Madison foodies can get to know the Food Network inside and out this weekend.
First, the Food Network show Heartland Table airs its "Roadtrip: Madison" episode on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. It will be re-broadcast Monday at 4:30 p.m. for those who forget to set their DVRs.
Heartland Table is a new cooking show focused on the Midwest that debuted Sept. 14. Host Amy Thielen, a Minnesota native with major kitchen cred, stopped at Underground Butcher, Fromagination and Karben4 Brewery, according to David Lohrenz at Madison Sourdough, where the show also filmed.
Recipes in the episode include Smoked Sardine Caesar with Salumi and Pan-Croutons, Oven-Baked Spare Ribs with Porter Beer Mop and Maple Bread with Soft Cheese.
Later in the weekend, locals can get a glimpse behind the scenes of the chopping and sizzling when journalist Allen Salkin reads from his new book, "From Scratch: Inside the Food Network."
One review said Salkin's book is full of delicious details, like how early versions of the set involved "kitchens where sinks emptied into buckets that had to be carted out between takes." Mario Batali didn't have an oven, so he'd stomp his foot on the floor to simulate the sound of an oven door closing.
"The Food Network isn't just the network that made ravioli and casseroles, it's the network that made stars," said a story on NPR's Weekend Edition about the new book.
"Nobody believed that anybody would ever want to watch this on prime time," Salkin said in that interview.
Salkin himself has been actively promoting the book. He recently wrote an article on Bookish about the "five most thankless jobs" on the network, which employs a "plate chooser," a "label maker" — to avoid conflicts with specific brands of mustard or hot sauce — and a pantry stocker.