Unfortunately none of the Boston area PBS stations carry this show. I found out about it from someone who lives in Washington, DC. One download of a podcast and I became a subscriber. A radio food show might sound counter intuitive but it relies on talk, not demonstration and in the hands of Lynne Rossetto Kasper and production manager Sally Swift it works very well.

The format is simple and usually the same. Jane and Michael Stern (authors of Road Food) travel around the country looking for the best of corned beef hash, Thai food, filled donuts, fried chicken, etc. and each week they describe their latest find. The last half of the show is devoted to listener call-ins which generally are questions about a variety of food-related topics. In between these two segments Lynne informally interviews various food specialists. They generously give tips, suggest resources, and offer cooking know-how to get the most out of ingredients.

In addition to the show, the website is a treasure trove of information. You can access past shows, find out where the Sterns have eaten (particularly helpful if you’re going somewhere they have been), subscribe to the Weeknight Kitchen Newsletter, browse the recipe box, and check out the Splendid Cheap Eats – which are inexpensive recipes distinguished by a cent sign. I recommend the show because it is produced with an awareness of real life constraints such as time, money, and experience. The tone is relaxed, unpretentious, and encouraging. Kitchens are not treated as expert zones but as places to learn, enjoy and eat.

One last thing, do not, under any circumstances, go food shopping while listening to a podcast. You’ll go way over budget. I learned this the hard way.

Debbie Jones-Steele

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