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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lidia Bastianich talks about her latest cookbook, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees. It’s a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals for her very own family, and the book is a love letter to her fans. She shares recipes for the best, the most comforting, and the most delicious dishes in her repertoire.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Deb Perelman talks about her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, and the long-awaited The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Like her blog, the book is all about approachable home cooking. All the recipes include simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. She explains how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd and shares the essential items you need for your own kitchen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reality and Fantasy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, and Raymond Santana, one of the falsely accused men featured in their documentary, “The Central Park Five.” Corey Olsen explains why J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has become one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Deb Perelman talks about turning her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, into a bestselling cookbook. Plus, we’ll examine how newspapers reported the American Revolution.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Marion Cunningham

Friday, July 13, 2012

Marion Cunningham spent the first half of her life raising two children and struggling with agoraphobia. In the second half of her life, she encouraged home cooks to embrace the joys of the kitchen. Along the way, she gained devotees who became friends, among them, James Beard, Judith Jones, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters. She’s best known for updating The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and for her own popular Learning to Cook. Marion Cunningham recently died at the age of 90. You can listen to her conversation with Leonard in May of 1999 about Learning to Cook.

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Mark Bittman Goes Back to Basics

Friday, March 02, 2012

Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything, returns to discuss the fundamentals of cooking. His new book, How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food, is an absolutely essential beginner's cookbook and an a guide for experienced cooks. From dicing vegetables and roasting meats to cooking meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook should know.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Melissa Clark on Winter Vegetables

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Farmers markets are looking pretty bare this time of year, and cooking the vegetables that are in season right now can be difficult. Cookbook writer and New York Times dining columnist Melissa Clark is here to help! She offers inspiration and a variety of recipes to make use of rutabagas, kohlrabi, celery root, parsnips, and dark green leafy vegetables. She’ll also take calls from listeners to give advice on making the most of winter vegetables. Her most recent cookbook is Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make.

If you have a question about how to cook what's in season now, or what to do with the vegetables you have on hand, call us: 212-433-9692!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Pam Anderson shares meatless recipes and techniques for part-time and full-time vegetarians. In Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals, she encourages readers to eat meat-free a day or two a week and makes it easy to do so with recipes for simple vegetarian and vegan meals. She lays out blueprints with ingredient options for everything from breakfasts and salads and sandwiches to satisfying main courses—so readers can craft a rewarding dish exactly to their personal tastes.

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The Food of Morocco

Friday, December 30, 2011

Paula Wolfert talks about her new cookbook, The Food of Morocco—from tender Berber skillet bread to spiced harira, from chicken with preserved lemon and olives to steamed breast of lamb stuffed with couscous and dates. She explains the essential elements of Moroccan flavor and tells where to get hard-to-find ingredients.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrew Carmellini on American Flavor

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jacques Torres' Year in Chocolate

Monday, December 05, 2011

World-renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres talks about his chocolate recipes for the holidays and every day. His latest book is A Year in Chocolate: 80 Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions, and it includes recipes adapted for the home cook, from traditional French pastry to classic American treats.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Swap, with Melissa Clark

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Melissa Clark, New York Times Dining Section columnist and bestselling cookbook author, chooses her favorite recipes from listener submissions! We'll speak with them about their recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. Melissa Clark also shares recipes from her new cookbook, Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make. It includes stories of feeding her own family and friends, and is filled with recipes for dishes that will become your go-to meals on busy days—roasts, salads, desserts, and more.

See all the recipes submitted to our Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Swap.

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Lidia Bastianich’s Italy in America

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lidia Bastianich talks about visiting Italian American communities around eth country that created something new out of the recipes passed down from their ancestors. Lidia’s Italy in America explores this distinctive cuisine, showing us that every kitchen is different, every Italian community distinct, and little clues are buried in each dish—from the Sicilian-style semolina bread and olives in New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwiches to the Neapolitan crust of New York pizza.

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Jacques Pépin on His Best Recipes

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Master chef Jacques Pépin talks about selecting his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them for his latest cookbook, Essential Pepin: More than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food. It also includes a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need, and includes classic recipes, from Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables to Five-Peppercorn Steak to Mémé’s Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Just Desserts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

From cheesecakes to cookies, Kim Ima, owner of The Treats Truck and the author of the soon-to-be-published The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!, Christina Tosi, chef and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and the author of the about-to-be-published Momofuku Milk Bar, and Alan Rosen, the grandson of Junior’s founder, co-owner of the Brooklyn restaurant, and co-author of Junior's Dessert Cookbook: 75 Recipes for Cheesecakes, Pies, Cookies, Cakes, and More, talk about what makes a great NYC dessert.

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The Food of Morocco

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paula Wolfert talks about her new cookbook, The Food of Morocco—from tender Berber skillet bread to spiced harira, from chicken with preserved lemon and olives to steamed breast of lamb stuffed with couscous and dates. She explains the essential elements of Moroccan flavor and tells where to get hard-to-find ingredients.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | The Joy of Cookbook Shopping

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. See a slideshow.

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Amanda Hesser on The Essential New York Times Cookbook

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser talks about the process of updating every one of the 1,000-plus recipes in the book The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century, the compendium of influential and delicious recipes from chefs, home cooks, and food writers. Her chapter introductions showcase the history of American cooking along with what makes each recipe special. It includes recipes for Plum Torte, David Eyre's Pancake, Pamela Sherrid's Summer Pasta, and classics from 1940's Caesar salad and 1960's flourless chocolate cake, to today's no-knead bread.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Indian Home Cooking

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Madhur Jaffrey and Suvir Saran, chef of Devi, talk about the fundamentals of Indian cooking and how to make it at home. Madhur Jaffrey’s new cookbook At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, deconstructs age-old techniques to help make Indian dishes part of our everyday cooking. And Suvir Savan talks about India Cookbook, the first comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India's rich and colorful culinary heritage.

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Lidia Bastianich on Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich shares the story of the Christmases she used to celebrate in Italy. When Lidia was a child, she spent Christmas with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa, and Nonna Tell Me a Story is a picture book about her Christmas traditions, delicious recipes, and decorating ideas.

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One Big Table

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Former New York Times food columnist Molly O’Neill discusses taking a cross-country road trip to find out what Americans cook at home. Her latest book, One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-masters, and Chefs, is a celebration of American home cooks and a portrait of what we eat and why. It includes heirloom recipes from communities such as Virginia’s Eastern Shore to New Mexico.

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