This Is TASTE

This Is TASTE

By Aliza Abarbanel & Matt Rodbard

If you're a fan of smart and lively conversations about food, home cooking, and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and cookbooks and release episodes several times a month. The program is hosted by TASTE editors Aliza Abarbanel and Matt Rodbard, and is sometimes recorded live at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City. Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

Episodes

361: Graza Returns!

You’ve spotted their iconic squeeze bottle on the shelves of Whole Foods and seen it used by your favorite food influencers and chefs on Instagram. But do you know the story behind Spanish olive oil company Graza? On this episode, we welcome back Graza’s charismatic cofounder Andrew Benin to talk about the ups and downs of running a quickly growing food company. We hear about public drama, exploding growth, critical reviews, and how Graza remains one of the most exciting brands in not just olive oil, but all of food.Want to partner with TASTE? Send us a note at: partner@tastecooking.com. MORE FROM GRAZA:The Best Olive Oil You Can Buy at the Store [Wirecutter]If the Olive Oil Aisle Gives You Anxiety, Graza Is for You [BA]Olive Oil Has Never Been Cooler [Eater]This Week’s Tiniest Social Media Drama Is About Olive Oil [NYT]
23/02/24·37m 17s

360: Christina Chaey

Christina Chaey is a writer and recipe developer based in Brooklyn. A former Bon Appétit food editor, she’s currently writing the newsletter Gentle Foods, where she shares essays and recipes rooted in cooking how you want to feel. It’s so special to catch up with Christina in the studio about her background working in magazines, expanding the concept of wellness food, and making her very own cookbook. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM CHRISTINA CHAEY:Gentle Foods [Substack]Green Curry Lentil Soup [Bon Appetit]
21/02/24·38m 49s

359: Andy Baraghani

Andy Baraghani started his professional cooking career as a teenager at the legendary Berkeley, California, restaurant Chez Panisse, and he was truly just getting started. After working as a line cook at Estela in New York City, he was hired as the food editor at Tasting Table and eventually found his way to the Bon Appétit test kitchen, where he worked for over six years and won the hearts of many with his exceptional cooking instruction and his own kind heart. Andy’s rich story and sharp recipe writing chops come together so beautifully in his book, The Cook You Want to Be, published two years ago. So what has Andy been up to? It turns out, plenty—both online and offline. Here we catch up about what is good in the Baraghani universe, and it’s clear Andy is the guy he wants to be.Also on the episode, we hear from Christian Reynoso about the recent TASTE feature he wrote describing his time working at San Francisco’s Zuni Café and the legacy of the cookbook that remains an absolute classic.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM ANDY BARAGHANI:Andy Baraghani’s Essential Kitchen Tools [Bon Appetit]Kimchi Udon With Scallions [Bon Appetit]How Andy Baraghani Became the Internet Boyfriend of Our Dreams [Out]The Zuni Café Cookbook Is Canon [TASTE]
19/02/24·1h

358: David Kamp

What a great conversation here with David Kamp, a journalist of the highest order and author of one of Matt’s favorite books about food ever, The United States of Arugula: The Sun-Dried, Cold-Pressed, Dark-Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution. In this episode we talk about the book’s legacy some 15 years after its publication. We also find out what David is working on now, including a Broadway musical. It’s great catching up with David Kamp, a real legend in the game.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk discuss three things they are most interested in, including: A NYC pop-up report (Wizard Hat Pizza, Chrissy's, Shy's Burger), Hand Hospitality in the NYT, Unified Ferments Nilgiri Coomor kombucha, a great new cookbook: Vegan Mob: Vegan BBQ and Soul Food, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and happy birthday to TASTE!Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM DAVID KAMP:Faces for Radio [Air Mail]I’ve Told My Last Trump Joke [NYT] The Hunger Artists [NYT]The Elusive Restaurant Group Redefining Korean Dining in New York [NYT]
16/02/24·1h 6m

357: Rachelle Hampton & Suzy Karadsheh

Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and the cohost of ICYMI, a digital culture podcast from Slate that provides funny and deep insight into the weird, wide world of the perpetually online. It’s so fun to have Rachelle in the studio to unpack some of the most pressing online food questions of the moment—Stanley cups, The Bear thirst—plus her own food media consumption, and much more.Also on the show, Matt catches up with Suzy Karadsheh, a good friend of TASTE and the author of The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You'll Make on Repeat. They talk about an upcoming trip to Greece and some more exciting plans on the horizon.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM RACHELLE HAMPTON & SUZY KARADSHEH:Restaurant Wars: Keith Lee vs Atlanta [Slate Podcasts]The Orwellian World of Vintage Fast-Food Training Videos [Slate Podcasts]TASTE Travels Greece: Cooking and Eating Through Athens and Crete [TASTE]White Bean Shakshuka [The Mediterranean Dish] 
14/02/24·1h 18m

356: Jamila Robinson

We enjoyed having Jamila Robinson in the studio. Jamila is the editor in chief of Bon Appétit and Epicurious, the storied Condé Nast food publications that she took over in September. There are big plans and changes afoot at One World Trade Center, and we talk about Jamila’s vision for the future and the publications’ ongoing labor dispute, while looking back at her career working in newspapers in Detroit and Philadelphia. This is a really great talk!Also on the show, Matt shares some highlights from his recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina, putting fresh eyes on one of America’s great food cities. Stops include: Vern’s, Lewis Barbecue, Palmira Barbecue, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ, Weltons Tiny Bakeshop, The Spectator Hotel, Fig, 167 Raw, Kultura, Little Jack’s Tavern.   Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM JAMILA ROBINSON:Jamila Robinson Is Named Next Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine [NYT]This Is TASTE 262: Lyndsay C. Green [TASTE]The Balthazar Cookbook: My Personal Cooking School [TASTE]Charleston CVB [official]
12/02/24·1h 8m

355: The Taste of Things with Director Trần Anh Hùng

Today we are excited to welcome award-winning director Trần Anh Hùng to the studio. His latest film, the lush and food-centered The Taste of Things, is in theaters now. It stars Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel, who cook (and cook and cook!) for friends and visitors with a passion that transcends the idea of “foodie,” Detailed, painstaking process cooking and late-19th-century suiting are major threads, with food scenes guided by the eye of legendary international chef Pierre Gagnaire. We speak with the director about bringing this universe to life, and about the food of his childhood growing up in Da Nang, Vietnam. It’s really a great talk, and we hope you enjoy it.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM TRAN ANH HUNG:‘The Taste of Things’ Review: Love, Loss and Loins of Veal [NYT] ‘The Taste of Things’ Is a Kitchen-set Love Story. It Was Made by Exes [LA Times] Our Growing Hunger for Food on Screen [FT]
10/02/24·34m 34s

354: Alex Prud’homme & Ali Rosen

Today we have a great double episode of the show. Alex Prud’homme’s new book, Dinner with the President, is a history of American food, politics, and 26 presidents, from George Washington starving at Valley Forge in 1777 to Donald Trump’s burger banquets. It was such a good time having Alex on the show to talk about how food has been used as a diplomatic tool since the founding of the United States, and also dig into the legacy of his famous great aunt - Julia Child.Also on the show we welcome Ali Rosen to the studio. Ali is a cookbook author, TV food host, and successful rom-com novelist, having published the hit novel Recipe for Second Chances. She is also the author of the new cookbook, 15 Minute Meals. On this episode we talk about what makes a 15 minute meal, and how she writes her food-focused fiction. It’s such a fun talk, I hope you enjoy it.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM ALEX PRUD’HOMME & ALI ROSEN:Diplomacy Is Best Conducted at the Dinner Table [NYT]Alex Prud’homme Wishes He Was in the Room Where It Happened [NYT]Potluck with Ali Rosen [official]
09/02/24·1h 9m

353: Rose Wilde

Rose Wilde is the pastry chef and owner of Red Bread in Los Angeles, a pioneering microbakery that’s been championing whole grains and sustainable baking for over a decade.  She's headed the bread and pastry programs at Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon, Manuela, and Mother Wolf, and now she’s sharing her wisdom in the wonderful baking book Bread and Roses. We loved having Rose on the show to talk about the joys and challenges of baking with whole grains, her flock of chickens, and more. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM ROSE WILDE:Red Bread Bakery [official]Rose Wilde's 'Bread and Roses' [Wordloaf]Buy: Bread and Roses
07/02/24·43m 50s

352: PJ Vogt

It was a lot of fun having PJ Vogt in the studio. PJ is a recognizable figure in the world of public radio and podcast. He’s currently the host of one of our favorite shows today, Search Engine, and we talk about his recent food-related episodes, digging into sushi fraud and airplane coffee. We also chop it up about so many topics in food, including his ongoing coffee journey and some of PJ’s favorite NYC restaurants. What a great talk—we hope you enjoy it!Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.  MORE FROM PJ VOGT:Why Are There So Many Chicken Bones on the Street? [Apple]Am I the Victim of an International Sushi Scam? [Apple]Search Engine Is the Spiritual Successor to Reply All [Vulture]
05/02/24·40m 8s

351: Aura Bora

Aura Bora is a sparkling water that pushes the limits of sparkling water. Founded by Paul Voge, it’s a company that prides itself on spiking its cans of water with herbs, fruits, and flowers for earthly tastes and heavenly feelings. (True to the claim, we certainly had some feelings when we tried their green bean casserole concoction.) Paul, a guest on today’s show, has incredible taste and is bursting with passion for his waters. We talk about his journey and how he comes up with flavors that include chai cranberry, persimmon clove, and peppermint watermelon. If you haven’t tried Aura Bora, you don’t know what you’re missing. Also on the show, Matt is back from a California road trip and gives some of his highlights, including The Duchess and The Summit in Ojai, Bell’s in Los Alamos, Ad Astra Bread in Monterey, Cat & Cloud Coffee in Santa Cruz, Itani Ramen and Fentons Creamery in Oakland, the cafe at Chez Panisse in Berkeley(!), Ad Hoc and Mustards Grill in Yountville, and El Molino Central in Sonoma.Want to partner with TASTE? Send us a note at: partner@tastecooking.com. MORE FROM AURA BORA:We’ve Hit Peak Beverage [TASTE]Dry Guys Olive Oil Martini [official]This Is TASTE 303: Olipop [TASTE]
02/02/24·58m 3s

350: Angelo Sosa

We’re thrilled to finally have Angelo Sosa on the show. Angelo is one of the most talented chefs we've gotten to know, and he’s currently the chef at two really great restaurants in Phoenix: Tia Carmen and Kembara. Angelo was also the runner up on Top Chef and has worked with some of the biggest names in the game, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Ducasse, Stephen Starr, and Masaharu Morimoto. On this episode we talk about Angelo’s TV past and dig into his passion for Asian cuisine, including his deeply creative work with Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese flavors and techniques at his latest opening, Kembara. We really loved catching up with Angelo and hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Matt gives his highlights from a recent trip to Phoenix. Stops include: Unos Tacos y Birria, Tacos Chiwas, the greatness of Monsoon Market, Wagyu beef rendang at Kembara, and Pizzeria Bianco.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.      MORE FROM ANGELO SOSA:Angelo Sosa’s Kembara Is a Love Letter to His Asian Travels [Forbes]Must-Try Restaurants in Phoenix with Angelo Sosa [A Taste of AZ]This Is TASTE 251: Dale Talde [TASTE]
31/01/24·42m 1s

349: DeVonn Francis

DeVonn Francis is a chef, recipe developer, and events producer based in Brooklyn. His culinary events studio, Yardy World, has developed a cult following around vibrant, lush experiences rooted in Caribbean cuisine with some of the best vibes and playlists around, and now they’re joining the CPG boom. It’s a joy to have DeVonn in the studio to talk about his distinctive POV, starring in the second season of High on the Hog, his dream dinner party lineup, and more.  Also on the show the return of three things, where Aliza and Matt go over some of the books, restaurants, and citrus fruits they are most excited about. This includes: Flan at Nenes Taqueria, al bap at AriAri, crispy shallots and fish roe from Ignacia Valdes pop-ups, Priya’s Kitchen Adventures, PSA: The pomelos are hitting in NYC right now, Pizza Night: Deliciously Doable Recipes for Pizza and Salad.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM DEVONN:Welcome to the DeVonn Francis Dinner Party Multiverse [TASTE]The 2021 Feel Good Food Plan [Bon Appetit]Yardy World [official]
29/01/24·53m 43s

348: Jamie Oliver

Our friend Jamie Oliver returns to the show, this time live from Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan as part of our TASTE Live at Rizzoli reading series. It was so great catching up with the chef and healthy eating advocate to discuss so many topics, and to dig into his great new book: 5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM JAMIE OLIVER:Jamie Oliver Does Mediterranean [All Of It]Jamie Oliver Shares 5-ingredient Meals [GMA]How Long Gone: Jamie Oliver [Apple]
27/01/24·1h 2m

347: Pizza Week with Daniel Holzman of Danny Boy’s Famous Original Pizza

Pizza Week continues! On this episode, we chat with the one and only Daniel Holzman, the chef and owner of Danny Boy’'s Famous Original Pizza in Los Angeles. Daniel is a good friend of TASTE and Matt’s longtime writing partner (they wrote Food IQ together). Here they catch up about all things pie, including what Los Angeles was missing when Danny Boy’s jumped into the scene a few years back. We find out about Daniel’s detailed approach to bring New York City slices to the West Coast, his upcoming expansion plans, and what excites him about pizzas around the world. It’s good catching up with our friend, as always.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM DANIEL HOLZMAN:This Is TASTE 69: Daniel Holzman [TASTE]The Dish: Daniel Holzman [CBS]One of LA’s Best New York City-Style Pizza Shops Expands to Westwood [Eater]Are You Team Ranch on Pizza? [TikTok] 
26/01/24·51m 26s

346: Pizza Week with Noam Grossman of Upside Pizza

Pizza Week continues! Noam Grossman is the founder of Upside Pizza, an NYC slice shop that breaks all the rules in the best possible way. The pizza is very legit and is made with 100-percent naturally leavened dough, with a sourdough starter that has a 72-hour rise time. It’s not your typical slice joint! On this episode, we hear about Grossman’s journey to pizza and about how Upside—along with soup and ice cream offshoots Soupside and Softside—brings personality and voice to the sometimes bland world of the NYC slice. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM NOAM GROSSMAN:The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza [NYT]Where I Work: Noam Grossman [6sqft]
25/01/24·38m 50s

345: Pizza Week with Mya Anitai of Franny's

Pizza Week continues! Franny’s is a world-class pizzeria and restaurant located at the northern tip of the Jersey Shore in Highlands, New Jersey. When the shop’s chef and owner, Mya Anitai, left a successful restaurant career in Richmond, Virginia (Mamma Zu, Dinamo) to move to New Jersey, she didn’t know exactly what to expect. What she built over the past few years is pretty extraordinary. The best grandma slice in Jersey? Some would say. In this episode, Mya shares her journey and the pizza style that has earned her the attention of many in and around the New York metro area.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM MYA ANITAI:A Conversation with Mya Anitai [Pizza Today]Franny’s Off the Beach [TikTok]
24/01/24·30m 46s

344: Pizza Week with Anthony Falco

Pizza Week continues! The title on Anthony Falco’s business card is “global pizza consultant,” and, true to form, Anthony has helped people achieve their dreams of starting pizzerias and perfecting their craft around the globe. In this highly entertaining conversation, Falco shares some of his favorite gigs and talks about his time helping launch and grow the pizza operation at Roberta’s, the singular Bushwick pizzeria that inspired the launch of thousands of Neapolitan pizza shops around the globe. Anthony is the author of Pizza Czar: Recipes and Know-How from a World-Traveling Pizza Chef, and we talk about translating these big ideas to a home setting. It’s great catching up with this legend in the pizza game, and we hope you enjoy it.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM ANTHONY FALCO:Anthony Falco Left Roberta’s. Now He’s an “International Pizza Consultant” [BA]Odd Job: Meet an International Pizza Consultant [Vox]
23/01/24·1h 8m

343: Pizza Week with Dan Richer of Razza

Welcome to Pizza Week! From time to time we like to break into a thematic groove, and this is one of those weeks. We have a bunch of fun interviews planned. First up is Dan Richer, the owner of Razza in Jersey City, New Jersey. Yeah yeah, New York Times critic Pete Wells once called Razza the best New York City pizza (not in New York), and the 2017 assessment brought a swell of pizza freaks across the river to sample Richer’s pie. In this interview, we talk about the review that changed everything, and we dig into how Richer describes his pizza, his obsession with bread, and his great cookbook, The Joy of Pizza: Everything You Need to Know. We loved having Dan in the studio to kick off our week of pizza talks.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM DAN RICHER:Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey? [NYT]Dan Richer’s Everyday Pizza Dough [Ooni]Franco Pepe and Dan Richer Share Deep Pizza Thoughts [Appetito]
22/01/24·55m 33s

342: Doobydobap & Pierce Abernathy

Here are two classic conversations. Tina Choi is the Seoul-based genius behind one of our favorite food YouTube channels around, Doobydobap. Pierce Abernathy is a trained cook, a big-time TikTok and Instagram creator, and a former Buzzfeeder, and he’s been known to model and work with fashion brands in interesting ways. We hope you enjoy these talks.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM TINA CHOI AND PIERCE ABERNATHY:How Koreans Meal Prep [YouTube]How Koreans Kimchi [YouTube]Leek Butter [TikTok]
20/01/24·1h 15m

