Posts Tagged ‘NPR’

Congratulations, America, You’re Not So Bland Anymore

So says NPR's Morning Edition, which is airing a segment today that claims the United States "is a far spicier nation than it used to be." Here are a few pieces of data from the NPR report to prove the point: "Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show big gains in Americans' spice consumption […]

NPR: Supertasters Headed for Heart Attacks?

That's one conclusion you could draw from NPR's report yesterday that informed us supertasters love salt. Really love salt. Penn State researchers discovered that: supertasters couldn't get enough [salt]. They choose higher-sodium foods than their counterparts. For instance, they opted for — and preferred — higher sodium chips and cheeses. In other words, supertasters: Enjoy […]

Drinking Music: What’s on Your Playlist?

Beer and music are an obvious yet overlooked combination. Y&H readers may remember the Beerspotter's listening party on NPR last summer. Brewers like James Watt and Martin Dickie of the Scottish brewery BrewDog hold beer and music pairing events and listen to specific albums every time they brew (and no, it's not all punk though […]

Food News You Can Use: ‘Top Chef’ in D.C. Gossip

Y&H is no Reliable Source, but even this food scribe is occasionally thrown a scrap of gossip about all the Top Chef shenanigans going on in the District. Like yesterday, a source told me that some white-jacket types were seen cooking in the building across the street from NPR's headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW. […]

Supersizing the Last Supper: What Does It Mean?

Last week, NPR's Morning Edition aired a tantalizing little snippet about the Supersizing of the Last Supper. It seems that over the past millennium, the meal has grown by a blubber-inducing 69 percent, according to nutrition experts who have studied depictions of the event, in which Jesus drops a dime on one of his disciples. So […]

Can You Learn to Cook from a Cookbook?

New Yorker scribe Adam Gopnik turned into a one-man El Niño last fall, generating all sorts of ancillary disturbances, when he noted that, in essence, reading a cookbook is a waste of time. You'll never learn to cook from one. Gopnik explains his position in his own sublime prose (a skill that we can only assume, based on […]

The Grill Sergeants: The Best Food Program You’ve Never Seen

Until this afternoon, I had never heard about The Grill Sergeants, and my life has been the poorer for it. I saw this clip on Serious Eats and just love the show's star chef, Sgt. First Class Brad Turner, who's like the James Brown of the kitchen. He can prepare a bananas foster cheesecake and […]

Pairing Beer With Jazz: Beerspotter on NPR

Of all the possible porch-based activities, listening to records and drinking beer are two of my favorites. So I was pretty eager to chip in on a National Public Radio story pairing jazz tunes with beers. There was milk stout and IPA. There was Charles Mingus and Quarteto Novo. There was also smart, newbie-friendly guidance […]

The First Audience for TV Cooking Shows? Men in Taverns.

Morning Edition aired an engaging segment today on the history of cooking shows. Renee Montagne interviewed author Kathleen Collins whose book, Watching What We Eat, explores the evolution of cooking programs, and how they follow American culture. I got an ironic chuckle out of Collins' research into the first nationally televised cooking show, I Love […]

NPR’s Morning Edition Surprise: Ray’s Hell Burgers Will Survive the Economy!

If I may, allow me to boil down Yuki Noguchi's Morning Edition report today on how local restaurants are surviving this vicious economy: creating affordable prix-fixe menus, doing more with lesser ingredients, and, well, being Micheal Landrum. For the life of me, I can't understand why NPR would choose to focus on only two restaurants, […]