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This week's featured guest on Chef's Story Katy Sparks, Executive Chef at Tavern on the Green. Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in Central Park this week as she chats with Katy, who's background includes cooking at NYC institutions like The Quilted Giraffe and Mesa Grill. Find out what it's like cooking at a restaurant that seats 700(!!) and comes with a storied reputation that rivals any other dining establishment in the country. From an early appreciation of food to her climb up kitchen ladders - find out how this Middlebury born culinary talent rose to the top in a candid and insightful look at her career. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market

"I was actually a hostess at a bar and little by little I just kept gravitating towards the kitchen because of memories of being in my mom's kitchen - the center of the house." [05:00]

"I learned that you don't have to be a food service to run a restaurant." [17:00]

"The first decision you make is important - but not fatal by any means." [22:00]

"My cooking is very personal. I'm not trying to cater to people's needs." [33:00]

--Katy Sparks on Chef's Story


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Three million tonnes of liquid gold have been produced this year and no we're not talking about bullion, we're talking about olive oil. From it's first sightings on ancient Egyptian pyramids to the many different styles and pressings today, olive oil has been a staple of life for thousands of years. With the help of oil importer and expert Tony DeMarco, Linda Pelaccio takes you on an organoleptic retrospective of one of the worlds oldest delicacies. From it's early uses helping sustain traveling Roman Armies to the recent discoveries of its health benefits and uses in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, this week's A Taste of The Past will provide you with an encyclopedic view of this amazing but hard to grow tree crop. Also, tune in for a live tasting of some of the best olive oils in the world at the end of the show! This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market.


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On today's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio speaks with special guest Mollie Katzen, known throughout the culinary world as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time. A 2007 inductee into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame—and largely credited with moving plant-based cuisine from the fringe to the center of the American dinner plate—Katzen has been named by Health Magazine as one of The Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat, and she has been a member of the faculty at Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives, the groundbreaking annual symposium co-hosted by The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health, since its inception. Today's topic on the show includes the evolution of vegetarian cuisine, and how Mollie has taken the rise of vegetarian popularity to even further heights. Her latest cookbook, The Heart of the Plate, completely reinvents the vegetarian repertoire, unveiling a collection of beautiful, healthful, and unfussy dishes — her “absolutely most loved.” Whether it’s a salad of kale and angel hair pasta with orange chili oil or a seasonal autumn lasagna, these dishes are celebrations of vegetables. Tune-in to learn more! This program has been sponsored by Fairway Market.

"A lot of vegetarian food isn't actually about vegetables. In some ways it's actually about meat, and how you swap things out." [9:50]

"It's so much easier to make a dish that is focused on the vegetable. It's so enjoyable!" [23:50]

-- Mollie Katzen on A Taste of the Past


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