Enthusiastic and adventurous cook and eater, Keith Dixon, had to make some changes in his kitchen habits after the birth of daughter, Gracie. Keith's culinary and parenting odyssey is chronicled in Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch. There are plenty of trying and triumphant moments in this memoir of the evolution of a couple from when Gracie makes her first appearance five weeks premature to the end of her first year, plus scattered throughout Keith shares recipes, including the one found at the end of this blog post. We'll talk with Keith, a New York Times writer and novelist, about some of the memories that he chronicles in the book. Also, we'll find out how life (and cooking) have changed since the addition of another child.
Molly Aronica, Restaurant Editor for The Daily Meal joins us in the second half of the show. Molly and the staff of the popular internet site have their pulse on the food world. I'm very excited to announce that she has agreed to do a regular monthly stint on Great Taste, and bring our listeners the top culinary news and trends from around the globe. Check out the following links for some of the stories we're going to feature on the show:
Cordyceps, red rice, suga tea, and ema datshi are all part of our discussion with the Chief Engineer for the School Planning and Building Division of the Ministry of Education in Bhutan, Karma Sonam.
Karma is in Fairfield researching and working on a cooperative project with staff at Maharishi University of Management to build a sustainable school building in a remote Bhutanese mountain village. With his help, we'll take a peek into the food culture of Bhutan, and enjoy the country's national dish, ema datshi, made with hot chills and cheese.
Warning: Eat before you tune in!
It is with the utmost concern that I begin this blog post with the above admonition. Over the years, I have issued this same counsel many times, and always with a valid reason. After all, every Great Taste listener is important to me.
For over four months in San Francisco, our own Heli Claire Witherspoon has been learning the ancient art of turning flour into delicacies that captivate the eyes and taste buds. We'll explore with Heli and her friend, Alden Hockett, the rigors of the baker's craft, what critical pieces of information they've picked up, and get some tips on baking at home.
In the second half of the show, Molly Aronica reports in from New York where she is the restaurant editor for the popular blog, The Daily Meal. I'm determined to find out during our discussion what it takes to put together a comprehensive blog post on a daily basis. Also, Molly was kind enough to put together a list of her favorite casual New York dining spots recently for some friends of mine. She'll share those recommendations, in case you're planning a trip to the Big Apple.
As always, food in the studio for those lucky folks who stop by. Streamers, you can listen here to the most delicious 60 minutes on the radio.
I wish we had more than an hour because there is a lot going on during this week's most delicious 60 minutes on the radio. So tune in and hang on as we explore the culinary world. After all, what are we really other than prisoners of taste?
Molly Aronica, the restaurant editor for The Daily Meal, is recovered from her bout with food poisoning (all in the line of duty). She's got the inside dish on "GREEN" restaurants in time for the upcoming Earth Day celebration on April 22.