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May 2010


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Quandries, questions and curious solutions to "living green"
It's been said that eating is not only an agricultural act, but also a political one. But it does make sense that how we eat can make a lasting impact on our environment - the problem is figuring out what choices really matter. Paper plates? Organic Vegetables? Bottled Water? This week we examine some choices. From replacing veal with buffalo to entertaining tips that don't fill up the landfill with one-time products, we'll discuss the quandries, questions and curious solutions to "living green." We'll talk to the author of The Ethical Gourmet, discover a winery that composes four-star meals, and talk to the Soup Peddler. Plus much more...

This week's featured recipe:
Sautéed Lamb Scaloppini with Green Peppercorn Minted Jus

This week's featured books:

Ethical Gourmet: How to Enjoy Food That Is Humanely Raised, Sustainable, Nonendangered and That Replenishes the Earth
by Jay Weinstein

The Era of Choice: The Ability to Choose and Its Transformation of Contemporary Life
by Edward C. Rosenthal

Soup Peddler's Slow and Difficult Soups: Recipes and Reveries
by David Ansel, Liza Ferneyhough (Illustrator)

Serve It Forth
by M.F.K. Fisher

Simply Green Parties: Simple and Resourceful Ideas for Throwing the Perfect Celebration, Event or Get-Together
by Danny Seo

Starting with Ingredients: The Quintessential Recipes for the Way We Really Cook
by Aliza Green



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Adventures and journeys with food
It's the time of year to start thinking about getting away. On today's show, we're all about traveling. And food, of course! Some journeys are more about the getting there than the being there, so we'll hear about the adventures of the Lunatic Express. Plus we'll go around the world in 80 dumplings, the ultimate multi-cultural dish. Arthur Schwartz discusses his favorite Italian street foods and we'll also find out how to host a European ham party. Plus, no matter how far you travel from home, usually Mom makes it best, so we'll honor her home cooking.

This week's featured recipe:
Wild Mushroom Enchiladas

This week's featured books:

by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide
by Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt

The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes from Traditional Kitchens
by Arthur Schwartz

The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
by Carl Hoffman

Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story of Passion, Pain and Pasta
by Pino Luongo

Bittersweet: Lessons From My Mother's Kitchen
by Matt McAllester

Italian Food
by Elizabeth David



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Organizing food prep, and some healthy eating tips
We all can use a little spring cleaning and we definitely can use more organization in our lives. On today's show Sara Moulton streamlines family meal preparation. And, got food allergies? Tips for allergy-free baking. Plus, ever buy tofu and never cook it? We've got easy ways to add this ingredient to your healthy eating. Later, effortless bread from Sullivan Street's Jim Lahey and fun picnic ideas.

Caption: Chef Sara Moulton

This week's featured recipe:
Rosemary Bread

This week's featured books:

Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners
by Sara Moulton

by James Peterson

The Allergen Free Baker's Handbook
by Cybelle Pascal

My Bread
by Jim Lahey

How to Cheat at Organizing: Quick Clutter Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life
by Jeff Bredenberg

Quick Fix Meals
by Robin Miller

Tofu 1-2-3
by Maribeth Abrams



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Life lessons
in food

Chefs look to many people to influence their cuisine, but sometimes the lessons learned at work can extend to their private lives as well. New York Times food writer Kim Severson talks about her memoir and the female food professionals who taught her life lessons. Good news... teens in the kitchen can help the whole family eat more healthfully. Later, we'll talk salt and get some tips to stick to our diets. We'll also learn how to plan a family reunion, discover the perfect way to keep bugs at bay, and much more!

Credit: Flickr user N A I T

This week's featured recipe:
Angel (of a kid) Food Cake

This week's featured books:

Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
by Rozanne Gold

Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life
by Kim Severson

Diet for A Small Planet
by Frances Moore Lappe

Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It
by Anna Lappe



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Living the good life
On today's show, let's examine the good life! Finding the right job is often a key, so we'll talk to Irena Chalmers who knows of 150 jobs for food lovers. Later, a restaurant consultant reveals what it takes to succeed. Ruth Reichl's personal journey on learning how NOT to become her mother — and a few thoughts on mothers and food. Plus being Down Home with the Foodnetworks' Neely family. Later, success in the kitchen is all in the measuring and one woman's love gone wrong... with recipes.

This week's featured recipe:
Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherries

This week's featured books:

Down Home With The Neely's
by Gina and Patrick Neely

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
by Giula Melucci

Food Jobs: Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs For Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers
by Irena Chalmers

Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things you Should Know to Enjoy Wine
by Matt Skinner

Not Becoming My Mother
by Ruth Reichl Paperback version title is: For You Mom, Finally

by Michael Ruhlman

Cooking Know-How
by Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein



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