What's Stirring, December 19, 2014
Along with a warm and generous spirit, Alan Cornett of Eat Kentucky brings a new flavor to Kentucky food media with his positive reviews of our growing food fascination, including Kentucky food books and eateries. I've particularly enjoyed two recent posts, 10 Tables, Coffee Wars, Chew Dinner Series, Appalachian Food Summit, & More! in the Weekly Miscellany, and Lexington: The New Clays Mill North Lime Coffee & Donuts Opens For Business at Stonewall Center. Subscribe on the website or follow at Eat Kentucky on facebook.
- Kentucky Bourbon Tales, a new documentary project of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, premiered this week on KET (one more showing scheduled) and pleased an enthusiastic audience at Lexington's State Theater. Ideally this ultra-Kentucky film will be available for all of us to watch easily, eventually. Watch the raw material if you want more of these flavors.
- Women do not predominate in Kentucky Bourbon Tales, but they do in Fred Minnick's Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey. The book—and the women—recently got attention on "CBS This Morning."
- The rich, winter-friendly Old World flavors in the most recent dinner menu at Holly Hill Inn caught my eye for late-holiday savor. Chicken Paprikash! What a fine kibosh to that ugh-y feeling of too many bourbon balls.
- Much-deserved larger world love comes to Jenny Williams and Jonathan Piercy of What's Cookin' Now, "the world's only live cooking show (that we know of)," a monthly feature on Whitesburg's legendary WMMT-FM radio. West Virginia Public Broadcasting led with Jenny and Jonathan's bourbon-soaked holiday recipes in a story about Appalachian Holiday Traditions of Food and Spirits—in which bourbon chicken wing sauce and a bourbon-rich chocolate bread pudding highlight spirits Dickens did not have in mind in A Christmas Carol. And last week, Jonathan posted on facebook that he and Jenny had just had "a lovely 20-minute chat with Lynne Rossetto Kasper of The Splendid Table about Julia Child, kitchen disasters, and kilt salad, among other things. You can hear it on the January episode of What's Cookin' Now!"
Cook together, eat together, drink together, and enjoy the special tastes of this season.