341: Peter Luger

Peter Luger is Brooklyn history and one of the most iconic New York City restaurants. Between hand-selected steaks, a signature bacon and burger service, and a tight-knit family that has run the place since 1950, it’s a rich topic to talk about. And talk we did with Daniel Turtel, who works alongside his family at the Williamsburg institution. Daniel is involved in the daily selection of steaks that are served to hungry guests each day, and we talk about the restaurant’s legacy as well as its bright future in Las Vegas. We also discuss what it took to come back from a tough New York Times review. Daniel is a really interesting guy, and I hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM PETER LUGER:How to Get a Table at Peter Luger [Forbes]The One Peter Luger Dish You Can Only Get in Vegas [Tasting Table]Peter Luger Merch Is Good [official]
19/01/24·40m 28s

340: Jermaine Stone

Jermaine Stone has an extraordinary story about how a fluke job at a wine warehouse led him to his unique place in the wine world. He’s the host of Street Somm on Tastemade, a show in which he interviews some of the biggest names in hip-hop about all things wine. He’s also the founder of Cru Luv Selections, a New York–based wine branding and marketing agency dedicated to engaging hip-hop fans in the world of wine. It’s really fun having Jermaine in the studio, and I hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM JERMAINE STONE:On His Podcast ‘Wine and Hip Hop,’ Jermaine Stone Aims to Bridge Cultures [NYT]Wine and Hip Hop [Apple Podcasts]
17/01/24·29m 5s

339: David Lebovitz

There aren’t a lot of things on the internet that have been around since 1999. But David Lebovitz’s blog (and now Substack), full of quips, stories, and recipes from his life in Paris, is one of them. David is the author of many cookbooks, including The Perfect Scoop, Ready For Dessert, Drinking French, and the iconic My Paris Kitchen. This is such a fun conversation, full of life and stories about pastry in San Francisco and Paris. David is one of our all-time favorites, and it was so fun having him in the studio. We hope you enjoy this conversation. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM DAVID LEBOVITZ:Chocolate Chip “Kitchen Sink” Cookies [David Lebovitz]TASTE Travels France: Exploring Camembert, Calvados, and The French CountrysideThis Is TASTE 323: We ❤️ Saveur with Dorothy Kalins [TASTE]The Making of My Paris Kitchen [David Lebovitz]
15/01/24·44m 10s

338: Haven's Kitchen

Alison Cayne is the founder of Haven's Kitchen, a pioneering culinary school, café, and consumer brand that has been at the center of the New York City food world for nearly a decade. We absolutely loved catching up with Alison about her journey to launching the company and some of the wild events she has hosted over the years. We also talk about her pivot to the world of consumer packaged goods and how she makes it all work in this very competitive world. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM HAVEN’S KITCHEN:How the Haven’s Kitchen Team DIY’d Their Way to a New Test Kitchen [AD]How Alison Cayne Handles a Cooking School, a Café, a Sauce Business, and Five Kids [BA]In The Sauce [Apple Podcasts]
12/01/24·45m 17s

337: Banza

Banza is the chickpea pasta with the bright orange boxes that have become nothing short of a phenomenon, changing the way we think about gluten-free pasta forever. Matt is a legit fan of the rotini and the penne, as well as the brand’s expansion into pizza, and he invited Banza’s founder, Brian Rudolph, into the studio. They talk about the founding of the company, how Brian landed on the iconic branding, and what makes a great pasta sauce. We hope you enjoy this conversion.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM BANZA:Olive Oil and Chickpea Pasta Got Cool. You Can Blame This Agency. [TASTE]Banza’s Founder Is Growing a Household Brand by Betting Big on Chickpeas [Forbes]Solving the Pasta Problem [Emory Wheel]
10/01/24·36m 48s

336: Eunjo Park

Eunjo Park doesn’t necessarily need kimbap, but kimbap most certainly needs her—or fans of kimbap need her, at least. When Eunjo, a veteran of Per Se and the three-Michelin-starred Gaon in Seoul, was opening the first Momofuku restaurant to explicitly focus on Korean food, Momofuku Kāwi, located on the far west side of New York in Hudson Yards, one of the very first dishes she and her boss, David Chang, wanted to focus on was kimbap. And focus she did, which we talk about on this great episode. We also talk about her amazing career, and how she is thinking deeply about modern Korean cooking. We love Eunjo and hope you enjoy this talk.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from youMORE FROM EUNJO PARK:BLT Kimbap [YouTube]One of Momofuku’s Top Chefs Is Leaving the Restaurant Group [Eater]Pre-order: Koreaworld: A Cookbook [Now Serving]
08/01/24·46m 50s

335: Rie McClenny

Rie McClenny is a video host and cookbook author who rose to acclaim in the test kitchen at BuzzFeed, where she hosted video series including Make It Fancy. On this episode, we find out about her journey from Japan to professional kitchens in Los Angeles to YouTube stardom. We also talk about her terrific debut cookbook, Make It Japanese: Simple Recipes for Everyone. We hope you enjoy this conversation. Also on the show, Matt catches up with his old friend Evan Wittenberg. Evan is passionate about the Philadelphia food scene, the Netflix works of Phil Rosenthal, Cormac McCarthy novels, and playing the drums. He is also 13. It’s fun catching up with one of our younger listeners to find out what is good.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. MORE FROM RIE MCCLENNY:A Japanese Homestyle Meatball Clinches the Comfort Food Crown [TASTE]Let’s Make Gyoza [TikTok]Phil Rosenthal vs. a 7-Year-Old [TASTE]
05/01/24·1h 3m

334: Diaspora Co.

Sana Javeri Kadri is the founder of Diaspora Co., an equitable—and highly useful—spice company paying an average of six times the commodity price to 150 farm partners across India and Sri Lanka. On this episode Sana unpacks exactly how Diaspora Co. has expanded their scope and scale while remaining true to their mission, plus moving back to Mumbai and much more. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from youMORE FROM SANA JAVERI KADRI:In Los Angeles, an Indian Chinese Feast Celebrating Female Founders [New York Times]It’s 2023. Do You Know Where Your Spices Come From? [Afar]
03/01/24·39m 39s

333: Klancy Miller

Klancy Miller is the author of For the Culture: Phenomenal Black Women and Femmes in Food, a fantastic new anthology pairing recipes and reflections that began as a magazine with the same name. Klancy is also a trained pastry chef, a recipe developer, and the author of Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself. We’ve long admired Klancy’s work, and it’s a thrill to have her on the show to talk about creating the book she wished she had access to when coming up in the industry, her love of Paris, and much more.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from youMORE FROM KLANCY MILLER:A Juneteenth Menu from Chef Klancy Miller [Vogue]Klancy Miller's Favorite NYC Spots Run By Black Women [The Infatuation]
01/01/24·34m 29s

332: The Woks of Life

Kaitlin and Sarah Leung join us in the studio to talk about their long-running online food blog The Woks of Life. For anybody who has ever held a wok over high heat, The Woks of Life has been a steady hand helping you along the way. In this fun episode, we talk about how the pair went professional with their blog and how they wrote their debut cookbook, The Woks of Life, with their parents. That’s four authors—two parents and two siblings—for those who are counting. We also find out some answers to life’s biggest burning Chinese home cooking questions. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you. Read more from the Woks of Life:How to Make Wontons [The Woks of Life]Behind the Blog: The Woks of Life [The Food Network]Pulling Noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods [Food Network]
29/12/23·49m 58s

331: Dan Frommer

Dan Frommer is the founder and editor in chief of the New Consumer, an influential publication that covers the intersection of technology and consumer brands—and many of these brands live in the food world. We wanted to have Dan on the show to talk about his year-end consumer trends report, as well as just to shoot the shit about the big stories of 2023: the big moves in consumer packaged goods and retail, and what the future holds for our current United States of Ozempic. It’s so great catching up with Dan in the studio. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt go over some of their cooking resolutions for 2024, including making bread, working that pizza, and much more.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM DAN FROMMER:Consumer Trends 2024 [The New Consumer]What Happened to Blue Apron? [The New Consumer]This Is TASTE 234: Dan Frommer [TASTE]
27/12/23·56m 10s

330: Emily Sundberg

Emily Sundberg has a knack for writing stories that get people talking. The freelance writer and mind behind the business newsletter Feed Me has an expert eye for trends in the food space and beyond, like the return of whole milk and the rise of the “shoppy shop”—you know, those cute, curated grocery stores that all seem to carry the same made-for-Instagram products. We wanted to have Emily back into the studio to talk about the year in food and drink retail—the products, the trends, and all the media that flows around them. We also talk about the future of Bon Appétit, and how food media is struggling to fight for your "time and your tabs." Emily is truly one of our favorite voices on the food internet (and really online as a whole), and we were excited to have her on the show. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt discuss the year in new (and kind-of-new) products and call out their favorites. These include Diaspora Co. pumpkin spice mix, Confusion Snacks popcorn, Cabi Foods dashi soy sauce, OLIPOP everything, Taiwanese soy paste, and Lexington Bakes brownies.        Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We’d love to hear from you.MORE FROM EMILY SUNDBERG:Welcome to the Shoppy Shop [NY Mag]Ultimate New York Beauty Black Book [Feed Me]The Dinner Party Is Over [NY Mag]Ranked: the 42 Secret Puppet Masters of Food [The Supersonic]This Is TASTE 253: Ben Leventhal [TASTE]
25/12/23·53m 40s

329: Cake Zine: Tough Cookie

Cake Zine is an independent print magazine exploring society through sweets, cofounded by Tanya Bush and TASTE contributing editor Aliza Abarbanel. Their fourth issue, Tough Cookie, presents a hearty batch of trials and triumphs, all in the context of cookies. On the show, Aliza and Tanya unpack how they made the issue, the many cultural connotations of cookies, and their latest trip to London. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about the trip to London and where Aliza ate and drank so well!MORE FROM CAKE ZINE:This Is TASTE 244: Cake ZineFennel Fronds and Fine Lines: Food Tattoos Take RootBuy: Tough Cookie
22/12/23·46m 57s

328: Joshua David Stein

A writer, editor, illustrator, cookbook author, children’s book author, and really fun guy to get to know, Joshua David Stein has got the goods, and we welcome him back into the studio. We catch up about all things cookbooks and food media, including his soon-to-be-published Korean cookbook, collaborating with Tom Colicchio, and his work on the wonderful Esquire Best New Restaurants list. It’s so great talking with JDS, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM JOSHUA DAVID STEIN:Three Days on a Boat with Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio [Esquire]The Best New Restaurants in America, 2023 [Esquire]How Lilia Chef Missy Robbins Is Reimagining the Restaurant Model [Fast Company]
20/12/23·42m 46s

327: Nasim Lahbichi

Nasim Lahbichi is a recipe developer based in Brooklyn, where he’s built a big following creating videos that blend craveable recipes drawing from his Moroccan and Puerto Rican heritage with highly relatable dating escapades. His roots in interior design and New York City inform his work in exciting ways, and we’re excited to have him on the show today to talk about the future of food content creation. Also on the show Matt catches up with Kyle Newman, the co-author of a very cool and unique new cookbook, Heroes' Feast Flavors of the Multiverse: An Official D&D Cookbook. They talk about translating themes from the iconic game to real recipes, and how Kyle’s career in film has led to this path. We also talk about him directing several Taylor Swift videos, and what food was like on set. MORE FROM NASIM LAHBICHI:I’m a Food TikTok Star. Here’s What I Wish My Followers Knew. [Eater]Orange Blossom Snickerdoodles [Washington Post]
18/12/23·1h 11m

326: Good Drinking with Jon Bonné, Alice Feiring, Jancis Robinson, Talia Baiocchi

On this episode we bring together some of the smartest and most opinionated voices in the world of drinks. We welcome Jon Bonné, Alice Feiring, Jancis Robinson, and Talia Baiocchi. Jon Bonné is an erudite observer of food and culture trends and the author of a monumental new book, the two-volume The New French Wine. Alice Feiring is a journalist and celebrated wine writer, and she’s also the author of many great wine books, including 2019’s Natural Wine for the People, a prophetic look at the natural wine movement that has swept the drinking world. Jancis Robinson is a legendary wine critic and the host of a pioneering wine show on the BBC. And, last but not least, Talia Baiocchi is the founding editor of PUNCH and the author of books about drink and food. Talia is one of our go-to resources for all things drinking. What a lineup! We hope you enjoy it.  Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.
16/12/23·2h 59m

325: We ❤️ Saveur with Kat Craddock

In our final episode of a weeklong tribute to Saveur, we speak with the magazine’s current editor and CEO, Kat Craddock. Kat has a long history at the publication, including serving as Culinary Director. In 2022 she was able to buy the publication full stop, and she is currently in the process of bringing back a print edition. We were so happy to hear this news, and Kat shares with us what the next generation of Saveur will look like, as well as some of her favorite stories.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM KAT CRADDOCK:Print Is Back! [Saveur]How I Got My Job: Editing Legendary Food Publication Saveur [Eater]
15/12/23·48m 10s

324: We ❤️ Saveur with Colman Andrews

Next up in our weeklong tribute to Saveur is Colman Andrews, one of the publication’s founding editors, who also served as editor in chief from 2001 to 2006. Colman’s travel writing and recipe-based reporting had him traveling the world in search of the “good stuff” (well before Anthony Bourdain coined the term), and he served as the publication’s beating heart for nearly a decade. He’s a former Gourmet restaurant columnist and the author of a great memoir, My Usual Table: A Life in Restaurants, among other titles. On this episode we talk about some of Colman’s earliest stories at Saveur and how he and his fellow editors changed the face of food writing forever.  Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM COLMAN ANDREWS:25 Best Bars in the World [24/7 Wall Street]Book Review: My Usual Table [NPR]
13/12/23·46m 25s

323: We ❤️ Saveur with Dorothy Kalins

We kick off a weeklong tribute to Saveur magazine, past and present, with a colorful interview with the one and only Dorothy Kalins, Saveur’s founding editor. Dorothy’s career in magazines and cookbooks is hall-of-fame-worthy—and in fact, she was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame in 2018. She was founding editor in chief of Metropolitan Home, a leading baby boom design publication that inspired many magazines to follow. She launched Saveur in 1994, and the publication went on to receive 17 nominations and three National Magazine Awards while inspiring a generation of food editors and writers, as well as the founding of food magazines like TASTE. In this conversation we speak with Dorothy about her career and what led her out of the photo studio and into real life with the documentary-style journalism that made Saveur so important. We talk about creating the Saveur 100 and hear many stories from her decades in food media. We hope you enjoy following along this week as we pay tribute to Saveur. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM DOROTHY KALINS:A Founding Editor of Saveur Shares What She Learned [NYT]Dorothy Kalins Elected to ASME Hall of Fame [ASME]
11/12/23·53m 33s

322: Ruth Reichl & Nancy Silverton

Today on the show we have a really, really, really great conversation with two of the most respected people in food: Ruth Reichl and Nancy Silverton. We came together earlier this week at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan to talk about Nancy’s great new cookbook, The Cookie That Changed My Life. Ruth and Nancy have been friends for decades, and we cover a wide variety of topics including what is in fact the best cookie ever, as well as favorite restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and Italy.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM RUTH REICHL AND NANCY SILVERTON:What’s Cooking With Nancy Silverton [Beverly Press]Who Decides Style? [La Briffe]The Sushi Effect [La Briffe]
09/12/23·42m 53s

321: Send Chinatown Love

Today on the show we have a really great conversation with Alice Luo and Elaine Mao, two staffers at the New York City–based nonprofit Send Chinatown Love. As the name suggests, the volunteer-run organization provides financial and resource-based aid to NYC’s Asian businesses. Alice and Elaine have helped put out one of our favorite cookbooks of the year, Made Here: Recipes and Reflections From NYC’s Asian Communities. It’s a super savvy book, beautifully photographed and featuring recipes from some of NYC’s institutions, including Cho Dang Gol, Punjabi Deli, and Pecking House. Best of all, ​100% of this cookbook’s net proceeds will fund Send Chinatown Love’s community-building efforts. You should buy a copy of the book now, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.This episode is supported by Parmigiano Reggiano USA.MORE FROM SEND CHINATOWN LOVE:Make a Year-End Donation [official]“Made Here” Is a Love Letter to NYC’s Asian Communities [Print]A New Book Explores the Delicious Diversity of NYC’s Asian Restaurants [Vogue]
08/12/23·42m 10s

320: Melissa King & Julius Roberts

Melissa King is a Top Chef icon—but she’s also much more. The champion turned judge is also the host of Tasting Wild, a far-out outdoor cooking show, and she still finds time to be in the kitchen with pop-ups. It’s so fun to have her on the show to talk about cooking with her Top Chef crew, plus career-defining gigs like appearing on Sesame Street and cooking for the Met Gala.Also on the show Matt has a live interview with British author and TikTok chef Julius Roberts. He’s releasing his debut cookbook, The Farm Table, in February and we were lucky to get a preview at a recent live conversation in New York City. Julius will be back in our studio next year, so let this serve as just the beginning of our interest in this extremely talented and cool star in food. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM MELISSA KING AND JULIUS ROBERTS:Hong Kong Milk Tea Tiramisu [Food & Wine]Tasting Wild [YouTube]Leek, Potato and Chorizo Stew [TikTok]A Lunch With: Julius Roberts [Inigo]
06/12/23·51m 20s

