Two Authors, A Health Coach, and a LIVE Show at Hy-Vee

There is so much going on lately during each show I can't even tell you about my recent eating adventures in Northern California, Las Vegas, and Mt. Vernon, IA.  That's a real teaser.

Poor Man's Feast coverLive at Hy-Vee on Wednesday night we have two authors via Skype that I am very excited to have on the show.  First up is James Beard Award-winning author Elissa Altman.  Her newest book is Poor Man's Feast:  A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.  I think you can understand Elissa's take on food byThe Cassoulet Saved our Marriage cover reading this excerpt from her website: 

 So, what is Poor Man’s Feast really about?
It’s about sustenance in the face of pretense.
It’s about authenticity in the face of the artificial.
It’s about simplicity in the face of the tarted-up.
It’s about kindness in the face of the rude.
It’s about storytelling — mine, my family’s, yours, your family’s — and how those stories are inextricably bound up with what we feed ourselves and those we love, what we eat at times of joy, sorrow, delight, surprise, fear, and sadness. And it’s always about slowing down a little bit.

Our second guest is Lisa Catherine Harper, one half of the editing team, along with Caroline Grant, that put together, The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat.  The book brings to the table 29 different writer's perspectives on food, family, and learning to eat.  You will absolutely experience an emotional roller coaster reading this collection of essays, which, in its essence is about nourishing our body and spirit.  Lisa is the author of the award-winning book, A Double Life:  Discovering Motherhood.

And don't forget that the show kicks off with our health coach, Emily Rose Shaw.  This week Emily has some fungi she wants to tell us about.  Hmmm, we need some dry warm days, and we can all grab our own fungi when the morels come out.  I noticed there was a sighting on April 28 in Knoxville, IA.  Anyone want to share a spot to find some?  I thought not.

Sam and daughter making tacosOn the stream, you must tune in to hear Chef Sam Auen.  Sam is the owner of Tacopacalypse in Des Moines.  He's quite a character, and we loved having him on the show.  The good news is he's opening a local branch of Tacopacalypse in the Orpheum Theatre in the very near future.

A reminder:  If you want to receive our weekly emails with show information and other interesting stuff, send an email to  Put "Sign me up," in the Subject line.

Great Taste show archives are here.  The live stream is here.  Fairfield Media Center videos are here.