This may be the century when Americans forget how
to cook. We're just too busy. Take-out's too easy. And, who needs
to cook when you can buy ready-made dinner at the supermarket? But
not all is lost. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we celebrate a Slow Food Nation - so to speak. We'll simmer for
hours, bake all night and marinate for days.
Odessa Piper is the chef and proprietor of
L'Etoile Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin and a champion of cuisine
prepared from locally available food. She tells Anne Strainchamps
that she learned about seasonality on her grandparents' farm and
uses local vegetables year round in her restaurant. Also, Morgan
Spurlock is the director of the documentary film "Super
Size Me." He tells Jim Fleming about his experience of eating
only at McDonald's for a month. And we hear clips from the film.
Paula Wolfert has just published her seventh
cookbook: "The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen: Recipes for the
Passionate Chef." She tells Steve Paulson why good food is
worth slowing down for, and talks about some of her favorite recipes.
Also, commentator Anne Schaffer remembers making Divinity
- a puffy, gooey confection that was her mother's Christmas speciality.
And, writer Peter Mayle tells Steve Paulson about growing
French wine, and drinking rather a lot of it. Mayle's latest novel
is called "A Good Year."
Deborah Madison is a board member of Slow
Food International; and the author of "Local Flavors."
She talks with Anne Strainchamps about the growing popularity
of farmers' markets. Also, Andreas Viestad is a TV chef
whose latest book is "The Kitchen of Light." He tells
Jim Fleming some of his adventures shooting the "New Scandinavian
Cooking" series that aired last year on PBS. The shows were
shot outdoors, on location in Norway.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-11-21-B.
- Paula Wolfert, The
Slow Mediterranean Kitchen: Recipes for the Passionate
- Peter Mayle, A Good Year (Knopf)
- Deborah Madison, Local Flavors: Cooking
and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets (Broadway Books)
- Andreas Viestad, The Kitchen of Light:
New Scandinavian Cooking With Andreas Viestad (Artisan
- Huldreslatten. Torleiv and Hallvard
Bjorgum. Folk Music From Norway.
- My Singing Bird. Luka Bloom. Before Sleep Comes.
Bar None Records.
Calic. Attinde. Italian Music Odyssey. Putomayo World Music.
- Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. The Streets of Munnsville.
Soundtrack. EMI Records.
- Paris Combo. Fibre de Verre. French Cafe. Putomayo
- Ani De Franco. To the Teeth. So Much Shouting.
So Much Laughter. Righteous
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