319: Marissa Mullen

We’re big fans of Marissa Mullen and super excited to have her back in the studio to talk about the keys to winning the holiday entertaining game (mostly through cheese), and also reveal some details about an exciting trip to France we are planning for next summer. Our latest TASTE Travels has Marissa joining TASTE editor Matt Rodbard for a week of cheese, wine, and castles in Normandy. Limited spots are filling up quickly. Marissa is the author of two books revolving around modern entertaining and the art of the cheese plate. Her latest, That Cheese Plate Wants to Party, is a sharp and highly enjoyable guide to buying cheese for all sorts of occasions, including a solo evening at home. We hope you enjoy this talk.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM MARISSA MULLEN:TASTE Travels France: Exploring Camembert, Calvados, and The French Countryside [TASTE]That Cheese Plate Turns 10! [Ticket link]How to Cut Every Type of Cheese [Salon]Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cheddar [F52]
04/12/23·26m 48s

318: Shelly Fireman & Lorenzo Espada

Shelly Fireman is the owner of several New York City restaurants of acclaim and heritage, including Redeye Grill, Bond 45, and Cafe Fiorello. He’s also a very accomplished sculptor with a studio in Tuscany. On this truly amazing episode, we hear some great stories from an industry legend, like about opening the first stand-alone bagel shop in New York in the early 1960s, the Hip Bagel, as well as many more from over 50 years in the business. Get to know Shelly Fireman in this great episode.Also on the show we have a fun interview with Lorenzo Espada, a 25 year old self-taught chef who has blown up on TikTok and has a cool debut cookbook, Somethin' Outta Nothin': 100 Creative Comfort Food Recipes for Everyone.MORE FROM SHELLY FIREMAN AND LORENZO ESPADA:Why Shelly Fireman Is the King of Pre Theater Dining [Town and Country]The Hip Bagel Menu Is AMAZING [Vintage Menu Art]Local Chef Turned His Cooking Into a Viral Sensation [Spectrum]
01/12/23·53m 17s

317: Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston whose latest novel, Family Meal, is an intimate portrayal of friendship, queerness, and pastries. He also writes about things like Japanese curry bread and queer bars for the New Yorker, and today we’re thrilled to have him on the show to talk about food as a plot device, his favorite okonomiyaki spots in Osaka, and more. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM BRYAN WASHINGTON:Server [The New Yorker]In Bryan Washington’s ‘Family Meal,’ Food Is a Language [Eater]Buy: Family Meal
29/11/23·26m 44s

316: Jon Kung

Today on the show we have a really fun conversation with Jon Kung, a Detroit-based chef and TikTok creator we’ve fallen hard for over the past couple years. We wanted to have Jon in the studio to talk a little bit about his cooking videos on YouTube and his life online and off, but mostly we wanted to dig into his terrific new book, Kung Food: Chinese American Recipes from a Third-Culture Kitchen. We hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us onSpotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM JON KUNG:Baba Ghanoush: The Perfect Twist for Your Toast [YouTube]Jon Kung, the Self-Taught Chef Who Went Viral [Financial Times]Marriage Proposal Hidden in the Detroit Chef’s Debut Cookbook [Hour Detroit]This Is TASTE 223: Abra Berens [TASTE]
27/11/23·38m 24s

315: Leah Koenig

Leah Koenig is the author of six cookbooks, including The Jewish Cookbook and Modern Jewish Cooking. Her latest book, Portico, is one of my favorites of the busy fall and taps into the rich history of Jewish food in Rome. On this episode Leah and I talk about the iconic dishes from Rome's Jewish ghetto, and talk about the years she took reporting this wonderful book. I hope you enjoy our conversation.Also on the show, Matt has a great talk with New York Times reporter Amelia Nierenberg. Amelia has long written compelling pieces that tie together food and current events, and we speak about her journalism career before digging into her latest story: How to Hijack a Quarter of a Million Dollars in Rare Japanese Kit Kats. It’s great catching up with Amelia.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM LEAH KOENIG:This Cookbook Is a Must-Read Love Letter to Roman Jewish Cuisine [Saveur]Stop Being a Snob and Use Onion Powder [TASTE]Beef and White Bean Stew With Cumin [Bon Appetit]Abambar [Epicurious]
24/11/23·47m 59s

314: Claire Saffitz

Today on the show, we have Claire Saffitz back in the studio for a really entertaining conversation. Claire is the author of a great recent cookbook, What’s For Dessert, and she’s truly one of our favorite cooking instructors and personalities on the internet. We talk about how to visualize a recipe before baking it, as well as some of the common bakeware mistakes we are all making. Dark bakeware is a big no-no! We also hear a little bit about her journey from Harvard to the kitchens of France to millions of YouTube streams. We all love Claire Saffitz at TASTE, and we hope you enjoy this talk.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.More from Claire Saffitz:Claire Saffitz Makes Tiramisu Icebox Cake [Youtube]The Life and Death of Tart Frozen Yogurt [TASTE]Claire Saffitz Goes Outside Her Comfort Zone to Embrace Ours [TASTE]
22/11/23·50m 41s

313: The Perfect Loaf with Maurizio Leo

Maurizio Leo is the big bread brain behind The Perfect Loaf, an incredibly popular online community of bread fans and home bakers. He’s also the author of The Perfect Loaf: The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More, winner of both James Beard Foundation and IACP awards and an instant classic. On this episode we talk about what excites Maurizio in bread today, and his unique journey to teaching and writing cookbooks. Also on the show Aliza and Matt go over three things they each are feeling, including: New releases from Alaya Tea, McDonald's Crocs, the many birthdays at 99 Flavor Taste, New York's Don Don is the Korean barbecue restaurant of our dreams, the Send Chinatown Love cookbook, Abi Balingit's Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed, and happy 10 years to our friends at PUNCH.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you. MORE FROM MAURIZIO LEO:7 Easy Steps to Making an Incredible Sourdough Starter From Scratch [official]The Case for Making Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough [Salon] Meet the Man Behind the Sourdough Bread Craze [YouTube]A Look Back at 10 Years at PUNCH [PUNCH]
20/11/23·47m 41s

312: Fly By Jing

Fly By Jing is one of the most exciting brands in food, and we were lucky to have the company’s founder, Jing Gao, live in conversation at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City. This conversation was part of our TASTE Live at Rizzoli author series, and we had Jing speaking about her amazing new cookbook, The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM FLY BY JING:Sleek Suá Superette From the Chile Crisp Queen Is Now Open in Larchmont Village [Eater LA]Fly By Jing and Shake Shack Ready a Chili Crisp Menu [Hype Beast]This Chili Oil Is So Good, Even My Taiwanese Mom Is Obsessed With It [F&W]
18/11/23·53m 59s

311: Sanaë Lemoine

Sanaë Lemoine is a novelist and cookbook author whose work is united in its ability to make you very, very hungry. Before she wrote her novel The Margot Affair, Sanaë was a cookbook editor at Martha Stewart Books and Phaidon Press; now she combines her love of food and literature in her own writing and through cowriting cookbooks, like Make It Japanese with Rie McClenny. It’s a joy to have Sanaë on the show to talk about her creative process, her favorite spots for croissants in the city, and more. MORE FROM SANAE LEMOINE:Mathilde’s Tomato Tart [Smitten Kitchen]A Japanese Homestyle Meatball Clinches The Comfort Food Crown [TASTE]Buy: The Margot Affair, Make It Japanese, Hot SheetThis episode is supported by Parmigiano Reggiano USA.
17/11/23·44m 30s

310: Burlap & Barrel

Today on the show we welcome Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar, the cofounders of Burlap & Barrel, a very well-regarded spice company that might just play a starring role in your kitchen. We wanted to have these guys in to talk about the early days of their company and how both left successful careers in restaurant cooking and advertising to launch it. We also find out about their meticulous approach to sourcing Guatemalan cardamom and Turkish black Urfa chili, as well as digging into more spices they think we should be cooking with. We hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Brad Metzger discusses some of the big themes that arose during the latest LA Chef Conference. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM BURLAP & BARREL:How Burlap & Barrel is Shaking up the Spice Industry [Fast Company]New Spice Company Sells Seasonings From the Source [NYT]The Musakhan Queens of Ramallah [TASTE]
15/11/23·1h 13m

309: Abena Anim-Somuah & Margie Nomura

Abena Anim-Somuah is the James Beard Award–winning host of The Future of Food Is You, a Cherry Bombe podcast network show in which she interviews rising talent in the food space. She’s also behind the Eden Place, a food-focused community series, and always has her eye out for what’s new and next. We had her on the show to talk about the future of food podcasting, spending time in Mexico City, and much more.Also on this show Matt catches up with Margie Nomura. Margie is a UK chef and the host of a great podcast and Instagram, Desert Island Dishes. We talk about what is good right now in London, and what makes a great desert island dish.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM ABENA ANIM-SOMUAH & MARGIE NOMURAThe Future of Food Is You [Cherry Bombe]Cool Stuff NYC: Abena Anim-Somuah [Cool Stuff NYC]Dinner Tonight [Substack]
13/11/23·1h 8m

308: Good Coffee with James Hoffmann, Nigel Price, James Freeman

Today on the show we are featuring three classic conversations from some big names in coffee: James Hoffmann, Nigel Price, and James Freeman. Each has carved out a unique place in specialty coffee, and I really hope you enjoy getting to know some of the most interesting people in the business.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE ABOUT COFFEE ON TASTE:Meet the CEO of Coffee YouTube A Strong Case for Slow CoffeeThe Coffee Issue 
11/11/23·2h 19m

307: Yossy Arefi & Natasha's Kitchen

Yossy Arefi is a master of the one-bowl bake. The recipe developer behind cookbooks like Sweeter Off the Vine and Snacking Cakes is back with Snacking Bakes, a treasure trove of truly simple recipes designed to take you from zero to cookie in no time. In this episode, we talk about the advantages of developing accessible recipes in a cramped New York City kitchen, what to do with fall fruit, and more. Natasha Kravchuk is the creator of the popular website Natasha’s Kitchen, and the author of the NYT Best Seller of the same name. Through approachable, budget-minded recipes and a sense of style and place, Natasha has won over millions of fans, and has become one of the leading voices in food. But do you really know Natasha? On this episode we answer many questions, and get a sense of what inspires the Ukraine-born, Idaho-residing home cook, recipe developer, and entrepreneur.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM YOSSY AREFI AND NATASHA'S KITCHEN:Peach Crisp [NY Times]Cocoa Yogurt Snacking Cake [Washington Post]Homestyle Chicken Soup and Milk Bread Rolls [GMA]Easy Pumpkin Cake Roll with Creamy Filling [YouTube]
10/11/23·50m 6s

306: Food, Religion & Cults with Christina Ward

Christina Ward is the author of Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat. It’s a fascinating book that digs deep into how the fringe and mainstream spiritual practices of Americas past shaped modern food culture, from trends to products still in the grocery aisle today. It’s a conversation you won’t soon forget and we hope you enjoy.   MORE FROM CHRISTINA WARD:A New Book Shows How Chicago’s Food History Intertwines With Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements [Eater Chicago]In the Name of the Fork: How Religion Shaped What America Eats [KCRW]Buy: American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O
08/11/23·37m 11s

305: Podding with Babish

Andrew Rea is the man with the sharp knives behind Binging with Babish, a wildly popular YouTube channel and series of food and food-adjacent productions (we can call them short films). On this episode we catch up with Andrew about his great new book, Basics with Babish. We also go back to find out about the founding of his community and what he’s been cooking and eating around New York City. It’s a lot of fun catching up with Andrew, and I hope you enjoy this talk.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM BABISH:The Perfect Burrito-Cheeseburger Fusion [YouTube]Binging with Babish: Tyler’'s Bullsh*t from The Menu [YouTube]Babish Breaks Down His Tattoos [GQ]
06/11/23·33m 45s

304: Odd Apples

If you’d call yourself a “fruit person,” you’ll eat this episode up. William Mullan is a photographer and marketing manager whose book, Odd Apples, documents the stunning, strange world of heirloom apple varietals. His love of fruit extends to caring for urban apple trees in South Brooklyn and brewing his own cider—clearly there’s a lot to discuss! It was so fun to have William on the show to nerd out on fall fruit, the wine harvest, and more.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt are joined by producer Clayton Gumbert to dig into the sometimes maligned, oftentimes overlooked grocery store sandwich.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM WILLIAM MULLEN:The Apple Expert Who Turned New York City Into His Personal Orchard [Grub Street]The Apple-Picking Apocalypse of Upstate New York [NYT]Buy: Odd Apples
03/11/23·1h 4m

303: Olipop

For over a decade Ben Goodwin, the cofounder of Olipop, has been building a better-for-you soda that aims to change the soda game, disrupting the big boys at Coca-Cola and Pepsi and offering a high-fiber, unusually addictive beverage to discerning millennials. Well, dang, 2023 was most certainly the year of Olipop and Ben joins us in the studio to talk about it all. He details how he developed flavors like Vintage Cola, Crisp Apple, and Tropical Punch, and digs into the challenges facing beverage founders. It’s really fun getting to know Ben. I hope you enjoy this episode.Also on the show, Aliza shares about her first trip to Costco! Has she been bitten by the big-box bug?Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on  Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM OLIPOP:We’ve Hit Peak Beverage [TASTE]We Built Olipop: A $20 million a Month Soda Company in 5 years [CNBC]Lessons from Scaling Olipop [The New Consumer]What Your Local Costco Says About You [TASTE]
01/11/23·1h 2m

302: Joshua Weissman

Joshua Weissman is one of the strongest (and largest) voices on the food internet and the host of a series of YouTube shows that clock more than eight million subscribers. He has an abounding love of food and proper technique, and we get into what makes a great cooking video, how Joshua likes to spend his off time in Austin, Texas, and his great new cookbook, Texture Over Taste. We also talk about how he ranks fast-food burgers and foods from all 50 states. It’s really fun having Joshua in the studio, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about three things they each are feeling. In this episode, Bolivian Llama Party, Panettone Season, J. Kenji López-Alt's Garlic Noodles, good book alert: Negatives: A Photographic Archive of Emo (1996-2006), the fried paw paws and more at Hainan Chicken House in Sunset Park, good fish alert: Hudson Valley Steelhead Trout.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM JOSHUA WEISSMAN:I Tried Food From Every State In America [YouTube]  100 Food Hacks I Learned in Restaurants [YouTube]Making the Burger King Whopper Meal at Home [YouTube]
30/10/23·58m 55s

301: Chris Ying

How fun it was to have our old friend Chris Ying on the show. Chris is a cookbook author, podcast host, and the cofounder and former editor in chief of Lucky Peach. He’s currently running point at Majordomo Media, and he cohosts the podcast The Dave Chang Show with you can guess who. On this episode we find out about Chris’s cookbook writing career, including the fact that he’s authored one of our favorite books of all time (no joke). We talk about what makes great “food content” in 2023, working on a show with David Chang, Koreatown's LA expansion, and Chris’s big plans at Majordomo Media. Also on the show we have a lively conversation with the authors of a great new book, But First, Coffee: A Guide to Brewing from the Kitchen to the Bar. Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen are old friends, and run the influential coffee publication, Sprudge. We talk about all things coffee, including making it at home and drinking better in cafes. Make sure to check out their new book, as well as The New Rules Of Coffee, published by Ten Speed Press in 2019. This conversation is part of our ongoing TASTE Live at Rizzoli series in New York City. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you. MORE FROM CHRIS YING:Meat and Threes, Underappreciated Po’boys, and Dave’s Boba Order [David Chang Podcast]Recipe Club: Instant Potato Flakes [The Ringer] This Is TASTE 194: Bill Addison [TASTE]Buy: The Wurst of Lucky Peach, Ivan Ramen
27/10/23·1h 40m

300: Sohla El-Waylly

We’re thrilled to welcome Sohla El-Waylly back to the show. Sohla is a prodigious recipe developer, a fixture of food YouTube, and a judge on HBO’s cooking competition The Big Brunch. Next week she will release her debut cookbook, Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook. It’s a terrific book, and we discuss many of the recipes and techniques, and how Sohla photographed the book in her New York City apartment. We also talk about her love of Top Chef, her own reality cooking show turn, and what excites her most—including breakfast at Veselka. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM SOHLA EL-WAYLLY:Pizza Salad [NYT Cooking]Mystery Menu With Sohla and Ham El-Waylly [NYT Cooking]This Is TASTE 189: Sohla El-Waylly [TASTE]
25/10/23·38m 52s

299: Yewande Komolafe

Yewande Komolafe is a recipe developer, food stylist, and author of the New York Times “10 Essential Nigerian Recipes”. She also has a terrific new cookbook out now, My Everyday Lagos: Nigerian Cooking at Home and in the Diaspora. On this episode we talk about Yewande’s journey to writing this groundbreaking work, and how the book's recipes cover the converging cuisines of her hometown of Lagos. We also talk about her life in and out of the kitchen. It’s a great talk and we hope you enjoy it.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM YEWANDE KOMOLAFE:The Plantain Has Your Back [TASTE]In ‘My Everyday Lagos,’ Yewande Komolafe Searches for Home [Eater]Nigerian Clay Pot Chicken [F&W]
23/10/23·41m 42s

