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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Sep 27, 2016

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Review titles:


Cook's Science by Cook's Illustrated: 300+ Recipes Engineered for Success, by America's Test Kitchen (ATK)

How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking, by Mark Bittman (HMH)

Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share (Chronicle)  

Episode 4 Noteworthy titles

Cake Magic! Mix and Match your Way to 100 Amazing Combinations by Caroline Wright (Workman)

The Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook, by Kiera and Cole Stipovich (Chronicle Books).

Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind their Tattoos (with Recipes)  Isaac Fitzgerald an Wendy McNaughton (Bloomsbury)


Episode 4 Recipe Tests


Guest: Pat Catalano Pat is a "medical editor who enjoys eating more than cooking, but sometimes it's just her turn to cook."

Book tested: Dinner A.S.A.P: 150 Recipes Made as Easy as Possible  

Guest: Denny Moyes Denny is the husband of Pat (see above!). By day he 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.

Book tested: Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard (Mitchell Be


Episode 4 Music:

"Infrastructure," by Scott Holmes

"Clean Suit," by We Is Shore Dedicated

"Kool Kats," by Kevin MacLeod

"Que te Quiero Yo," by El Niño del Parking Sound effects assembled using material from corsica_S. and others hosted at  Other sources include,, and my own recordings.  

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

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Sep 21, 2016

Episode 3 Review Titles


The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen, by Yasmin Khan (Bloomsbury)

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China, by Fuchsia Dunlop  (W. W. Norton)

Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors, by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)  

Episode 3 Noteworthy titles

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes, by Ronni Lundy (Clarkson Potter)

Dandelion & Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs, by Michelle McKenzie (Roost Books)

The Book of Lost Recipes: The Best Signature Dishes From Historic Restaurants Rediscovered by Jaya Saxena (Page Street Publishing)


Episode 3 Recipe Tests

Guest: Christina Barber-Just

Christina is an editor at Smith College and a former dining columnist for Hampshire Life magazine in western Massachusetts. She makes a mean martini and has a weakness for kitchen gadgets.

Book tested:  Fresh Fish: A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching, and Roasting Seafood,  by Jennifer Trainer Thompson (Storey Publishing)


Guest: Sara Barber-Just

Sara is the English department chair at Amherst Regional High School here in western MA and she loves setting the scene before a dinner party with fanciful linens, show-stopping flowers, and cocktails that make you go, Mmmmmmm.

Book tested: The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks by André Darlington and Tenaya Darlington (Running Press)  


Episode 3 Music:

Avareh by Mamak Khadem

Bossa d'Automne by Thiaz Itch

Sound effects assembled using material from benboncan, audiorichter, saphe, kiddpark, and inspectorj, all hosted at  Other sources include,, and my own recordings.  

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

Sep 14, 2016


Episode 2 Review titles:

The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini, by Cara Mangini (Workman Publishing)

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes, by Robin Ha (10 Speed Press)

Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love., by Floyd Cardoz (Artisan Books)


Episode 2 Noteworthy titles

Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare, by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla (Tupelo Press)

The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine by Jeffthe420Chef (Harper Wave)

Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World, edited by Lucy Long


Episode 2 Recipe Tests

Guest: Cindy Tarail

Cindy describes herself as "a community organization and community relations type of social worker." She works at Cancer Connection in Northampton, which provides free services to those dealing with cancer and their loved ones, everything from support groups and one to one guidance to integrative therapies and creativity and exercise classes. Cindy and her family "grew raising our own meat, dairy, and vegetables, picking wild blueberries and raking clams, and cooking off the grid...given that I’m a gardener, we always come back to the simplest most wonderful meals based on vegetables and herbs, good olive oil and cheeses, and our own eggs."

Book tested:  Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook, by Theresa Carle-Sanders (Delacorte  Press)  



Guest: Bill Fosher

Bill is a New Hampshire farmer raising lamb, beef, pork, chicken, and turkey, and avid home cook. He believes in using good, simple ingredients and techniques to produce flavorful meals. Sometimes quick and dirty, sometimes long and laborious, but usually very tasty. Or spectacular failures. Almost never boring. Yeast confounds him.

Book tested: Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-Rated Gadgets, Gear & Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science, by America's Test Kitchen  


Episode 2 Music:

As the Night Ends, by Laszlo Harsanyi Gold Rush, by Kevin MacLeod

The Show Must Be Go, by Kevin MacLeod

Latin Rhythm, by Sunsearcher  


The Level Teaspoon's theme music:

Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra

Sep 8, 2016

Episode 1 Review titles:


Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus by Caroline Eden & Eleanor Ford (Kyle Books)

ITSU 20 minute suppers: Eat beautiful with noodles, grains, rice and soups, by Julian Metcalf & Blanche Vaughan (Mitchell Beazley)

All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China, by Carolyn Phillips (10 Speed Press)  

Episode 1 Noteworthy titles

Not One Shrine: Two Food Writers Devour Tokyo by Becky Selengut  & Matthew Amster-Burton  (Thunk Books)

The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes (Oxmoor House)

Ice Cream Adventures: More Than 100 Deliciously Different Recipes, by Stef Ferrari (Rodale  Books)   



Episode 1 Recipe Test

Guest: Mark Lattanzi works by day at 93.9 WRSI, a popular local radio station here western Massachusetts.  The rest of the time, Mark and his wife Cindy grow, make, and experiment with a ridiculous amount of food, much of which has been enthusiastically eaten by me.

Book tested:  Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, by Meathead Goldwyn (Rux Martin/HMH)  


Episode 1 Music:

Little Lily Swing, by Tri-Tachyon

Ille de Roman Olsun, by Wind of Anatolia

Shange Mountain Song, by Chan Wai Fat    


The Level Teaspoon's theme music:

Não me touques, performed by The Bees Knees International Café Orchestra