Newest public radio cooking show presents ‘food as a conversation starter’

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Christopher Kimball, the bow-tied public media food host, launches his new public radio show Saturday.



Milk Street Radio will cover recipes, culture, wine, farming, restaurants and the lives and cultures of people who grow and produce food. “We are not doing a cooking show per se,” Kimball said in an announcement. “We are using food as a conversation starter about everything from kheo, the Vietnamese philosophy of cooking, to finding a better way to scramble eggs.”

Upcoming episodes feature a bakery in a Syrian refugee camp, the science and theory of snacks, and the best way to beat egg whites. Guests will include New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, wine expert Stephen Meuse, and Sara Moulton, cookbook author and host of public TV’s Sara’s Weeknight Meals.

The show comes out of Kimball’s Boston-based Milk Street Kitchen, his second public media venture. In November 2015 he left America’s Test Kitchen after a contract dispute but continued as host of its ongoing TV and radio programs through this year. Kimball co-founded ATK in 1992 as Cook’s Illustrated. Milk Street Kitchen also produces a TV show, magazines, cookbooks and digital content.

The hourlong weekly radio show, distributed by Public Radio Exchange, will offer a listener call-in line at 855-4-BOWTIE.