From Scratch with Michael Ruhlman

From Scratch with Michael Ruhlman

Better cooking comes from deeper understanding. This instructive food series from acclaimed cookbook author Michael Ruhlman highlights essential kitchen techniques, ingredients and ideas. It draws from Ruhlman’s best-selling books, decades of experience and personal relationships with the country’s best chefs. Driven by an insatiable curiosity to learn and teach, Ruhlman approaches his topics every episode by exploring the stories of one notable chef, and one non-chef with surprising connections to the focal ingredients – all with the goal of getting listeners to engage with food more fully, and to cook more confidently.... Show More

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July 3, 2020 18 min

In the final installment of our “From Home” series of mini-episodes, we hear from a chef, a bartender, and a food writer. 

Cory Bahr is a chef and the owner of Parish Restaurant & Bar, Bahr Food Truck, Heritage Catering, and Standard Coffee, all located in Monroe, Louisiana. Follow chef Bahr on Instagram: @CoryBahr 

Tokiwa Sears is a mixologist and a rising star in Atlanta’s food and beverage scene. You can find her as the le...

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In our final episode of the "Quarantine Report" series, host Michael Ruhlman talks with two of the food industries most forward thinking minds about the future of the restaurant industry.

Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a leading voice among those aiming to connect agriculture with gastronomy in more holistic ways. Dan explains how his out of work cooks are taking to gardening and tells the story of a surprisi...

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June 4, 2020 16 min

Hawa Hassan is the Founder and CEO of Basbaas Condiments. The word basbaas comes from the Somali term for chili. Her products are inspired by the Somali staples that she would cook with her family. Follow her for beautiful cooking and sauce making content on her twitter or instagram pages.

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June 3, 2020 14 min

Mimi Maumus is the chef-owner of home.made in Athens, Georgia, a restaurant and catering business specializing in bridging the modern and the traditional in Southern cuisine. You can also find home.made on Instagram at @homemadeathens.

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May 28, 2020 12 min

Chef Brad Miller is chef/owner at California’s Inn of the Seventh Ray. This episode he discusses a foolproof way to make the overlooked egg salad sandwich something special, and shares where he’ll go for his first meal out once quarantine is over. For more from Brad, including a video of the sandwich prep technique he discusses, find him on Instagram at @chefbradmiller.

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May 27, 2020 9 min

Matt Bumba is the executive chef and co-owner of Milk Money Brewing, opening later in 2020 in La Grange, Ill. On today’s episode, we check in with Matt from his home outside Chicago, where he shares a simple recipe for satisfying pancakes, made special with a flourish of lemon juice and spices.

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May 26, 2020 16 min

Drew Belline is both the executive chef of No. 246 in Decatur and the VP of Creative at restaurateur Ford Fry’s other Atlanta-area restaurants. In this dispatch from his home in Decatur, Georgia, chef Drew shares thoughts on an easy salsa verde condiment and gives us a tour of his pantry, enviably stocked with local produce and meats he’s been using to create meals for his family while sheltered in place. For more from Drew Belline...

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May 22, 2020 10 min

Chef Nic Vanderbeeken leads the kitchen at Apéritif, the creative restaurant and bar in the Viceroy Ubud resort. Located on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the restaurant combines traditional Indonesian dishes with modern techniques and influences. Chef Nic shares his take on the Indonesian soup soto betawi, and you can see more of the restaurant’s elegant fare on Instagram at @aperitifbali.

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May 21, 2020 11 min

My guest today is Chuck Bryant, who co-hosts the iHeart podcast Stuff You Should Know as well as his own solo show Movie Crush. We check in with him to learn about a quick lunch he’s been making for himself during the current health crisis. For more of Chuck’s podcasts, head over to Instagram at @SYSKpodcast and @moviecrushpod.

