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Cooks, Their Books, Their Lives - #1220 (5/27)
SEDGE THOMSON marks the holiday weekend with the audio picnic you can take anywhere:
MARIEL HEMINGWAY - The actor and food maven talks her all-popcorn fad diet and her more balanced life now, enhanced with her grandfather Ernest's demi-tasse spoon collection
NILOUFER ICHAPORIA KING - Immigration from Persia to India to San Francisco -- A hundred-years old cuisine that transcends boundaries and politics, and why she won't go for a Parsi pizza.
CARBECUE - Alfred Cary likes to cook on the manifold of his car. A feature once offered by Rolls-Royce - the engine hot plate
CHARLES PHAN - Proprietor of the renowned The Slanted Door and other Vietnamese restaurants. Among his secrets, how to choose the best fish sauce
MARION CUNNINGHAM - She channeled Fannie Farmer, and longs for the days when she changed differentials in a service station. In memoriam!
JULIA CHILD - She changed the way Americans eat -- though we still most of us don't prepare eel as she did in France
BOB CANNARD & ALICE WATERS - The accomplished and hilarious grower of fruit and veg reveal his technique for looking through compost. And Alice talks stone fruit season and ways to prepare. The founder of Chez Panisse samples a crisp Sedge makes from her Fruit cookbook.
We All Need Some Zen - #1219 May 20
With the chaos in our land, our gift to you is two hours of calming laughter, discussion and music inspired by Zen Buddhism
- Annie Somerville, Greens Executive Chef, author of the new "Everyday Greens: Home Cooking from Greens, the Celebrated Vegetarian Restaurant" and "Fields of Greens".
- Scoop Nisker, a voice of counterculture radio in the Bay Area for 35 years, originally as a KSAN DJ, he is a Buddhist teacher and writer whose latest book is the generational retrospective "The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom".
- Noah Levine, author of "Dharma Punx", in which he chronicles his own transformation from self-destructive punk rock rebel to Buddhist student, and the reasons he believes these two seemingly opposed worlds can coexist.
- Fenton Johnson, author of "Keeping Faith: A Skeptics Journey" who was raised with Christian Trappist monks in the American South, abandoned organized religion, then began to reexamine faith through the Zen Center.
- Norman Fischer, author of "Taking Our Places", is a Zen priest, teacher, poet, former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and founder of The Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization created to broaden the reach of engaged Buddhist practice.
- David Chadwick, author of "Crooked Cucumber".
- Wendy Johnson, organic gardener, fervent defender of the earth, and former head of the Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm.
- Artist Mayumi Oda.
- Cyril Pahinui whose spirit of aloha, musical intelligence, great ear, and killer chops make him one of Hawaii's most respected and beloved slack-key guitarists, and Patrick Landeza, one of the stars of a new generation of slack-key songwriters..
- Music from piano player Mike Greensill.