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July 2010


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Fourth of July
It's time for Stars and Stripes, fireworks and a good ol' summer picnic. Bobby Flay weighs in on what makes a burger a burger...for him! We'll also hear about a festive Latin picnic, and take a look back to the days when the flag had only 38 stars. Plus, we'll take a look at the many influences in Soul Food, discover a unique camp for adults and much more.

Photo by Flickr user Sean Dreilinger

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Fred Harvey Recipes
Potato Usage Guide

This week's featured recipe:
Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese and Stilton

This week's featured books:

Appetite for America
by Steven Fried

The Conscious Kitchen
by Alexandra Zissu

Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes
by Bobby Flay

Hog and Hominy
by Frederick Douglass Opie



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Escape Show
We all need an escape sometimes...especially from the office cubicle. Lidia Bastianich explores Liguria, one of the lesser known regions of Italy. We'll also discover a "new" region in France and some tastes of Brazil. Later, we'll get a lesson in cooking fish and some tips for using the work. Plus, the history of immigrant foods in New York and much more.

Photo by Flickr user Robert in Toronto

Tips for using the wok

This week's featured recipes:
Grilled Mahi Mahi, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette
Stir-fry Linguini with Beef, Tomatoes and Broccoli

This week's featured books:

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy
by Lidia Bastianich

The Brazilian Kitchen, 100 Classic and Contemporary Recipes for the Home Cook
by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz

Stir-Frying to the Skyas Edge
by Grace Young

Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life
by Angela Miller

The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends
by Maureen Petrosky

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families
by Jane Ziegelman


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Food and Art
Are Chef's journeymen or artists? We'll examine that question and take a look at food's role in the arts....from literature and painting to music and even philosophy. A scholar of ancient Rome reveals influences we see today. Meet the Martha Stewart of the Victorian age, and a chef who is being touted as POST post modern. Also, the English language has more synonyms for being inebriated than you can imagine! Later, we'll take a look at a program that teaches art history through cooking. Finally, a look at soda consumption and some healthy alternatives. And much more!

Special Links:
Interested in Moretum, the poem Cam Grey mentioned? It's part of what we call the Pseudo-Vergilian corpus or Appendix Vergiliana, that is poems written in the style of the Latin poet Vergil (or Virgil), but not actually by him. You can view the poem in both Latin and English.

National Constitution Center's Ancient Rome and America Exhibit

Chef Halpern's Marigold Kitchen

This week's featured recipes:
Hot or chilled healthy spiced punch

This week's featured books:

Drunk: The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary
by Paul Dickson


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Competition Show
Food fight...no not really! But we are taking a look at competition in the kitchen. We'll visit with a physician who took his hobby cooking to the finals in a recipe contest. Then visit with a sociologist who has some insight into those family kitchen squabbles. Later in the show we'll meet 26 unusual characters... they all came from tossed away grocery lists and one woman's imagination. Serve up Jim Coleman's favorite mackerel recipe and discover why it is the most ecologically sound fish to serve. Also sommelier Marnie Old and brewmaster Sam Calgione on why "He Said Beer; She Said Wine" and how to change up those beverage pairings. The world's largest fishcake, plus much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Maple Basted Grilled Mackerel

This week's featured books:

He Said Beer; She Said Wine
by Marnie Old and Sam Galagione

Making Up With Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree About Kids, Careers and Casseroles (and What to do About It)
by Julie Halpert and Dr. Deborah Carr


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Spice Necklace
Ah... Imagine island hopping in the Caribbean. That's what Ann Vanderhoof did in a 42 foot sail boat, not once but twice! We'll also get the history of a treasured spice, nutmeg. Later, we go from the exotic to the mundane... celery. But, it may be more than an addition to potato salad or a garnish on a Bloody Mary. Then cake and comfort take center stage in memoir by Kate Moses. Later, what's eating you? We'll take a look at worry and foods that can help. Plus, gluten free baking... it is possible.

Photo by Flickr User shaggyshoo / CC BY-NC 2.0

Special Link:
William Snyder's Wall Street Journal article on celery

This week's featured recipes:
Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

This week's featured books:

The Taste of Conquest
by Michael Krondl

The Spice Necklace
by Ann Vanderhoof

I Love Crabcakes
by Tom Douglas

Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental & Physical Health
by Karol Ward

Cakewalk: A Memoir
by Kate Moses

Easy Gluten-Free Baking
by Elizabeth Barbone


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