Rank #1: 123: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: The Elements of Good Cooking
The science of how to cook with Samin Nosrat, burgers of the future with The Sporkful, pasta at the ready, skirt steak salad, and we take your calls.(Originally aired 4/29/2017)
Rank #2: 104: Nigella Bites Back
This week on Milk Street Radio, we get up close and personal with Nigella Lawson. “You know the whole guilt thing I never quite get,” says Lawson. “One of the things I’m asked most often when I’m interviewed is, ‘What is your guilty pleasure?’ And I get rather prissy and I always say to everyone, ‘Look, if you feel guilty about pleasure, you don’t deserve to have pleasure.”
Also on today’s show, we make a quick Tuesday night meal with Lidia Bastianich and bring you a revolutionary approach to foolproof pie dough. Plus, we talk to Stephanie Danler, author of the novel “Sweetbitter,” and Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton take your calls. Originally aired 11/13/16.
Rank #3: 111: The Joy of Turkish Cooking
Ana Sortun unveils the secrets of Turkish cooking, Vietnamese-style weeknight dinner with Andrea Nguyen, wine expert Stephen Meuse explores the sommelier’s romance with one wine, and caramel oranges. (Originally aired 1/14/17)
Rank #4: 114: Dorie’s Cookies
Dorie Greenspan remembers her experiences with Julia Child, wine expert Stephen Meuse decodes vintage wines, we offer our recipes for high-heat scrambled eggs and Georgian Chicken Soup, Nigella Lawson gives us a quick Tuesday night meal, and Sara Moulton and Christopher Kimball take your calls. (Originally aired 2/11/17)
Rank #5: 112: Saffron Tales
This week on Milk Street Radio,Yasmin Khan gives us a closer look at Iranian food and her personal journey with it. We’ll also offer our recipe for quick pork tapas and a tip for cooking pasta in its sauce. Dr. Aaron Carroll explores the truth about peanut allergies, Lior Lev Sercarz takes us inside the world of spices and, as always, Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton take your calls. (Originally aired 1/21/2017)
Rank #6: 134: New York Times’ Kim Severson on Paula Deen, Alton Brown and Thomas Keller
Kim Severson, National Food Correspondent for The New York Times, interviews famous food celebrities including Paula Deen, Alton Brown, and Thomas Keller; author Crystal King explores the food of ancient Rome; margaritas the Milk Street way; and Dr. Aaron Carroll attests to coffee as health drink. (Originally aired 8/11/17)
Rank #7: 115: Eat, Cook, Love in Senegal
Pierre Thiam on the food of Senegal; our recipe for Tahini Swirl Brownies; a tip for all-new compound butters; chef and restaurateur Damon Baehrel on his “mystery restaurant” in upstate New York; and Dr. Aaron Carroll investigates how looking at food stamp choices could reduce obesity. (Originally aired 2/18/17)
Rank #8: 106: Taste of Persia
Naomi Duguid discovers the backstreet cooking of Armenia, Georgia and Iran; plus we learn a better way to make stew; Fuchsia Dunlop joins us live at Milk Street; The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik discusses ethical eating; and we take your calls with Sara Moulton. (Originally aired 11/26/2016, Available for Re-run 3/2/17 – 3/9/17)
Rank #9: 101: Good Morning Vietnam
This week on Milk Street Radio, we take a look inside the Vietnamese kitchen and talk to Andrea Nguyen about everything from breakfast banh mi to “kheo.” “I think authenticity comes from the ability to cook well and to cook with intent,” Nguyen says. “We describe good cooking, thoughtful cooking, as cooking that is kheo.” Also on this week’s show: Dr. Aaron Carroll questions the necessity of breakfast; Milk Street rethinks scrambled eggs; we visit a thriving Syrian refugee camp bakery; Sara Moulton and Christopher Kimball take your calls; and we talk about carbon-steel pans, an alternative to nonstick. Originally aired 10/22/2016.
Rank #10: 102: The Baking Revolution
This week on Milk Street Radio, we visit Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in London. Claire says under-beat, under-fold and under-bake; plus we’ll give you our take on chocolate, prune and rum cake; Dan Pashman of the Sporkful talks about the science of snacks; New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik breaks down his perspective on cultural appropriation and food; we’ll offer you the best way to beat egg whites, and as always, host Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton will take all your cooking questions! Originally aired 10/28/2016.
