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Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Chile Peppers: Playing With Fire
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Premiere October 8, 2006

The edgy and provocative Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie provides exclusive entrée into the passionate inner circle of the food world to uncover the latest cutting-edge food trends, must-use ingredients, kitchen gadgets and food destinations. The 20-part series affords viewers privileged access to an arsenal of trusted industry journalists and epicurean experts who deliver compelling food stories from all around the globe. From street food in Shanghai to a "flameless" restaurant in Spain, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie mixes travel with food to explore, inform and entertain.

Looking at the world food-first, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie is a sophisticated, high-end series that introduces viewers to a feast of cutting-edge food trends, exotic ingredients, and in-the-know food players on an international level. Expanding on the lessons learned during the show's travels, Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl, along with a supporting staff of Gourmet's renowned food editors, go inside the magazine's test kitchens to show viewers how they can bring this diverse culinary landscape into their own homes.

Produced by WGBH and Zero Point Zero Productions in association with Gourmet magazine and Discovery Networks International, and exclusively sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Series release date: 10/8/2006

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Episode 51 Discover the many ways in which chile peppers have set the global palate on fire. In Oaxaca, family and friends come together to make Mexico’s most patriotic dish—Chiles en Nogada. Join John “Doc” Willoughby, executive editor of Gourmet magazine, in Şanliurfa, Turkey, as he researches a story on Urfa and Maraş peppers. In Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, meet an obsessive farmer who harvests over 100 different kinds of chiles. In the Gourmet test kitchen, Ian Knauer uses serrano chiles to make an Indian shrimp curry that mixes heat with a harmony of spices.

RECIPES Chile and Bell Pepper Frittata Indian Shrimp Curry Chiles en Nogada con Salsa de Chocolate (Stuffed Poblanos with Nut Sauce and Chocolate-Pomegranate Molasses Drizzle)

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Tenaglia, Lydia (Series Producer)
Collins, Christopher (Series Producer)
Zero Point Zero Productions (Series Producer)
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