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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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Now displaying: October, 2016
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

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!

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.

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