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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll look at a new edition of The Landmarks of New York, an illustrated collection of some of the city’s 1,200 historic buildings. and we’ll take your calls on your favorites! Actress/singer Andrea Marcovicci on her 25th anniversary at the Oak room! Two-time James Beard Award winner Andrew Carmellini, the chef-owner of the restaurants Locanda Verde and The Dutch, talks about his new cookbook, American Flavor. Kenneth Branagh discusses playing Sir Laurence Olivier in the film “My Week With Marilyn.” And, Stephen Merchant, the writer and co-creator of the BBC’s “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras,” tells us about his first ever stand up comedy tour.

The Landmarks of New York

There are so many buildings, bridges, and places to love in this city. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel discusses the definitive resource on the architectural history of New York City, The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated Record of the City's Historic Buildings, Fifth Edition, which documents and illustrates the 1,276 individual landmarks and 102 historic districts that have been given landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission—from colonial farmhouses to Gilded Age mansions to schools and libraries to the city’s soaring skyscrapers.

Tell us what your favorite New York landmark is and why! Leave a comment below.


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Andrea Marcovicci on Her 25 Years in the Oak Room

Singer Andrea Marcovicci discusses her 25th year performing at the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Only the late Bobby Short, who held court at the Cafe Carlyle for over 35 years, had a longer standing engagement in a single venue. Her shows weave together the life stories and memorable songs of golden age performers like Fred Astaire, Mabel Mercer and Ruth Etting in addition to songwriters like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Frank Loesser. Her new show “No Strings” runs through December 30.

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Andrew Carmellini on American Flavor

Andrew Carmellini, two-time James Beard Award winner, acclaimed author of Urban Italian, and executive chef–owner of the New York City restaurants Locanda Verde and The Dutch, talks about the rich and diverse ingredients and cuisines that constitute American flavor. In his new cookbook American Flavor, Carmellini shares the lessons of his culinary life on the road in recipes and stories that get at the soul of how we eat today.


Kenneth Branagh on "My Week with Marilyn"

Actor Kenneth Branagh discusses his career and his role in “My Week with Marilyn,” playing Sir Lawrence Olivier. He was just nominated for a SAG Award this morning for his performance.

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Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant, writer and co-creator of the original, BBC show “The Office” and HBO's “Extras,” with Ricky Gervais, talks about his career and his first-ever stand up tour called “Hello Ladies,” where he discusses his successes and failures in his personal life as well as his ride to professional success. He’s performing at Town Hall December 20-21. Merchant will also discuss his newest project with Ricky Gervais and HBO, the new show “Life's Too Short” featuring Warwick Davis.

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Guest Picks: Andrea Marcovicci

Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci spoke to Leonard Lopate recently to discuss her 25th year performing at the Oak Room, and she also told us what she's been listening to recently.


Guest Picks: Andrew Carmellini

Andrew Carmellini, chef-owner of Locanda Verde and The Dutch, spoke to Leonard Lopate about his most recent cookbook, and he revealed what his favorite comfort food is!


Recipe: Mocha Pudding, from Andrew Carmellini's American Flavor

Bill Cosby was right: kids love chocolate pudding. But why should children have all the fun? This pudding is definitely not for the kiddie table: it’s all grown up, a dark, coffee-infused adult treat. I love coffee in any form. It’s in my blood: my great-grandparents on my dad’s side were in the coffee business back in Livorno, Italy. But coffee desserts? Like caffe mocha, the inspiration for this pudding, that’s a totally American concept. Whatever: everybody will finish their broccoli when this pudding is dessert.

These puddings are great served very cold, with a big scoop of crème fraîche (which cuts the fat a little) or whipped cream (which just amps up the whole fat thing in a pretty amazing way).

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Recipe: Peanut-Butter-Oatmeal-Chocolatechip Cookies, from Andrew Carmellini's American Flavor

A version of the classic after-school recipe—only much, much better.

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Recipe: Slow-Roasted Pork Butt, from Andrew Carmellini's American Flavor

This is a really easy dish, but like the name says, it’s
not fast: you need to start at least one night ahead
of time. If you don’t have any brine hanging around
in your freezer, you’ll need to make that two nights
before you plan on serving the pork. You marinate
the meat overnight, and then on the day you’re going
to serve it, it’s all about slow cooking. The advance
work is worth it, though: the meat comes out soft
and succulent, with a crispy edge and a smoky-sweet
The crucial secret ingredient in this dish, believe it or
not, is fish sauce. You don’t taste it in the dish (don’t
worry—this isn’t fishy pork), but the natural glutamates
in the sauce (the same stuff you find in MSG in
chemical form) really bumps up the flavor.

You can serve the pork as it is, or you can top it with
barbecue sauce (see the one on page 300) or a vinegar
sauce. I like it as a sandwich on a soft roll. It’s
good no matter what.

Pork butt varies in size from 6 to 9 pounds, so your
weight measure may not be exact here, but that’s
OK: you’ll have plenty of paste and rub.

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