Episodes by year

We have some advice for the home cook from chef Thomas Keller—his new book is Ad Hoc at Home. We get advice for throwing a party Southern style from Matt and Ted Lee, authors of Simple, Fresh Southern. Master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum gives us a primer on keeping cakes—her newest book is Rose's Heavenly Cakes. Jane and Michael Stern are at Pico de Gallo in Tucson, AZ.

Friday, December 11, 2009Friday, December 31, 2010

Chef Douglas Rodriguez joins us with a Cuban take on the Christmas feast. The legendary Paula Wolfert joins us with her book Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking. And we have a tale of a childhood gingerbread house gone mad from Augusten Burroughs, author of You'd Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas. Emeril Lagasse brings us holiday recipes inspired by his mother.

Friday, December 18, 2009Saturday, December 25, 2010

This week Nigella Lawson is stopping by with her new book, Nigella Kitchen, Recipes From the Heart of Home. Food & Wine Magazine's Anthony Giglio introduces us to the bubbly wines of Italy. Sally Schneider, creator of The Improvisational Cook is back with her annual list of homemade food gifts and the Sterns are at Garcia's Kitchen in Albuquerque, NM.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Amy Sedaris is stopping by with some gift-giving help from her hilarious book Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. Jane and Michael Stern are at Hartley's Pork Pies in Fall River, Mass., and Mexican cook Fany Gerson introduces us to the unusual sweets of Mexico with her book My Sweet Mexico.

Saturday, December 11, 2010Saturday, December 3, 2011Friday, November 29, 2013

This week it's a look at the Russian tradition of zakuski with Diana Henry, author of Roast Figs Sugar Snow: Winter Food to Warm the Soul. Iconoclast chef David Chang of Momofuku fame joins us with the method behind the madness of his inspired fusion cuisine. Jane and Michael Stern are eating sweets in Salt Lake City's The Lamb, and Food & Wine's Ray Isle joins us with his short list of the bottles every wine lover should taste.

Friday, December 4, 2009Saturday, December 4, 2010Friday, November 28, 2014

This week it's a show of American iconoclasts starting with winemaker Randall Grahm of Boony Doon Vineyard. His latest book is Been Doon So Long, A Randall Grahm Vinthology. We then meet the true originator of the no-knead bread technique, Jim Lehey of New York City's famed Sullivan Street Bakery. His book is My Bread, The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method.

Saturday, November 7, 2009Saturday, November 27, 2010

This week we'll get you ready for the Thanksgiving feast with chef Eric Ripert, author of Avec Eric. Grace Young brings us the very American story of Chinese immigrants in the Mississippi Delta. Her latest book is Stir-Frying To the Sky's Edge. And we get stuffing strategy from the New York Time's Melissa Clark, author of In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We take a look at the specialty coffee movement with Michaele Weissman, author of God in a Cup. Britain's Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good, uncomplicated food for the sustainable kitchen joins us with her take on where to look for flavor inspiration. And Andy Crouch, author of Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries, introduces us to "session beer."

Saturday, November 13, 2010Saturday, November 10, 2012

This week we talk with Mark Bitterman author of Salted, A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes. We get a look at the world of a wine importer—with boutique importer Terry Theise—author of Reading Between the Wines and the Sterns are back in Santa Fe at Bobcat Bite.

Saturday, November 6, 2010Saturday, October 8, 2011

We discuss the cuisine of Portugal with David Leite author of The New Portuguese TableJane and Michael Stern have found stellar Creamed Chipped Beef at The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park, MD, plus we check in with the Hungry Scientist society, and we'll get a few tips for traveling on the cheap from the frugal traveler.

Saturday, October 10, 2009Saturday, October 30, 2010

We're meeting up with Smithsonian Curator of Botany, John Kress, a man devoted to the study of ginger. Jane and Michael Stern are eating low country pizza at The Old Firehouse Restaurant in Hollywood, South Carolina and Joan Nathan, author of Quiches, Kugels and Couscous, brings us a look at Jewish food in France.

Saturday, October 23, 2010Saturday, November 5, 2011

This week we're taking a food lovers tour of Vietnam with Peter Jon Lindberg, Editor-at-Large of Travel & Leisure Magazine. Jane and Michael Stern are at Metompkin Seafood in Mappsville, Virginia, and Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table, joins us with a very French take on the side dish. Also on the show, food in a war zone, a cake for every state in the nation, and Lynne's answers to your kitchen questions.

Saturday, October 16, 2010Saturday, October 22, 2011

This week we have a look at school lunch programs, from a lunch lady's eyes. Our guest is Jean Ronnei of the St. Paul, MN public schools. Mario Batali addresses the issue of family meals, and the Sterns are eating soul food in the Arizona desert at Mrs. White's Golden Rule. Plus, we get a guide to making simple cured meats at home from Karen Solomon author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Other Cooking Projects.

