Jun 14, 2013 — After teaching cooking classes for 20 years, Victoria Dougherty says she has ended up with some pretty random ingredients in her classroom cupboard — like juniper berries and fish sauce. Chef Raghavan Iyer offers some advice.
Jun 13, 2013 — Postwar marketing of convenience foods pushed our grandmothers to take many shortcuts in the kitchen that modern foodies might find unpalatable. Many involved Jell-O. Cookbook author Jeremy Jackson updated his grandma Mildred's famous strawberry cake recipe to remove this old-school secret ingredient.
Jun 10, 2013 — NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
May 27, 2013 — Grilling is a pillar of the American summer, and it's at the heart of many other cultures as well — from Latin America to Africa. This summer All Things Considered is setting out to explore some of them with the "Global Grill."
May 24, 2013 — The James Beard award-winning chef was the youngest ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times. His memoir, Yes, Chef, explains what it takes to be a master chef — and describes his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to some of America's finest restaurants.
May 20, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Jenny Rosenstrach examines dinnertime, Kate Summerscale recounts a scandalous Victorian trial, and John Dramani Mahama looks back on his childhood in Ghana. In fiction, Victor Davis Hanson reimagines an ancient battle, and Marie NDiaye follows three women from Senegal to Europe.
May 17, 2013 — At No. 14, Mark Bittman's VB6 recommends eating a vegan diet until dinnertime.
May 3, 2013 — Michael Pollan explores the transformation of nature into food in Cooked, which debuts at No. 2.
May 2, 2013 — Some hold the straight edge of the tortilla chip and dip the point; others do the opposite. But if you're willing to step out of the box, The Sporkful's Dan Pashman has a technique that could help boost the reputation of one controversial chip.
May 2, 2013 — Mexico-born chef Pati Jinich spent years tracking down a recipe for the popular but elusive Piggy Cookies. Now the cinnamon-spiced treats are a staple in her house.