Hitting The Books

On this week’s show, we delve into the wonderful world of cookbooks. We begin with Chef Isaac Toups, who collaborated with acclaimed food writer Jennifer Cole on his debut cookbook, Chasing the Gator. The book pulls back the curtain on the new guard of Cajun cooking. Visit our website to hear a full-length Quick Bites podcast with Isaac, which includes a cracklins tasting and a round of Cajun games.

 

Nik Sharma also joins us to discuss Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, his delicious take on experimental Indian cuisine. 

 

Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back in the Sixties, he quickly learned that the more cookbooks he collected, the more culinary experience he could gain. With 10,000 books now in their collection, Philippe and his partner Debbie Lindsey have found a new home for their books and other collectibles in the Seventh Ward.

 

And we meet Robert Palestina, Executive Director of The Cookbook Project. This New Orleans-based nonprofit works to combat chronic disease by promoting food justice and preserving local foodways. 

 

 

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost

In Memorium 2018: Culinary Legends Lost

On this week’s show, we look back on the lives of some extraordinary people we lost in 2018. We begin by revisiting our 2011 conversation with the late, great Anthony Bourdain. We had the opportunity to speak with Anthony after he was hired as a scriptwriter for the HBO series, Treme. Seven years later, we were absolutely devastated when we heard of Anthony’s suicide and remembered that long ago conversation. 

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Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History

Serving Up Great Restaurants With A Slice Of History

When it comes to historic restaurants, there’s no place like home – if you’re lucky enough to call New Orleans home! On this week's show, we time travel through the storied past of iconic French Quarter landmark, the Napoleon House. Chef Chris Montero gives us a tour of the historic property, from the bar to the cupola and all points in between. As it turns out, in addition to being an accomplished chef, Chris is also a passionate preservationist and historian. He shares two centuries worth of Girod and Impastato family lore and talks about the future of the establishment.

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Eat It To Eradicate It

Eat It To Eradicate It

On this week's show, we explore the intersections between hunting, gathering, fishing, and our changing environment. We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp.

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Not Your Typical Cup of Joe

Not Your Typical Cup of Joe

There’s nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond. 

We begin with a local favorite—PJ’s Coffee—which Phyllis Jordan founded 40 years ago. Phyllis reflects on the early years, when she became the first commercial iced coffee purveyor in New Orleans.

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Confection Affection

Confection Affection

On this week’s show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of some influential dessert makers. 

 

We visit the Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakeshop that’s been in business in New Orleans for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.

 

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Angling for the Elusive Salmon

Angling for the Elusive Salmon

Ora King is a sustainably raised salmon from New Zealand with a delicious history. On this week’s show, we travel to three cities to meet three chefs—all finalists in an international competition to create the most inventive Ora King salmon dish. 

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Listening To The Flip Side Of History

Listening To The Flip Side Of History

To tell a truly engaging story, you have to dig deep beneath the surface. When it comes to radio storytelling, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters, are masters. Through projects like Lost and Found Sound and Hidden World of Girls, the independent producers tell stories for NPR and online "from the flip side of history."

On this week's show, we take a journey in sound with these two radio luminaries, discuss their amazing trajectory on NPR, and learn how they came to uncover Hidden Kitchens, their duPont-Columbia and James Beard Award-winning radio series.

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Giving "The Help" A Hand: Applauding Lives Spent In Service

Giving "The Help" A Hand:  Applauding Lives Spent In Service

On this week’s show, we’re sharing untold stories of lives spent in service. 

 

We begin with a tour of the Kemper-Williams Residence at the Historic New Orleans Collection with decorative arts curator Lydia Blackmore, who conducted exhaustive research on the individuals who worked for the Williams family.

 

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Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.

We begin by exploring two centuries of historical and cultural changes with acclaimed Yale historian Paul Freedman. His book Ten Restaurants That Changed America weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.

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Following Fish Tales From Antartica To Barataria Bay

Following Fish Tales From Antartica To Barataria Bay

On this week’s show, we’re celebrating all things pescatarian across Louisiana. To begin, we travel from Port Sulphur to Barataria Bay for a taste of authentic Louisiana seafood with the Landry family of Don’s Seafood. The Landrys host us at their fishing camp and share stories that have been passed down through the generations.

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Suicide And Rebirth At Tales Of The Cocktail

Suicide And Rebirth At Tales Of The Cocktail

The suicide of Anthony Bourdain in June sent shock waves through the world, but especially the industry he loved. Since then, the conversation about mental health in the hospitality community has come into sharp focus. On this week's show, we speak with individuals close to the issue who gathered in New Orleans in July as part of Tales of the Cocktail's new Beyond The Bar initiative. Intended to help the hospitality industry take care of its own, Beyond the Bar offered compelling seminars on wellness and recovery.

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Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans.

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When Chefs And Anarchists Meet — Slow Food Nations Denver

On this week's show, we're bringing listeners along to Slow Food Nations 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The event celebrates slow and sustainable food systems through summits, workshops, and a street festival.

 

The festival’s theme for this year was Food for Change, and Slow Food USA’s Executive Director Richard McCarthy was more than ready to share his thoughts with us, particularly about food’s potential to be an antidote to our society’s polarizations. 

 

Next, we meet Paolo di Croce. Paolo’s been involved with Slow Food since the late ‘90s, and starting in 2005, as Secretary of Slow Food International’s Board of Directors. He joins us to discuss the international scope of Slow Food’s work.

 

Professor Raj Patel describes his observations about the festival and how small-scale organizing can help bring about a more fair and equitable food system.

 

We also learn about Mexico’s chapter of Slow Food from founder Alfonso Rocha. Alfonso is passionate about protecting traditional Mexican foodways and the people who bring it to the table.

 

And we hear a sample from Slow Food Nations’ late-night summit, which brought together Chefs Rick Bayless and Massimo Bottura for a conversation about the power of community kitchens.

 

Dreaming Of A Place At The Table

Dreaming Of A Place At The Table

On this week’s show, we take a look at immigration and its impact on the American food landscape. 

 

We begin with Rick Bayless, whose award-winning Frontera restaurants are bolstered by workers who come from immigrant backgrounds. Rick explains how many of his staff members were brought to the country as children and are now facing an uncertain future.

 

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Acadiana Road Show

Acadiana Road Show

On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally recognized  blog and book, Acadiana Table: Cajun and Creole Home Cooking from the Heart of Louisiana.

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A Feast For The Senses

A Feast For The Senses

This week’s show is, in a word, sensational. Join us as we delve into the many ways that our other four senses experience food.


We begin in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Their food photography exhibit, A Feast for the Eyes, runs the gamut from still lifes to the avant-garde. And it’s on view at LASM through September 16.

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A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales

A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world — Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.

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