This week on Cooking Issues Dave calls in from Berlin to join Nastassia in-studio. Together they take your calls, take a look at the past week’s emails, and discuss making and storing simple syrup, fashioning ice lenses (by hand) to start fires, why your brain needs salt, and cast-iron stick reduction. Finally Dave described some all-too-recent misadventures at the airport in Dusseldorf. This episode was sponsored by Acme Smoked Fish: a culinary mainstay in NYC for over 55 years.

Photo: Dave’s possible location for this week’s episode of Cooking Issues