298: Jamie Oliver & Alison Roman

Here are two classic conversations with two of our favorite people in food. Jamie Oliver returns to the show, and we could not be happier to talk with him about so many things. For those who didn’t grow up watching food TV, here’s the deal. Jamie pioneered a form of food television that brought cameras into the home in a way not previously seen. When The Naked Chef debuted on BBC Two in the UK and the Food Network in the United States in 1999, home cooking on TV was a stand-and-stir affair. Here, a young and floppy Oliver was cooking real food from a cool East London flat, talking viewers through the relative simplicity of making dinner.Oliver has gone on to write numerous cookbooks (selling 50 million in the UK alone) and create food TV that expanded beyond cooking, producing documentaries about the sugar industry and school lunches that transitioned his work from dude food evangelist to heartier activism. His latest book, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, is out now.And it’s a great day when our friend Alison Roman turns up at our New York City studio. We’ve really enjoyed reading and cooking through her recent baking book, Sweet Enough, and we wanted to ask her about what it’s like to write three cookbooks in five and a half years, as well as to talk about the TV show she made, her spirited newsletter writing, the kosher salt wars, sheet pan shortcake, and where to eat in New York City right now. 
21/10/23·1h 37m

297: Luke Fortney & Ravinder Bhogal

Luke Fortney is a reporter at Eater New York, where he keeps an eagle eye on openings and closings, plus trends like the city’s burgeoning breakfast burrito scene. Aliza had him on the show to talk about what it’s like staying on top of New York’s ever-shifting dining landscape. Whether you live in New York City or you’re thinking about taking a trip there, it’s a must-listen.Also on the show Matt catches up with British cookbook author, journalist, and chef Ravinder Bhogal to speak about her great new cookbook, Comfort and Joy: Irresistible Pleasures from a Vegetarian Kitchen.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM LUKE FORTNEY & RAVINDER BHOGAL:New York’s Illegal Weed Market Is Propped Up by Imported Chips That Taste Like Tacos [Eater]New York’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings This Fall [Eater]Ravinder Bhogal’s Pumpkin and Squash For Autumn [The Guardian]
20/10/23·1h 5m

296: Max La Manna

What a fun time it is having Max La Manna in the studio. Max is a recipe developer and former NYC and Los Angeles line cook. He’s also big on TikTok and various other social media channels, and we get into what makes a great food video as well as hearing about Max’s journey. We also talk about Max’s new cookbook, You Can Cook This! Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM MAX LA MANNA:Sun-Dried Tomato “Meatballs” [official]Vegan Tofu Butter Chicken [YouTube]10 Tips For Reducing Food Waste [Veg News]
18/10/23·34m 46s

295: Chris Black

As writer and podcast host Chris Black tells it, he sits at the heart of American culture. “The bridge between the high and the low; the very high and the very low.” This is a very good—and often entertaining—place to live, and in this episode we get to know Chris a bit better through his particular takes on restaurant culture, home cooking, cookbooks, and the two cities he spends the most time in: New York and Los Angeles. Chris is the cohost of How Long Gone (along with Noma beat reporter Jason Stewart) and consults for brands like J.Crew, Thom Browne, Stüssy, Balenciaga, and Reigning Champ. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM CHRIS BLACK:‘How Long Gone’ Is in It for the Long Haul [NYT] Bring Back the Power Lunch [GQ]This Is TASTE 163: Jason Stewart [TASTE]How Long Gone 306: Matt Rodbard [official]
16/10/23·46m 29s

294: Robert Simonson

Robert Simonson writes about cocktails, spirits, bars, and bartenders for the New York Times and is the creator and author of the Substack newsletter The Mix With Robert Simonson. In this episode we talk about his terrific new book, The Encyclopedia of Cocktails: The People, Bars & Drinks, with More Than 100 Recipes. The book is amazing in that it covers the world of modern drinking (the people, places, and watering holes) without being dry or overly earnest. Simonson cuts to the heart of the past 100 years of the cocktail, and we go over many of the entries and also dive into Robert’s history of covering the scene for nearly 20 years. It’s a great episode, and we hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, Matt talks about his recent trip to San Antonio, which included stops at the Jerk Shack, Landrace, Cured, Con Huevos Tacos, and Ray’s Drive Inn. The TASTE Texas Tour was supported by our friends at Travel Texas. Check out Matt's dispatches from Austin and Houston.  Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM ROBERT SIMONSON:Montana’s Great Lost Barman [PUNCH]Your Favorite Classic Cocktails Are More Modern Than You Think [TASTE]Making Sense of the Maximalist Cocktail [PUNCH]
13/10/23·46m 45s

293: Molly Baz

We’ve long been fans of cookbook author and creative thinker Molly Baz, and many of you have too. With a signature voice and absolutely wild recipe development skills (as well as years of professional cooking under her belt), Molly has won over millions of fans worldwide. Her debut book Cook This Book was a New York Times Best Seller, and she’s back with a new one, More Is More, that taps into the food world’s more maximalist urges. This is a really fun talk with one of the strongest voices in cookbooks.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM MOLLY BAZA Cacio e Pepe Gets Drunk and Breaks the Rules [TASTE]This Is TASTE 143: Molly Baz [TASTE]Molly Baz Shares the Must-Have Recipe of the Season [Glamour]Baz to Basics [TASTE]
11/10/23·31m 13s

292: Dwight Garner

Dwight Garner has been a book critic for the New York Times since 2008, and he has now written one of our favorite food books in years (not an exaggeration). The Upstairs Delicatessen is a book about “eating, reading, reading about eating, and eating while reading.” This is completely, 100% our bag, and Dwight’s style and rhythm had us reading until we were full (and then some). In this extremely fun episode, Dwight shares the book’s origins and digs into some of his most memorable meals and books, and books about meals, and meals…you get the point. It’s a fun conversation with one of the sharpest minds in the media.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM DWIGHT GARNER:Dwight Garner Always Has a Muffuletta in the Freezer [Grub Street]A Remembrance of Diet Cokes Past [FT]A Lightning Rod Defends His Legacy (and Has a Few Regrets) [NYT]
09/10/23·45m 35s

291: Hillary Dixler Canavan

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater’s restaurant editor and the author of the publication’s debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters. On this lively episode we talk about Hillary’s reporting for Eater’s debut cookbook, and how one wrangles recipes from chefs without going nuts. We also hear about Hillary’s work covering the national restaurant scene, and, of course, get her favorites in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. This is a great conversation, and we hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, Matt recaps a recent trip to Virginia Beach, VA and the surrounding area. There's great food down there! He discusses visits to: Love Song, The Pink Dinghy, a fried chicken vibe check starring BoBo's Fine Chicken and Pollard's. He also stopped by Four Eleven York in Norfolk, Heirloom, and Gelati Celesti.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM HILLARY DIXLER CANAVAN:Turn Your Kitchen Into a Proper Bistro with Frenchette’s Tartare Frites [Eater]How a Veteran Food Editor Adapted 100 Beloved Restaurant Recipes [Cultured]15 Best New Restaurants in America [Eater]
06/10/23·50m 34s

290: Laurent Dagenais

Laurent Dagenais is one of our favorite chefs online today, and many others agree. He has grown his following to more than three million across his social media accounts and carved out a really cool space that blends streetwear, French Canadian cooking, and good vibes. Laurent was born and raised in Montreal, and in this episode, we find out about his path from journeyman line cook to blowing up on TikTok and IG. We find out what makes a great video and what inspired his new cookbook, Always Hungry!, and we dig into his life online and offline. We also talk about one of Canada’s other great exports: the rapper Snow. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM LAURENT DAGENAIS:Laurent Dagenais Keeps the Cooking Real [Fine Dining Lovers]Stacked Ham and Brie Sandwich [Today]Steak Sandwich [YouTube]
04/10/23·36m 50s

289: Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd is a chef and writer based in Houston, Texas, and the cofounder of Southern Smoke Foundation, a nonprofit geared toward helping members of the restaurant community. On this episode we have a lively conversation about the food scene in Chris’s hometown, what it was like leaving his restaurant group, and his cookbook: Cook Like a Local. This is such an inspiring talk, and we hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about Matt’s trip to Houston, where he had an incredible 48 hours, making stops at: Kâu Ba, Trill Burgers, Tatemó, Tres Chiles, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, Villa Arcos, Blacksmith, and Crawfish & Noodles.   The TASTE Texas Tour was supported by our friends at Travel Texas. See our dispatch from Austin, and stay tuned for San Antonio.MORE FROM CHRIS SHEPHERD:Houston Chef Chris Shepherd Is Enjoying His New Season [Eater]Southern Smoke Festival [official]
02/10/23·50m 40s

288: Skyler Mapes

How much do you know about olive oil? After this episode, a lot more. Skyler Mapes, cofounder of EXAU Olive Oil and coauthor of the new book The Olive Oil Enthusiast, joined us from her home in Calabria, Italy, to drop invaluable olive oil knowledge from harvest to bottle, plus Italy travel tips and more. It’s a fun episode, and we hope you’ll enjoy it.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt go over three things they each are enjoying, including: The Neon Croissant, JJ Johnson's great new book The Simple Art of Rice, IG of note @haileecatalano, Dwight Garner's The Upstairs Delicatessen, C Pam Zhang's How Much of These Hills Is Gold, the TikTokers are coming!Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  MORE FROM SKYLER MAPES:Meet the Woman Bringing Calabrian Olive Oil to the U.S. [Conde Nast Traveler]Forbes 30 Under 30, 2021 [Forbes]Demystifying Extra Virgin Olive Oil With Skyler Mapes and Giuseppe Morisani [Italy Magazine]
29/09/23·42m 33s

287: Pat LaFrieda

Pat LaFrieda is one of the world’s most celebrated butchers and sells ground beef, strip steaks, and rib eyes to more than a thousand New York City restaurants alone. On this episode we talk about the birth of the boutique burger blend, tracing its lineage back to Minetta Tavern, and dig deep into the meat business. We also discuss Pat’s own personal favorite way to cook a steak, roast a chicken, and dress a hamburger, with a couple of very specific choices. It was really fun getting to know the one and only Pat LaFrieda, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.   MORE FROM PAT LAFRIEDA:Pat LaFrieda on Expanding His Meat Empire [CBS Saturday Morning]How Pat LaFrieda Produces $270 million of Meat Per Year [Insider]Budget Grilling Ideas [Rachael Ray]
27/09/23·49m 24s

286: Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel

Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel is the chef and co-owner of Birdie’s, an Austin, Texas, restaurant that is innovative and exciting, and by far one of our favorite meals of the year. On this episode, we speak with Tracy about her journey from cooking at Lula Cafe in Chicago to working the line at some of New York’s most acclaimed places—Del Posto, Blue Hill, and Gramercy Tavern—and how she met her partner in life and business, Arjav. We talk about what excites her about restaurants and dig into some of Birdie’s most popular dishes. Also, stick around for Matt’s thoughts on a recent trip to Austin, Texas—featuring some of the restaurants and trucks that got him most excited, including Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop, Distant Relatives, Franklin Barbecue, Cuantos Tacos, Birdie’s, Canje, and Nido. The TASTE Texas Tour was supported by our friends at Travel Texas. Stay tuned for dispatches from Houston and San Antonio. MORE FROM TRACY MALECHEK-EZEKIEL:   Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year: Birdie's [Food & Wine]Food & Wine names East Austin spot Restaurant of the Year [Austin American-Statesman] Inside Birdie’s Journey [Tribeza]
25/09/23·50m 16s

285: New York Times Food: Melissa Clark, Genevieve Ko, Emily Weinstein

Here are three classic conversations from This Is TASTE with three key members of the New York Times food desk. Melissa Clark is a prolific cookbook author, longtime NYT columnist, and one of the most respected food writers in the game. In this interview, we talk about her days collaborating with great chefs including Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, and Claudia Fleming, as well as her action-packed cookbook career. Genevieve Ko is a deputy editor of New York Times Cooking and the Food section, as well as a prolific cookbook author and collaborator. Here we have such a great time catching up about all things cookbooks, food media, and what it’s like to help run one of the best, and most popular, sections at the NYT.  Lastly we sit down with Emily Weinstein, the food and cooking editor of the New York Times. We’ve been a great admirer of her and her colleagues’ work at NYT Cooking, and we took the opportunity to talk about what makes a great story as well as some of the cooking trends Weinstein is most interested in covering. We also discuss Weinstein’s long journey working at the paper, starting as a dining listings fact-checker and rising to various editorial roles, eventually taking the top spot.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.  
23/09/23·2h 22m

284: Clare de Boer

Clare de Boer is the chef-owner of Stissing House, a restaurant located in New York’s Hudson Valley and one we like very, very much. Clare is also the chef-owner of two New York City restaurants, King and Jupiter. On this episode, we speak with Clare about her time cooking at the River Cafe in London and her journey to America to open some of the country’s best restaurants. We also talk about her writing career, a forthcoming King cookbook, and some of the restaurants she is excited about right now.Also on the show, Matt catches up with Brad Metzger, a Los Angeles–based restaurant recruiter and the creative force behind the LA Chef Conference, a gathering of chefs and food media members taking place October 30. We talk about the role of recruiting in the restaurant industry and hear about Brad’s journey to launch the conference. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.    MORE FROM CLARE DE BOER:Hello From My Island [Substack]A Manhattan Chef Heads Upstate. A Country Tavern Follows. [NYT]LA Chefs Conference [official]
22/09/23·1h 5m

283: Michael Symon

Michael Symon is the star of Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out and the author of a great new cookbook, Simply Symon Suppers, as well as a longtime TV host, Iron Chef, and food commentator. But we know Michael best as a really, really great chef who’s run well-regarded restaurants in New York City and Cleveland, where he was born. On this action-packed episode, we talk about Symon’s Greek and Sicilian background and how he hosts raucous dinner parties in all seasons. We discuss his star turn and what celebrity chefdom has meant for this true Midwesterner. It’s a great talk, and we hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, we have a great conversation with The Bear's set decorator, Eric Frankel. Eric, along with his team, is responsible for creating the kitchen and restaurant spaces on the hit show, and we find out how building the set was very similar to opening a real restaurant (with real fire and flame). We also learn about how he selected the many cookbooks featured on the show.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.   MORE FROM MICHAEL SYMON AND THE BEAR:2 Easy Recipes For Fall [Good Morning America]Michael Symon’s Deviled Eggs [Food Network]Here’s the Complete List of Every Cookbook Featured on ‘The Bear’ [Eater]
20/09/23·1h 3m

282: Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel is the executive chef and owner of award-winning Lula Cafe in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Jason grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and is the product of a tight-knit Italian family. He studied writing at Brown University and then traveled in Italy, where an accidental stay in an apartment above a produce market left a lasting impression and presaged his career as a chef. In this episode we hear about the 24-year run of Lula Cafe, and about how Jason’s instinct to write blends with his culinary background. We also talk about his debut cookbook, The Lula Cafe Cookbook.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about three things they are feeling, including a memorable Table of Contents event in Brooklyn, speaking at the Chow Chow Festival in Asheville, NC, the nostalgia of Save Me the Plums, Helen Rosner is on a roll at The New Yorker, Birdie’s pasta extruder in the dining room is a baller move.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.         MORE FROM JASON HAMMEL:Jason Hammel’s Dear Chicago [Star Chefs]Still Setting the Standard in Logan Square [Chicago Tribune]Konbi Has a Secret Croissant Machine [TASTE]
18/09/23·51m 22s

281: Andrew Friedman

Writer, podcaster, and cookbook collaborator Andrew Friedman has a unique vantage point in talking about chefs and food writing as a profession. He’s worked with some of the most interesting voices in the restaurant world (going back a decade and longer), including Daniel Boulud, Alfred Portale, Michelle Bernstein, Bill Telepan, and David Waltuck. In this episode we talk to Andrew about his most recent work, The Dish: The Lives and Labor Behind One Plate of Food, a page-turning, behind-the-scenes look at what makes a single restaurant dish. We discuss the book’s unique reporting process and how Andrew views his work in the larger context of food media. We also get some restaurant picks—and pay tribute to one of the industry’s most influential and frankly forgotten players. Also on the show, Aliza shares some highlights from her recent trip to Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Stay for a report from the LA bagel wars, a camping beer hack, and what is exciting her on the the west coast.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM ANDREW FRIEDMAN:Andrew Talks to Chefs [official]Who Let the Cool Chefs Write Cookbooks? [TASTE]The Secret Lives of Private Chefs [TASTE]
15/09/23·1h 9m

280: Sue S. Chan

Sue S. Chan is an expert marketer, brand builder, and all-around busy bee on the global food scene. She was Momofuku’s first brand director, and in this episode we go back to her time helping to build the David Chang empire (and figuring out how to tell DC what to do). She later founded her own agency, Care of Chan, which has become a go-to for major fashion and retail brands looking to engage with the food world. Her current clients include A24, NYT Cooking, Gucci Osteria, Nike, J.Crew, and Hermam Miler. This conversation is fast and furious, but we always pause when Sue has a restaurant to talk about. We so enjoyed catching up with a real food-world one of one, and we hope you enjoy it too.Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM SUE CHAN:The Food-World Entrepreneur Who Loves Clear Heels [The Cut]Mermaid Spa Brooklyn [CoC]Breaking Down with Sue Chan [Busyboy]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/sueperchaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
13/09/23·46m 17s

