About Valerie Saint-Rossy

NBN Episodes hosted by Valerie:

Helen Zughaib and Elia Zughaib, "Stories My Father Told Me: Memories of a Childhood in Syria and Lebanon" (Cune Press, 2020)

April 7, 2021

Stories My Father Told Me

Helen Zughaib and Elia Zughaib

Family stories are the texture of the human fabric. From every land, from every time, they bring the past to life for young ears. In the beginning…

Kelley Fanto Deetz, "Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine" (UP of Kentucky, 2017)

July 26, 2018

Bound to the Fire

Kelley Fanto Deetz

The concept of “Southern hospitality” began to take form in the late eighteenth century and became especially associated with Virginia’s grand plantat…

Jeff Koelher, "Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup" (Bloomsbury, 2017)

July 2, 2018

Where the Wild Coffee Grows

Jeff Koelher

Is life without coffee possible? Before you answer, first admit that you know almost nothing about the plant that you depend on to deliver you conscio…

Diana Kennedy, "Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul-Satisfying Food" (U Texas Press, 2016)

May 22, 2017

Nothing Fancy

Diana Kennedy

Diana Kennedy, Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul-Satisfying Food (University of Texas Press, 2016). Don't be misled by this title. Its …

Kate Daloz, "We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on a Quest for a New America" (PublicAffairs, 2016)

May 14, 2017

We Are As Gods

Kate Daloz

Growing up in a geodesic dome is not a claim everyone can make, but author Kate Daloz can. Her book We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on a…

Demet Guzey, "Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)

May 14, 2017

Food on Foot

Demet Guzey

Napoleon famously stated that an army marches on its stomach. Of no less importance is the food that keeps exploration moving, whether polar, desert, …

Jeff Koehler, "Darjeeling" (Bloomsbury, 2015)

March 31, 2016


Jeff Koehler

Darjeeling tea, like other members of its artisanal tribe serrano peppers, Champagne, and grana padano,exists through a combination of intimate unders…

Michael Gorra, "The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany" (Princeton UP, 2006)

April 24, 2015

The Bells in Their Silence

Michael Gorra

Despite being Germany's most famous literary lion, in 1786 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had to jump on a mail coach incognito to begin his travels to It…

Ana Sofia Pelaez and Ellen Silverman, "The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History" (St. Martin's Press, 2014)

February 19, 2015

The Cuban Table

Ana-Sofia Pelaez

If Cuba will soon be a travel destination for Americans, what do we think we know about this neighbor that is so close geographically (93 miles south …

Francoise Branget, "French Country Cooking: Authentic Recipes from Every Region" (Arcade Publishing, 2012)

December 26, 2014

French Country Cooking

Francois Branget

"How do you govern a country that produces 365 kinds of cheese?" What puzzled Charles de Gaulle inspired Francoise Branget, the author of French Co…

Andrew Coe, "Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States" (Oxford UP, 2009)

June 13, 2014

Chop Suey

Andrew Coe

Through some quirk of fate, the Hobbesian tag "filling, cheap, and familiar" is probably the defining phrase used when Americans think of Chinese food…