Something You Should Know about Cooking and the Kitchen

Food Science For Better Cooking

March 6, 2015


Interview with Russ Parsons, author of the book How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science 




Mike Carruthers:
In the world of cooking, it seems common wisdom that you should you only cook vegetables lightly, al dente.


Russ Parsons:
The al dente vegetable, I think, is one of the things that cooks really have a lot to answer for.

Russ Parsons

Essential Food Facts

September 26, 2014


Interview with Perla Meyers, author of the book How to Peel a Peach: And 1,001 Other Things Every Good Cook Needs to Know




Mike Carruthers:
Did you know that a dash of salt in any cake you bake is going to make it taste better?


Perla Meyers
Not only in cakes in all desserts everything that is a fruit dessert, if you don’t want salt you add lemon because what you’re looking for is complexity of flavor.


Perla Meyers

Expert Outdoor Cooking

July 31, 2014


Interview with Adam Reid, author of the book The Best Recipe: Grilling and Barbecue




Mike Carruthers:
When you're cooking steaks and burgers on a grill about the worst thing you can do is press down on them with a spatula.


Andrew Reid:
Because you're just going to press all the juices out of there and that's what you want in the food.

Adam Reid

Better Outdoor Cooking

June 26, 2014


Interview with Chef Todd Mohr Founder of




Mike Carruthers:
Cooking on the grill outside is in many ways harder than cooking the kitchen. For one thing food tends to stick to the grill.


Chef Todd Mohr:
People complain to me about that all of the time. How do I get things to stop sticking? Well that’s one of the most important things is to #1 get that grill very hot to begin with.

Chef Todd Mohr

Germs In Your Home

June 10, 2014


Interview with Alison Janse, co-author of the book The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World




Mike Carruthers:
Where are most of the germs in your house?


Allison Janse:
A lot of people think that the bathroom in their home is the germiest thing and again that the toilet is the germiest thing. It surprises them to know that their sink has 200 times more bacteria in it than the toilet.


Allison Janse

Why Men Are Becoming More Feminine - Part 2

January 22, 2014


Interview with Dr. John LaPuma, author of the book Refuel: A 24-Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina




Mike Carruthers:
Men are becoming more feminine. Part of it has to do with body weight and part of it has to do with toxins in the environment.


Dr. John LaPuma:
The simplest ways for men to get started to avoid estrogen in their food and plastics that can corrupt their hormones and gender bend are to simply wash your hands more often.

Dr. John LaPuma

Grocery Store Psychology

November 22, 2013


Interview with Brian Wansink, Professor of Marketing & Nutritional Science, Cornell University




Mike Carruthers:
Your supermarket is laid out in a very deliberate way. Produce on the side, dairy in the back, frozen food in the middle... it’s all to move you throughout the store and keep you there longer. Why? 

Brian Wansink, PhD:

The longer we end up lingering in a grocery store the more we end up buying. If the frozen foods, like the desserts and things initially met us as we walked in, we'd buy these things, but then we'd feel rushed through the rest of the store to kind of get out, before the stuff melted or spoiled.

Brian Wansink

Foods For Health & Beauty

September 19, 2013


Interview with Peggy Kotsopoulos, author of the book Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal




Mike Carruthers:
Our health and our mood can be affected by what we eat and what we drink.


Peggy Kotsopoulos:
I think a lot of people confuse thirst for hunger so they’ll tend to reach to eat something before they reach to hydrate themselves.

Peggy Kotsopoulos

The Germs In Your Home - Part 2

September 4, 2013


Interview with Dr. Charles Gerba aka “Dr. Germ” Spokesperson for Service




Mike Carruthers:
When you wash your clothes they make look clean but they may not be as clean as you think they are.


Dr. Charles Gerba:
Because only 5% of us use hot water anymore our clothes are a lot “germier” than our grandparents were who had to use hot water and dish detergents all of the time.

Dr. Charles Gerba

The Germs In Your Home

September 3, 2013


Interview with Dr. Charles Gerba aka “Dr. Germ” Spokesperson for Service




Mike Carruthers:
In order not to get sick you have to control the spread of germs and step 1 is know where the germs are.


Dr. Charles Gerba:
The “germiest” area in terms of fecal bacteria is your kitchen and not your bathroom. Your cutting board in your kitchen has 200 times more fecal bacteria than your toilet seat in the average home.

Dr. Charles Gerba

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