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219. A Man, A Pan, and a Plan | Rodale’s Men’s Health Magazine | Guy Gourmet Paul Kita
14th February 2018 • GREEN Organic Garden Podcast • Jackie Marie Beyer
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PAUL KITA

Paul Kita is the James Beard Award-winning Food & Nutrition Editor at Men’s Health. He’s the founder of MensHealth.com’s popular food and cooking blog, Guy Gourmet.

Guy Gourmet: Great Chefs’ Amazing Meals for a Lean & Healthy Body by Paul Kita

In 2013, he co-wrote Guy Gourmet: Great Chefs’ Amazing Meals for a Lean & Healthy Body. Paul has appeared on the Travel Channel and Fox & Friends, as well as numerous national radio and broadcast stations.

Today he is here to talk to us about his new book: A Man, A Pan, A Plan: 100 Delicious & Nutritious One-Pan Recipes You Can Make Right Now! !

 

JMB Valentine Painting

I thought this would make a great Bonus Valentine’s Episode since it’s all about cooking (men cooking for their girl but could be girls cooking for their guy – overall just the share a healthy homemade meal idea)

Paul Kita Men's Health

Can I ask about your audience and how you got started etc?

I have  a lot of listeners who want to be market farmers and they are always interested in how to get their customers to cook the food in their CSAs and also the people who grow their own food or get food at the market want to know how to cook more vegetables from their garden.

The eternal CSA question what do I do with this produce I only partly recognize.

We’ve been married for 25 years and my husband built this mini farm last year. but we just dug a well a few years ago 560′ deep and we’re working on making the change from gardener to market farmer. It’s a huge learning challenge somewhat like going from PC to Mac or vice Versa

I’m so excited because I always wanted to work at Rodales.

worked at Rodale for 10 years. It’s part of a small community in Emmaus, PA.

The farm where Bob Rodale organic movement even started before the word organic!

Are you a millennial I talk about millennials a lot if you’ve been there for 10 years maybe your not. 

IDK, I’m 32.

I think millennial’s are born between 1980-1995, my step-daughters are born in 1980 and 1984 and they’re are. I think it’s still weird because a generation should be 18 years shouldn’t so IDK but I think you qualify.

There’s a little more pre-chat here but then it jumps to our intro!

A Man, A Pan, A Plan: 100 Delicious & Nutritious One-Pan Recipes You Can Make Right Now!

PAUL KITA

Paul Kita is the James Beard Award-winning Food & Nutrition Editor at Men’s Health. He’s the founder of MensHealth.com’s popular food and cooking blog, Guy Gourmet.

Today he is here to talk to us about his new book: A Man, A Pan, A Plan: 100 Delicious & Nutritious One-Pan Recipes You Can Make Right Now! ! When you see his videos you’re gonna love them as much as I did.

I heard about you on this new podcast called Food Republic. One thing I love about this is your videos are short and simple!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks for the kind introduction. I’ve been the food and nutrition editor at Men’s Health. for 10 years for those of you who aren’t looking to get a 6 pack abs chiseled.

We’ve been reporting on food and nutrition before other magazines and websites were doing it. 

We’re owned by Rodale Press as many of your listeners might know we’re founded by JI Rodale who is thought of as the father of the organic movement. 

It was not even called that in the day. JI was just doing some interesting things at the farm and said we never needed them before why do we need them now?

experimental

  • Lehigh Valley
  • Pennsylvania

An hour and  1/2 from  Philidelphia

open for visitation

One thing a lot of listeners might be interested in, last year I talked to Maggie Saska so people might also be interested in a job or an internship or volunteering at the farm.

birth place

absolutely

Rodale has other titles under its umbrella

  • runners world
  • prevention
  • bicycling

Rodale title

I’ve always been hungry

I had to learn to cook

My mom was a wonderful cook probably didn’t want me in the kitchen that was her turn to take a break from 2 rambunctious children

When I went to get a journalism degree I quickly realized I wasn’t gonna get delicious food like my mom made in the dining hall.

  • beefstock
  • college apartment
  • much to the displeasure
  • roasting cow bones
  • no formal culinary training school and is very expensive

My sister was kind enough to gift me the Culinary Institute of America’s 

The Professional Chef from The Culinary Institute of America The Professional Chef  cookbook

one Christmas and I’ve been cooking my way through it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Also through Men’s Health. incredible pleasure of working with some of the best chefs in the country.

