Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

From street food in Thailand to a bakery in a Syrian refugee camp to how one scientist uses uses state of the art pollen analysis to track the origins of honey (and also to solve cold murder cases), Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio goes anywhere and everywhere to ask questions and get answers about home cooking, food, culture, wine, farming, restaurants, literature, and the lives and cultures of the people who grow, produce, and create the food we eat.... Show More

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When Sam Ashworth apprenticed in a French Michelin-starred restaurant, it broke him after just one week. This week, he talks about his experience—which entailed cleaning squid for four hours a night—and why the French brigade system of training chefs and regimenting the cooking process has been so successful. Plus, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the real environmental impact of eating beef; we talk about hangover cures from around t... Read more

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Former graffiti artist Duff Goldman bakes cakes in the shape of everything from Radio City Music Hall to old sneakers. Plus we explore Korean home cooking with chef Sohui Kim, and J. Kenji López-Alt investigates the science of no-knead bread. (Originally aired January 31, 2019.)

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Meredith Erickson takes us on an Alpine journey to discover the food and pleasures of the little-known huts and lodges above 3,000 feet. Plus, we chat with Josh Scherer of Good Mythical Morning about the internet’s fascination with taste-test videos; we learn the secrets to the perfect Neapolitan meatball; and Adam Gopnik tells us why sugar sales are declining.

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We chat with superstar chef Aarón Sánchez about finding food, finding love and finding himself. Plus, we discover the history and nuance of the martini cocktail; we share our recipe for Norwegian salmon; and Dan Pashman makes a case for picky eaters.

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Chris Elliott, who investigated the horsemeat scandal in the United Kingdom, talks about fake oregano, cardboard in parmesan and the multibillion-dollar business of food fraud. Plus, we investigate the curious case of "Q" (a Taiwanese obsession with chewiness); we travel to Milan for risotto; we uncover clever culinary uses for yogurt; and Dr. Aaron Carroll asks whether cow's milk is nature's most nearly perfect ... Read more

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We chat with Ted Allen about the soaring success of Queer Eye and Chopped, his life behind the scenes and embarrassing encounters with Martha Stewart. Plus, we explore the new German cooking with Meike Peters; Adam Gopnik discusses the role of turkey in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”; and we whip up an apple cake.

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December 13, 2019 53 min

Many of us still miss Julia Child, but YouTube star Maangchi is an excellent substitute. Today, we discuss Korean home cooking, the best way to clean an octopus and her favorite food, the sea squirt. Plus, we discover what and how ancient Minoans cooked; Alex Aïnouz wonders if we should all have a 3D printer in our kitchens; and we share our recipe for Savory Bread Pudding.

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In Yotam Ottolenghi's latest book, “Simple,” he focuses on delivering minimal hassle for maximum joy—whole-roasted vegetables topped with crème fraîche, no-bake cheesecake and a new take on salads. This week, we discuss how he keeps things simple, yogurt on everything and the must-have spices for any kitchen. Plus, recipes for a homemade Christmas with Yvette Van Boven; the secret of Taiwan's beef noodle soup; and J. K... Read more

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Can your significant other’s food preferences become a nonstarter when searching for marital bliss? Reporter Emily Thomas of “The Food Chain” introduces us to three couples who are learning to make peace despite their domestic culinary wars. Plus, we explore kaiseki with Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama; Dan Pashman rails against avocado toast; and we share our recipe for Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies with Browned Butter Ic... Read more

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November 22, 2019 52 min

This week it’s Thanksgiving Rules: turkey, cranberry sauce and cake versus pie. We chat with Stella Parks about her pumpkin pie secret and a fresh twist on à la mode; Vivian Howard invites us to her kitchen for North Carolina turkey and sides; Alice Waters, Erin French, Joanne Chang, Gonzalo Guzmán and more chefs, authors and friends recount their Thanksgiving tales of disaster, culinary wisdom and family memories; Dr. Aaron Car... Read more

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Vicky Bennison takes us behind the scenes of Pasta Grannies, her YouTube channel that documents Italian grandmothers making pasta the old-fashioned way. Plus, Robin Russell Gaiser tells us about her years-long endeavor of asking perfect strangers to lunch; Alex Aïnouz attempts to make a 1-million layer puff pastry; and we serve up Portuguese-Style Sweet Potato Rolls.

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Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, hosts of the radio show “A Way With Words,” join us to explore the language of food. They discuss why some restaurant servers ask “Will you be wanting anything else?”—instead of simply “Do you want anything else?” And they explain phrases that seemingly don’t make a lot of sense, such as “in a pickle.” Plus, master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz teaches us how to transform a meal using spices; ... Read more

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The Chez Panisse founder discusses the early days of the historic Berkeley institution and the power of taste to change lives. Plus, our trip to Sicily for the real Pasta con Fagioli; Jerrelle Guy talks “Black Girl Baking”; and Dan Pashman of The Sporkful performs an on-air experiment about sound and taste. (Originally aired October 25, 2018.)

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October 25, 2019 51 min

Angie Mar, co-owner and chef at the Beatrice Inn, introduces us to her world, a restaurant that cooks more animals than vegetables. We discuss smuggling beef, bone-marrow crème brûlée and her most polarizing dish—a 160-day whiskey-aged tomahawk rib-eye steak, which sells for more than $700. Plus, we learn about a society of beer can collectors; we share our recipe for Tunisian Chickpeas with Swiss Chard; and Dan Pashman tells us... Read more

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October 18, 2019 54 min

Rachael Ray tells Milk Street how she almost killed Tony Bennett, set fire to Emeril’s kitchen, endured wardrobe malfunctions and why she still believes in the power and dignity of hard work. Plus, Brooke Jarvis takes us behind the $10 million launch of a new apple variety; we learn Sardinia’s secret to five-minute handmade pasta; and Dr. Aaron Carroll reveals the health effects of chocolate.

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This week, we visit the unglamorous world of catering, where Matt and Ted Lee immersed themselves for four years. Behind the canapés, flower displays and dessert trains, the two brothers reveal chaos, extreme conditions and crazy makeshift kitchens. Plus, food anthropologist Valerie Gordon resurrects long-lost desserts from legendary restaurants. And we make Nadine Redzepi’s Danish Dream Cake.

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Ronni Lundy, author of “Victuals,” eats her way through Appalachia. Also on this week's show: Mark Kurlansky reveals the shocking, often deadly history of milk; we travel to Genoa to uncover the authentic recipe for Pesto Genovese; and Dr. Aaron Carroll talks trans fats and health. (Originally published October 18, 2018.)

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September 27, 2019 51 min

Culinary secrets from Yewande Komolafe to change the way you cook. Plus, Gustavo Arellano takes us on a journey down the great American chile highway; we make a hearty beef stew from central Mexico; and Adam Gopnik tells us about how his recent trip to Italy spawned an epiphany.

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September 20, 2019 51 min

This week, writer Dave Stroup takes us inside the Academy Awards of water, tasting water that is infused with the “frequency of love” and the “pulsations of the universe.” Plus, filmmaker David Gelb talks “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table”; we share our recipe for a coconut milk rice pudding; and Dan Pashman asks one of the most pressing questions of our time—should the pizza emoji have pepperoni on it?

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Every day, zoo chef Stacy Kyles prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner for 600 animals at the Oakland Zoo. This week, we chat about how she feeds the pickiest eaters, how she celebrates birthdays at the zoo and what everyone eats—from watermelon-licking lions to smoothie-guzzling primates. Plus, we discover Tokyo’s Neapolitan pizza scene; we make a Greek-style risotto; and Dr. Aaron Carroll demystifies the latest study on eggs and... Read more

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