About Arkansas Cooks

Arkansas Cooks is a weekly radio program on Little Rock public radio station KUAR-FM. The program savors the taste of Arkansas cuisine through recipes, interviews and food news with host Mary Twedt. The program airs Saturdays at noon on FM 89.1 KUAR in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arkansas Cooks started in October of 2002. For many years Mary wanted to do a TV show called Arkansas Cooks in a kind of wacky and wild style.  Mounting a television show is quite a huge task and very expensive. While Mary and her husband Paul were traveling through Tennessee, they were listening to another NPR radio show called The Splendid Table.  A wonderful host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, was talking with a chef and then Mary had the idea that this too could be done easily at KUAR 89.1 Public Radio in Little Rock.  With ideas in hand, Mary went to see Ben Fry and Ron Breeding and asked if the idea of a fun cooking show could possibly be done at KUAR.  They both looked totally befuddeled at this request but granted Mary 13 shows for the first year. She bested them with 43 shows and the rest, as they say, is history.