June 6, 2009 As a kid, Weekend Edition host Scott Simon spent many of his summers with the same group of guys at Camp Indianola in Wisconsin. At a time when 12-year-old boys were wondering how to be men, camp counselor Neil Cohen of Centralia, Ill., gave them the best possible example.
June 1, 2009 Interactive Map: Do you have ideas for how to have fun on your days off where you live, or in a place you've visited? Are there free or low-cost art museums, exhibits, theater outings, recreation opportunities, beaches, dining and lodging or other amusement options that you want to let your fellow Americans know about? Tell us here and we'll add some of your submissions to our map.
May 26, 2009 In her quirky, globe-trotting book The Spice Kitchen Michal Haines displays a range of culinary endeavor that would dazzle the most jaded spice merchant on the Silk Road.
May 26, 2009 Even if you don't want to salt your own pork, smoke your own duck or preserve your own lemons, that's OK. Preserved, by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton, is filled with recipes that will work with dried, canned and preserved goods from the store too.
May 26, 2009 In case you were wondering when would be the best time to get beyond the fast-food tacos you grew up with, that time is now.
May 26, 2009 In Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned, Elizabeth Karmel skips the usual macho seminar on flame-taming and gear, and instead trains her laser-like focus on the real prize: where the flavor comes from.
May 26, 2009 There's something sweetly avant-garde about the recipes in Maria Elia's The Modern Vegetarian, a book that loves its grains and vegetables for their own sake, not for their ability to masquerade as meat or camouflage its absence.
May 26, 2009 So many of the elements of the Greek kitchen are well known, yet for one reason or another they don't add up to something we turn to night after night. Maybe that's because there hasn't been a basic, here's-how-we-do-it Greek Joy of Cooking — until now.
May 24, 2009 It takes an obsession to create a rose garden as glorious as the one Nick Weber has grown at his home in Ashton, Md. He calls it the "Heritage Rosarium," and it's filled with nearly 700 heirloom varieties of ramblers and climbers. Nick and his wife, Roseanne, open the garden to the public only once a year on Memorial Day weekend.
May 23, 2009 If the Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer, then it's also the beginning of barbecue season — and that brings forth some primal satisfaction for aficionados of all that involves outdoor cooking.
April 8, 2009 The International Olympic Committee has wrapped up a six-day visit to Chicago, one of four cities vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city's bid is getting strong support from President Obama, a Chicagoan, who helped make the pitch in a videotaped message.