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The Level Teaspoon

The Level Teaspoon is a podcast for cooks who love recipes and the people they feed. It's hosted by T. Susan Chang, longtime cookbook reviewer for the Boston Globe, NPR, and others. Each week we'll look at the latest cookbook releases, we'll talk about what's going on in the world of recipes, and we'll test one or two recipes with a friend who likes to cook. Come back weekly for more good food and people to eat it with!
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Nov 15, 2017

With little more than some rice- and soy-based pantry ingredients and maybe a bit of seaweed, you too can bring Japanese cuisine to life in your kitchen.  In this episode, a longtime cooking teacher shows you how.

The Level Teaspoon's home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Nov 8, 2017

What's the next best thing to traveling the world and eating everything under the sun?  Getting someone who's already done that to give you the recipes.

The Level Teaspoon's home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Nov 1, 2017

A baking book, coming on the end of the longest string of successful cookbooks from one restaurateur that I can think of.  Pull out the mixer and preheat the oven! because it's raining cookies.

The Level Teaspoon's home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Oct 25, 2017

She practically invented the food blog eleven years ago, from her tiny Manhattan kitchen, and in 2012, her first cookbook shot to the top of the charts.  Can lightning strike again? A second outing from one of the food blogosphere's best-loved voices.

The Level Teaspoon's home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Oct 18, 2017

One hit after another, in a smart new release from an author better known for her behind-the-scenes work in the food world. 

The Level Teaspoon's new home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Oct 11, 2017

After a series of recipe-testing flops and misfires in the Level Teaspoon kitchen, the week's third cookbook delivers...in more ways than one.

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Oct 4, 2017

My turn to have a go with the hottest kitchen appliance like, ever - and to sift through the teetering pile of cookbooks seeking to capitalize on its success for the one I like most of all.

The Level Teaspoon's new home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Sep 27, 2017

A second venture from a New York chef with a famous name and a fearless way with flavor.  The question of the day: if it works in a restaurant, will it work in your home kitchen?

The Level Teaspoon's new home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Sep 20, 2017

In which I finally get to tell you about a book I've been dying to share since February.  Ready your marrow bones and rock your stock pots, because this one is truly phenomenal.*

[*Cue straining sounds as I hold myself back from resorting to the most overused pun in kitchendom.]

The Level Teaspoon's new home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Sep 13, 2017

In which I share with you a very hot new release associated with a certain magazine, a certain pair of spectacles and a certain bow tie.

The Level Teaspoon's new home on the web is here:  www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Sep 6, 2017

In which I share with you the very best ice cream book from all of 2017...

You can find the recipe for the swoonworthy malted vanilla ice cream with chocolate pretzels, available to patrons, at my website: www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon  Come visit and see what's cooking!

Aug 29, 2017

Greetings, Level Teaspoon listeners!  Season Two is around the corner!

There will be a new format for the show, AND - drumroll - the Level Teaspoon now has a Patreon page with special features for subscribers.  Yes, there will be a weekly cookbook giveaway! and much more, which you'll hear about it in this short season intro.  And you can come visit at www.patreon.com/levelteaspoon

See you in September! And meanwhile don't forget - measure carefully, but always season to taste!

Dec 13, 2016

 KIDS' COOKBOOKS recommendations:

 

and [not mentioned on the podcast but also worth considering for younger kids]:

        

 

 

Jane Kelly was a senior manager and CEO in the music and TV industry in the UK. Her career kicked off working for the independent record label Stiff Records, then starting the first music TV station in Europe and later running one of the Virgin Group companies. In the late 90s she started and ran a website business selling cookbooks. She loves to cook though is cursed (blessed?) by a family of fussy eaters whereas she will happily eat everything (which is probably also a curse). Jane lives near Boston, Massachusetts and has two adult children, both in college.

This week's test cookbook #1:   Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Kitchen Victories, by Julia Turshen (Chronicle Books)  

This week's guest #2: Pete Baker is the Kitchen Manager at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts.  He spends much of his time on food and drink related activities including bread baking and pizza making in a homemade outdoor wood-fired clay oven, keeping bees and chickens, and tending to a very large vegetable garden and small orchard as well as foraging for mushrooms. He also is an avid home brewer.

