There's an article in today's New York Times about anger over bear bile farming in China and the growing animal rights movement in that country. Bear bile is an ingredient in some Chinese medicine, and the methods for collecting it from bears held in captive is seen by many as animal cruelty. Listen to Leonard's 2012 interview with Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, discussing bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts and the documentary "Cages of Shame."
4 to 6 servings
Asparagus usually makes its first appearance at the Union Square Greenmarket in late April, at which point Danny Meyer’s family embarks on an almost nightly celebration until the season ends about two months later. This simple asparagus gratin is a favorite in the Meyer household—it goes well with everything, especially grilled veal chops, salmon, chicken, or steak.
A vanilla-flavored Italian custard made with buttermilk for a slightly tangy flavor, and a sweet, tart rhubarb and strawberry compote. The compote can also be served with yogurt or ice cream.
Try this delicious fried chicken at home. What distinguishes it is the crunch from two ingredients—Japanese panko bread crumbs and graham cracker crumbs.
Thinly sliced Korean barbecue piled into lettuce wraps and served with fresh and pickled vegetables. Make it at home!
Try Mark Bittman's recipe for breakfast grains. You can you rice, quinoa, and the old standard—oats.
Mark Bittman's take on eggplant Parmesan that's delicious without the cheese.
Mark Bittman adds chickpeas to classic ratatouille to create a hearty main dish (vegan) meal.
Pioneering director William Friedkin was a guest on the show May 1, with guest host Anna Sale. He pointed out that on May 1, 1941, Orson Welles' masterpiece "Citizen Kane" opened. It's the film that made Friedkin want to become a filmmaker. He shared a few of his favorite things with us while he was here.
Jim Parsons was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Sheldon Cooper in the hit TV series "The Big Bang Theory" and his role in the upcoming HBO version of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently.