Show 315, March 16, 2019: Chef Debbi Dubbs, A Little Book of Cheese

Debbi DubbsChef Debbi Dubbs previous book, What’s in Your Pantry, was created for her cooking class clients. Her second book, A Little Book of Cheese – A Mouse Eye View of Cheese, offers a practical guide on how to buy and store cheese, basic cheese tasting techniques, and how to create seasonal cheese and charcuteries boards. The highlight is the included content for cooking with cheese. Recipes galore including Fondue Palmiers for your just desserts…

Chef Debbi began with a restaurant background and then went on to own two catering companies and performing private chef services. She managed an upscale gourmet deli for Seal Beach’s popular Spaghettini Restaurant and was also a corporate chef for Melissa’s Produce. Chef Debbi hosts a yearly escorted trip to Cambria and Paso Robles to meet winemakers, farmers, olive oil producers and more artisan food producers.

Chef Debbi is our cheesy guest direct from her organic herb garden.


Show 314, March 9, 2019: Author & Cooking Teacher Nancie McDermott, Fruit – a Savor The South Cookbook

Nancie McDdermottTo write Fruit: A Savor the South Cookbook, best-selling author Nancie McDermott got to switch back and forth among the four careers she considered pursuing as a day-dreaming North Carolina eight-year-old. “I had a little merry-go-round of ideas on what to be when I grew up: Missionary? Detective? Actor? Or Spy?”

“Researching Fruit, I sorted and sifted, choosing 12 iconic fruits which matter in Southern cuisine. Persimmons and pawpaws, blackberries and melons, mayhaws and damsons — it’s clues and culture, traditions and creativity, flames and bowls, skillets, spoons, and celebrations. Fruit is seasons, symbols and stories. These fruit stories and recipes illuminate the world of Southern cooking.”

Fruit collects a dozen of the South’s bountiful locally sourced fruits in a cook’s basket of fifty-four luscious dishes, savory and sweet. Demand for these edible jewels is growing among those keen to feast on the South’s natural pleasures, whether gathered in the wild or cultivated with care. Indigenous fruits here include blackberries, mayhaws, muscadine and scuppernong grapes, pawpaws, persimmons, and strawberries.

From old-school Grape Hull Pie to Mayhaw Jelly–Glazed Shrimp, McDermott’s recipes for these less common fruits are of remarkable interest–and incredibly tasty. The non-native fruits in the volume were eagerly adopted long ago by southern cooks, and they include damson plums, figs, peaches, cantaloupes, quince, and watermelons. McDermott gives them a delicious twist in recipes such as Fresh Fig Pie and Thai-Inspired Watermelon-Pineapple Salad.

McDermott also illuminates how the South–from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Lowcountry, from the Mississippi Delta to the Gulf Coast–encompasses diverse subregional culinary traditions when it comes to fruit. Her recipes, including a favorite piecrust, provide a treasury of ways to relish southern fruits at their ephemeral peak and to preserve them for enjoyment throughout the year.

McDermott is a North Carolina native, cooking teacher, and author of 14 cookbooks, including Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations In 2018 she was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award in Journalism.

Nancie is our perfectly ripe guest.


Show 308, January 26, 2019: Author Ysanne Spevack, Vegetable Cakes – The most fun way to five a day!

Ysanne SpevackWhy aren’t we using vegetables in desserts? They are as sweet as many fruits when caramelized or marinated, and offer incredible flavors and visual appeal, and of course wonderful nutrition! Vegetable Cakes – The most fun way to five a day! by Ysanne Spevack (her 12th book) brings us a wonderful kale and coconut gateau, asparagus and sesame cake, carrot and plant-based cheesecakes made with fennel, pumpkin, and arugula.

“From a decadent beet cheesecake to a vegan radish-pavlova, eating vegetables has never been easier! Squash, corn, carrots, spinach, kale, onions and even fiddlehead ferns take you into a new culinary universe, where the tastes are intriguing, the bakes beautiful, and the results are irresistibly tempting.”

“Ysanne Spevack’s thoughtful step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, with a gorgeous finished photo for every recipe. Vegetable Cakes is a must have for anyone looking to brighten their baking universe, by adding some healthy layers to their daily diet.”

“Ysanne Spevack brings 25+ years of experience to Vegetable Cakes. Her previous books, ‘The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook,” published by Rizzoli and “Fresh & Wild—A Real Food Adventure” commissioned by Whole Foods and published by HarperCollins received critical acclaim. Born and raised in London, Ysanne moved to Los Angeles in 2004, and has been based in New York City. All three cities inform her unique perspective on food.”