279: Adeena Sussman

What a thrill it is to have our friend Adeena Sussman back on the show. Adeena is the author of numerous cookbooks, having cowritten three with Chrissy Teigen, and the voice behind the best-selling Israeli food tome Sababa. Sussman is back with a great new book, Shabbat, and in this episode we talk about the multitudes of Jewish food around the world. We discuss what is so exciting about food in her home base of Tel Aviv and also go over some of the comforting and innovative new recipes in Shabbat. MORE FROM ADEENA SUSSMAN:Embracing My Whole Self, Through Food [Tablet]The Perfect Shabbat Dinner Meets You Where You Are [Conde Nast Traveler]Adeena Sussman’s new cookbook includes Shabbat recipes from around the world [NPR]Mike and Adeena’s Excellent Israeli Culinary Adventure [Via Sabra]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/adeenasussmaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/tasteDo you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.
11/09/23·42m 35s

278: Ellen Yin

Ellen Yin is the founder and co-owner of Philadelphia’s High Street Hospitality Group. She’s behind some of the best restaurants in not just Philly but the entire country, including Fork, High Street on Market, and High Street Provisions. On this episode we speak with Ellen about her journey to hospitality, what’s special about the Philly restaurant scene, and what it was like to win a James Beard Award for America’s top restaurateur. We also talk about the incredible cookbook festival she's organized, Cookbooks and Convos, which runs from late September through late October. It’s so great catching up with Ellen, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Aliza catches up with Andrew Tarlow, the author of a new book, Diner: Day for Night, which pays tribute to his legendary Brooklyn restaurant. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.More From Ellen Yin:Ellen Yin Talks Pineapple Pizza and 25 Years of Fork [Philadelphia Mag]Philly Chef Wins Big at the James Beard Awards [Billy Penn]Cookbooks and Convos [Philadelphia Inquirer]
08/09/23·53m 47s

277: James Park

James Park is a content creator and the author of Chili Crisp, a sharp look at one of America’s favorite ingredients today. On this episode we speak with James about the different types of chili crisp to buy and make at home, as well as some unexpected discoveries he’s made. We also talk about his upbringing in Korea and dig into the exciting things happening in Korean food these days. We hope you enjoy this talk with James, one of our favorite dudes in food.MORE FROM JAMES PARK:Yes, Chile Crisp Deserves a Whole Cookbook [Eater]Does Chili Crisp Go With Everything? This Author Thinks So [Epicurious]Chili Crisp Compound Butter [Material]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/jamesyworldinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
06/09/23·41m 36s

276: Hungryroot

Ben McKean is the founder of Hungryroot, an online grocery retailer that has changed the way millions of Americans cook dinner (and lunch, and breakfast) and taught them to love plant-based cookie dough. On this episode, Ben shares his journey to launching Hungryroot, and we dig into how the modern grocery store is quite broken. We also talk about what it’s like running his company nearly a decade in. Interested? Use promo code TASTE30 for 30% off the first box.MORE FROM BEN MCKEAN:How I Turned My Hobby Into a Career [Medium]Hungryroot Review: Is This Popular Meal Kit Service Worth the Hype? [Real Simple]Hungryroot: Our Honest Review [CNet]
04/09/23·41m 24s

275: Chandra Ram

Chandra Ram is the associate editorial director at Food & Wine and coauthor of cookbooks like Korean BBQ and The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook. On this episode, Chandra takes us into the test kitchen at Food & Wine, and we hear about some of the cool stories she’s been working on. We also talk about how postwar and post-pandemic times share similarities in the way the events have changed the way we cook forever. It’s really great catching up with Chandra.MORE FROM CHANDRA RAM:It’s Time to Start Pickling at Home [F&W]After 8 Years of Marriage, I’m Teaching My Husband How to Cook [F52]Decoding Carmy’s Cookbook Shelves on ‘The Bear’ [F&W]
01/09/23·47m 59s

274: Susan Spungen

Susan Spungen is an author, a food stylist, and a real food media legend. She was the founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living, and she has worked in television and film, including teaching Meryl Streep how to flip an omelet. On this episode, we learn about food in 1980s New York, about Susan’s job interview process with Martha, and about her famous sister. We also talk about her wonderful new book, Veg Forward, and why tomatoes will always be our favorite vegetable. Or is it a fruit?MORE FROM SUSAN SPUNGEN:Food Stylist Susan Spungen Releases New Cookbook [Forbes] Tomato, Pickled Melon and Burrata Salad [Bon Appetit]Grilled Cheese with Apples and Apple Butter [NYT]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/susanspungeninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
30/08/23·48m 0s

273: Fishwife

Becca Millstein is cofounder and CEO of Fishwife, one of the buzziest brands in not just the emerging tinned seafood market but all of food. We had such a fun time catching up with Becca to talk about her brand’s journey from big idea to big-time retail. We also find out where the tinned fish movement is heading and hear about some of the bumps along the road that the company has had to overcome. Finally, we talk about the company’s now-iconic branding—such great branding! We hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Matt recaps his recent trip to Seattle, including stops at The Walrus and the Carpenter, Hood Famous, Watson’s Counter, Book Larder, Camber, Hamdi, and Saint Bread.MORE FROM BECCA MILLSTEIN:Wait, Canned Salmon Is Good? [TASTE]Creating America’s First Chic Tinned Fish Company [Eater] Meet Fishwife, the Stylish, Sustainably Sourced Tinned Fish You Want in Your Kitchen [Vogue]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/bbmillsteininstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
28/08/23·41m 7s

272: Natasha Pickowicz & Claire Saffitz

Today’s special episode is from our recent conversation with baking cookbook authors Natasha Pickowicz and Claire Saffitz, live at Rizzoli Bookstore in NYC. Natasha is a chef, the founder of the pop-up Never Ending Taste, and the author of More Than Cake. Claire is a recipe developer and the author of the best-selling cookbooks Dessert Person and What’s for Dessert. It’s a fun conversation about developing cult recipes, the cake renaissance, summer baking, and more. Stay tuned for more live events by subscribing to our newsletter, including book release events with Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen (October 24) and Jing Gao (November 2).MORE FROM NATASHA PICKOWICZ AND CLAIRE SAFFITZ :Yes, You Can Make These Stunning Layer Cakes at Home [Bon Appetit]Claire Saffitz Goes Outside Her Comfort Zone to Embrace Ours [TASTE]Claire Saffitz & Natasha Pickowicz Make a Delicious Pineapple Galette [Dessert People]How to Make Delicious Scones at Home [Dessert People]
25/08/23·1h 2m

271: C Pam Zhang

C Pam Zhang is the author of the acclaimed novel How Much of These Hills Is Gold. Her new book, Land of Milk and Honey, is set in a near future where smog has choked out almost all agriculture, and where a chef is lured to cook at a reclusive mountain institute for the global elite with the promise of produce. It’s a gripping book about power and politics and, mostly, a love letter to food, and we’re thrilled to have her on the show to discuss it.Also on the episode, Aliza and Matt preview more fall cookbooks they are really enjoying including new books from Jon Kung, Sohla El-Waylly, two Italian wine experts, James Park, the Pie Hole in Los Angeles, and Alicia Kennedy. Don’t forget to smash that pre-order button. Fall cookbook season is here. MORE FROM C PAM ZHANG:See It Slant [The Cut]The Pen Ten: An Interview with C Pam Zhang [Pen America]Buy: Land of Milk and Honey
23/08/23·47m 17s

270: Alex Delany

It’s really fun having Alex Delany back on the show and getting to know the food and drink writer (and rare book collector) a little bit better. You may know Alex from his time working at Bon Appétit as a writer covering home cooking, wine, cocktails, and naturally processed coffee (respect), as well as a series of memorable YouTube videos. But since leaving BA in early 2021, Alex has been busy working as a consultant, podcaster, wine educator, and most recently as the author of a really cool city guide called “Everything Good.” On this episode we talk about the summer of NA beer, the summer of Superiority Burger, love for Richmond, Karma vs. Mast, Andy Warhol’s lost cookbook, love for Beefeater, and what’s next. Cool catching up with Alex again. Do you enjoy This Is TASTE? Drop us a review on Apple, or star us on Spotify. We'd love to hear from you.MORE FROM ALEX DELANY:Everything Good: Tribeca Fidi [Google Docs]Everything Good on the Lower East Side [Google Doc]This Is TASTE 131: Alex Delany [TASTE]Andy Warhol’s Wild Raspberries [Biblio]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/alex_delanyinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
21/08/23·40m 33s

269: George Saunders & Gary Shteyngart

Here are two classic conversations from This Is TASTE featuring two literary titans. George Saunders is the author of many works, including the Booker Prize–winning Lincoln in the Bardo. Here we talk about pizza and Italian delis on the South Side of Chicago, as well as lunch in the Texas oil fields. We discuss success in the kitchen and how intuition crashes together with luck, and we speculate on the shape of food in the year 2300.Also on the show is Gary Shteyngart, a New York Times best-selling novelist and food writer who has written memorable books including The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Super Sad True Love Story, and his most recent work, the rollicking pandemic satire Our Country Friends. In this episode, we talk about some of Gary’s world travels, both as a hired gun and for fun, as well as what he’s eating and drinking in his Upstate New York home. We also remember New York City restaurants from the 1990s and early 2000s, including fond memories of the long-lost Meatpacking District bistro Florent, which plays a role in Gary’s most recent novel.More from George Saunders & Gary Shteyngart: Story Club with George Saunders [Substack]Eat, Memory: The Absolutely No-Anything Diet [New York Times Magazine]I Watched Russian Television for Five Days Straight [The Atlantic]
19/08/23·1h 18m

268: Naama Shefi

Today we have an amazing conversation with Naama Shefi. Naama is the founder of the Jewish Food Society, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve, celebrate, and revitalize Jewish cuisine to build and promote a meaningful connection to Jewish and Israeli culture. She is also the chair of Asif Culinary Institute of Israel.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt discuss three things they each are interested in right now. These include: Piñas at Connolly’s, Emily Sundberg’s Feed Me newsletter, Abi Balingit’s rose water meringue, Cherry Bombe is doing a WeFunder, Eric Kim tomato furikake sandwich, LA Chef Conference is October 30.   More From Naama Shefi:Schmaltzy [Apple]The Legacy of a 1970s Bar Mitzvah Cake [JFS]The New Magazine Taking a Different View on Jewish Food Culture [Vogue]Pre-order: Shabbat
18/08/23·45m 16s

267: Amanda Cohen

Dirt Candy is a vegetarian restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side that has become famous over the past decade for making eggplant tiramisu, kimchi donuts, and tomato fruit leather. But its chef, Amanda Cohen, makes one thing very clear—the restaurant’s mission is not about vegetarianism or health or politics. It’s just about making vegetables taste really good. In this episode, we talk with Amanda about the 15-year run of one of New York’s most important restaurants. We discuss her early experiences working with Moby and her deep understanding of how to run a restaurant in these modern times. Also, cookbooks! Will she write another one? We find out.MORE FROM AMANDA COHEN:Dirt Candy: A Visual Veggie Cookbook With a Memoir Mixed In [NPR]For Chef Amanda Cohen, Everything Is Out in the Open [NRN]This Is TASTE 33: Amanda Cohen [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/dirtcandynycinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
16/08/23·39m 23s

266: Ham El-Waylly

Ham El-Waylly is a chef, recipe developer, and video creator based in New York City. You may know him from the NYT Cooking channel, where he shares ingenious tips and whips up opulent feasts from niche ingredients alongside his wife, Sohla. But you probably don’t know Ham’s rich history in food, from growing up in Doha, Qatar, with Bolivian-Egyptian parents in the food business to running research and development at Momofuku’s Ando. Today we dig into it all, plus his love of graphic tees and live music, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. And as you heard at the top, it's the return of TASTE Live, an IRL events series with our friends at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan. Our next event is August 17 with authors Natasha Pickowicz and Claire Saffitz. Natasha and Claire will discuss what they are baking this summer, the making of their latest cookbooks, and much more. The event will be recorded live for this very podcast.MORE FROM HAM EL-WAYLLY:Chicken Stroganoff [New York Times Cooking]The World’s Smelliest Fruit? Sohla and Ham Try Cooking With Durian [Mystery Menu]What Happens When a Brown Chef Cooks White Food? [GQ]
14/08/23·58m 16s

265: Hillary Sterling

Hillary Sterling is a longtime New York City chef who is currently the executive chef at Ci Siamo, one of our favorite restaurants in all the land. We’ve known Hillary for years, and it was really fun to dig into her history to find out about her early food memories growing up deep in Brooklyn and her many cooking jobs in Chicago and NYC. We talk about traveling around Italy for research and her friendly rivalry (more of a friendly meeting of the minds) with chef Missy Robbins. We also find out what she loves most about running one of NYC’s hottest (literally—it’s live fire, baby) restaurants.MORE FROM HILLARY STERLING:Rekindling the Flame at Danny Meyer’s Ci Siamo [NYT]Italian Passion Front and Center at Ci Siamo [Gay City News]How Chef Hillary Sterling Runs Her 120-Seat NYC Restaurant Using Live Fire [Eater] FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/chefhillarysterlinginstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
11/08/23·40m 32s

264: GrossyPelosi

Dan Pelosi is the self-proclaimed “Italian American meatball" behind the popular social media account and home entertainment mood board GrossyPelosi. In this episode, we catch up with Dan to talk about his journey from working at a creative agency to running a megapopular online food community. We talk about some of his favorite summer and fall recipes and dig into his debut cookbook, Let’s Eat. We hope you enjoy this fun conversation.MORE FROM GROSSY PELOSI:Grossy’s Guide to Grilling [official]Summer Corn Tomato Pasta [official]Grilled Dumplings with Natasha Pickowicz [YouTube]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/grossypelosiinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
09/08/23·40m 27s

263: Eric Adjepong

Chef Eric Adjepong was a finalist on season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef and a contestant on season 17 of Top Chef All-Stars, where he earned consistent acclaim from judges and popularity among viewers. As a first-generation Ghanaian-American born and raised in New York City, Eric sources the flavors and influences in his cooking from many of the West African dishes he grew up eating. He is passionate about introducing diners to West African cuisine and the impact its diaspora has had on South American, Latin American, Caribbean, and American food, all in his elegant, artfully plated style. On this episode we talk about Eric's new children's book, Sankofa: A Culinary Story of Resilience and Belonging. We also talk about is forthcoming cookbook, as well as what it was like to compete on Top Chef. What a great conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt continue to preview the exciting fall cookbook season, including early thoughts on new releases from Klancy Miller, Molly Baz, Nancy Silverton, Erika Council, Cheap Old Houses, Andrew Friedman, and Leah Koenig.MORE FROM ERIC ADJEPONG: ReachTV Orders ‘Cultural Eats’ Starring Chef Eric Adjepong, From Chris Paul’s Production Company [Variety]Sankofa [Official]
07/08/23·44m 57s

262: Lyndsay C. Green

Lyndsay C. Green is the restaurant critic at the Detroit Free Press, and she is tasked with shining a light on one of America’s most vibrant and also misunderstood food cities. It’s quite the job, and Green, a native of New York City, has embraced the role to its fullest. In this episode, we talk about Detroit’s many diverse neighborhoods and how the city’s food scene was built by immigrants from Mexico, Greece, China, and the Middle East. I ask her about her most recent top ten restaurants list, and we dig into her food writing process and style. It’s really great getting to know Lyndsay, and I hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about what’s interesting and exciting, including the Kreung Cambodian pop-up, the recent Borscht Belt Festival, Jamie Oliver's new TV channel, OddFellows Ice Cream, and save us the plums! MORE FROM LYNDSAY GREEN:My Year in Review as Free Press Restaurant Critic: Accidentally Anonymous [Freep]La Cuscatleca Inc. Is Southwest Detroit’s Best Kept Secret [Freep]   Detroit’s Street Barbecue Subculture [Freep]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/ladyluffinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
04/08/23·54m 15s

261: Cherry Bombe & The Bitter Southerner

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the founders of not one but two of America’s most exciting independent media brands, each working deeply in and around food. In 2013, former media and beauty executive Kerry Diamond founded Cherry Bombe as a response to the overwhelmingly male-dominated chef and restaurant world. The publication has grown into a serious player, launching podcasts and events that rival some of the major glossies. Kyle Tibbs Jones is a cofounder and director of media at The Bitter Southerner, an iconoclastic magazine and media brand that was founded as a response to the caricatured portrayals of Southern life in mainstream media. The Bitter Southerner has won multiple James Beard Awards and, like Cherry Bombe, is a favorite read for many—including the editors of TASTE. And as you heard at the top, it's the return of TASTE Live, an IRL events series with our friends at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan. Our next event is August 17 with authors Natasha Pickowicz and Claire Saffitz. Natasha and Claire will discuss what they are baking this summer, the making of their latest cookbooks, and much more. The event will be recorded live for this very podcast. Reserve a spot now, first come, first served.More from Cherry Bombe and The Bitter Southerner:Happy Birthday, Cherry Bombe [Forbes]The Cherry Bombe Podcast Network [official]The Global Love of Boiled Peanuts [official]Blood, Sweat, and Tears [official]
02/08/23·1h 16m