I’ve been in the kitchens of restaurants 

I really have this sort of this tutelage under some of the world’s best cooks! I’ve taken their recipes and transmuted them into the magazine in a culmination of the book for the home cook.

I do kind of always ask about your first gardening experience but first I must ask, do you live in NYC or PA?

Offices in PA

primary headquarters

I live in Allentown

grown up here, went to college in Ohio

traveling

I love the Lehigh Valley

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

My first powerful

lives in Bethlehem

grandfather bought a plot of land across the street

potato bugs off of his potato plants, off of his probably  1/8 of an acre plot

I remember how good the potatoes and corn tasted

Through my grandfather and plot I knew the more direct involvement the better how it’s gonna taste. I probably have a smaller plot then even my grandfather, I’m working on that. 

  • tomatoes
  • Japanese eggplants
  • everything I grow

taste better because I put in that sweat equity!

Why don’t you tell us about the book and things you’re cooking and growing. 

A Man, A Pan, A Plan: 100 Delicious & Nutritious One-Pan Recipes You Can Make Right Now!

A Man, A Pan, A Plan: 100 Delicious & Nutritious One-Pan Recipes You Can Make Right Now! !

It’s been out since October and if you’re a woman please do not let the tittle deter you! My wife is a marathon runner she has personally approved every single recipe!

 

It is very much a book is geared towards the 

beginner to intermediate chef

and based on my belief that people have too much cooking crap in their kitchens!

I am a minimalist when it comes to the kitchen I don’t think you need one of those kitchen aid everyone puts on their registries!

I don’t even own a toaster or anything that is a 

one trick pony

  • cherry pitter
  • only pits cherries
  • don’t need

broiler

make toast in a pan

100 recipes

built around just one pan. 

It’s a

  • small book
  • fits nicely
  • giant chef

Every recipe fits on one page

most can make in 15 minutes

Most of America comes home from work late

feed yourself nutritious

this book is for

weekly basis

practical

don’t involve a lot of clean up

  • grilled pork chop
  • skillet lasagna
  • grilled cauliflower steaks with a simple tahini and herb sauce

basic

cheffy cookbooks

these cookbooks out there

not for the average

prestige project

appeals to you, to everyone that is easy and simple to use!

And it is. I love the videos! I was watching the avacado video becuase I knew some of it but I didn’t know the put the knife in and twist part. Im a pescatarian who eats fish, you put the almonds right in the butter the fish cooks in?

Yes. It’s all about simplicity.

Im glad you brought up the videos

They did a good job of mocking me in a polite and respectful way

men’s helath

guy gourmet

  • cooky
  • short
  • funny
  • technique driven
  • shot in my home kitchen in Allentown

question about butter

Men’s Health is recommending butter? 

But it is not to be feared

very few cooking fats

  • that can stack up to butter
  • in how it cooks food and also the flavor it imports!

carrying the flavors of other food

  • smell of olive oil
  • garlic and onions
  • can transport you to happy places!

browning butter and almonds

In that catfish almondine recipe after you take the catfish out after searing it in butter you can throw in raw sliced almonds, which get this beautiful nutty aroma and you have a sauce to pour directly over the fish

dinner in about 8-10 minutes

You make it look it look easy. You make it look doable, not like in the Julia and Julia movie where she chops the massive pile of onions, that I’m never gonna do. You make it looks possible. I love the 

 

tuna burger

(and tuna salad secret)

and the creamed beet tops

high

Its not just me making it look easy, its that they are easy and you can do it

one of my favorite recipes

it is a steak

  • simple bone in rib eye steak
  • sear the steak
  • saute the garlicky spinach
  • make the steak sauce all in one pan

The people who go out to a steak house for the same dish there’s a suckers fee built in and they are charging double

good

doesn’t take a lot of experience you just need a good plan.

I meant to tell you also in the Pre-chat I got picked up in NY on Progressive Radio Network I’ll be there are a lot of listeners in NYC who think the expensive grass-fed beef instead of going out once a week or month you could stay home and buy the grass-fed beef!

STEAKHOUSE

  • passionate about the soulful power of home cooking
  • go out to the steak house
  • treat yourself
  • no matter how good the steak...

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