We’re in the lush vegetable garden with Ysanne.


Show 308, January 26, 2019: Food Journalists & Authors Faye and Yakir Levy

Faye and Yakir LevyFaye Levy is an internationally acclaimed cookbook author. Most recently she collaborates with her husband, Yakir, who is also their resident photographer. In the book Foodwork: Jobs in the Food Industry and How to Get Them, with a foreword by the late Julia Child, Faye and Yakir Levy were profiled as the role models for cookbook authors.

Faye Levy lived in the Middle East for seven years. Along the way she taught cooking at Montana Mercantile, Let’s Get Cookin’, and other cooking schools, and has demonstrated cooking on national and regional TV. In addition to Feast from the Mideast, Faye has written 22 other cookbooks, including the award-winning books Faye Levy’s International Vegetable Cookbook, Fresh from France–Vegetable Creations, Chocolate Sensations and Classic Cooking Techniques.

Over her long career Faye has written many important articles for Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and other magazines and major newspapers. Faye’s most recent articles, which she wrote with Yakir, were for the Los Angeles Times, the Jerusalem Post and the Orange County Register.

Faye and Yakir highlight an unusual Jordanian restaurant in Los Angeles they enjoy, Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine. They will return to the show before Ramadan to showcase the establishments they dine at in Anaheim’s Little Arabia.

We’re talking about the delights of Middle Eastern cuisine with the very knowledgeable Faye and Yakir.


Show 299, November 24, 2018: Restaurateurs Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis, Bestia – Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A.

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis of BestiaThe Proprietors of the phenomenally popular Bestia and the newly opened Bavel, Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis, are no strangers to the show. Just in time for the Holidays their debut cookbook, Bestia – Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A., is now available.

This debut cookbook from L.A.’s phenomenally popular Bestia restaurant features rustic Italian food that is driven by intense flavors, including house-made charcuterie, pizza and pasta from scratch, and innovative desserts inspired by home-baked classics.

Since opening in downtown Los Angeles in 2012, Bestia has captivated diners with its bold, satisfying, and flavor-forward food served in a festive, communal atmosphere. Now, in this accessible and immersive debut cookbook, all of the incredible dishes that have made Bestia one of the most talked-about restaurants in the country are on full display.

Irresistible desserts such as apple cider donuts and a chocolate budino tart, from Co-owner and pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, end the concert of flavors on a high note.

Ori and Genevieve also share the uphill story of the saga of realizing Bestia. If you think it’s easy to open a restaurant in an unfashionable neighborhood (at the time) you might want to reconsider. Also profiled are the key team members that keep Bestia at the top of its game.

Bestia – Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. delivers a distinctively innovative approach to Italian-inspired cooking.

Proprietors Ori and Genevieve join us.


Show 299, November 24, 2018: Chef Carla Hall – Carla Hall’s Soul Food – Everyday and Celebration

Carla HallWe’re big fans of beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef,) Carla Hall. In her 3rd cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food – Everyday and Celebration, she takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine.

In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the big-hearted chef and television celebrity traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken.

From Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust, the recipes in Carla Hall’s Soul Food deliver her distinctive Southern flavors using farm-fresh ingredients. The results are light, healthy, seasonal dishes with big, satisfying tastes—the mouthwatering soul food everyone will want a taste of.

“Featuring 145 original recipes, 120 color photographs, and a whole lotta love, Carla Hall’s Soul Food is a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional—honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with Carla’s signature fresh style. The result is an irresistible and open-hearted collection of recipes and stories that share love and joy, identity, and memory.”

“To really return to my roots, I knew I had to go back home. I had to travel the route so many African-Americans did before me, so I took a Southern Road trip with my writer, Genevieve; and photographer, Gabriele.” – Carla Hall

“Along the way, we shared meals and stories with African-American farmers, chefs, cooks, legends. On farms, at markets, in restaurants, at home. Always breaking bread at the welcome table. And we traveled through time.” – Carla Hall

We’re cooking in the Southern kitchen with Carla.



Show 298, November 17, 2018: Cookbook Author Extraordinaire Dorie Greenspan, Everyday Dorie – The Way I Cook

Dorie Greenspan and her cookbook Dories CookiesAward-winning author Dorie Greenspan is the recipient of five prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards for her writing. Her newest title (her baker’s dozen effort) is Everyday Dorie – The Way I Cook. It’s her most personal work to date and an incredible friend for the challenged home cook.