260: Lior Lev Sercarz

Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte, a world-renowned spice company located in New York City. On this episode, we catch up with Lior about his unique path from Israel to some of the most famous restaurant kitchens in New York. We talk about the culinary school he’s founding in Northern Israel and dive into his incredible new book, A Middle Eastern Pantry. For real, this is one of our favorite books of the year, and together we go over many of the spices and condiments that shape this amazing culinary history. Lior is a true original, and we hope you enjoy our conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt give some very early thoughts on the upcoming fall cookbook season, including exciting new books from Yossy Arefi, Rie McClenny, Yewande Komolafe, Andrew Tarlow, Pierre Thiam, Jing Gao, Dwight Garner, and C Pam Zhang.FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/chefliorinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
31/07/23·54m 18s

259: Ayo Adebiri & Molly Yeh

Here are two classic conversations. Ayo Adebiri plays Sydney Adamu on the beloved FX show The Bear. She tells us about her real-life work in New York City restaurants, and we get into some behind-the-scenes talk about filming on location in Chicago. Also on the show is a fast and furious talk with cookbook author and food TV personality Molly Yeh. Molly is legitimately one of the funniest writers (and guests) that I’ve encountered in a long time, and we get into all sorts of topics on the show. We discuss what makes a great Hallmark Channel movie, and we theorize about how she will possibly star in one someday. We also talk about Little House on the Prairie (the TV show) and how Molly is living her best life in North Dakota. Check out her incredible book, Home Is Where the Eggs Are. FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/ayoedebiriinstagram.com/mollyyehinstagram.com/mattrodbardThese episodes originally aired on July 15, 2022 and October 25, 2022.
29/07/23·1h 9m

258: Nicole A. Taylor

Nicole A. Taylor is a food writer, recipe developer, and master home cook. Her latest book is Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations. Now, we’ve known Nicole for a while, but this conversation was the first time we were able to sit down and talk about food in her native Georgia, her work as a writer and editor in New York City, and the meaning of Juneteenth. We also go behind the scenes at one of America’s most well-known food magazines, where Nicole has been working. What a great interview. Also on the show we have a great conversation with José R. Ralat. José is the current Taco Editor at Texas Monthly and the winner of multiple James Beard Awards for his deeply reported journalism. Check out his book American Tacos, a modern classic. We talk about the state of the taco in America, among many other topics.More From Nicole A. Taylor and José R. Ralat:A Juneteenth of Joy and Resistance [NYT]Hibiscus Snow Cones [Food & Wine]A Major Ingredient Is the Cook w/ Cal Peternell, Matt Rodbard, Nicole A. Taylor [YT]Defining ‘Guisado’ Is Just as Messy as the Dish Itself [Texas Monthly]
28/07/23·1h 7m

257: Anya von Bremzen

How cool was it to have Anya von Bremzen in the studio? In this fast-paced episode, we cover Anya’s tremendous journalism career, which has brought her multiple James Beard Awards and a handful of reported books that are considered modern classics. These include the memoir Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking and her latest, National Dish: Around the World in Search of Food, History, and the Meaning of Home. We talk about what makes (or doesn’t make) a culture’s national dish, and how food writing has undergone great change in the past two decades. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about the new SPAM® flavor, Cardamaro, a visit to the Albanese gummy bear factory store, goat butter ice cream, a great new book Imagine a City: A Pilot's Journey Across the Urban World, a great new movie Theater Camp, and a really smart sunburn recovery hack.  MORE FROM ANYA VON BREMZEN:How Do Certain Foods Become National Dishes? [NYT]The Problem with National Dishes [Saveur]Say Ciao to Roscioli NYC, Direct From Rome [Resy]People Love to Hate the Garlic Press [TASTE]
26/07/23·44m 47s

256: B. Dylan Hollis

Have you ever eaten prune whip pie? How about pickle cheesecake? Well, B. Dylan Hollis absolutely has. The popular TikTok and YouTube creator has racked up millions (and millions) of views by baking his way through vintage cookbooks that fit his “three Ws”: wacky, weird, and wonderful. Now he has a book of his very own. It’s called Baking Yesteryear, and we’re thrilled to have him on the podcast to talk about the appeal behind historic baking and much more.Also on the show, Aliza has returned from a trip to Paris and Portugal and fills Matt in on all the cool things she ate and drank. And as you heard at the top, it's the return of TASTE Live, an IRL events series with our friends at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan. Our next event is August 17 with authors Natasha Pickowicz and Claire Saffitz. Natasha and Claire will discuss what they are baking this summer, the making of their latest cookbooks, and much more. The event will be recorded live for this very podcast. Reserve a spot now, first come, first served.More From B. Dylan Hollis:70 Years Later, This Is Still the Best Summer Dessert  [The Wall Street Journal[Meet the TikToker Going Viral by Baking His Way Through Great Depression-Era Cookbooks [Eater]Food for the Gods - 1909 Recipe [YouTube]Reserve a spot for TASTE Live at Rizzoli on August 17.
24/07/23·46m 44s

255: Cal Peternell

Cal Peternell was the head chef of legendary Bay Area restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, for over 20 years, where he served celebrity patrons and trained a new generation of chefs. He’s the New York Times best-selling author of Twelve Recipes and A Recipe for Cooking. His most recent book is the revealing and erudite Burnt Toast and Other Disasters. On this episode, we hear some good Chez Panisse stories, and we talk about Cal’s move to the East Coast. We also discuss his cookbook career—and his interpretation of that “figs on a plate” incident from a few years back. Also on the show we have a fascinating conversation with Nasim Alikhani, the chef and cookbook author behind Brooklyn’s mega-popular Iranian restaurant, Sofreh. You should check out her new book.More From Cal Peternell and Nasim Alikhani:Celery, Radishes, and Anchovy Butter [official]A Berkeley Chef Feeds the Homeless [LA Times]Olives With Citrus Zests and Fried Herbs [Washington Post]Nasim Alikhani Is Leaving Her Mark [Eater]
21/07/23·1h

254: Snaxshot

Snaxshot, the curatorial and slightly mercurial grocery newsletter and community, has grown into an industry force, read by consumer packaged goods executives and members of food media on a near-religious level. Andrea Hernández is the muscle behind this influential publication, and we were lucky to have her back in the studio to talk about what is interesting to her in the grocery store, or, shall we say, the “millennial bodega.” We also talk about nonalcoholic beers, Threads, our happy birthday Grimace hangover, grocercore, and how “Walmart is the new pantry Kith.” More From Snaxshot:Snack Boys, Snack Daddies, & Snaxshot with Andrea Hernández [YT]Edible Cogitations: Weekly Wrap-Up [Snaxshot]Mars to Buy Healthy Food Maker Kevin’s Natural Foods [Reuters]This Is TASTE 217: Snaxshot [TASTE] FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/thesnaxshotinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
19/07/23·47m 6s

253: Ben Leventhal

As the cofounder of online restaurant watchdog and chronicler Eater, as well as reservations booker Resy, Ben Leventhal has been at the center of all things dining out for nearly 20 years. On this episode we catch up with Ben about his latest company, Blackbird, a restaurant loyalty program that is rethinking the way hospitality and online culture converge. We talk about the founding of Blackbird and how restaurants are rapidly changing the way they make money through CPG and brand extension. We also discuss the early days of Eater, the future of controversial Los Angeles restaurant Horses, and the biggest story that nobody is covering. It’s great catching up with Ben!Also on the show we catch up with Food & Wine’s super talented Senior Drinks Editor Oset Babür-Winter. We talk about summer drinking, New York City restaurants, and what is exciting her in the world of spirits, wine, and cocktails. More From Ben Leventhal and Oset Babür-Winter:He Started Resy: Now He Wants You to Take Restaurant NFTs Seriously [EaterThis Is TASTE 64: Ben Leventhal [TASTE]Why Is Everyone Drinking Chartreuse This Summer? [F&W]We're Calling It Now, the Espresso Tonic Is the Drink of the Summer [F&W]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/benleventhalinstagram.com/baburosetinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
17/07/23·1h 13m

252: Chitra Agrawal

Chitra Agrawal is an author and entrepreneur behind the beloved Brooklyn Delhi, a packaged foods brand that is based partially around achaar, a beloved and staple South Asian condiment. We talk about the founding of the company and our collective love of Indian spices and flavors, as well as a copycat product from one of the country’s most prominent grocery chains. We also discuss her cookbook, Vibrant India, in which Chitra takes readers on a journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks.Also on the show, we catch up with Aadit Patel, founder of an amazing new company called Confusion Snacks. The name of the game now is black truffle masala, chili chaat, and chaat mint popcorn, and it’s one of our favorite new brands to jump into the field. We talk with Aadit about the challenges of launching a food company today, and we also find out how he works closely with his mother to exact the recipe for his wonderful snacks.MORE FROM CHITRA AGRAWAL AND AADIT PATEL:Chitra Agrawal on the Changing Grocery Landscape for Startups [Modern Retail]Can Brooklyn Delhi Take on Trader Joe's? [The Quint]Are You Ready for Hot Snack Summer? [TikTok]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/brooklyndelhiinstagram.com/confusionsnacksinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
14/07/23·58m 44s

251: Dale Talde

The proud son of Filipino immigrants, Dale Talde grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage, while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid. Dale is the chef and owner of Goosefeather, a signature restaurant located in Tarrytown, outside New York City. He’s also the host of Tastemade’s “All Up in My Grill,” and he appeared as a three-time cheftestant and judge on Bravo’s Emmy Award–winning culinary show Top Chef. On this episode we talk to Dale about his life in and out of the kitchen, his Chicago upbringing, and what makes a great food TV competitor.MORE FROM DALE TALDE:Dale Talde goes from “Top Chef” to Pot Chef [Sun Times]Talde Grilling Tips [Uproxx]Buy: Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn
12/07/23·43m 5s

250: James Freeman

As the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, James Freeman has seen the rise of specialty coffee from a very unique vantage point. Freeman joins us in the studio to talk about his company’s influence, as well as where coffee is heading today. We find out about his dream café project in Japan and what excites him most about making coffee at home. We also talk about James’s excellent book, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. This is a seriously interesting talk with one of the great characters in the world of food and drink.MORE FROM JAMES FREEMAN:Blue Bottle Studio Opens in Kyoto [Sprudge]This Is TASTE 144: Jimmy Butler and Ashley Rodriguez [TASTE]This Is TASTE 186: James Hoffmann [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/wjamesfreemaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
10/07/23·48m 46s

249: Camari Mick

Running one pastry program alone is a feat of organization and carbohydrates—but two? Well, that’s all in a day’s work for Camari Mick. She’s the executive pastry chef at the Musket Room, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, and she’s also creating breakfast pastries like candied orange almond croissants for the newly opened Raf’s up the block. Camari is a star in New York’s white-hot pastry scene, so Aliza’s thrilled to have her on the show to talk about developing dessert tasting menus, being nominated for a James Beard Award, and how she’s making the industry more equitable.  MORE FROM CAMARI MICK:Raf’s Conjures Swirling Abundance from a Wood-Fired Oven [NYT]Where the Musket Room's Camari Mick Goes in NYC [Michelin Guide]Raf’s Pastry Chef Camari Mick Is Perfecting the Classics [Airmail]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/camari_mickinstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
07/07/23·30m 8s

248: Rachel Karten

For Rachel Karten, “link in bio” isn’t just a social media call to action—it’s a career. The former head of social at Bon Appétit and Epicurious is now a social media consultant and the creator of the newsletter Link in Bio, which dispenses insights and interviews on the cutting edge of social media in food and far beyond. Rachel is my go-to person for demystifying things like the TikTok and Instagram algorithms (well, as much as anyone can), so I’m thrilled to have her on the show to talk about the current state of brand social media, why Instagram matters for restaurants, and much more. Also on the show, Matt talks about the first, sold-out, and extremely fun TASTE Travels cookbook trip with author Suzy Karadsheh. They visited Puglia last month and ate a lifetime's worth of orecchiette. Not a bad thing at all.MORE FROM RACHEL KARTEN:Social Media Consultant Rachel Karten on Viral Trends and Social Strategies [Ad Age]Lean In or Log Off [Eater]Brand Social Trend Report [Link In Bio]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/milkkarteninstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
04/07/23·41m 33s

247: John deBary

John deBary is a bartender extraordinaire, a cookbook author, a spokesperson for the bar and restaurant world, and one of our favorite guests on the show. He’s back to talk about his really great new book, Saved by the Bellini: & Other 90s-Inspired Cocktails. In this episode we talk about deadstock sodas, muse on summer drinking, and dive into what he loves so much about the 1990s. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt share some of their discoveries while walking the floor at the Fancy Food Show, the annual grocery trade show at New York’s Javits Center. The mushroom chips flowed early and often. MORE FROM JOHN DEBARY:I’m a Bartender and Yes, I Use Gatorade in Cocktails [BA]Dunkaroos Alexander [Food52]Drag Legend Sherry Vine Calls Burbank the Next Queer Hotspot [Thrillist]Strawberry and Kiwi: Why? [TASTE] FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW: instagram.com/jnd3001instagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
30/06/23·58m 49s

246: Lionel Boyce

We all love The Bear, which means we all love Lionel Boyce. The multitalented writer, actor, and former Odd Future member’s sweet, truly hilarious depiction of Marcus, a middling line cook turned burgeoning pastry chef, stole hearts and laughs in Season One. The show’s new season, streaming now, pushes Lionel to further culinary and comedic heights, and we’re thrilled to have him on the podcast to talk about it. MORE FROM LIONEL BOYCE:Lionel Boyce of “The Bear” on an Inglewood Food Crawl [Los Angeles Times]The Bear’s Lionel Boyce Didn’t Bake Those Doughnuts, but He Did Glaze Them [Vulture]The Bear Is a Gritty Fairy Tale of Cooking and Grief [New Yorker]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/lionel.boyceinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
28/06/23·26m 5s

245: George Motz

Wow, the hamburger god George Motz is our guest on today’s show, and it doesn’t disappoint. George is a writer, a TV host, and the guy with the cool hair and an endless well of knowledge about the hamburger. On this episode we go over some big topics, including the origins of the burger in America, Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out, and the best burger blend to buy for at-home grilling. He also talks about his new NYC restaurant, Hamburger America, and what makes the perfect restaurant burger. We hope you enjoy our talk with George.MORE FROM GEORGE MOTZ: How to Cook the Perfect Burger [The Manual]The Carolina Slaw Burger [Garden and Gun]How George Motz Spends His Sundays [NYT]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/motzburgerinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
26/06/23·41m 21s

244: Cake Zine

Today is Cake Zine day on the show, and Matt is so excited to welcome in his cohost, Aliza Abarbanel, along with Cake Zine coeditor Tanya Bush to the studio. Cake Zine is an independent magazine and a “hedonistic exploration of history, pop culture, literature, and art through sweets.” The latest issue’s theme is Humble Pie, and we speak with Aliza and Tanya about some of the issue’s features that highlight “broad interpretations of humiliation and piping-hot servings of contrition.” This is such a great talk.Also on the show, Aliza has an excellent conversation with Stacey Mei Yan Fong, author of the new book 50 Pies, 50 States. MORE FROM CAKE ZINE AND STACEY MEI YAN FONG:The Zine That Cake Instagram Made [Eater]“Cake Zine” Is the Brilliant New ‘Zine That’s All About…Cake [Bust]Baker Stacey Mei Yan Fong Makes 50 Pies for All 50 States [Eater]Pre-order: Cake Zine Volume 3 Humble PieFOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/cake_zineinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
23/06/23·56m 2s

243: Courtney Storer

The Bear. We all love The Bear, the hit restaurant drama from FX that begins its second season on June 22. And we love The Bear for good reason. The show was the talk of TV and one of the most realistic portrayals of restaurant life on TV. Courtney Storer is a Los Angeles–based chef who works as the show’s culinary producer. That means she’s behind its hyperrealistic (now legendary) cooking scenes. On today’s episode, we talk about how Courtney gets the cast ready to cook. We also dive into the important—and tricky—topic of what makes a great chef. MORE FROM COURTNEY STORER:On Balancing Pizza, Produce, and Gender Roles [BA]Making Italian Beef with FX's "The Bear" Culinary Producer Courtney Storer [LAT]What Does a Culinary Producer Do? [Indie Wire]
21/06/23·43m 52s

242: Jenneh Kaikai

Not all cake is created equal, and Jenneh Kaikai is always raising her game. The baker and owner of Pelah Kitchen, a Brooklyn-based micro bakery offering up cakes crowned with flowers and filled with flavors of the African diaspora, makes some of my favorite sweets in the city. It’s a joy to have her on the podcast to talk about evolving her business from a side project to a main gig, the booming food scene in Accra, Ghana, pop-up solidarity, and more.MORE FROM JENNEH KAIKAI:Issue Nº 18: Beautiful Baked Goods [Cherry Bombe]Inside the World of Fancy Instagram Cakes [Bon Appetit]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/pelahkitcheninstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
19/06/23·38m 15s

241: Nils Bernstein

It’s so great having our buddy Nils Bernstein drop by the studio. Nils is a man of many skills, and we talk about his great new book, The Joy of Oysters. Nils is the food editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and he has written and developed recipes for places like Bon Appétit, Epicurious, GQ, and the New York Times. But Matt knows Nils best as a former music publicist, working with bands like Interpol, Stephen Malkmus, and Nirvana while holding key positions at Sub Pop and Matador Records. We talk about his musical past, what is was like being in the room when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was first played live, as well as a deep love of the bivalve. We loved catching up with Nils Bernstein, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about three things that are getting them excited right now, including chicken sandwiches at the Fly, Bawi Agua Fresca, a new NA beer, and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches. MORE FROM NILS BERNSTEIN:Shell Shocked: Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Consider the Oyster [Wine Enthusiast]All the Ways to Pair Pinot Grigio with Food, from Cheese to Fish [Wine Enthusiast]A Taco-Filled Eating Tour of California’s Salinas Valley [Wine Enthusiast]Bad Waitress [Dirt]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/nilsbernsteininstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
16/06/23·1h 2m

