Once upon a time, there was a chef who made the greatest
cakes in the world. His name was Antonin Careme. But this is no
fairy tale. It's a true story of a man called the King of the Cooks.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the man who
cooked for Napoleon, the King of England and the Tzar of Russia.
We'll also celebrate the American candy bar. And, discover why sugar
and chocolate are both good for you.
Chris Kilham is an ethno-botanist at the
University of Massachusetts, and the author of "Psyche Delicacies:
Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis - and Why They're Good for
You." He tells Jim Fleming that it's OK to eat chocolate
and has the data to prove it.
Tim Richardson is the author of "Sweets:
A History of Candy." He tells Anne Strainchamps about his
favorite candies from around the world. Also, Steve Almond
is the author of "Candy Freak: A Journey Through the Chocolate
Underbelly of America." Almond tells Steve Paulson some of
his favorite candy bars are the regional specialities, and remembers
the pop rocks craze.
Novelist Jeanne Ray is a serious fan of good
cake. Her latest novel is called "Eat Cake." She reads
a bit, and tells Anne Strainchamps about her passion. Also,
Ian Kelly performs a one-man play called "Cooking for
Kings." It tells the story of Antonin Careme, who was Napoleon's
chef. Kelly's also written a book: "Cooking for Kings: The
Life of the First Celebrity Chef." And, Dorie Greenspan
talks about Paris desserts with Jim Fleming. Her latest book is
"Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-12-19-B.
- Chris Kilham, Psyche
Delicacies: Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis - And Why They're
Good For You (Rodale Press)
- Tim Richardson, Sweets: A History of
Candy (Bloomsbury USA.)
- Steve Almond, Candyfreak: A Journey Through
the Chocolate Underbelly of America (Workman Publishing)
- Jeanne Ray, Eat Cake: A Novel (Shaye
- Ian Kelly, Cooking for Kings: The Life
of Antonin Careme, the First
Celebrity Chef (Walker and Company)
- Dorie Greenspan, Paris Sweets: Great
Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops (Broadway Books)
- I Want Candy. Bow Wow Wow. Best
of Bow Wow Wow. RCA Records.
- Chocolate. Tricia Sebastian. Songs for Wiggleworms.
- Simpsoncalifriligisticexpiala. Go Simpsonic with
the Simpsons. Rhino Records.
- Sugar, Sugar. The Archies. Greatest Hits. MRC Records.
- 1812 Overture. George Fratelli. From Ian Kelly's
play Cooking for Kings.
Used with permission.
- Candy. Freddie Cole. To the Ends of the Earth.
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