Melissa Clark Talks Tomatoes; 50 Shades of Kale; Noisy Restaurants; Please Explain

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Friday, July 26, 2013

New York Times Dining section columnist Melissa Clark who shares her ideas on what to do with all those tomatoes that are coming into season. Dr. Drew Ramsey and Jennifer Iserloh tell us how to cook with that super healthy and suddenly popular vegetable: kale. Plus, New York Magazine’s restaurant critic Adam Platt talks about how the city’s restaurants keep getting louder. Plus Please Explain is about rabies!

Tomato Season with Melissa Clark

Fresh tomatoes are one of the best parts of summer eating, and Melissa Clark shares ideas for how to make the most of them this season. She's New York Times Dining Section columnist and cookbook writer, and her most recent cookbook is Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make.


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Fifty Shades of Kale

Kale is healthy and delicious! Dr. Drew Ramsey, and Jennifer Iserloh, share recipes for preparing the super healthy and suddenly popular leafy green vegetable. Their book Fifty Shades of Kale includes recipes like Mushroom and Kale Risotto and Kale Kiwi Gazpacho, as well as nutritional information, cooking tips, and a tutorial on kale in all its glorious shades.

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Adam Platt Can't Hear Himself Eat

Adam Platt, New York magazine’s restaurant critic, discusses the rising noise levels inside restaurants and they seem to be getting louder. His article “I Can’t Hear Myself Eat” appeared in the July 22 issue of New York. It can also be found on New York's Grub Street blog.

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Please Explain: Rabies

Rabies is a virus most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, and it has been around as long as humans have. Veterinarian Monica Murphy and  journalist Bill Wasik, authors of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus, explain the history, science, and cultural mythology surrounding rabies—and how it has spawned stories of pandemic, werewolves, and zombies.

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Ayad Aktar

Video: Questions for Ayad Akhtar

What are your favorite books/who are your favorite authors?

      More than favorite authors, I have favorite works. And I’m not sure I would distinguish between films and books in that category: The Death of Ivan Ilych. Seize the Day. Annie Hall. GoodFellas. The Human Stain. The Invisible Man. Bringing Up Baby. Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson. A Bend in the River.

What are your favorite plays and why?

     I think all of my favorite plays share the same qualities of dramatic impact, social commentary, and an almost classical purity of form: "Hedda Gabler." "Look Back in Anger." "Glen Garry Glen Ross." "All My Sons."

What authors or works do you think are underappreciated or overlooked?

      Harold Brodkey. One of the finest writers of our American language. And likely the greatest long short fiction writer we’ve had.

Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Where, when, and how do you write?

      9 to 2 every day. In my office. I tend to work in intense spurts followed by short periods of relaxation. When I’m working on a play, having an upcoming reading is helpful, and I love to write in the midst of workshops, while I have the chance to hear actors work with the new material. As a novelist, the deadlines are more internal, and the work obviously much more solitary.

Do you have favorite or least favorite words? What are they and why?

      I’ve always adored the French word, oiseau. Which means bird. I love that it uses every vowel. And I love that you add an “x” for the plural:  oiseaux.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

     Persistence. It can take a very long time to get anywhere, artistically, professionally. Be open to criticism, and continue to do it. Persist.


Dr. Drew Ramsey's Kale Chip Recipe

Lopate Show producers fell in love with Dr. Drew Ramsey's kale chips when he was here for our Please Explain segment on superfoods. So we asked him for the recipe!

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Tributes: Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina came late to acting – after he had spent 20 years as a police officer in Chicago.  His acting career would eventually last longer than his years in law enforcement, though – between stints on series “Law & Order,” “Crime Story,”  and “Luck,” and movies that included “Get Shorty,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Midnight Run.”  He died at the age of 69.  He spoke with Leonard back in November of 2001 for his film, “Sidewalks of New York.”

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Tributes: Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas was the first woman to become a chief White House correspondent for a wire service, and the first to not only join, but lead the White House Correspondents’ Association, where she covered every president from Kennedy to Obama with intensity, tenacity, and humor (when called for!).  She died at the age of 92.  And you can hear Leonard’s interview with her from May 1999.

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Southeast Asian Tomato Salad

Southeast Asian Tomato Salad

Makes 4 servings

About 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce such as nam pla or nuoc mam, or to taste
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 fat garlic clove, minced (or use 2 small ones)
1/2 jalapeno ...


Recipe: Melissa Clark's Perfect Tomato Sandwich

A Perfect Tomato Sandwich

Of all the seasonal produce that I wax poetic about in these pages, nothing gives me goose bumps like a ripe summer tomato.

Meaty and succulent, its velvety flesh enclosing a fragrant jelly of golden seeds and dripping with sweet pink juice, a summer tomato is ...

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