3:18 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Does Removing Artificial Ingredients Mean Healthier Food?

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is pictured in 2013. Panera is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding more fuel to the debate over whether such moves improve the quality of food or are little more than a marketing tool. (Panera Bread via AP)

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:47 pm

Panera Bread announced this week that it will stop using a number of artificial ingredients in its foods. John Coupland, a professor of food science at Penn State University, talks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about what these additives are, and why more and more companies have been making moves to eliminate them in foods.

Interview Highlights: John Coupland

On whether these changes will make Panera’s food healthier

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2:00 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

5 Dessert Recipes For Mother’s Day


Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 12:57 pm

Mother’s Day is Sunday, so Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst joined us with recipes that use fruits and even vegetables: a strawberry-rhubarb pie, a fresh-fruit Pavlova, carrot-parsnip cupcakes and even a strawberry-rhubarb drink for a festive Mother’s Day brunch.

These desserts aim to take advantage of the bounty of the spring season, without being too sweet.

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12:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tips And 5 Recipes For Cooking With Kids

Teaching kids how to cook with vegetables is a great way to help them learn how to eat a healthy diet. (Jessica Lucia/Flickr Creative Commons)

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:43 pm

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst joins host Jeremy Hobson with five tips for cooking with young children. She also shares these five kid-friendly recipes:

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11:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

Alice (left) and her daughter Caroline (right) wove their new healthy soul food recipe and family histories into the book 'Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.' (Penny De Los Santos)

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:08 pm

For generations, the women in writer Alice Randall‘s family, including Alice, topped two hundred pounds.

As she wrote in a 2012 New York Times Op-ed, and now in a new cookbook, being heavy was something to aspire to.

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1:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Kathy Gunst Does Breakfast


Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:22 pm

Do you skip breakfast? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst used to. But then she worked on a book about breakfast and became a convert.

Gunst brings us recipes for granola bars, smoothies, and an open face smoked salmon sandwich for Jeremy Hobson to sample.

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4:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Bringing Together African-American And Kosher Cuisines

A hearth-cooked meal at historic Brattonsville, South Carolina. (

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:57 pm

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian who brings together the flavors of his own diverse roots. He’s an African-American who, after a lifelong interest in Jewish culture, converted to Judaism in his early 20s.

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1:38 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Home Sick? Try These Recipes

Kathy Gunst's avgolemono soup (Greek-style chicken-lemon-orzo soup) with Meyer lemon and dill is a delicious, soothing and healing winter soup. (Kathy Gunst)

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:25 pm

What do you like to eat when you’re sick? Chicken soup? The comfort foods you grew up with? Something hot and spicy? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings in some of her ideas, including her ginger tea, Greek lemon soup and her own chicken soup recipe.

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11:29 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can't Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

Food stylist Melissa McSorley demonstrates how she prepared the Cubano sandwich from the movie Chef.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:13 pm

In the parking lot of a small Los Angeles studio, food stylist Melissa McSorley is re-creating the dish that saved the day for the hero of a recent film. "The Cubano sandwich ... was the heart and soul of the movie Chef," she says.

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1:16 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Brisket Shortage Has BBQ Lovers Gnashing Their Teeth

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:29 pm

Drought conditions are forcing ranchers to thin their cattle herds, and that means there’s a shortage of brisket, the front-end cut of beef that’s emblematic of Texas barbecue.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that higher commodity prices have even forced one best-in-state barbecue restaurant to close down recently.

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1:59 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Pasta Recipes And Tips From Kathy Gunst

This baked penne with cheese sauce and sautéed mushrooms is Kathy Gunst's take on mac and cheese. (Rachel Rohr)

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:55 pm

One can barely talk about Italy without mentioning the food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta.

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst spent some time in Italy during the fall in 2014. She tells host Jeremy Hobson that she ate more pasta than she is willing to admit, but she also picked up some tips for cooking the country’s staple cultural cuisine.

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