Beth Howard

Soup for SyriaSoup and pie, two of my favorite foods, are the topics on this week's GREAT TASTE show.  The opening segment features my convesation with well-known cookbook author and photographer, Barbara Abdeni Massad followed by Ms. American Pie, Beth Howard.

Living in Beirut, Lebanon, Barbara Abdeni Massad knows how challenging and stressful daily life is, however, her problems pale compared to the conditions in the Syrian refugee camps less than an hour from her home.  Her most recent project, the book, Soup for Syria provided a way for her to help, and allows anyone around the world to participate in the relief effort.  The cookbook features soup recipes in collaboration with over 80 chefs, and Barbara's photography,  All the profits from sales are donated to the UN Refugee Agency, which provides needed food for the Syrian refugees.  You can purchase the bookHERE, and aid the nearly eight million Syrians who have been displaced.

 THE LOVELY BETH HOWARD, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF ELDON PIE LADY FAME


Beth Howard-GBSI never get tired of seeing someone make pie.  I recently watched Julia Child prepare a French pie crust, and longed to taste the end result-an apple pie with sliced apples on top and a thick apple sauce filling.  

If you were one of the lucky folks who came to Green Building Supply Tuesday evening you droolingly watched as Beth Howard created a sensual chocolate pudding pie, and, even better, got to taste it fresh out of the oven.  

For the radio portionBeth Howard-GBS of the show, Beth and I talked about her recent "World Piece" trip. That voyage took her all over the world including stops in India, Lebanon (where she stayed with Barbara), Greece, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.  At each stop, Beth did demos where she made American-style pies and learned how to prepare baked goods from her hosts.  

You can watch the entire hour of the show with Beth courtesy of Fairfield Media Center.  Click HERE.

You can purchase Beth's latest book, Ms. American Pie HERE. The At Home Store has copies of the book, and if you email Beth she'll send you her cut signature for easy placement within the book. Great idea for a holiday gift for yourself or someone special.
Mark on your calendars that GREAT TASTE is live the first Tuesday of every month at Green Building Supply.  Our next live show is Tuesday, January 5.  Many thanks to our sponsors, Green Building Supply and Everybody's, who help support KRUU FM.

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    May 27
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    May 29
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A Sweet Hour of GREAT TASTE!

THIS WEEK'S SHOW

James Beard Award Winner Mindy Segal

Ms. American Pie Beth Howard

Cookie Love2012 James Beard Pastry Award Winner, Molly Segal, owner of Hot Chocolate in Chicago, kicks off the show.  We're going to talk about her new book.  You can see it to the left, and it has a recipe for my absolute favorite store-bought-cookie-of-my-youth, Pepperidge Farm's Milanos.  Can't wait to try it.  Make Hot Chocolate a destination if you are going to Chicago.

Beth Howard >Next up one of my favorite individuals in the entire universe, Beth Howard.  Beth, the author of Making Piece and Ms. American Pie, is dropping by before starting out on her WORLD PIECE tour, where she will be making pie around the world to highlight goodness, community-building, and promote cultural tolerance. 

During a 12-week tour she'll visit and make American-style pies in 10 different countries, and learn what "pie" is like in those countries from her hosts.  Check out this article about Beth and other culinary folks working to make the world a brighter spot.

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Beth Howard, author of Ms. American Pie on Great Taste this Week!

Beth Howard/photo credit-Kathryn Gamble

 

 

What a treat to have Beth Howard, author of Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House, and Making Piece:  A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie, on the show. 

Beth is not only a terrific baker and writer, but has a huge heart. 

We are going to catch up during dinner before the show (pasta with trombocino squash and a roasted sweet red pepper and tomato sauce infused with fresh rosemary, shredded brussels sprouts tossed with pecorino romano, olive oil, salt and pepper, and some ice cream sans pie for dessert.  I can’t wait to catch up on what’s happening with her.

We'll discuss some of her experiences during the past four years when she resided in one of America's iconic houses and tourist attractions, her most recent book, plans for the future, and a more intimate discussion about the power of a slice of pie.

Write with a poet who studied with Gary Snyder.

Plan your blog-to-book strategy with the NYT best-selling author who bakes pies in the American Gothic house.

Let the kids in  your life waltz, sing, juggle, and learn how books are made from an award-winning author/teacher/story-time leader.

Begin or continue writing a book or work on an art project (quietly) at Fairfield's most beautiful tea shop

Ms American Pie Book Cover

 

Beth Howard's new book busts pie-baking myths and boasts 80 diverse and tasty recipes. Released by Race Point Publishing, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House instantly sold out. (You can still buy it; the publisher put out a second printing.) What accounts for this book's wild popularity? Beth deeply reveres pie's community-building aspects while eschewing contemporary stipulations that frighten modern bakers.

Take it from the baker who made Steven Speilberg coconut cream pie, Dick Van Dyke strawberry rhubarb, and Barbra Steisand lemon meringue: baking pie can be simple and fun. Becoming a confident pie baker could lead you to greater adventures. Find out how on The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Howard this week.

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    May 18
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    May 21
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Beth Howard on "Making Piece"

Beth HowardCheryl Fusco Johnson sits down for a conversation with Iowa native, Beth Howard. Beth, a journalist for more than 25 years, has recently written "Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie". Her book recounts the sudden loss of her husband and her healing journey across the country that culminates in her return to Iowa, where she currently resides in the world famous American Gothic House and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.

Beth has recently appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Midwest Living and much more. Her previous writing has appeared in such publications as Shape, Elle, Fitness, Travel & Leisure. She has worked as senior editor for Sports Travler, web publisher, PR manager, and more.

Don't miss this delightful conversation!

Beth M. Howard"If only there was a prosthetic for grief."

Beth Howard serves up some pieces of her life in the KRUU studio Wednesday night.   She'll read from and discuss her new book, Making Piece-A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.

Beth's writing style is very direct, sometimes raw, and emotionally grabbing.  It's a riveting read of her intimate journey springing from a short, life-changing, telephone call. The call was from a medical examiner who told her, "Your husband is deceased."  This stark sentence  delivered in a "serious, official, no emotion, detached" manner leads her on a rollercoaster ride of self-discovery.

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    May 27
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Bloggers to Authors on this week's GREAT TASTE

Ariella Elizabeth-5 days oldAriella Elizabeth Severin is the sole reason last week's GREAT TASTE episode came from our archives.  I can ecstatically report that she is a terrific eater; weighing in at 5 pounds when she left the hospital and tipping the scales two day's later already back to her birth weight of 5 pounds 7 ounces.  As a proud and thankful first-time nonno (grandfather in Italian), I look forward to many meals together as we explore the diverse and delicious world of food.   

Beth Howard, fresh from her stint as judge of 22 pie contests at the State Fair will be in town this Wednesday. We are very excited to have her as our "live" in-studio guest. She promised to come teach us how to make great piecrust and that's just what she is going to do. Founder of The World Needs More Pie, she's toting in all her pie-making equipment plus her special crust-rolling tablecloth. Kathy's got the flour, sugar and fruit. I'm bringing the butter and the toaster oven. We'll be making two pies--one apple and the other yet to be decided. This is definitely going to be a GREAT TASTE standout food moment. We're even going to try and stream video live so check us out at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/great-taste">http://www.ustream.tv/channel/great-taste. Come by and learn how to make a terrific piecrust from the "pie baker to the stars." It's Beth, Kathy, and Steve Boss in the KRUU studio at 7:00 PM CDT or catch us in cyberspace at kruufm.com.