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Program 425: Jamón; Scandinavian Cuisine; A Tavola in Italy; Life From Scratch

Release Date: 11-21-2015


The kinds of ham you find in Spain are the best in the world. Just ask any Spaniard. Hear what makes jamón so special. Learn about the traditional comfort foods of Scandinavia, and the after-dinner customs that keep you lingering at the table when you dine out in Italy. And hear why a mom in Tulsa started a four-year project, to cook foods from every country in the world for her family.


  • Federico Garcia Barroso, tour guide from Madrid, Spain
  • Francisco Glaria, tour guide from Pamplona, Spain
  • Pal Johansen, tour guide from Oslo, Norway     
  • Asa Danielsson, tour guide from Stockholm, Sweden  
  • Jane Klausen, Danish-born tour guide to Scandinavia
  • Stacy Gibboni, tour guide to Italy 
  • Caterina Moore, Venice-based tour guide to Italy 
  • Sasha Martin, author of "Life From Scratch (National Geographic)

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