Christopher Kimball on Kitchen Tools, Top Food Books, Eating in Queens, Going Vegan

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Friday, April 19, 2013

We’ll start off with Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen, offers tips on the basic equipment that every home cook should have. Editor Judith Jones, who worked with Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, and James Beard, shares her list of essential books about food. We’ll find out where to eat in Queens. And this week’s Please Explain is all about being a vegetarian or a vegan, and how you can cut meat and animal products from your diet without sacrificing nutrients or taste.

Chris Kimball on Essential Kitchen Equipment

Christopher Kimball, founder, publisher and editor of Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines and host of America’s Test Kitchen, talks about kitchen equipment—from colanders to cookie sheets. He'll give advice on what you need, what you don’t, and how much quality and cost matter.

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Judith Jones on Great Books on Food

Legendary cookbook editor Judith Jones talks about some of the most important, influential, and entertaining cookbooks and books about food. Jones was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf for over fifty years, editing authors such as Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Joan Nathan, Jacques Pépin, and Claudia Roden. 

Judith Jones's Food Book Picks:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle

The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin, translated by MFK Fisher

Theory and Practice of Good Cooking by James Beard

English Food by Jane Grigson

A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden

An Invitation to Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey

The Key to Chinese Cooking by Irene Kuo

The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis

Eating by Jason Epstein

Steal the Menu by Ray Sokolov



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Update on the Boston Manhunt

Joining us for an update on the latest on the manhunt in the Boston area is Ibby Caputo, reporter at WGBH. She’s been on the ground both in Watertown and Cambridge since very early this morning.


Where to Eat in Queens

Tom Liddy, Queens news editor and columnist for, talks about the borough’s diverse variety of restaurants tells us where to eat in Queens. He writes the "Make This Tonight" column.

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Please Explain: Veganism and Vegetarianism

We’re talking about vegetarianism and veganism on this week’s Food Friday Please Explain. Joining us: Amanda Cohen, Chef and owner of the restaurant Dirty Candy and author of Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant; food historian Andy Smith; and Rynn Berry, the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society and the author of a number of books including The Vegan Guide to New York City. They’ll explain the basics of vegan and vegetarian diets and how you can cut meat and animal products from your diet without sacrificing nutrition or taste.

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