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April 2010


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Midnight snack attack
Picture this... it's after midnight, you can't sleep and the refrigerator is calling. Or, like many chefs, you've just finished a long shift at work and deserve some down time before hitting the hay. I asked a lot of my colleagues just that — what do you enjoy eating in those wee hours of the morning — what's your favorite midnight snack? Some folks might surprise you! We'll also talk with Corrine Trang about Asian noodle recipes — good for any time of the day. Plus, the history of one of our favorite snacks, the potato chip. Later, artisan cheese from Vermont, and cuisine from the land of the midnight sun. And, a nutritionist weighs in on the midnight snack habit and you'll be surprised to hear what she has to say.

Credit: "Midnight snacking...Nigella Lawson style..." photo by flickr user myDefinition

This week's featured recipe:
Strawberry Ice Cream

This week's featured books:

Noodles Every Day: Delicious Recipes From Ramen to Rice Sticks
by Corrine Trang

Six Hundred and Sixty Curries
by Raghavan Iyer

Crunch: the History of the Great American Potato Chip
by Dick Birhans

The Widow Clicquot
by Tilar Mazzeo

The Foie Gras Wars
by Mark Caro

Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
by Jeff Roberts

All Heart Family Cookbook
by Suzanne Banfield and Kathy Kastan

Kitchen of Light
by Andreas Viestad



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All about authenticity
Today we're all about authenticity... and maybe taking a few liberties with tradition! Cleveland's top chef, Michael Symon, puts a cheeky twist on pierogies. Plus, we'll debunk some myths about George Washington Carver. Later, Michael Gelb on Plato, Socrates, wine and creativity. Plus an authentic taste of Ukranian cuisine in Manhattan, tasting tea and the story of a unique seed saver.

Caption: Chef Michael Symon

This week's featured recipe:
Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Wings with Peanuts

This week's featured books:

Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen
by Michael Symon

The Veselka Cookbook Recipes and stories from the landmark restaurant in New York's East Village
by Tom Birchard

Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter
by Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein

Carver: A Great Soul
by Peter Duncan Burchard

The Harney and Son's Guide to Tea
by Michael Harney

Where Our Food Comes From - Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine
by Gary Paul Nabhan

Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices
by Michael Gelb



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Earth Day show
Earth Day is celebrating its fourth decade. We've come a long way from the first Earth Shoes and preventing litter! On today's show we're all about being green - starting with a picnic. We'll also visit with a chef from Denmark and discover the Danish take on the Slow Food Movement. Also, there's a pending water crisis — don't take that faucet for granted. And, find out how retracing Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle is teaching us about olfactory perception. Plus, a cheese-lover and her cheese blog.

This week's featured recipe:
Graham Crusted Rainbow Trout

This week's featured books:

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

Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It
by Robert Glennon

The Scandinavian Cookbook
by Trina Hahnemann



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This week on A Chef's Table...
Some history with
a side of food

Do you enjoy a little history served up with your food? Today, we'll re-discover Fred Harvey, the 19th century man who paved the way for westward expansion one meal at a time. Then we'll go from real-life to song and dance in the movies with Judy Garland in The Harvey Girls. Also, saving a great Jewish American tradition—the deli. Later, a look at our foodways during the Great Depression, plus meet The Farmerettes, and much more.

Caption: Restauranteur Fred Harvey

This week's featured recipe:
California Meatloaf

John Johnson's movie recommendation
Love Me Tonight with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald

Want to learn more about the "farmerettes"? Check out Elaine Weiss' book Fruits of Victory, which contains historic pictures, first-person narratives, even songs—and yes, Land Army recipes!

This week's featured books:

Fruits of Victory
by Elaine Weiss

Grow Great Grub
by Gayla Trail

Appetite for America
by Stephen Fried

The Texas Cowboy Cookbook
by Robb Walsh

Save the Deli
by David Sax

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



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