the olive press.

This week's featured books:

Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food
by Andrew Carmellini

Bottega Favorita
by Frank Stitt

Seasons of Sicily
by Natalia Ravida

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
by Elizabeth Berg

The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
by Nancy Harmon Jenkins



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A fresh start to a New Year
It's a fresh start to a New Year. What do you want to make of it? If learning more about olive oil is on your list, we'll find out how the experts taste and evaluate. And don't call that healthy food "beans"... make it fagioli! Plus, what's the word on Japanese school lunches these days—cute yummy time! Also, an MD weighs in on making healthy changes that work, the Thai approach to food and wellness, and raising children who love to eat everything... including octopus! Finally, get behind the burner.

This week's featured recipes:
Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake

Caption: All pictures are examples of La Carmina's kawaii or cute food from her book Cute Yummy Time.

Find out more about a healthy eating lifestyle:
-A Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure

This week's featured books:

My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything
by Nancy Tringali Piho

Cute Yummy Time
by La Carmina

The Elements of Life
by Su-Mei Yu

The New American Olive Oil
by Fran Gage

Fagioli: the Bean Cuisine of Italy
by Judith Barrett



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Superbowl Show
On today's Chef's Table we've got the winning playbook for a perfect Superbowl party. We'll talk to the Lee Brothers about adding some southern flare to the buffet as well as get some ideas from Gary Vaynerchuk on tailgate wines. Want to stay on the healthy side? Terry Bryant weighs in on some healthy vegan soulfood and we'll also hear from the Eagles nutritionist. Plus, if you don't know a touchdown from a sack... not to worry! The executive editor of epicurious.com offers some safety plays for the buffet. And we'll have Chef Coleman's recipes and menu planner.

Check out Chef Coleman's Super Bowl Timeline.

This week's featured recipes:
Super-Bowl Nachos
Half-time Hummus
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This week's featured books:

Simple Fresh Southern
by Matt and Ted Lee

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine
by Terry Bryant

Stir: Mixing it Up In the Italian Tradition
by Barbara Lynch



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A trip to the farm
On today's show we look back at a trip to Charleston, South Carolina and Anson Mills. Eight years ago, the Mills founder, Glenn Roberts, was trying to save an heirloom rice of the region. Fast forward to today and Carolina Gold rice is thriving and available to the public. We also talk to some farmers and an amateur gardner reveals some highs (and lows).

Caption: Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills, in a field of ripe Carolina Gold Rice near Charleston, South Carolina.

This week's featured recipes:
Nameless Cake
Abraham Lincoln's Scalloped Oysters
Souffled Grits

This week's featured books:

A Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Great American Cooks
by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden
by William Alexander



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