240: Alex Stupak

Big ideas, strong opinions, and a deadpan Instagram: These are a few of our favorite things. Former pastry chef and current Empellon and Mischa boss man Alex Stupak is a complicated—and incredibly sincere—dude, and in this episode, we have a really spirited conversation about what it’s like to open a new restaurant that isn’t part of the Empellon Mexican multiverse. The food at Mischa is Eastern European, and it’s Stupak’s most personal project to date. We get into that, as well as some big ideas for the future. We hope you enjoy our talk with Alex.MORE FROM ALEX STUPAK:Mischa Opens in Midtown East [NYT]Hang on to Your Wallets, NYC — Here Comes the $29 Hot Dog [NY Post]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/alexstupakinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
14/06/23·34m 27s

239: Jenny Rosenstrach

We are always so happy to hang out with Jenny Rosenstrach, the talented writer and editor behind a highly enjoyable newsletter and a series of cookbooks. For many followers of the home cooking internet, her blog Dinner: A Love Story has been a steady hand holding the whisk for the past decade. Two years ago, she released the New York Times best seller The Weekday Vegetarians, and she is now working on a follow-up that we discuss on this episode. We also dig into her upcoming move back to New York City after nearly two decades living in the suburbs. What will city cooking be like? Different. We hope you enjoy our talk with Jenny Rosenstrach.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about Matt’s recent trip to Chicago, and some favorite Chi places for food and drink. These include Lickity Split Frozen Custard, Lula Cafe, Vita & Nick's, and Kasama to name a few. MORE FROM JENNY ROSENSTRACH:Great Grilled Chicken (For Real) [Dinner: A Love Story]The Weekday Approach to Eating Less Meat [TASTE]Angel Hair Has a New Look [TASTE]Print Is Dead. (Long Live Print!) [Apple Podcasts]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/dinneralovestoryinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
12/06/23·47m 21s

238: Rick Easton

Rick Easton is co-owner of Bread and Salt Bakery in Jersey City, New Jersey. He’s also the coauthor of a fascinating new cookbook, Bread and How to Eat It, which he wrote with his partner, the great journalist Melissa McCart. On this episode, we talk about Rick’s love of baking, sandwiches, and not following convention. We also find out how working in Italy informed his unique style that has made Bread and Salt one of the region’s most beloved spots. We hope you enjoy learning more about Rick Easton.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt are joined by producers Pat and Shalea for a sandwich draft. That’s right, it’s an NBA-style snake draft, separating the BLTs from the PB&Js. Where will the Italian hoagie land? Will avocado toast be left waiting to be picked?MORE FROM RICK EASTON:Rick Easton’s Pizza With Peppers [NYT Cooking]Chef Rick Easton Is Chasing After His Dream Sausage [Grub Street]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/breadandsaltbakeryinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
09/06/23·1h 16m

237: Ruth Reichl

Is there an introduction needed here? Over her groundbreaking career, Ruth Reichl has served as the food editor of the Los Angeles Times, the restaurant critic of the New York Times, and the editor in chief of the legendary magazine Gourmet. She’s written juicy memoirs, mentored a generation of writers and editors, and still writes with regularity, curiosity, and a love for real journalism in her wonderful Substack newsletter, La Briffe. On this episode, Ruth joins us in the studio for a deep and lively conversation that covers everything from the legacy of Wolfgang Puck and Noma to visiting China in 1980 and her memories of the late, great Gourmet magazine. Last, we find out about a new documentary film Ruth worked on for several years. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Ruth Reichl.Also, allow us to introduce our new name (but same great TASTE!). Aliza and Matt get on the mic to talk about what This Is TASTE means, as well as some exciting plans for the future. Thank you to all of our incredible listeners!MORE FROM RUTH REICHL:Who Decides Style? [La Briffe]The Sushi Effect [La Briffe]A Dynamic Doc Profiling the Precarious State of America’s Food System [HR]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/ruth.reichlinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
07/06/23·1h 2m

236: Emily Sundberg

Emily Sundberg has a knack for writing stories that get people talking. The freelance writer and mind behind the business newsletter Feed Me has an expert eye for trends in the food space and beyond, like the return of whole milk and the rise of the “shoppy shop”—you know, those cute, curated grocery stores that all seem to carry the same made-for-Instagram products. We’re thrilled to have her on the podcast to forecast the drink of the summer, the current state of founders in the direct-to-consumer space, and much more.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt predict the biggest foods and drinks of the summer. What will be the next Dirty Shirley? MORE FROM EMILY SUNDBERG: Feed Me [Substack]Wellness Is Dead. Long Live the Martini  [New York Magazine]Welcome to the Shoppy Shop [New York Magazine]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/emilysundberginstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
05/06/23·51m 18s

235: Eric Kim & Ali Slagle

Here’s a bonus episode from our recent conversation with cookbook authors Eric Kim and Ali Slagle, live at Rizzoli Bookstore in NYC. Eric is a New York Times Magazine columnist and the author of the best-selling book Korean American. Ali is a recipe developer, consultant, and author of the best-selling I Dream of Dinner. Stay tuned for future episodes recorded live at Rizzoli. Subscribe to our newsletter for all of those details.MORE FROM ERIC KIM AND ALI SLAGLE:4 Books Eric Kim Can’t Live (or Cook) Without [Epicurious]The Secret to Mastering Your Cocktail Order [NYT Magazine]3 Perfect Grilled Cheese Recipes [NYT]This Fuss-Free Cookbook Has Eased My Weeknight Dinner Angst [BA]
03/06/23·45m 39s

234: Dan Frommer

Dan Frommer is the founder and editor in chief of the The New Consumer, an influential publication that covers the intersection of technology and consumer brands—and many of these brands live in the food world. We wanted to have Dan on the show to talk about some recent grocery store news and trends including Graza vs. Brightland, and to find out how the celebrated tech journalist started scrutinizing the canned foods aisle. We hope you enjoy this super entertaining talk with Dan. MORE FROM DAN FROMMER:Can Canned Beans Have Their Tinned-Fish Moment? [TNC]Foxtrot has a New CEO. What’s Changing and What Isn’t? [TNC]A New Premium Card for the Erewhon Set [TNC]This Week’s Tiniest Social Media Drama Is About Olive Oil [NYT]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/fromedomeinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
02/06/23·55m 32s

233: Wylie Dufresne

Wylie Dufresne is a legendary force in the New York City chef world. As the owner of wd~50, he pioneered a form of cooking, sometimes called modernist cuisine, and brought it to worldwide attention. And now he’s turned his attention to pizza with the opening of Stretch Pizza on Park Avenue. In this lively conversation, we talk about Wylie’s pandemic pizza project that went to the next level. We also discuss cookbooks and our shared love for the New York City shop Kitchen Arts & Letters. I hope you enjoy hearing from Wylie as much as I did. Also on the show, we had the amazing Korean author Han Kang in the studio to talk about her fiction, including the International Booker Prize–winning novel The Vegetarian, and how food plays a role in her writing. MORE FROM WYLIE DUFRESNE:The Chef Who Invented Fried Mayonnaise Will Open a Manhattan Pizzeria [Grub Street]Wylie Dufresne Finds His Ultimate Challenge [Resy]Wylie Dufresne Says He Is Forced to Close WD-50 [NYT]
31/05/23·1h 13m

232: Sanzo

Sandro Roco is the founder of Sanzo, which has been our go-to flavored sparkling water of choice. We wanted to invite Sandro into the studio not only because we are big fans of his cans of lychee- and calamansi-spiked bubbles. We like the way he runs his business, as well as the story of how he bootstrapped this company in one of the most crowded categories in all of grocery: beverages. We also talk about how he was able to get Jeremy Lin to appear on the Sanzo can. It was so cool getting to know Sandro a bit better. I hope you enjoy this episode. MORE FROM SANDRO ROCCO:How to Raise $1.3M in Venture Capital with Sandro Roco [YouTube]From Nuclear Engineer to Cult-Favorite Seltzer Founder [Eater]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/drinksanzoinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
29/05/23·40m 28s

231: Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen is back on the podcast to talk about her latest—perhaps even greatest—cookbook: Ever-Green Vietnamese. Andrea is a prolific cookbook author behind favorites like Vietnamese Food Any Day and Into The Vietnamese Kitchen. Her latest book dives deep into Vietnamese food’s rich palate of plants from the land and sea, offering up ingenious recipes for things like homemade vegan fish sauce and a Grand Slam bánh mì breakfast combo. It’s such a fun, craving-inducing conversation, and we hope you’ll enjoy it. Also on the show, we catch up with cookbook author Colu Henry to talk about her latest book, Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food, and life in Canada.MORE FROM ANDREA NGUYEN AND COLU HENRY:Viet World Kitchen [Official]19 Andrea Nguyen Recipes for Bao, Banh Mi, and Beyond [Epicurious]TASTE Podcast 114: Andrea Nguyen [TASTE]The Emilia-Romagna Issue [TASTE]Easy Fancy Snacks to Impress Your Guests [Vogue]
26/05/23·1h 19m

230: Throwing Fits

Today on the show, we welcome in James Harris, one half of Throwing Fits, a very funny podcast and online community dedicated to all things menswear. We wanted to invite James in not just to talk about chef fashion but also to find out about where he’s eating and drinking around his hometown of New York City. We also get into Fanelli vs. Lucien, not being able to get into Gem Wine thanks to TikTok, eating fried prawn heads, Japanese food at home vs. in restaurants, and eating the miso black cod at Nobu as a kid. We also get the Throwing Fits line on Dimes Square. This is a great episode with James, a real one-of-one guest.MORE FROM JAMES HARRIS:Throwing Fits for Men’s Fashion [NYT]From Nike to Nautica, Here Are the ’90s Brands that Defined the Decade [Complex]TASTE Podcast 48: James Murphy & Nick Curtola [TASTE]TASTE Podcast 131: Alex Delany [TASTE]
24/05/23·41m 21s

229: Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby is a humorist, a TV writer, and the author of an incredible new essay collection, Quietly Hostile. On this episode, we talk about so many things: Chicago pizza, living in Michigan, Bosnian food in Grand Rapids, car wash dudes in Kalamazoo, and what it’s like to write lines for Carrie Bradshaw (as well as give her diarrhea). We have long been huge fans of Sam’s work, and it was a real joy to have her in the studio. I hope you enjoy this conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about three things they are each enjoying, including the great Las Vegas restaurant Lotus of Siam, hot dogs in New Jersey, monster trucks, Your Pasta, rhubarb all day, Confusion Snacks (our favorite new popcorn), the chicken wing of the sea.   MORE FROM SAMANTHA IRBY:The Person Who Wrote It Is Eating Ramen: Samantha Irby on Writing for TV [LitHub]My Taste Is Basic. So What? [Harpers Bazaar]TASTE Podcast 123: Ayo Edebiri [TASTE]
22/05/23·1h 4m

228: Smallhold

The future of food is fungi—at least if you ask Adam DeMartino and Andrew Carter, the cofounders of Smallhold. The new-school farming company grows delicate maitake, spongy lion’s mane, blue oysters, and more of our favorite mushrooms in patented aquarium-like tanks and mega farms across the country. They’re a favorite of buzzy chefs and major grocery chains alike, so today we’re going deep on this mushroom moment and how they’re forecasting the future of fungi. Also on the show, we catch up with Abby Endler, the host of the great new podcast, Criminal Types. In each episode Abby digs into the real-world cases, research, and obsessions that keep your favorite crime writers up at night. Check out her episode with John Grisham! We also talk about Anthony Bourdain’s underrated crime fiction career.NYC! Come out to a live taping of the show with special guests Eric Kim and Ali Slagle. May 25 at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan. 6pm. Tickets are free.MORE FROM SMALLHOLD:The Mushrooms Will Survive Us [New York Times)]Mushroom Boom Leads Brooklyn Grower to Plant Its Organic Farms in the West [Forbes]How We Grow Happy Mushrooms [Smallhold]Anthony Bourdain’s Literary Legacy in 13 Books [Eater]
19/05/23·1h 10m

227: Jamie Loftus

It was so much fun having Jamie Loftus in the studio. Jamie is a comedy writer and podcast host behind some of our favorite series, including My Year in Mensa and Aack Cast, a very “Cathy” podcast. On this episode, we tackle all sorts of topics, and talk about Jamie's incredible new book, Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs. Yes, Jamie spent a solid year traveling around America, diving into the world of tube steaks. We find out about banishing ketchup from the bun and what makes a great mall food court. MORE FROM JAMIE LOFTUS:Fountains of Youth [Eater]#eatinfinitejest: the first tear [YouTube]In Aack Cast, Jamie Loftus Goes to Bat for ‘Cathy’ [Vulture]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/jamiechristsuperstarinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
17/05/23·40m 15s

226: Chris Crowley

We’ve long admired Chris Crowley’s reporting at Grub Street, the food and drink arm of the great New York magazine. So it was a real treat to have Chris in to talk about his career in food media and the big stories unfolding right now in New York City. We go over some of his favorite slept-on restaurants before digging into the big questions in life: mainly, what is New York City’s best slice? We also talk about how restaurant PR plays into the editorial decisions, and go back to the good old days: Eater vs. Grub Street. What a great conversation with one of the industry's sharpest observers.MORE FROM CHRIS CROWLEY:The Blood Feud Brewing Inside Nom Wah Tea Parlor [Grub Street]I Ate the $29 Ham-and-Cheese Sandwich [Grub Street]No More ‘Caesars’ — Please [Grub Street]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/chrisecrowleyinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
15/05/23·55m 23s

225: Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz is an activist, a fermentation guru, and the author of many influential books, including The Art of Fermentation and the deeply reported The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. We had Sandor in the studio to talk about life and writing and what he’s been up to on his Tennessee farm. We also get into what fuels his big and ambitious book projects. Also on the show, we have a great conversation with Martha Hoover, a chef and restaurateur from Indianapolis. We talk about how she’s grown an equitable and sustainable business through years of patience and empathy. It was great to get to know Martha a little bit better.MORE FROM SANDOR KATZ AND MARTHA HOOVER:People's Republic of Fermentation [YouTube]Sandor Katz on Why Fermentation Isn’t a Fad [The Guardian]‘Fermentation’: When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good [Fresh Air]Martha Hoover: Restaurant Empire Builder of the Year [Eater]
12/05/23·1h 13m

224: Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo is an actor and the author of several cookbooks, including Trejo’s Tacos and his latest, Trejo’s Cantina. We had Danny in the studio recently, and he honestly let it rip. Such great stories! He talks about working with Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, what makes a great taco, food for the incarcerated, and what food was like growing up on the Eastside of LA. We really hope you enjoy this conversation with one of America’s most colorful actors.MORE FROM DANNY TREJO:Danny Trejo Makes Agua Fresca and Danger Dogs [The Late Show]Danny Trejo Talks New Cookbook [CBS]
10/05/23·34m 58s

223: Abra Berens

Michigan chef and cookbook author Abra Berens returns to the studio to talk about her third book in a trilogy on Midwestern farming and cooking that started first with vegetables and followed up with grains and legumes. Her new book, Pulp, tackles fruit with some bold recipes and sound advice. In this episode, we get personal in praising Michigan for its superior apples, incredible blueberries, and possibly overrated cherries. We also talk about Abra’s restaurant at Granor Farm, which is one of our favorite places to eat in the state. We hope you enjoy this episode.MORE FROM ABRA BERENS:Farm Dinners at Granor Farm [official]11 Best Fruits For Grilling [Tasting Table]This Strawberry Sundae Is My New Go-To Summer Dessert [The Kitchn]
08/05/23·37m 26s

222: Emma Orlow

Emma Orlow is a reporter for Eater New York whose colorful aesthetic is matched only by her thoughtful reporting—and her love of Jell-O. As the city’s dining scene heats up alongside the weather, we invited Emma onto the show to share her constantly updating perspective on the state of New York City restaurants, why so much exciting food is happening at pop-ups, the rise of worker-owned food businesses, and more. It’s a great conversation, and we hope you’ll enjoy it.MORE FROM EMMA:The Hottest Pop-Ups in NYC Right Now [Eater NY]Welcome to the Great Shroom Boom [TASTE]The Apple Expert Who Turned NYC Into His Personal Orchard [Grub Street]More Restaurants and Bars Are Becoming Worker-Owned in NYC [Eater NY]
05/05/23·39m 59s

221: Alicia Kennedy

Alicia Kennedy is a writer and academic living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and she’s the voice behind one of our favorite newsletters, From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy. On this great episode, we talk about Alicia’s recent work and what she is reading, as well as diving back into her writing for New York magazine, the Village Voice, and here at TASTE. We discuss the course she recently taught on food travel writing and the guilt of not reading enough. Finally, we share a moment of love for the Monocle monoculture and print media. It’s so wonderful having Alicia in the studio. Also on the show, we catch up with Paris-based writer Ajiri Aki. Aliza speaks with Ajiri about her great new book, Joie. MORE FROM ALICIA KENNEDY:The Hippie Sandwich Abides [TASTE]Adobo Seasoning and the Art of Puerto Rican Dry Marinade [TASTE]On Cookbooks As Culinary Tourism [From the Desk]
03/05/23·1h 16m

