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Simply Ming: Cooking On The Fly: Michael Ruhlman & Salt

Airs Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Chef Ming Tsai (right) zeroes in salting with the ultimate scrutinizer of cooking techniques, author and chef Michael Ruhlman (left).

The Emmy®-nominated public television series SIMPLY MING returns for its ninth season with 26 brand-new episodes featuring more mouthwatering recipes, celebrity appearances and road trips to visit some of host Ming Tsai's favorite chefs.

Each episode features a technique demonstration, followed by two dishes — one prepared by a guest chef and one by Ming, who must create a meal "on the fly" using cooking staples found in Ming's kitchen and with a unknown "secret ingredient."

Ming's studio kitchen bustles with the delicious sights, sounds and smells brought forth by his talented guests, including Jacques Pépin, Jody Adams, Michael Schlow, Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods"), Jonathan Waxman, Joanne Chang and more.

Simply Ming: Revising the Dump-and-Stir Format

Read Michael Ruhlman's behind-the-scenes account of the taping of this episode of SIMPLY MING.

"Michael Ruhlman & Salt" - Seasoning with salt. What could be simpler, right? Wrong! Think about how many meals you’ve had that were either too salty or under-seasoned!

On this episode of SIMPLY MING, Ming is zeroing in on a technique that is critical to successful cooking if done with a gentle hand. Joining him is the perfect man for the job, the ultimate scrutinizer of cooking techniques, author and chef Michael Ruhlman.

Get the recipe for Michael Ruhlman's Grilled Ribeye with Coriander Black Peppercorn Rub on a Zucchini Salad.

SIMPLY MING is on Facebook, and you can follow @chefmingtsai on Twitter. Michael Ruhlman is on Facebook, and you can follow @ruhlman on Twitter.

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Simply Ming Season Nine Preview

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Above: The Emmy®-nominated public television series SIMPLY MING returns for its ninth season with 26 brand-new episodes featuring more mouthwatering recipes, celebrity appearances and road trips to visit some of host Ming Tsai's favorite chefs.

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Simply Ming: Salt and Pepper Shrimp