Food Fridays with Leonard Lopate

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Friday, March 01, 2013

For the next 10 weeks, we’re dedicating our Friday shows to all things food. From the kitchen to the school cafeteria to restaurants to the FDA, the series will look at food through a variety of lenses—culinary, social, cultural, political. The series will include interviews with chefs, restaurant critics, food writers, and will include recipes, cooking tips, how-to demonstrations, and discussions on tipping servers, catering, obesity, and lunch at work.

On today’s show, Chef Tom Colicchio and directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson discuss the documentary “A Place at the Table,” about the more than 49 million people who are food insecure in this country. New York magazine’s food critic Adam Platt discusses food trends. Julia Collin Davidson, of America’s Test Kitchen, talks about the DIY Cookbook. Plus Please Explain is all about superfoods.

Tom Colicchio on Hunger in America

The chef on a new movement to end huger.

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New York Magazine's Adam Platt on Food Trends

Adam Platt, New York magazine's food critic, tells Leonard Lopate about food trends that come and go, and current trends he wishes would pass more quickly.

More: Check out the first ever Food Fridays!

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DIY Kitchen Projects

Julia Collin Davison, of America's Test Kitchen, shares recipes for making things at home that we usually buy—like ketchup, red wine vinegar, corn chips, peanut butter, pickles, and cheeses. She’s one of the editors of The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook, which includes favorite do-it-yourself kitchen projects.

Tell us what you want to learn to make at home?

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Please Explain: Superfoods

This week’s Please Explain is all about so-called superfoods—natural, whole foods that are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, and co-author of The Happiness Diet and the forthcoming Fifty Shades of Kale, explains which foods are healthiest—from nuts to fish to olive oil to grass-fed beef—for our bodies and our brains.

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Recipe: Sriracha

There’s a commercial for hot sauce on TV with the tagline, “I put that #%*& on everything.” That’s how I feel about Sriracha.

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Guest Picks: Adam Platt

New York Magazine food critic Adam Platt was on the Lopate Show for our Food Fridays series. We talked about food trends, and he also told us about some of the books, music, and, yes, food, that he's a fan of!


Recipe: Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad

You may think this vegetable is way too bitter to eat raw, but you'll be surprised by just how well this simple salad stands up next to your favorite subtle fish or chicken recipes.


Recipe: Wine Vinegar

Vinegar is just wine that’s been encouraged to go bad. Sure, there are plenty of variables, but do you really need anything more than a little wine and some patience? We say no.


Recipe: Whole-Grain Mustard

Mustard has many faces. Sharp or sweet, subtle or super-spicy, there’s a mustard out there to complement any type of food.

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Recipe: Happy Wild Salmon

This delicious dill-yogurt sauce will make fish-eaters out of anyone (even your kids).

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

This is a classic of late summer and early fall, and it's great for freezing to eat all year long.


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