Episodes by year

This week we're looking at why we find things pleasurable with Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works, The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Orange Inn in Laguna Beach, CA, and tea authority Bill Waddington introduces to the first brand-new strain of tea ever developed, Ruby 18.

Saturday, January 8, 2011Saturday, December 31, 2011

British food writer Nigel Slater, author of Tender, joins us with his take on the holiday meal; Edward Behr has a new book, The Art of Eating Cookbook; and Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Soda, brings some non-alcoholic suggestions for the holiday.

Saturday, December 24, 2011Saturday, December 29, 2012

Childhood nostalgia comes full circle with pastry chef Christina Tosi and her new book, Momofuku Milk Bar. Food Stylist Annie Rigg joins us with her charmingly British take on homemade gifts. Her book is Gifts From the Kitchen. John Moe takes on techy food gifts. And Jane and Michael Stern have declared Los Angeles as the best city for 24-hour eating.

Saturday, December 17, 2011Saturday, December 15, 2012

This week, Markus Bachmann of Sonor Wines explains how he uses music in the fermenting process. We talk to Stephanie Pierson, author of The Brisket Book; we visit a beer stock exchange in Washington, D.C.; and Jane and Michael Stern head to Lafayette, La.

Saturday, December 10, 2011Saturday, December 1, 2012

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 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

It is time for our annual "get ready for the feast" broadcast with chef Richard Hetzler of The Smithsonian's Mitsitam Café in the National Museum of the American Indian. Wine writer, Heather John Fogarty gives us a little guidance on wine for the holiday table and Jennifer McLagan author of Odd Bits, brings us advice on giblets and other parts of our turkey. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic, Iowa.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

This week chef and journalist, Michael Ruhlman joins us with his new book Ruhlman's Twenty, 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto. Jane and Michael Stern are at Steve's Pig and Ox Roast in Lackawanna, N.Y., and Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good Uncomplicated Food for the Sustainable Kitchen brings us the latest in vegetable cookery from the British Isles.

Saturday, November 12, 2011Saturday, November 24, 2012

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

British chef and maverick, Stefan Gates plays with his food and brings glow-in-the-dark jello to parties. Gates teaches us the art of the interactive meal with his new book, The Extraordinary Cookbook: How to Make Meals Your Friends Will Never Forget.

Mexican chef, Pati Jinich, host of PBS's "Pati's Mexican Table" shares the traditional celebration of The Day of the Dead. Roadfood experts, Jane and Michael Stern bring us a Chicago classic from Hot Doug's Encased Meat Emporium. And, from the darkside, Joel Levy covers poison from his book Poison: A Social History.

Saturday, October 29, 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

New York Times columnist Melissa Clark brings us new ideas for fall vegetables from her book Cook This Now. Also, the appetites of insects with Marlene Zuk, author of Sex on Six Legs. And Jane and Michael Stern have found the pinnacle of cafe coffee in Iowa.

Saturday, October 15, 2011Saturday, October 13, 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 are having a conversation with the original star chef, Jacques Pepin, we talk to Ina Lipkowitz, author of Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language, and we turn to Indian chef Vikas Khanna to learn about his culinary and broadcast journey in India.

Saturday, October 1, 2011Saturday, September 29, 2012Friday, November 14, 2014

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

Award-winning writer Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table, teaches us the French way with beef stews and Lynne shares her favorite tomatoes. Janet Hurst brings her take on homemade cheese, Jane and Michael Stern are eating famous Rhode Island chicken dinners, and we turn to pasta with Domenica Marchetti, author of The Glorious Pasta of Italy.

Saturday, September 17, 2011Saturday, September 8, 2012

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

This week, we meet up with celebrity chef Silvena Rowe, author of Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume. Jane and Michael Stern have uncovered the West Indies Salad, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi plays Stump the Cook.

Saturday, September 3, 2011Saturday, September 1, 2012Friday, September 27, 2013

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

We look at the surprising politics of Florida's winter tomatoes with investigative journalist Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland. Jane and Michael Stern take on the South's favorite cocktail accompaniment, pimento cheese. And Francis Lam, the features editor at Gilt Taste, joins Lynne to talk about how to do great things with what we usually throw out.

Saturday, August 20, 2011Saturday, August 4, 2012

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

This week we're cooling off with homemade ice cream from ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, shares her recipe for cool Vietnamese noodle salads. Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, talks about the ways in which food is used as a political tool from the story "Eat, Drink, Protest,"  which appeared in Foreign Policy's food issue (Glasser is now editor of Politico). The Wall Street Journal's Katy McLaughlin explains her story on edible fashionJane and Michael Stern visit Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana.


Saturday, August 6, 2011Saturday, July 21, 2012Friday, August 29, 2014

This week, we're looking at home brewing with William Bostwick. Also: Japanese grilling with Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, grilling wines with Ray Isle, and we go into the world of a flavor scientist.

Saturday, July 30, 2011Saturday, July 14, 2012

We look at the rebirth of Spanish food post-Franco with culinary historian Claudia Roden, author of The Food of Spain. Jane and Michael Stern are at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio. Restaurateur Andy Ricker of Pok Pok introduces us to Asian drinking vinegars.

Saturday, July 23, 2011Saturday, July 7, 2012

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

This week, we're hunting and gathering at water's edge with Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook. Also, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson brings us his favorite bottles to sip with hot dogs, and Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life tells us how to get the most from the season's fresh cherries.

