Emily Rose Shaw

The Plant CollectiveTwo terrific cookbooks share the spotlight on this week's show, and they are both integral parts of the culinary world's social conscience.  First up is The Plant Collective, 50 plant-based holiday recipes curated by Fairfield's own Emily Rose Shaw.  The ebook will be available beginning December 1, and proceeds will benefit The Edible Schoolyard Project established more than 20 years ago by the iconic chef Alice Waters.  

I am very excited as Emily has chosen KRUU and Great Taste as the spot to publicly unveil the cover of the book and discuss the details of the project.  As soon as the URL for the book is live I'll add it to this post so you can order copies for holiday gifts.

Enjoy 60 minutes of delicious radio in your choice of flavors: Live at Hy-Vee on Wednesday at 7pm in the Club Room, or spicing up the internet on the KRUU stream.

Emily Rose Shaw, Health CoachOur live show features health coach Emily Rose Shaw continuing her quest to make each one of us a healthy, vital human being by helping us make informed food choices.  That may sound pretty sterile, but actually the suggestions she has every week are quite tasty.  On the show stovetop we'll present a celebration of the flowering spring perennial-asparagus.  We're in the midst of that fleeting time of year when I eat asparagus every day for lunch and dinner.  Even I was impressed that today, three of us and a baby consumed three pounds of those luscious, thick, fresh-picked stalks. Hey, as a very close friend of mine says, "When it's over, all you can do is dream."

The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage coverOn KRUU at 100.1 FM you are really in for a treat.  Emily kicks off the show talking about the power of mushrooms.  (No , not those kind.)  Next up, I talk with Lisa Catherine Harper, co-editor of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage.  It's an engaging anthology of stories and essays from a wide variety of angles, and all centered around food, of course.  During our discussion, Lisa shared a bit of the creative process involved in putting together this collection with her co-editor, Caroline M. Grant.  Also, she gives us a peek into what motivated several of the contributors, including herself.

Poor Man's Feast coverJames Beard award-winning blogger, Elissa Altman follows Lisa's segment.  Elissa's blog is "Poor Man's Feast," and that is also the name of her recently released book.  Poor Man's Feast is a celebration of food, love, and transformation.  It's a perfect read; mixing a captivating personal story with the art of simple cooking, and some fun recipes representing quite a diverse variety of food.

These two books are all about sharing; the essence of cooking.  Pick them up, and baste yourself in their stories. You'll discover both personal and culinary enrichment.

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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.