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.
Live 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 by 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.
We have had numerous shows on raw foods throughout the years, but this one is going to take a little different angle. Rather than focusing on how to change your entire lifestyle and go raw, or undertaking weeks of cleansing programs, I asked our guests to present easy options for improving our health and eating habits. The challenge to them was to show us in one hour ways we can enjoy benefits from integrating more raw foods into our diet.
So this week's show is all about fast food, but let's make it raw. Isha Kinger and Emily Shaw have come up with a few easy principles that we can apply to our daily meal plans. They'll demonstrate how simple it is to make an ultra delicious and nutritious smoothie, come up with a main course that has all the elements of its Italian roots, but is totally raw, and a dessert to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Plus, they'll discuss other easy to make menu ideas, and some of the reasons why a slight change in diet could prove beneficial.
Isha is a raw food chef and graduate from the Living Lights Culinary Arts Institute in California. Also, she earned a certificate in Raw Food Nutrition from The Heath Awareness Centre in India. Emily has a B. A. in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa and is an aspiring gourmet, raw, vegan chef.
Raw food live from Hy-Vee's Club Room/Kitchen Lab this Wednesday at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there or find you online listening to the stream.
Meredith Leighton is a dietician working for Fresenius Medical Care of North America. Ms. Leighton discusses nutrition and health. She focuses specifically on kidney health as March is National Kidney Health Month.
Paul Dalio is a fourth-year graduate student at the New York University's prestigious School of Film. He is currently working on a project with filmmaker Spike Lee. Paul discusses his work in film and also his experiences dealing with and understanding bi-polar disorder.
Monica and Caroline welcome Boston College English professor Amy Boesky to Writers' Voices to discuss her memoir of new motherhood and the deep connections of sisters who grew up in the shadow of a family legacy of early death from cancer. This emotionally satisfying memoir shows us what it means to live in the moment when you live with the knowledge that your moments may be all too few. "What We Have" was published by Penguin Books. Boesky was also one of the principal ghostwriters for the popular young adult series "Sweet Valley High."
Join us once again for an intimate conversation all about writing with a wonderful author.
Join Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices as we bring back one of our favorite guests, Linda Egenes, to discuss her latest book "Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayuveda," coauthored with Dr. Kumuda Reddy. This is the first book on Maharishi Ayuveda and children, and follows in the footsteps of "For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and Happy Pregnancy with Maharishi Vedic Medicine."
As explained in Super Healthy Kids, "All parents want the best for their children. Yet when faced with a sick kid, it's hard to know what to do. The time-tested wisdom of Maharishi Ayurveda offers surprisingly effective solutions to children's health problems today—from ADHD to obesity." We will be talking to Linda Egenes about what it takes to write an authoritative book on such an important topic.
Please send your healing thoughts to Dr. David Simon, Chopra Center co-founder when you tune in this Friday, June 25, 1pm Central for this pre-recorded interview hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn.
Earlier this week, Dr. Simon underwent surgery for a brain tumor. As poignant as his discussion of his latest book, "Free to Love, Free to Heal" was when we first spoke with him, it is even more so now. You can follow Dr. Simon's recuperation and express your wishes for his recovery at www.lovefordavid.com.
Dr. David Simon is a board-certified neurologist and pioneer in the medical field. His personal mission is to facilitate the integration of complementary and conventional medicine in the 21st century. Since he began his association with Deepak Chopra, M.D. in the 1980’s, Dr. Simon has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on effective and appropriate use of holistic health care practices, specifically ayurveda – the 5,000-year-old healing tradition of India.
In his role as medical director for the Chopra Center, Dr. Simon continues to research and develop clinical programs in mind-body medicine. He directs a comprehensive curriculum that includes on-site seminars and workshops, in addition to a worldwide educational outreach enterprise. Dr. Simon is the driving force behind the Chopra Center’s development, training, and implementation of the Center’s flagship programs Perfect Health, Journey into Healing, Primordial Sound Meditation, Seduction of Spirit, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Free to Love, Free to Heal.
Writers’ Voices welcomes Robyn O'Brien, who is being called "The Erin Brockovich of Food". A conservative Texan with an MBA, Robyn used to roll her eyes when finicky parents talked about their children's food allergies and special diets. When her own children started having severe allergy problems, she was catapulted into a research project that changed her life. In her book, The Unhealthy Truth, she lets us in on the secrets of GMO foods, the revolving door between the FDA and the food industry, and much more.
Tune in to kruufm.com, Friday at 1pm Central to hear why Janice Taylor believes you can wake up New Years morning thinner than you are now! Janice is one of the country's leading health and wellness coaches, a weight-loss artist®, a motivational speaker, author, creator of the popular e-letter Our Lady of Weight Loss, the Kick in the Tush Club, and contributor to The Huffington Post, Today's Health & Wellness Magazine, intent.com and Beliefnet.com. She has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, NY Times, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times, CNN.com, webMD.com, Fitness and Health magazine. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the country including Discovery Health and Naomi's New Morning on the Hallmark Channel.
The Sky Begins at Your Feet is an unforgettable cancer memoir by veteran writer and poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will be hosting Writers' Voices this Friday, December 11, at 1pm Central Time. Tune in at KRUUfm.com.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2011 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.