Elissa Altman

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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