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The Blue Plate Special: Autumn Comfort Food with Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

6 years ago Ruth Reichl (It’s “RYE-shul,” not “RYE-Kul) had been the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for 10 years.  Food magazines everywhere were succumbing to the onset of the Internet, but it never crossed her mind that Gourmet might shutter.  Until it did.

In conversation with Blue Plate Special hosts Kurt and Christine Friese, Reichl discusses the demise of Gourmet, how retreating to the kitchen was her salvation, and the book that resulted.  My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life is part journal, part cookbook, part collection of tweets that read like Haiku.  The great book designer Susan Turner used Reichl’s recipes and journal entries, along with the inviting photography of Mikkel Vang.

Afterwards, Kurt and Christine discuss their current go-to comfort foods for eating alone, like real ramen, and curry.  The book they refer to by Deborah Madison is called What We Eat When We Eat Alone, and you can get that here.

Follow Ms. Reichl on Twitter, and get her new book from your favorite local, independent bookseller by clicking here.



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Underground Airwaves – Loving Dutch Ovens with Ian Harris

IMG_1907This is actually take two for this episode of the podcast. Ian Harris and Underground Airwaves host Chris Seigel originally took a canoe trip out on Smith and Bybee Lakes, where they recorded the story and interview. Unfortunately, the audio was poor and they had to invoke the “redo,” re-recording the episode at KBOO.

Ian Harris, who recently wrote an article for Edible Portland, flips the script on the podcast by sharing a recipe from his ever-evolving “The Dutch Lovin’ Cookbook” instead of a story. We talk about dutch oven cooking for a while and scheme up a new Portland food hot spot. Before you get too upset, in the interview he does tell a great story about a time he did not heed the advice of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Enjoy the episode!

Read Ian’s story, Gifts of the Desert, at edibleportland.com

Read about some of Ian’s trips on his tumblr, Après Ski Instructor

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