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In this episode, host Michael Ruhlman explores the current state of the grocery store. Ruhlman begins by speaking with Tom Heinen of Heinen's Grocery Stores in Cleveland and the greater midwest. Later, we hear from Chef Brian Polcyn who takes the perspective of the grocery buyer.

Heinen's Grocery Store was the anchor of the story for the book "Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America" by Michael Ruhlman.


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May 15, 2020 11 min

Today’s “From Home” mini-episode visits with Eugenio Jardim, one of the Bay Area’s most noted wine experts. He shares a recipe for the Brazilian dish feijoada and suggests wine pairings. For more on the Wines of Portugal that Eugenio represents, find them on Instagram (@wptusa) or on Facebook (WinesOfPortugalUS).

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May 14, 2020 9 min

Emily Spurlin is the new pastry chef at the landmark Lula Cafe in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. On this “From Home” mini-episode, she shares an easy cake recipe listeners can make with common pantry ingredients. For more from Emily, find her on Instagram at @sourbittersalty; Lula Cafe is also on Instagram and Twitter


Emily also points us in the direction of the Independent Restaurant Coalition’s SaveRestaurants.com, whe...

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May 13, 2020 8 min

Claudia Martinez has been relying on the versatility of the frittata to get her through this time. She’s the much-celebrated pastry chef at Atlanta’s Tiny Lou’s, the restaurant in the base of the Hotel Clermont. In this “From Home” mini-episode she shares an easy at-home recipe that’s ready to adapt. You can also check Claudia’s stunning pastry preparations on Instagram @claudvictoria and @tinylousatl.


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The culinary duo of Shyretha and Mike Sheats run The Plate Sale, a pop-up dinner series in Georgia that’s won acclaim for its warm yet refined take on Southern cuisine. Follow them on Instagram at @theplatesale

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May 8, 2020 12 min

Jess Shadbolt is one of the chef-owners of New York’s King, a restaurant with a daily-changing menu of dishes inspired by Italy and Southern France. For more from chef Shadbolt, find her on Instagram at @jessieshad and her restaurant at @king.newyork.

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May 7, 2020 14 min

Dr. Krishnendu Ray wrote the book (books, plural, actually) on how immigrants influence food culture, most recently “The Ethnic Restauranteur.” In our new bonus “From Home" series, Michael checks in with chefs and food personalities to bring you short audio glimpses of how they’re cooking during lock-down, which pantry items they’re utilizing, and what they’re looking forward to after life returns to normal. We'll be publis...

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May 6, 2020 11 min

Chef and cookbook author Brian Polcyn has been practicing and teaching butchery and Charcuterie for decades. In our new bonus “From Home" series, Michael checks in with chefs and food personalities to bring you short audio glimpses of how they’re cooking during lock-down, which pantry items they’re utilizing, and what they’re looking forward to after life returns to normal. We'll be publishing dispatches from this "pand...

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Richard Blais is an accomplished chef, TV personality, and the host of the game-show style podcast “Food Court with Richard Blais” on iHeartRadio.

In our new bonus “From Home" series, Michael checks in with chefs and food personalities to bring you short audio glimpses of how they’re cooking during lock-down, which pantry items they’re utilizing, and what they’re looking forward to after life returns to normal.

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April 29, 2020 11 min

Esther Choi is a talented chef and restaurateur and host of the podcast "Get Down with K-Town" from iHeartRadio.

In our new bonus “From Home" series, Michael checks in with chefs and food personalities to bring you short audio glimpses of how they’re cooking during lock-down, which pantry items they’re utilizing, and what they’re looking forward to after life returns to normal.

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April 28, 2020 11 min

Simon Majumdar is a noted food critic and the host of the podcast Eat My Globe.

In our new bonus “From Home" series, Michael checks in with chefs and food personalities to bring you short audio glimpses of how they’re cooking during lock-down, which pantry items they’re utilizing, and what they’re looking forward to after life returns to normal.

We'll be publishing dispatches from this "pandemic pantry" several times ...

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