Saturday, July 2, 2011Saturday, June 30, 2012

This week Lynne plays Stump the Cook with chef Mario Batali. Authors Mike Faverman and Pat Mac take on dining in the great outdoors with their book Ultimate Camp Cooking. And Jane and Michael Stern have tracked down the very best in corned beef hash.

Saturday, June 25, 2011Saturday, June 2, 2012Saturday, July 6, 2013

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

Food writer Melissa Clark has some ideas about what to pack for a picnic. Singer Sheryl Crow brings her new book, If It Makes You Healthy. Jane and Michael Stern collect their timeless roadfood finds, and we check in with the boys behind The Dinner Party.

Saturday, June 11, 2011Saturday, June 16, 2012

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 is out of the studio and into the world of honey bees with researcher Marla Spivak. Travel + Leisure Magazine's Peter Jon Lindberg has unearthed good food in unlikely places, and British horticulturalist Jekka McVicar brings us her pick of unusual culinary herbs to grow in your back yard.

Saturday, May 28, 2011Saturday, May 12, 2012

Chef Roberto Santibañez, author of Truly Mexican, introduces us to the Mexican world of pipianes. Sally Schneider discusses her short list of favorite blogs, and Jane and Michael Stern have found first-rate Mexican food at a gas station in Dallas.

Saturday, May 21, 2011Saturday, May 26, 2012

This week historian John T Edge tells us about his on-going reporting for the New York Times called United Tastes, Jane and Michael Stern have found the ultimate hangover cure in New Orleans, a dish called Ya-Ka Mein. We meet a PHD candidate studying "coziness" 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 14, 2011

This week, we meet Britain's latest culinary phenomenon, columnist and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, author of the vegetarian best-seller Plenty: Vibrant Dishes from London's Ottolenghi. Jane and Michael Stern are taking on a classic: a fish boil in Door County, Wis. Food & Wine Magazine's Ray Isle explains the beauty of wine blends, and we meet a historian who has put together the first African-American heritage seed collection.

Saturday, May 7, 2011Saturday, April 28, 2012

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

Dan Buettner, author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, tells us about the significance of the shared meal among the world's happiest people. Jane and Michael Stern are tracking down the very best in deli rye and we talk to Dana Bowen about celebrating Easter in Sicily.

Saturday, April 23, 2011Friday, April 18, 2014

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 go into the kitchen of Somali chef Jamal Hashi. John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, looks at the world of culinary apps. And Jane and Michael Stern take us to New Jersey for pork rolls.

Saturday, April 9, 2011Saturday, April 7, 2012

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, Ruth Reichl takes a look back at Britain's culinary groundbreaker Elizabeth David. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Southern Kitchen in New Market, Va., and our wine guy Joshua Wesson brings his short list of wines that are sure to become your BFFs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011Saturday, March 24, 2012

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

Chef Scott Peacock joins us this week with his series The Alabama Project, conversations with some of Alabama's oldest residents. Jane and Michael Stern are at Du-par's in Los Angeles, Fred Plotkin reports on the 150th anniversary of the Republic of Italy and we get a quick primer on sugaring from Tim Herd, author of Maple Sugar from Sap to Syrup.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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

This week, we meet up with chef Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter. Jane and Michael Stern are eating at Flip's BBQ in Wilmington, N.C. We learn to corn our own beef, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, with John Kowalski of the Culinary Institute of America. And veterinarian Gary Weitzman, author of The Art Of Charcuterie and animal adviser for WAMU's The Animal House, tells us what we really need to be feeding our pets.

Saturday, February 26, 2011Saturday, February 25, 2012

We look at the food life of Thailand with David Thompson, author of Thai Street Food. Then, it's the mysterious eel with James Prosek, author of Eels, An Exploration, From New Zealand To The Saragasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish. And Gilt Taste's Francis Lam teaches us to make Ginger Milk Pudding.

Saturday, February 19, 2011Saturday, February 11, 2012

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, New York Times columnist Matt Gross explains why he has fallen in love with schnapps. We're talking to Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, about our sometimes puzzling relationship with meat. And Diana Henry, author of Plenty, brings us a decidedly British take on leftovers.

Saturday, February 5, 2011Saturday, March 10, 2012

This week, we meet Nordic chef Rene Redzepi, author of Noma, Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine. The Sterns are at Hathaway's Coffee Shop in Cincinnati, and Jenna Woginrich gives advice on raising egg-laying chickens in the city.

Saturday, January 29, 2011Saturday, January 28, 2012

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

Chinese chef Ming Tsai joins us with his Asian-influenced take on one-pot cooking. His book is Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. The Sterns are in Atlanta at Mary Mac's Tea Room, Tom Owen of the coffee website Sweet Maria's shares his guide to home roasting and Harold McGee talks pasta. Plus James Oliver Cury shares highlights from his vintage food- and drink-themed record collection.

Saturday, January 15, 2011Saturday, January 14, 2012Thursday, December 31, 2015

This week we're looking at why we find things pleasurable with Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works, The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Orange Inn in Laguna Beach, CA, and tea authority Bill Waddington introduces to the first brand-new strain of tea ever developed, Ruby 18.

Saturday, January 8, 2011Saturday, December 31, 2011