Leisure & Lifestyle

Diana Kennedy: "From My Mexican Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter)

September 22, 2003

If your experience of Mexican food begins and ends at Taco Bell, you have a lot to learn from Diana Kennedy, who's spent nearly half a century mastering the cuisine of our neighbor to the south. She joins Diane to explain how an...

Louisa Thomas Hargrave: "The Vineyard" (Viking)

August 12, 2003

With no training or experience and very little money, Louisa Thomas Hargrave and her husband Alex planted ten thousand vinifera vines in 1973 on a run-down potato farm on Long Island's North Fork. She describes the pleasures and perils of...

Gary Barg, "The Fearless Caregiver" (Capital Books)

July 11, 2003

The editor-in-chief of "Today's Caregiver" magazine talks about how to get the best care for your loved one and still have a life of your own. Joining the discussion is Irene Jackson-Brown, an independent managment consultant and...


June 27, 2003

Diane talks with Elizabeth Doyle, the founder of Yankee Clippers, an unusual horticultural service that specializes in hand-pruning trees, shrubs, vines, and evergreens.

James van Sweden: "Architecture in the Garden" (Random House)

March 25, 2003

Internationally acclaimed landscape architect James van Sweden talks about the elements of garden architecture that form the backbone of any well-designed garden.


March 7, 2003

Diane's live broadcast from National Geographic continues. Scrabble is the world's favorite word game, with more than 40 million players in the U.S. alone. National Scrabble Association executive director John Williams Jr. discusses...

Thomas Hine: "I Want That!" (HarperCollins)

December 20, 2002

Only five more shopping days until Christmas! In his new book, author Thomas Hine traces the history of the shopping center, from the ancient marketplace to the modern mega-mall, and talks about why Americans became such accomplished...

Readers' Review: "Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups"

December 18, 2002

The December Readers' Review panel prepares for holiday family gatherings with a discussion of Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler's latest novel, featuring her hallmark Baltimore setting and cast of eccentric characters.

Clea Simon: "The Feline Mystique" (St. Martin's)

August 14, 2002

Journalist, memoirist, and cat owner Clea Simon talks about the connections between women and cats that have persisted for centuries -- from ancient mythology through Catwoman of Batman fame.

Alain de Botton: "The Art of Travel" (Pantheon)

August 5, 2002

A vacation sounds like a good idea, but after facing airports, currency exchanges, and frightening foods, you might begin to wish you stayed home. Author Alain de Botton talks about vacation fantasies, and whether we can help them become...

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