Rank #11: 113: The Simple Kitchen
This week on Milk Street Radio, British writer Diana Henry, author of “Simple”, redefines home cooking and recalls an early memory at her parents’ home in Ireland. “I was probably about 9 and they had a big party,” Henry says. “It was a rainy night in autumn or winter in Northern Ireland. They put Frank Sinatra on and Herb Alpert and music like that. My mum had spent days cooking, the fridge was full with things we’d never seen before, honestly I can’t tell you how exotic this was in Northern Ireland. But it wasn’t just about food. Honestly, that night I could have been in Manhattan, I was in Northern Ireland and I just thought…look what food can do.”
Also on today’s show, Adam Gopnik opines on chefs and madness and Dan Pashman of WNYC’s The Sporkful podcast reveals a scientific method for eating chips and dip. We’ll offer you our recipe for authentic Mexican guacamole, inspired by Diana Kennedy, as well as all-new fried eggs. And Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton will take your calls.
Rank #12: Ina Garten is a Messy Cook: The Hidden World of the Barefoot Contessa
Also on this week’s show: Up with pomegranate molasses; sheet-pan roasted chicken; J. Kenji López-Alt investigates the science of baking pizza at home; and why Australian cuisine is the most diverse, adventurous on the planet! (Originally published September 27, 2018.)
Rank #13: 103: The Pollen Detective
This week, we learn how pollen analysis is used to foil honey laundering and solve cold murder cases; plus our Chinese white-cooked chicken recipe; chef Andy Ricker’s favorite kitchen tools; we take your calls with Sara Moulton; wine expert Stephen Meuse offers insight on dry Rieslings; and the strange science of marinades.
Rank #14: Ina Garten is a Messy Cook: The Hidden World of the Barefoot Contessa
Also on this week’s show: Up with pomegranate molasses; sheet-pan roasted chicken; J. Kenji López-Alt investigates the science of baking pizza at home; and why Australian cuisine is the most diverse, adventurous on the planet!
Rank #15: Adam Conover Ruins Everything
This week, Adam Conover, host of the truTV series “Adam Ruins Everything,” challenges the myth of killer Halloween candy, bogus detox diets and the ethics of buying avocados. Plus, David Burtka transforms parties into events; we throw together an amazing Andalusian Tomato and Bread Soup; and Adam Gopnik stumbles across the perfect meal on vacation in Greece.
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Rank #16: 129: Sugar Bad, Fat OK?
Reporter Gary Taubes makes the case against sugar; we explore baklava, from Syria to Brooklyn; Dan Pashman debunks restaurant-etiquette myths; and we share our recipe for Thai barbecue chicken.
Rank #17: 107: Michael Pollan Speaks Out
This week on Milk Street Radio, we talk with food writer Michael Pollan—author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and star of the Netflix series “Cooked.” “I don’t think people are quite aware how many marketing messages for food they see in a day,” Pollan says. “The total amount of money the government spends offering nutrition advice, the food pyramid, the eat 5 servings a day, the you know avoid trans-fats whatever it is, all that government spending which is in the three hundred million or so range was less then the marketing budget for one Pepsico, one product, one snack food, so you know the information is so imbalanced that this idea of a consumer democracy falls apart.” Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast considers waiting for your food. To prepare for the holidays, we walk listeners through our recipe for sticky toffee pudding, and Portland cocktail expert Jeffery Morgenthaler prepares egg nog for the 21st century. And, as always, Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton take your calls.
Rank #18: An American in Paris
David Lebovitz buys an apartment in Paris (and barely survives the experience); our recipe for light, bright Cape Malay curry; we discover momo, spicy Nepalese dumplings; and Dan Pashman of The Sporkful on the new science of taste.
Rank #19: 130: NPR’s Ari Shapiro Eats the World
Ari Shapiro eats everything; all about salt; Japanese Potato salad; and podcasting chocolate with The Slow Melt. (Originally aired 7/1/2017)
Rank #20: Bizarre Adventures with Andrew Zimmern
Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern has visited more than 170 countries in search of bizarre foods and fascinating people. We chat with him about coconut grubs, barbecued lizards and the happiest man on earth. Plus, we travel to Nablus and discover what may be the world’s best tahini; Dan Pashman ponders the etiquette of salt; and we make our new favorite dessert, Vivian Howard’s Sweet Fresh Corn Pudding.\
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