Saturday, October 3, 2009Saturday, October 9, 2010

This week we're talking with Ken Albala author of The Lost Art of Real Cooking. Jane and Michael Stern are eating at Menches Brothers in Uniontown, OH. And Melissa Clark, author of In The Kitchen With a Good Appetite brings us her take on autumn pie-making; plus we'll hear the latest on international tipping from Travel & Leisure's Mark Orwoll.

Saturday, October 2, 2010Saturday, November 26, 2011

This week we're looking at the last of the world's wild food — fish — with Paul Greenberg author of Four Fish. We'll get some outside-of-the-box thinking on how to deal with small kitchen and dining spaces from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small Cool Spaces. And Jane and Michael Stern have found first-rate baked goods at Waves of Grain Bakery in Canon Beach, Oregon.

Saturday, September 25, 2010Saturday, September 24, 2011

This week we get some modern day wine truths from Matt Kramer author of Matt Kramer on Wine. We'll look at some of the world's most bizarrely set restaurants with JD Rinne of Budgettravel.com, we deconstruct and reinvent ratatouille with Gilt Taste's Francis Lam, a botanist breeds a tomato for Lynne, and the Sterns are eating hotdogs at Texas Lunch & Hubba in Port Chester, NY.

Saturday, September 18, 2010Saturday, September 10, 2011

What makes man, man and an ape an ape? According to Richard Wrangham it is not one's ability to fashion tool, but rather the ability to cook. He is the author of Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human. The Sterns are in LA eating a French Dip at its origin, Philippe's French Dip Restaurant, and there is a new movement sweeping across America — group canning sessions.

Saturday, September 26, 2009Saturday, September 11, 2010

We're looking at the art of the Asian pickle with Alex Hozven creator of the Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkely, CA, the Sterns are visiting Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro, KY, Fred Plotkin teaches us how to take an eaters vacation without a rental car, and Amy Stewart author of Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities introduces us to the darker side of Mother Nature.

Saturday, September 12, 2009Saturday, September 4, 2010

This week, we are reintroduced to one of America's greatest tastemakers: Mark Twain. Andrew Beahrs, author of Twain's Feast, joins us. We'll figure out something to do with all that zucchini your friends have been bringing over, and Jane and Michael Stern have found freshly shucked clam pizza at Zuppardi's Apizza in West Haven, Conn.

Saturday, August 28, 2010Saturday, August 18, 2012

We're taking a look at the world of extreme tourism with Chuck Thompson, author of To Hellholes and Back. We also dive into the world of self-publishing with the creators of Canal House Cooking; and Lukas Volger, author of Veggie Burgers Every Which Way shares a few alternatives to processed frozen veggie burgers.

Saturday, August 21, 2010Saturday, August 27, 2011

What does a chef consider the most important tool in the kitchen? Chef and writer Daniel Patterson has a surprising answer for all of those who love to cook. He is the author of Aroma. Jane and Michael Stern are looking at the phenomenon of the "slider" and Elizabeth Karmel author of Soaked, Slathered and Seasonings, fills us in on the latest developments in outdoor grilling.

Saturday, August 15, 2009Saturday, August 14, 2010

This week we have lessons in greening your kitchen with Kate Heyhoe, author of Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen. New York Times columnist Melissa Clark gives us a lesson in blended summer soups, and cheesemonger Steve Jenkins explains the real cost of artisan cheeses. The Sterns are dining at (probably) the best delicatessen in America, and Lynne answers your calls.

Saturday, August 1, 2009Saturday, August 7, 2010

Evan Goldstein author of Daring Pairings joins us with a fresh take on pairing food and wine. Also on the show, a new cooking technique for getting the most from summer vegetables, the trivia challenge, and Lynne's answers to your kitchen questions.

Saturday, July 31, 2010Saturday, August 13, 2011

We meet up with Tom Owens, the founder of the cult-status coffee website Sweet Maria's, journalist John Willoughby introduces us to the allure of dried Persian limes; and the Sterns are eating whitefish livers at Maggie's in Bayfield, WI.

Saturday, July 24, 2010Saturday, July 16, 2011

This week we meet up with the irascible Anthony Bourdain, author of Medium Raw, A Bloody Valentine To The World of Food and The People Who Cook. Jane and Michael Stern are eating boudin sausage at T Boy's Slaughterhouse in Mamon, Louisiana and Indian food authority Julie Sahni brings us the Indian art of the marinade.

Saturday, July 17, 2010Saturday, July 9, 2011

We're in Lynne's kitchen to learn about one of our most elusive immigrant cuisines, that of the Hmong people of Southeast Asia. Our guides are the authors of Cooking From the Heart: the Hmong Kitchen in America. Jane and Michael Stern are eating pancakes near the fountain of youth at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs, FL, and we get the perfect summer sauce from Michael Ruhlman, author of Ratio: The Simple Codes Behiond the Craft of Everyday Cooking.