This week's test cookbook #2: Bread Illustrated: a Step by Step Guide to Achieving Bakery Quality Results at Home, by America's Test Kitchen

Episode 15 Music

  • "Holiday 2," by Dave Depper
  • "Pixelland," by Kevin MacLeod
  • "Darxieland," by Kevin MacLeod
  • "Avareh," by Mamak Khadem

Episode 15 Sound Effects

Lethbridge Sounds, and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Dec 13, 2016

 KIDS' COOKBOOKS recommendations:

 

and [not mentioned on the podcast but also worth considering for younger kids]:

        

 

 

Jane Kelly was a senior manager and CEO in the music and TV industry in the UK. Her career kicked off working for the independent record label Stiff Records, then starting the first music TV station in Europe and later running one of the Virgin Group companies. In the late 90s she started and ran a website business selling cookbooks. She loves to cook though is cursed (blessed?) by a family of fussy eaters whereas she will happily eat everything (which is probably also a curse). Jane lives near Boston, Massachusetts and has two adult children, both in college.

This week's test cookbook #1:   Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Kitchen Victories, by Julia Turshen (Chronicle Books)  

This week's guest #2: Pete Baker is the Kitchen Manager at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts.  He spends much of his time on food and drink related activities including bread baking and pizza making in a homemade outdoor wood-fired clay oven, keeping bees and chickens, and tending to a very large vegetable garden and small orchard as well as foraging for mushrooms. He also is an avid home brewer.

This week's test cookbook #2: Bread Illustrated: a Step by Step Guide to Achieving Bakery Quality Results at Home, by America's Test Kitchen

Episode 15 Music

  • "Holiday 2," by Dave Depper
  • "Pixelland," by Kevin MacLeod
  • "Darxieland," by Kevin MacLeod
  • "Avareh," by Mamak Khadem

Episode 15 Sound Effects

Lethbridge Sounds, and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Dec 7, 2016

Ethnic/Regional Cookbook Recommendations:

 

 

 

  

This week's guest #1: Sally Ekus Sally Ekus is a literary agent and co-owner of The Lisa Ekus Group, a full service culinary agency specializing in literary and talent representation.  She represents a wide range of culinary talent, from first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, professional food writers to bloggers, and internet and television personalities (and she also represented my own book, A Spoonful of Promises!).  Sally loves being the liaison between an author and their publisher, and takes great pride in guiding authors towards their dreams of publication.  Sally has a deep love of phở, anything spicy, and of course TACOS! You can follow her on Instagram @SallyEkus. This week's test cookbook #1:   Damn Delicious by Chungah Rhee (Oxmoor Press) This week's guest #2: Molly Stevens

Molly Stevens is a food writer, cookbook author, editor and cooking teacher living in Northern Vermont. Her cookbook All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art (WW Norton, 2011) won a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award and two International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards. Previously, her cookbook All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking (WW Norton, 2004) also won a 2005 James Beard Foundation Award and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award. Molly’s articles and recipes appear regularly in Fine Cooking magazine where she is a contributing editor. She has contributed regularly to Saveur, Bon Appétit, and Eating Well magazines. Her recipes and tips have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Real Simple, Yankee, Easy Living (UK), Drinks, Real Food, and House & Garden (South Africa) magazines. This week's test cookbook #2: Taste & Technique, by Naomi Pomeroy Episode 14 Music

  • Sunsearcher, "Latin Rhythm"
  • "Devil with the Devil," by the Underscore Orchestra
  • "The Lemur," by Curha

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Nov 29, 2016

Baking Book Recommendations:

     

This week's guest: Jenny Hartin

"I am the Cookbook Promotions Manager for Eat Your Books and the founder of The Cookbook Junkies, a Facebook group of 38,000 cookbook fanatics and website of the same name located here. I wrote a column on cookbook reviews for TasteBook and I write a bi-weekly column for Sunday Supper Movement. I also provide reviews for Publishers Weekly. A New Yorker for over 15 years, I moved to Colorado three years ago with my husband and son, Andrew who is 12. I am an avid cook and baker - and have far too many kitchen related items and cookbooks (4000) in my home." This week's test cookbook:   Marbled, Swirled, and Layered by Irvin Lin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The publisher was kind enough to give us permission to reprint the recipes for Chocolate and Brown Sugar Buttercream Rolled Cake with Crushed Pistachios and Double-Chocolate Chunk Blondie Bars with Bourbon Ganache here.

Episode 12 Music

  • Songe d'Automne, by Latché Swing
  • Morena, by Radio Jerocho and Zenen Zeferino Huervo

Episode 12 Sound Effects

  • Corsica_S,, and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Nov 22, 2016

Pie Books mentioned in Episode 12:        

This week's guest:  Becky Selengut is a cookbook author, cooking teacher, dog wrangler, cocktail lover and comedy podcaster. She can be found at www.beckyselengut.com.

This week's test cookbook:   Smashed,  Mashed, Boiled, and Baked - and Fried, too! by Raghavan Iyer (Workman Publishing)

Potato-stuffed Chiles Rellenos recipe

Purple Potato Focaccia recipe    

 

Episode 12 Music

  • 'Warmer,' by Andy Cohen

Episode 12 Sound Effects

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra

 

Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Nov 15, 2016

Something different this week: I begin my annual search for the Best Recipes of 2016.

In this episode, we look at one of them: Ningbo Omelet with Dried Shrimp and Chives, from Land of Fish and Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop.

 

Also: assorted breakfast recipes from Rise and Shine, by Katie Sullivan-Morford, with guest Jandro Levins.

Alejandro Levins is an entrepreneur, investor and consultant interested in improving our food system through innovation. His love of eating and feeding others led to his love of cooking, which he does nearly every day. You can also check out the wicked cool cheese cutter Jandro mentions in the interview while you're listening.

 

Episode 11 Music

  • Underscore Orchestra, Devil with the Devil
  • Underscore Orchestra, Blue Draggish

Episode 11 Sound Effects

  • klankbeeld and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra

 

Nov 8, 2016

   

The Superfun Times Vegan   Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz  (Little Brown)

Turkish Delights: Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea by John Gregory-Smith, by John Gregory-Smith (Kyle Books)

Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, by Masahiru Morimoto (Ecco Press)  

Noteworthy titles

Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Our Edible World  by Julia Rothman (Storey Press)

Toast Hash Roast Mash: Real Food For Every Time of Day, by Dan Doherty (Frances Lincoln)

Poole's: Recipes and stories from a Modern Diner, by Ashley Christensen (10 Speed)

   

 

This Week's Recipe Test!

 
 
Book tested:  Dorie's Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan
Guest:  Kathy Gunst
 
Kathy Gunst is the author of 15 cookbooks; her latest book is Soup Swap (Chronicle Books). She is a James Beard award winning food journalist and the Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now, heard on over 450 public radio stations.    
 
Episode 10 Music

"Waunobe March,"  by Kevin Macleod

"Fast Talkin'" by Kevin Macleod

"Yegah Sirto,"by Ehl-i Keyif

"Sevdam Olmasa Muhabbet Bagi," by Wind of Anatolia

"Pyro Flow," by Kevin Macleod

 

Episode 10 sound effects

Sound effects by TerryHancock, timlaroche,, . . .and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings. The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra

Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Nov 1, 2016

Episode 9 Review Titles

 

Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables! Turbocharged Recipes fro Vegetables with Guts, by Peter Meehan  (10 Speed) 1

Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals, by Lisa Fetterman (10 Speed)

The Indian Cooking Course, by Monisha Baradwaj (Kyle Books)  

 

Noteworthy titles

What Good Cooks Know: 20 Years of Test Kitchen Expertise in One Essential Handbook  by the Editors of America's Test Kitchen  (America's Test Kitchen)

30 Ingredients, by Sally Clarke (Frances Lincoln)

Market Math: 50 Ingredients x 4 Recipes = 200 Simple, Creative Dishes, by the editors of Food + Wine (Harmony Books)

 

This Week's Recipe Tests!

 
Book tested:  Amazing Malaysian, by Norman Musa
Guest:  Fuchsia Dunlop
Fuchsia Dunlop is a cook and food-writer specializing in Chinese cuisine. She is the author of Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China (a collection of recipes from the Jiangnan or Lower Yangtze Region in eastern China), the award-winning Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking; Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, an account of her adventures in exploring Chinese food culture; and two other critically-acclaimed Chinese cookery books, Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, and Sichuan Cookery (published in the US as Land of Plenty).  
 
Book tested: Sirocco, by Sabrina Ghayour Guest: Janice Telfer
Janice Telfer, is a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts and works on making better vaccines against deadly diseases in animals and humans. She has a special relationship with Persian food, and made her own triple tier wedding cake with hazelnut meringue discs interleaved with raspberry puree, white chocolate cream cheese frosting and white chocolate ivy leaves .
 

Episode 9 Music

"Earth and Stone," by Kevin Hartnell.

"Zanzibar," by Kevin MacLeod

"Haratanaya Sree," by Veena Kinhal

"Hackbeat," by Kevin MacLeod

Episode 9 sound effects

Sound effects by kokopetiyot, JanKoehl, LG, . . .and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra

Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Oct 25, 2016

 Review titles:

   

Homestyle Vegan: Easy, Everyday Plant-Based Recipes, by Amber St. Peter (Page Street Publishing)

The Gourmet Kitchen: Recipes from the Creator of Savory Simple, by Jennifer Farley (Gallery Books)

Persepolis: Vegetarian Recipes from Persia and Beyond, by Sally Butcher (Interlink Books)  

 

Noteworthy titles

The Magic of Gingerbread: 16 Beautiful projects to make and eat by Catherine Beddall (Peter Pauper Press)

The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cosmic Alchemy for a Thriving Body, Beauty, and Consciousness, by Amanda Chantal Bacon (Pam Krauss Books).

The Monster's Cookbook: Everyday Recipes for the Living Dead and Undead, by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (Mitchell Beazley)

 

 

This Week's Recipe Test!

Book tested: Shake. Stir. Sip.: More than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts, by Kara Newman

Guest: Peter Stuart Peter Stuart has worked as a radio broadcaster, and producer, a community development provocateur, environmental technology champion, news editor and recently in the aged care sector. He reads voraciously, eats and drinks safe in the knowledge his metabolism is just super and still dances to disco music. Oh and he plays with tarot cards too.  

Episode 8 Music

"Chillin Hard," by Kevin MacLeod

"Lake in the Woods," by TRG Banks

"Chat Fetiche," by Glockabelle

"Cotton Candy Monster," by Chase Alan Willis

"Witchcraft," by Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh [performed by Susie Chang (piano)]

Episode 8 sound effects

Sound effects by CGEffex, ShotgunPicker, Hybrid_VAkrythael, madumcc, MWLANDI, RobinHood76,  . . . and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra   Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Oct 18, 2016

The Level Teaspoon can be found on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play - or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" on any other podcast service you may use.   You can also hear it through your browser at The Level Teaspoon site.  

Review titles:

    

The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau, by Abraham Conlon, Adrienne Lo, and Hugh Amano (10 Speed) Cooking for Jeffrey, by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter) Effortless Entertaining Cookbook: 80 Recipes That will Impress your Guests Without Stress, by Meredith Steele (Page Street Publishing)  

 

Noteworthy titles

Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World by Shane Mitchell and James Fisher (photographer)  (10 Speed)

American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes behind More than 125 of our Best Loved Cakes, by Anne Byrn (Rodale Books)

Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time, by by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre (Harmony Books)

     

 

This Week's Recipe Tests!

 

Book tested: Appetites, by Anthony Bourdain Guest: Miranti Kisdarjono

Miranti, a self-described "rogue chef, style maker, and stage ham," is an Indonesian native and a Brooklyn transplant who has many lives. Fashion design took her to New York City and the performance art world took her to the glamour and grit of its underground. Recently she won an episode on the recent new Food Network show Cooks vs. Cons, a cooking competition pitting pro chefs against  talented amateurs . This win prompted her to create a platform for herself where she can combine the three passions, design style, performance and cooking. Please follow her upcoming website www.joyoffeasting.com where she talks about food from personal stories and cross cultural points of view. Also follow her on Instagram @thejoyoffeasting to get visual stories and video clips.
 
 
Book tested:  The Alternative Baker, by Alanna Taylor-Tobin
Guest:  Denny Moyes
Denny is a set designer for TV, movies and theater and, he says, he owe his cooking skills to his mom, Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet), Julia Child, and Alton Brown.

Episode 7 Music

"Valse em F Menor," byAlexandre Bateiras

"Lobby Time," by Scott Holmes

"A New Day," by Scott Holmes

"Sidewalk Shade," by Kevin MacLeod,

"Lagoa v2," by Kevin MacLeod

Episode 7 sound effects

Sound effects by GB01, acertingart, Taira Komori. . .and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Oct 11, 2016

Review titles:

    

Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge, by Trine Hahnemann (Quadrille Books)

The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, by Marcus Samuelsson (HMH)

The Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Filling, and Life, by Kate McDermott (Countryman)  

Noteworthy titles

Eat it Up! 150 Recipes to use Every Bit and Enjoy Every Bite of the food You Buy by Sherry Brooks Vinton (Da Capo)

The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World, by Padma Lakshmi and Judith Sutton (Ecco Press).

The Lobster Cookbook: 55 Easy Recipes: Bisques, Noodles, Salads, Soups, Bakes, Wraps, Grills And Fries For Every Day Eating, by Jane Bamforth (Lorenz Books)

     

 

This Week's Recipe Test!

Book tested: K Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food Guest: Vishnu Hoff   "I work in medical research, specifically ophthalmic research, at a hospital in Manhattan. My work used to involve taking photographs of retinas for diagnostic purposes, and surgical video in the O.R. for teaching purposes. These days I work more on textbooks, educational websites, and helping to produce professional meetings for various sub-specialties such as glaucoma.

I consider myself a democratic food snob- I will try just about anything in pursuit of good food. It doesn't have to be fancy, and it doesn't have to be expensive. This is obviously a wide open area with many definitions since everyone thinks their food is "good food". I've often found that they're right- there's a lot of good food out there as long as you're willing to search for it. Sadly, there's also a LOT of bad food, and I cannot and will not waste my time on McDonalds and its ilk. For me the starting point for good food is it has to be real, as in not manufactured in a factory, not made from over-processed ingredients, etc. I think the test of a culture's food is its street food- if they can do that well, they're off to a damned good start!"

Episode 6 Music

"Skye Cuillin" by Kevin MacLeod

"Fast Talkin" by Kevin MacLeod

"Dueling Duality" by Cullah

"Happy Happy Game Show" by Kevin MacLeod

"Tripède," by Thiaz Itch  

 

Episode 6 sound effects

Sound effects by mshahen, lonemonk, weaveofk, samkolber, shotgunpicker, FoolBoyMedia, yummie . . .and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.  

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra   Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

Oct 4, 2016

So music is a bit of a Thing for both Ivy and me.  Ivy studied voice and sang in a band a lifetime ago.  I studied piano at Juilliard Pre-College a lifetime ago.  So we're both lapsed musicians.  But we still like getting together to make some noise from time to time, and we both love the Great American Songbook.

Ivy first heard "Lost in the Stars"  on the radio a year or so ago and managed to hunt down some sheet music for us.  It was composed by Kurt Weill in 1949, the year before Weill's death, for a Broadway production of the same name.  The musical was based on Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country.

Despite its major key and casual pacing, "Lost in the Stars" represents, just beneath the surface, a crisis of faith experienced by a father in danger of losing his son. As in so many Weill songs, what passes at first for an easy, blues-tinged melody camouflages a pain so deep it can only be expressed with a smile.

Oct 4, 2016

The Level Teaspoon can be found on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play - or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" on any other podcast service you may use.   You can also hear it through your browser at The Level Teaspoon site.

 

Review titles:

   

Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, by Alton Brown (Ballantine)

Adventures in Chicken, by Eva Kosmas Flores (HMH)

Molly on the Range, by Molly Yeh (Rodale)  

 

Noteworthy titles

The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act by Alex Prud'homme (Knopf)

The I Heart Naptime Cookbook: More than 100 easy 7 delicious recipes to make in less than one hour, by Jamielyn Nye (Grand Central Publishing).

¡Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen  by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy (10 Speed)

     

 

This Week's Recipe Test!

Book tested: LEON Happy Salads

Guest: Ivy Mabius "I am an artist/designer who designs homes and businesses. I do complete commissioned murals, canvas paintings, ceramics and photographs when not running after two boys, two mastiffs, two rabbits, two sheep, two goats and 13 chickens. I learned to cook seriously in two places. The first was in Brussels, Belgium from a then-boyfriend's mother, Claudine Arnoldy, an amazing chef who never made the same thing twice.  The second city where I learned to cook was our culinary and cultural capital of the USA - New Orleans!  I designed many restaurants in New Orleans, notably Brigtsen's Restaurant,  where she was hired by chef Frank Brigtsen - one of New Orleans' best chefs and a prodigy of Paul Prudhomme's. I have always loved to cook.  My mom always made us delicious home cooked meals and now I have the opportunity to do the same for my family.  Family meal time is a priority to us as a family.  Having a small organic farm helps my overall recipe execution."  

Episode 5 Music

"Ultra Swing" by MrJuan

"Local Forecast" by Kevin MacLeod

"Swing Gitane"  by the Underscore Orkestra

"New Town Klezmer" by the Underscore Orkestra

"The Devil's Dance" by Cuban Cowboys

"Lost in the Stars" by Kurt Weill, performed by Ivy Mabius (vocals) and Susie Chang (piano)

Episode 5 sound effects

Drum Roll with Cymbals Crash Copyright 2013 Iwan Gabovitch, CC-BY3

Opening a soda can by Taira Komori

Baby wail by BoilingSand ...and others hosted at freesound.org, soundbible.com, and looperman.com, as well as my own recordings.  

 

The Level Teaspoon's theme music: Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra   Hear it all on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or find it by searching for "The Level Teaspoon" any other podcast service you may use!

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