Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

SUnday Morning eat drink be merry
There are a lot of things in life we can do without, but food is not one of them. It's the essential ingredient in our lives. Food sustains us both physically and spiritually, whether it's presented as a simple nourishing potato or as part of an elegant Thanksgiving dinner with family, friends and all the trimmings.

So, every year at this time, "CBS News Sunday Morning" celebrates the culinary arts in a special broadcast: The Food Issue: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Check out our menu:

Harvest time in America has traditionally been a time for joy and celebration. In this nation of plenty, you'd think food would be in abundance in every home. But just this week, the government reports that an astounding 49 million Americans are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. To keep any American from going hungry, food banks are springing up across the country. Correspondent Barry Petersen reports on this bountiful harvest of giving.

Looking for a quick, inexpensive meal? Try macaroni and cheese. It was America's favorite fast food long before McDonald's ever set its arches in the starting blocks. Correspondent Serena Altschul looks at America's ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese, and its effect on American tastes and pocketbooks.

A Meal That's Divine
A Catholic priest with a cooking show? Pretty unexpected. But Father Leo Patalinghug is preaching a tasty but serious message with his show and cookbook, "Grace Before Meals." He's teaching bite-sized theology along with his more epicurean recipes. Rita Braver cooks along with this dynamic young priest.

If you are looking for a true American hero, you need go no further than Frankford High School in Philadelphia. It's here that you will meet Wilma Stephenson, a teacher who is helping kids in a tough neighborhood find a better life through the culinary arts. Her successes speak for themselves, as correspondent Jim Axelrod finds out.

We all love dining with family and friends, but in today's transient society, chances are many of our meals will be spent alone. Correspondent Martha Teichner takes "cooking for one" lessons from the woman who made Julia Child a TV star.

Applying knowledge of chemistry in the kitchen is this filmmaker-turned-star-chef's recipe for success. Mark Strassmann visits Brown on the set of his Food Network show "Good Eats."

The Cutting Edge
Jerry Bowen introduces us to knifemaker Bob Kramer, one of only 114 Master Bladesmiths in the world, certified by the American Bladesmith Society. Kramer is so good his hand-made knives sell for $300 . . . an inch! . . . and there is a 14-month wait for them.

When it comes to making a great burger, Chef Bobby Flay shows why we should think small.

How Far Would You Go For A Hot Dog?
If you're Mo Rocca, pretty far! Tag along as he takes a cross-country journey in search of the perfect hot-dog.

Eating In The "Old Days"
In the 21st century, many of us are calorie-conscious, but how do we compare to our ancestors who lived in caves with no refrigerator or microwave? The Fast Draw's Mitch Butler and Josh Landis explain.

Most annuities you cannot eat. But Bill Geist takes you to Royer's Cafe in Round Top, Texas, a slice of pie heaven which will happily mail you a pie every month in perpetuity.


Correspondent Tracy Smith takes us to a moonshine distiller who's downright upright.

Contributor Nancy Giles on meals for one.


Check out the CBS News "Sunday Morning" Recipes Index for more tasty selections from our guests, contributors and Bon Appetit magazine.

Those stories and more on a special edition of "Sunday Morning: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!"

Table settings for our show were provided by:
Stickley, Audi & Co.