Whether you sit down to an elaborate meal at a restaurant, or eat a bowl of cereal standing over the sink, there's so much that goes into what and how we eat. Today, we'll look at ingredients, techniques....even a waiter's rant (plus a few from customers). Then, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out we've got an obesity problem. A behavioral psychologist says to eat like our ancestors.
Food is all encompassing: how we buy it, store it, and celebrate with it. On today's show, we'll look at our relationship to food, from simple bananas to an unusual place to dine where the waiters are visually impaired and you eat in the dark. A cultural psychologist examines how we perceive what's on our plates, and we'll hear about "The Short History of the American Stomach". And, if you think you'd like to win the Pillsbury Bake-off contest, hear how one woman took the prize.
Everyone's talking about the impact of globalization on the economy these days. But what happens when businesses stay small - or go as far as creating their own local economy? Discover a small community working to keep their dollars circulating within. Wendy Born, co-owner of Metropolitan Bakery, also reveals today's small-business challenges. Then, legendary chef Mark Vetri stops by to take us on his culinary journey.
Etiquette and eating. Everybody always has questions and on today's show we'll try get some answers as well as a little etiquette history. We'll also find out what happens when things go wrong in "Dinner Disasters." Then travel around the world with dumplings. But we won't stop there. Our journey continues along the spice trail of the Indian Ocean.
Well, we're almost at holiday lift off! Whether you have a lot left to do, or are ready to sit by the fireside and enjoy yourself, today's show will get you in the mood. The Barefoot Contessa stops by to simplify our entertaining. Sam Choy gives the holiday a little Hawaiian twist, and Murray's Cheese gives us a slice of cheese wisdom. Eco-friendly wrapping, Darina Allen's Christmas goose, plus Graham Kerr on outdulgences and more.
No doubt you are in the throws of the holiday entertaining. Want to make your life a little easier? Make a cheese platter! Terrance Brennan stops by to offer some tips. Later we hear about Chinatown's dim sum and Corrine Trang offers curries from around the world. The Registered Dietician known as the "digestive diva" helps us with some common tummy troubles. For our holiday story, the son of a famous writer reveals how he left a life of privilege and learned how to be happy. Plus, visit Shelburne Farms, discover the world of flexitarianism and tips for cooking for a crowd.
Everyone's favorite word is "YES!" But today's show is all about NO - what not to do. You know, all the things you've been told were oh so wrong - like cheese with fish, using a dull knife, and starting that shrimp sear in a cold pan. We'll also take a look at that very dubious food product, SPAM. And, discover a new way perfume is being used in restaurants.
Women are making a mark in the culinary arts. So, since March is Women's History Month, we'll highlight some of these women and their contributions. Of course, when you think women and food, Julia Child comes to mind. We'll talk to Julia's long-time editor and her nephew about her career and success on TV. Then, Rozanne Gold was the first chef at Mayor Koch's Gracie Mansion in the 70s.
Everyone's favorite word is "YES!" But today's show is all about "NO" - what not to do. You know, all the things you've been told were oh, so wrong... like cheese with fish, using a dull knife, and starting that shrimp sear in a cold pan. We'll also take a look at that very dubious food product, SPAM. And we'll discover a new way perfume is being used in restaurants.
What's your obsession? For some it's career; others have an insatiable curiosity, and some just can't stop thinking about their favorite dish. We'll discover some interesting stories that might not be true obsessions but sure come close! Farmer Jon gives us the real dirt on making a life on a farm.
Thinking of a career change? Does restaurant work comes to mind? We'll talk to chef Eric Ripert, about what it takes to be at the top of the profession. We'll also visit with a husband and wife who work together on a bagel truck. Then, Terrance Sullivan from Sierra Nevada reveals his career path to craft brewer and Nora Shultz discusses how she began her line of Naturally Nora Baking Mixes.
When you think of Korean food, you probably think, "kimchee." But this is a cuisine with many different dishes and ingredients. During this hour we'll explore the many facets of Korean cooking. Chef Jim Coleman also discovers an Irish-American pub that showcases both traditional Irish foods and the modern dishes that are a result of the new prosperity on the Emerald Isle. Mr. Cutlets returns to tell us about an unusual mutton dish, and our nutritionist gives us some skin-care advice for the summer months.
Some call it the difference between Venice and Mars. For one married man, it's all about sex, love, and dirty dishes. We're having some fun with the battle of the sexes. We'll visit with the author of Husbandry, and Judith Jones weighs in on men in the kitchen. Plus, where would the martini be without it? How would you pass hors douvres? Every diner in America offers them at the cash register -we'll hear about the history of the toothpick.
Some worthy things just have a bad reputation. On today's show we re-evaluate bad reputation stories: pig pens are a mess; tequila gives you a killer hangover; and tofu tastes like nothing. Often, you can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. For instance, Sy Montgomery talks about her amazing pet pig. Mr. Cutlets talks about a pig of a whole other kind - a smuggled ham.
Food is all about the familiarity of home and also new discoveries when we travel. On today's show, we talk about the foods we know - and the ones we want to! Biba Gaggiano reflects on her favorite cities: Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice, and Milan. We'll learn the history of Tex Mex cuisine, and a transplanted Brit discovers foods across the US. Frank Stitt offers a look at his native Alabama, while Amy Sedaris recalls growing up in North Carolina and Southern hospitality.
Let's take a little trip into past. On today's show, we'll revisit some favorite interviews. Remember Molto Mario when he had just one little restaurant in Greenwich Village? We'll hear some early Rachel Ray, plus chat with Jeramiah Tower and Rozanne Gold. Also, recalling a trip to Italy, Annemarie Colbin begins our 10-year love affair with food and aphrodisiacs, Nora Ephron on aging, and more.
Depending on where you live and the weather, it's Cherry Blossom Festival time - a good time to focus on Japanese culture. We begin in a Japanese home kitchen with Elizabeth Andoh, author of Washoku. Then it's off to Tokyo, a city that offers some of the most unexpected sights, from a woman dressed in a kimono buying a burger at McDonald's to lavish department stores. Chef's Table correspondent Scott Haas takes us tableside in one of Tokyo's restaurants.
What dishes HAVE to be on the holiday table? There are some flavors that are so much a part of our holiday spirit they have come to define us. For playwright Eduardo Machado, it's Cuban Roast Pork. For Michelle Bernstein it's a family chicken soup recipe...from Argentina. We'll also discover some slightly unusual holiday beer traditions. And for some, it isn't the holidays without uncorking champagne.
No question beef is an iconic American food - from big burgers to thick, luscious steaks. How did we go from the cattle drive of the West to corn fed agribusiness, and now back again to the resurgence of grass fed? In her book, Raising Steaks, food writer Betty Fussel takes us through the history of American beef. Later, Jennifer McLagan helps us "chew the fat" about beef fat - and what she has to say will surprise you.
Passover and Easter are coming up. On today's show, finally learn how to prepare the perfect hard-boiled egg! The author of What Einstein Told His Cook 2 provides the scientific secret. Discover how one Jewish family kept Passover traditions in rural Scotland and then journey to the land of olive oil and honey for a taste of foods of biblical times. Then, find out how a millionaire built a town out of chocolate and left a legacy for troubled youth.