Saturday, July 11, 2009Saturday, July 10, 2010

We're talking to food activist Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food about the intersection between sustainable foods, and our real life pocketbooks. Jane and Michael Stern have been researching the green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico and we look at the origins of the American potato chip with Dirk Burhans author of Crunch, A History of the Great American Potato Chip.

Saturday, July 18, 2009Saturday, July 3, 2010

We're getting an international take on the grill from the unstoppable Steve Raichlen author of Planet Barbecue, Jane and Michael Stern are at a Seattle classic, 13 Coins, and we learn which beers stole the show with Robin Goldstein author of The Beer Trials.

Saturday, June 26, 2010Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lynne guides us on a tour of resourcefulness of all kinds. British food writer Tamasin Day-Lewis, author of Supper for a Song, shares her rather militant stand on how and why to cook at home, an adoring newlywed finds a cheaper alternative for his bride's breakfast, and we hear the story Remembering Smell —how Bonnie Blodgett's loss of smell changed everything she knew about food and taste. Also on the show, a roundup of indoor composters, the trivia challenge, and Lynne's expert advice on your kitchen conundrums.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Mayo Clinic's Dr. James Levine is convinced that we are moving animals, not sitting animals and that is the key to keeping our weight in check, He is the author of Move A Little, Lose A Lot. The Sterns have met the happy cows behind the divine ice cream at Woodside Farm in Delaware, and we learn the art of the grown-up popsicle from Karen Solomon author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It.

Saturday, June 13, 2009Saturday, June 12, 2010

This week, Lynne guides us through the world of food styling with one of the masters, Delores Custer, author of Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera. Jane and Michael Stern are eating Polish Boys in Cleveland, Food & Wine magazine's Ray Isle has some wine suggestions for summer sipping, Susan Loomis tells us about "pistachio music," Sheila Bowman tells us which seafood to avoid, and as always, Lynne answers your kitchen questions.

Saturday, June 5, 2010Saturday, June 4, 2011

This week, Lynne talks with Ethnobiologist, conservationist and farmer Gary Nabhan about the story of a profound visionary who set out to end famine, and the price he paid. Gary's latest book is Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine. James Villas, the southern gentleman of the food world, stops by to talk about his new book, Pig: King of the Southern Table, Ian Cheney talks about truck farming, the Sterns tell us about Sacramento's Squeeze Inn, and Lynne answers your kitchen questions.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lynne takes us deep into the issues facing independent cheese producers with Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger, A Life on the Wedge. She also discusses local dairies and small-scale farming with Tracey Ryder. Also on the show, the Sterns have found first-rate seafood at Sting Ray's in Cape Charles, VA, Sally Schneider re-uses her kitchen cabinets, and Scott Hule tells us why it's not so bad to break a wineglass. And of course, a healthy dose of Lynne's expert advice on your kitchen questions.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

This week we've a modern wine mystery with Benjamin Wallace author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. Jane and Michael Stern are noshing donuts at Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, TX, Sally Schneider author of The Improvised Life website introduces us to the allure of Orange Flower Water, and David Rosengarten, the man behind the opinionated Rosengarten Report talks about how gazpacho is made on its home turf of Spain.

Saturday, August 30, 2008Saturday, May 15, 2010

This week historian John T. Edge tells the story of Seattle’s obsession with all things teriyaki, Jane and Michael Stern have found the ultimate hangover cure in New Orleans — a dish called Ya-Ka Mein — and we get a take on the 5 Stages of Grief, "pea" grief that it is, from Emily Franklin, author of Too Many Cooks.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

This week, we're talking tradition with one of the last remaining limburger cheese producers; and how to keep Asian culinary traditions at home as well as in the restaurants. Interior designer and author of American Modern, Thomas O'Brien walks us through his vision of what a kitchen should be. Also on the show, The Dinner Party Download guys bring back the ice breaker, The Sterns go back to Milwaukee for some hoppel poppel, and we'll check in with Daniel Delaney, who is discovering the world's best street food, one bite at a time.

Saturday, May 1, 2010Saturday, April 30, 2011

We're pondering the food supply of the future with Raj Patel author of The Value of Nothing, Jane and Michael Stern are at The White Hut in Springfield, MA, and we ask the question – why are there no famous female chefs?

Saturday, April 24, 2010Saturday, April 2, 2011

This week it's Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, Jane and Michael Stern are at M & M Cigar Store in Butte, MT, Michael Ruhlman explains the culinary codes behind every successful recipe. He is the author of Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, and we hear a story of grieving and revival at the farmer's market with Suzanne Pirret, author of The Pleasure is All Mine.