In her latest cookbook Dorie’s legion of loyal fans can find the irresistible food she turns to for weekday and weekend meals. These are the meals she makes for friends in Paris, where she has lived for part of the year for more than twenty years, and the ones she prepares in her small New York City kitchen and her rural Connecticut home.

“The recipes, most of which are simple, none of which needs skills beyond basic, turn out food that’s comforting, satisfying and inviting,” she says.

“Whenever I’m cooking, I like to sneak in a little surprise. I love it when there’s something unexpected in a dish, especially when it’s in one we know well.”—From the Introduction

“Greenspan prides herself on being a practical cook. She prefers to use common ingredients found in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and her pantry and fridge. Often her fresh touches come from the way she appropriates what she has on hand to create a new dish, like Pasta with Cabbage, Winter Squash, and Walnuts, which gets a pert burst from dried cranberries and a splash of cider vinegar.”

Dorie was recently in Los Angeles on her national book tour and the “SoCal Restaurant Show” was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Dorie at her Media Reception at Melissa’s. The Melissa’s team of chefs prepared a representative assortment of 9 dishes from the book (from Ricotta Spoonable to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies) and Dorie demonstrated some recipes including Sweet and Smoky Roasted Carrots which will be on her Thanksgiving Table.

“These days I have only one rule : There must be dessert! Please follow it.” – Dorie Greenspan. We wholeheartedly agree…

We’re in the home kitchen with Dorie.


Show 297, November 10, 2018: Surfing Authority, Chef & World Traveler Jim Kempton, First We Surf Then We Eat

Jim KemptonSan Clemente resident Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world. Along the way he learned to cook the globe’s best beach-loving dishes. This is all captured in Jim’s first cookbook, First We Surf Then We Eat – Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel.

Now Jim is sharing his vibrantly colorful, flavorful, and healthful collection of recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he’s experienced – from Tahiti to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico, Peru to Morocco, and beyond.

Jim Kempton is a lifelong surfer, cook, and writer. He has been the editor and publisher of Surfer magazine; the director of Quiksilver’s Crossing Project, a boat that searched the world for the best surf breaks; the director of media for Billabong; and the owner of the former Margarita’s Village, an award-winning regional Mexican restaurant in San Clemente, California. The San Clemente resident is currently president of the California Surf Museum, as well as a surf-industry consultant.

We’ll ride the wave with Jim.


Show 290, September 15, 2018: Food, Travel, Drink and Lifestyle Journalist Rich Manning

Rich ManningRich Manning has been writing about food, drink, travel and other lifestyle topics since 2004. As a freelance writer, he’s worked with several different publications and businesses, and has written everything from restaurant reviews and feature articles to ad copy and website content. Current and previous publications include Gayot, Tasting Panel, Somm Journal, Sauté, Clever Root, and Dining Out.

He’s also operated his own website, The Lazy Hunter, since 2017. A Southern California resident and an enthusiastic foodie, he enjoys exploring the diverse nature and multi-cultural influences of his local dining scene and will pretty much try anything at least once. However, he remains a sucker for a really good burger, and thoroughly enjoys eating dinner at home with his wife and two daughters.

In the new Fall issue of Saute’ Rich Manning is represented with the celebrity chef interview (Gadgets), “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die With Jet Tila – Celebrity Chef Jet Tila continues to go at full-speed.” 

The (already) very successful cookbook works as a fun coffee table keepsake but is really a useful volume designed to actually cook from courtesy of an accomplished cooking teacher. Chef Jet promises every recipe has been tested in a home kitchen.

Rich joins us in-studio to chat about what’s new on his food & libation menu.


Show 288, September 1, 2018: Linda Gassenheimer, The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook

Linda GassenheimerTV and radio personality, syndicated journalist, best-selling author, and food consultant Linda Gassenheimer is always looking to save time and still create flavor-packed, family-friendly meals. Her latest work has been for the American Diabetes Association. Solving the global epidemic of diabetes is a vital subject for our nation’s health. What should we be eating?

Linda Gassenheimer, author of 7 cookbooks published by the American Diabetes Association, has some flavorful answers for you and your loved ones in The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook – Your Super Simple Plan for Organizing, Budgeting, and Cooking Amazing Dinners. We’ll meet her.

“Looking to save time and money and still create flavor-packed family-friendly meals? I created this book for all of us who want to serve great meals without breaking our time or budget bank. You can shop for the entire week one day and buy all of the ingredients to make dinners for the week. The book is a no-brainer blueprint, including weekly shopping lists, for serving your family delicious, diabetes-friendly dinners.”