FROM J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
Cooking: Art or Science? If the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, what happens when you bring the brain into it? That’s what the cooking show “America’s Test Kitchen” has built its brand on: ultra specific, scientifically-tested methods that favor exact formulas over imprecise, dash-of-this, dash-of-that cooking. “America’s Test Kitchen” will launch a new web venture to further that brand in July. In the meantime, Madeleine hosts a debate on the best way to cook: from the head or from the heart?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.