Saturday, April 17, 2010Saturday, May 2, 2009

We're looking at the advent of Chinese food in America with Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey, A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States. Jane and Michael Stern are in North Charleston, South Carolina for low country soul food at Bertha's Kitchen, and Sally Schneider, creator of The Improvised Life website teaches us to improvise with miso.

Saturday, April 10, 2010Saturday, April 16, 2011

This week we're meeting up with one of the world's master blade smiths, Bob Kramer, the Sterns are at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel, CT, and we look at the new world of edible landscapes with Rosalind Creasy, author of Rosalind Creasy's Recipes from the Garden.

Saturday, April 25, 2009Saturday, April 3, 2010

We're looking at Mexican–Jewish food traditions with Chef Patricia Jinich, of PBS's Pati's Mexican Table, New York Time's columnist Melissa Clark introduces us to her very suave and very easy recipe for Shrimp Bisque, Jane and Michael Stern are at Cupcake Royale in Seattle, WA and Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America wants us to consider endangered candy!

Saturday, March 27, 2010Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's a look at America's soul food with Frederick Opie, author of Hog and Hominy, Jane and Michael Stern are getting a two-for-one deal on corned beef at McBob's in Milwaukee, WI, and Food & Wine Magazine's Ray Isle tells us where to look for the best global wine values.

Saturday, March 20, 2010Saturday, April 11, 2009

We're exploring the mind and ethics of the hunter with Steve Rinella, author of American Buffalo, In Search of a Lost Icon, we get advice on kitchen cleanup music with Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die and we meet bean-obsessed Steve Sando, author of Heirloom Beans.

Saturday, March 13, 2010Saturday, March 28, 2009

This week we're getting advice for lubricating the family dinner conversation from Daniel Menaker author of A Good Talk; The Story and Skill of Conversation. Jane and Michael Stern have found Orson Welles sized pies at Royer's Round Top in Texas and we look at the up and coming cheesemakers with James Norton author of The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin.

Saturday, March 6, 2010Saturday, March 5, 2011

We're taking you on an eating trip to Mexico City this week. Lynne and our managing producer, Sally Swift, recently returned from a week of total culinary immersion. We have it all: the tastes, the sounds and the generosity of local experts, including a lesson in authenticity from Diana Kennedy as she opens her Mexican eco house to us. It's an hour you won't want to miss!

Saturday, February 28, 2009Saturday, February 27, 2010

How do restaurateurs get us to eat what they want us eat? We'll find out with William Poundstone author of Pricesless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of it). We'll check-in with the Sterns, who are at The Cove in Crisfield, MD; and we look at the lure of ice fishing with Greg Breining author of A Hard Water World: Ice-Fishing and Why We Do It.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

This week we're being introduced to the lush foods of Senegal with Pierre Thiam, author of Yolele: Recipes from the Heart of Senegal. Jane and Michael Stern are at Sahagún in Portland, OR, and we learn the art of cooking on your car engine with Bill Sheller, author of Manifold Destiny.

Saturday, February 14, 2009Saturday, February 13, 2010

This week we're looking at how other countries deal with their obesity issues with Barry Popkin author of The World is Fat. Jane and Michael Stern are at B & W Bakery in Hackensack, NJ, and we learn about the link between a Korean soap opera and the rise of Korean court food in Asia with Debra Samuels, author of The Korean Table.

Saturday, February 7, 2009Saturday, February 6, 2010

We're looking at the country cooking of Ireland with award-winning writer Colman Andrews. And this week, the Sterns are introducing us to the cousin of the Po'Boy in New Orleans.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

This week we learn the art of cupping with Portland's legendary Stumptown Coffee; Joshua Wesson introduces us to the world's iconic grapes, and we play a round of "Stump the Cook" with Stumpmaster Christopher Kimball of Cook's Illustrated.

Saturday, January 24, 2009Saturday, January 23, 2010

Award winning author Su-Mei Yu introduces us to the ancient Thai tradition of looking at "food as medicine". Her new book is, The Elements of Life, A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living. Jane and Michael Stern are in Tucson at the Tucson Tamale Company and National Geographic's Keith Bellows brings us their list of "food journeys of a lifetime".

Saturday, January 16, 2010Saturday, January 22, 2011

We get a clear-eyed view of the wine world this week with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl author of Drink This: Wine Made Simple. Chef Patrice Olivon introduces us to the gentle art of the soufflé, and Indian food authority Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice explains the Indian art of spice blends.

Saturday, January 9, 2010Saturday, February 12, 2011

This week we meet the woman behind the wine guide considered by most to be the most comprehensive ever published. England's Jancis Robinson, author of The Oxford Companion to Wine. Jane and Michael Stern are visiting Dave's Carry-Out in Charleston, SC, and Gourmet Magazine's John Willoughby introduces us the restaurants of Istanbul.

Saturday, January 10, 2009Saturday, January 2, 2010