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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: November, 2016
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!

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