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Answering The Eternal Question, 'What's For Dinner?'

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(This edition of Charlotte Talks originally aired May 6, 2020.)

Dining out is much decreased during this pandemic, and so many have discovered a room in their home they used to only venture into for ice cream or Pop-Tarts: the kitchen. It is there, in that room, that you can cook meals and feed yourself.

The trouble is that you have to develop the menu. As the pandemic drags on, both first-time cooks and expert home chefs may be searching for inspiration and variety and may dread the nightly question: What’s for dinner?

So, we’ve invited some expert cooks to help.


Melissa Clark, food writer and cookbook author, she is staff reporter for The New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column "A Good Appetite" and appears in a weekly cooking video series. She’s the author of over 40 cookbooks, including her latest, "Dinner in French."

Peter Reinhart, chef on assignment at Johnson & Wales University. He is the author of 12 books on bread, pizza and food culture. His most recent book is "Perfect Pan Pizza."

Heidi Billotto, Charlotte food writer. She is hosting a series of online cooking classes.