220: Anna Hezel

Yes, it’s Anna Hezel day on TASTE! We welcome back our old colleague and friend to catch up about not just tinned fish (the subject of her new book, Tin to Table) but also what she’s been up to since signing off as cohost of this show. Anna’s new cookbook is an instant classic, and you should go out and buy it today. Also on the show, we have a great talk with Evan Hanczor. Evan is the founder of Tables of Contents, a home for delicious gatherings at the intersection of food, literature, arts, and culture. We talk about the reboot of his Brooklyn restaurant, Egg, now known as Little Egg. Exciting things are happening in Brooklyn. We hope you enjoy these conversations.MORE FROM ANNA HEZEL AND EVAN HANCZOR:Wait, Canned Salmon Is Good? [TASTE]Bucatini with Sardines & Caramelized Fennel [TASTE]Stop Everything and Put Your Anchovies in the Fridge [Epicurious]A New Literary Community Cookbook [New York Times]
01/05/23·1h 8m

219: Emma Lovewell

Emma Lovewell is a star instructor at Peloton and a driving force for fitness and inspiration for millions. Emma is our favorite instructor (we rank our favorites on this episode!), and it was a lot of fun to have her in the studio to talk about her gardening skills, what she likes to cook, and what she eats before and after teaching her classes, as well as some of her favorite New York City restaurants. We also talk about her great new book, Live Learn Love Well: Lessons from a Life of Progress Not Perfection.MORE FROM EMMA LOVEWELL:Peloton’s Emma Lovewell to Share Her Life Lessons in New Memoir [People]Tamarind Beef Chili [official] FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/emmalovewellinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
28/04/23·36m 42s

218: André Hueston Mack

André Hueston Mack is a sommelier, wine educator, whiskey maker, restaurateur, a Bon Appétit on-air host, and one of the freshest voices in all of food. He’s the author of the incredible book 99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines, and we had him in the studio to talk through his many career highlights. This includes his time running the beverage program at Per Se, opening his own wine and ham bar in Brooklyn, and his journey to YouTube, where he is currently one of the most popular personalities in the BA universe, hosting the great show World of Wine. What a great interview. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about three things they are enjoying including maitake mushrooms at Sofreh, fennel pesto, Alison Roman short ribs, a very special cheesecake, New York's Hong Chun Cheon Dak Galbi.     MORE FROM ANDRÉ MACK:Sommelier Compares Cheap vs Expensive Wines ($18-$300) [YT]Sommelier Tries 14 Celebrity Wines [YT]Interview: Donald Moore of The Cheesecake Factory [TASTE]
26/04/23·1h 8m

217: Snaxshot

Snaxshot, the curatorial and slightly mercurial grocery newsletter and community, has grown into an industry force, read by CPG executives and members of food media on a near-religious level. (We are one of these people.) There’s real Blackbird Spyplane energy with the work that founder and solo writer Andrea Hernández creates, and we had her in the studio to talk about what is interesting to her in the grocery store. We also discuss the major changes afoot in the trillion-dollar grocery industry and how she views the rapidly changing retail space. Is the grocery store as we know it dying? Andrea has some thoughts. Also: "Walmart is the new pantry Kith." You heard it from Andrea first.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt cover some of their recent favorite grocery store finds, including Mama Lam's curry paste, Heyday Canning Co. harissa lemon chickpeas, Talkhouse Encore, Little Sesame hummus, and something to drizzle.MORE FROM SNAXSHOT:A 2021 Prediction [Twitter]TASTE Podcast 127: Pop Up Grocer [TASTE]Foxtrot [official]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/thesnaxshotinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
24/04/23·1h 12m

216: Pete Wells

Did you catch longtime New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells dropping a monumental story this week, the 100 Best Restaurants in New York City? This is the first time in Pete’s 12-year career that he’s published such a list, and we had him back in the studio to talk about his method and some of his favorite places. We also dove into his reviewing career, as well as how he schedules all the meals and keeps tabs on the trends. We get some quick hits from Pete, including the best pizza, the best Midtown lunch, and the best ice cream. Pete is one of our favorite critics writing today, and it was such fun having him back.MORE FROM PETE WELLS:Mam Serves the Most Exciting Vietnamese Food in New York [NYT]In Queens, Kimchi Is Just the Start [NYT]TASTE Podcast 41: Pete Wells [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/pete_wellsinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
21/04/23·1h 1m

215: Marissa Mullen

We’re big fans of Marissa Mullen, and we are really super excited to have her in the studio to talk about her career working in the music industry (she worked at both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert), but mostly to talk about cheese. She’s the author of two books revolving around modern entertaining and the art of the cheese plate. Her latest, That Cheese Plate Wants to Party, is a sharp and highly enjoyable guide to buying cheese for all sorts of occasions, including a solo evening at home. Also on the show we catch up with Daisy Alioto, the co-founder of innovative media company, Dirt, which has been called the "Village Voice of the Internet" (a big compliment). We talk about how food lives and breathes on the Internet, and dive into Web3’s influence on the restaurant industry. Are we ready for a "post-food" reality?Get your tickets for Matt Rodbard and Daniel Holzman live at the Los Angeles Public Library on April 23.MORE FROM MARISSA MULLEN: How to Cut Every Type of Cheese [Salon]Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cheddar [F52]Death of the Podcast [Dirt]A-List Mukbang [Dirt]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/thatcheeseplateinstagram.com/daisandconfusedinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
19/04/23·1h 9m

214: Dan Ahdoot

Comedians writing books about food is nothing new, and in some cases, we are pretty allergic to the practice. But with Dan Ahdoot’s smart and candid memoir, Undercooked, the Cobra Kai actor and longtime stand-up comedian has written with truth and wit, and we couldn’t put the book down. In this episode, we talk with Dan about his time working at the infamous Spotted Pig in New York, and we ask for some of his go-to spots for Persian and Korean food in Los Angeles. We also find out what pops on the craft service table and how a recent encounter with Jerry Seinfeld was just as you would expect it: awkward and hilarious. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt join producers Pat Stango and Shalea Harris for what can only be described as a fantasy football-style draft of the farmers market produce. With the number one pick in the 2023 fruit and vegetable draft…tune in to find out where strawberries, Golden Crisps, and concord grapes land.Get your tickets for Matt Rodbard and Daniel Holzman live at the Los Angeles Public Library on April 23.MORE FROM DAN AHDOOT:Dan Ahdoot Is Sticking With Grocery Delivery [Grub Street]TASTE Podcast 171: Zosia Mamet [TASTE]Green Eggs and Dan [Apple Podcasts]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/standupdaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/tasteBuy: Undercooked
17/04/23·1h 7m

213: Jon Bonné

It’s a good day when we can get an expert at the top of their game to join us in the studio. Writer and editor Jon Bonné is just that in the wine game—but he’s also an erudite observer of food and culture trends. In this action-packed episode, we talk about his monumental new book, the two-volume The New French Wine. We discuss France as a source but also a construct, and we dive into some of Jon’s restaurant reporting at Resy, where he serves as managing editor. We also talk about his work at TASTE, including his longtime obsession with salade composée.Also on the episode, Aliza and Matt talk about three things they are each liking, including Anna Hezel's new book, Eric Kim's gochujang noodles, Dan Ahdoot writing a cool thing, GT's Synergy classic kombucha, save the diner!MORE FROM JON BONNE:Americans Now Own the Salade Composée [TASTE]Midtown’s French Legends Are Gone, But La Bonne Soupe Ladles On [Resy]The Great Regression [TASTE]Buy: The New French Wine
14/04/23·1h 12m

212: Caroline Schiff

There are some restaurants where skipping dessert is just not an option—and if you’re in New York City, Gage & Tollner is at the top of that list. Pastry chef Caroline Schiff has created an all-star lineup of sweets that nod to the chop house’s historic past—it dates back to the late 1800s—while feeling totally fresh. On today’s episode, she shares with Aliza her pastry philosophy, her take on the most iconic desserts in the city, the origin behind her book, The Sweet Side of Sourdough, and more. Caroline is a true pastry wizard, and I hope you’ll enjoy this episode. Also on the show, Matt has Ellie Skrzat into the studio. Ellie is an illustrator, director, and the creative force behind much of the visual work we publish on TASTE, including all of the podcast illustrations that pop out in your feed. Some of her favorite guests to draw include Zosia Mamet, Ayo Edebiri, and Bartees Strange. Who does she want to draw? We find out in this run conversation. MORE FROM CAROLINE SCHIFF:Sourdough Has a Surprising Sweet Side [TASTE]Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff Ends Her Day with Sourdough Pancakes [Grub Street]A Day at a 143-Year-Old Restaurant With NYC's Most Iconic Desserts [Bon Appetit]Best New Chefs 2022: Caroline Schiff [Food and Wine]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/pastryschiffinstagram.com/skrzatinstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/mattrodbard
12/04/23·1h

211: Chanie Apfelbaum

Chanie Apfelbaum is the author of a really cool new book, Totally Kosher, and the force behind Busy in Brooklyn, a go-to resource for kosher recipes and thoughts on modern Jewish living. We wanted to have Chanie into the studio to talk about the many nuances of modern kosher cooking, and to ask her some pointed questions about her modern Orthodox life. Chanie was super game to talk about many topics, including how the recipes in her book are not only for the religious set. We hope you enjoy this talk.Also on the show, we catch up with Sawako Okochi and Aaron Israel, founders of Brooklyn restaurant Shalom Japan. They speak about their great new book, Love Japan.MORE FROM CHANIE APFELBAUM:Busy in Budapest [BIB]This Streusel-Topped One Might Be My New Favorite [The Kitchn]A Brief Chat With the Author Who Wants to Modernize Kosher Cooking [NY Mag]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/busyinbrooklyninstagram.com/shalomjapaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
10/04/23·1h 1m

210: SPAM®

Today is a special episode devoted to our love of the SPAM® brand—the multifunctional and influential canned meat that is used creatively in kitchens around the world every day. Whether it’s Korean budae jjigae or musubi rolls spotted in the 7-Eleven in Hawaii, SPAM® is an American heritage food brand that we want to celebrate. Up first, we speak with New York City chef and Iron Chef competitor Esther Choi. We discuss her childhood love of SPAM® products and how she cooks with them at her restaurants today. Next, we catch up with SPAM® brand director of marketing, Jason Baskin, who offers fun facts about the brand and answers some questions we fried up just for him. How does the brand team develop recipes in their Minnesota test kitchen? And how does the SPAM® brand spot exciting trends around the world? We hope you enjoy this very fun episode.This episode was produced in partnership with our friends at Hormel Foods, makers of the SPAM® brand. FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:  instagram.com/spambrandinstagram.com/choibitesinstagram.com/mattrodbard
07/04/23·28m 53s

209: Natasha Pickowicz

Nobody makes cake—or cookies, or tarts, or anything else in the pastry case—quite like Natasha Pickowicz. The former pastry chef at Flora Bar and Altro Paradiso, who now helms the acclaimed pop-up Never Ending Taste and organizes mega bake sales raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for reproductive health justice, Natasha makes extremely cool pastries, like crackly shoyu peanut cookies and cakes crowned with radicchio. Now she’s releasing a debut cookbook to share her recipes with the world, More Than Cake, and we’re stoked to have her back in the studio to talk about bringing her distinct pastry style to life, baking as activism, and the state of dessert in restaurants right now.MORE FROM NATASHA PICKOWICZ:How I Protest with Pastries [Bon Appetit]How to Make Delicious Scones at Home [Desert People]TASTE Podcast 16: Natasha Pickowicz [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/natashapickowiczinstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
05/04/23·51m 40s

208: Alex Prud’homme

Alex Prud’homme’s new book, Dinner with the President, is a history of American food, politics, and 26 presidents, from George Washington starving at Valley Forge in 1777 to Donald Trump’s burger banquets. It was such a good time having Alex on the show to talk about how food has been used as a diplomatic tool since the founding of the United States, as well as some underrated cooks living in the White House. Finally, Grace Coolidge gets the respect she deserves. We also talk with Alex about his journalism, how he wrote a New Yorker article that would go on to inspire the Soup Nazi character on Seinfeld, and the book he wrote with his great-aunt Julia Child that would inspire many movies and TV shows. Alex is such a great guest, and I hope you enjoy our talk.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about their recent trips to Miami and Tel Aviv, while discussing the value of fresh-cut tropical fruit and raspberry yogurt.MORE FROM ALEX PRUD’HOMME:The Man Behind the Soups [The New Yorker]    Alex Prud’homme Wishes He Was in the Room Where It Happened [NYT]Jacques Pépin and Alex Prud'homme on entertaining Julia Child-style [GBH]The Israel Issue [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/alex.prudhommeinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
03/04/23·1h 9m

207: Delia Cai

Delia Cai is a journalist, the newsletter savant behind the popular Deez Links send, a Vanity Fair staffer, and the author of a great debut novel, Central Places. On this episode, we cover many excellent topics, including her Midwestern upbringing, her thoughts on the state of the Food Internet, and learning about the customs of dining out the hard way. Also on the show, international food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and is based in New York City, where we caught up in the studio for this wonderful conversation. We find out what inspired Sylvie’s new memoir, Cassoulet Confessions. We also talk about how cassoulet, a traditionally French stew, has ties to her Jewish heritage. I hope you enjoy getting to know Sylvie a lot better.MORE FROM DELIA CAI AND SYLVIE BIGAR:Is TikTok Turning Fashion into Pure Chaos [Vanity Fair]September Stuff [Deez Links]It’s Barbie’s World Now. We Just Live Here [Vanity Fair]In the Kitchen with Sylvie Bigar [WSJ]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/deeeliacaiinstagram.com/sylviebigarinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
31/03/23·1h 9m

206: Maya Kaimal

The name Maya Kaimal may be familiar to many. She runs an amazing packaged foods company that sells delicious premade South Asian sauces and dals in more than 10,000 stores across the United States. She is grocery store royalty. But we wanted to have Maya on the show to talk about her time working at Saveur in the early 2000s and how she transitioned from that job to launching her eponymous food brand. We also talk about her excellent new cookbook, Indian Flavor Every Day. We really hope you enjoy our conversation.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about three things they are into right now, including Razza, tropical fruit smoothies, Lexie Park of @eatnunchi, hop tea, and Adeena Sussman’s forthcoming fall book, Shabbat.  MORE FROM MAYA KAIMAL:The Queen of Indian Sauces [TASTE]Feast of Harmony [Saveur]3 Food & Drink Brands With Hudson Valley Roots [HV Mag]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/mayakaimalinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
29/03/23·52m 36s

205: Rich Torrisi

Rich Torrisi is a prolific New York City chef and empire builder behind some of the most buzzed-about restaurants in the United States, including Parm, Sadelle’s, The Pool, Carbone, and his newest and most personal venture, Torrisi. Matt was a fan of Rich’s breakout restaurant, Torrisi Italian Specialties, when it opened at 250 Mulberry St. in 2009. What a restaurant. That mozzarella! In this episode, we talk about those early days but also more modern times—and how the late-night dining scene in New York is starting to get its groove back. We also discuss Rich’s time working at Cafe Boulud, and what it’s like to be caught between two generations. We hope you enjoy this candid conversation.MORE FROM RICH TORRISI:At Torrisi, the Room Is Showy but the Cooking Is Subtle [NYT ⭐⭐⭐]Rich Torrisi Bets Bigger On New York [Forbes]Getting Lost in the World’s Largest Stack of Menus [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW: instagram.com/richtorrisiinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
27/03/23·51m 43s

204: Mehreen Karim

Grabbing ingredients off a moving platform to cook a dish for Gordon Ramsay to judge truly sounds like a stress dream we’ve had before—but for Mehreen Karim, it’s a good time. Mehreen is a recipe developer and home cook who is competing on the current season of Next Level Chef, a high-stress cooking show designed to conjure up culinary brilliance from serious constraints. She’s also a close friend of Aliza’s, so we invited Mehreen onto the podcast to ask her questions like: “Why did you want to do this?” And: “What’s it really like to cook for the most feared judge in food?” MORE FROM MEHREEN KARIM:Olive Oil Is the Cake Cheat Code [TASTE]Next Level Chef [Official]Crispy Salmon Curry [Official]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/reeniekariminstagram.com/alizaraeinstagram.com/taste
23/03/23·32m 40s

203: Alison Roman

It’s a great day when our friend Alison Roman turns up at our New York City studio. We’ve really enjoyed reading and cooking through her new baking book, Sweet Enough, and we wanted to ask her about what it’s like to write three cookbooks in five and a half years, as well as talk about the TV show she made, her spirited newsletter writing, kosher salt wars, sheet pan shortcake, and where to eat in New York City right now. Alison is one of our all-time favorite guests, and we simply love the way she writes—and talks—about food. We hope you enjoy this conversation.Check out Alison’s tour dates: alisoneroman.com/tourMORE FROM ALISON ROMAN:A Newsletter [Substack]I Love Baking, I Hate Baking [Youtube]A Cabinet Full of Crunch [TASTE]Alison Roman on Resy, Air Fryers, and Erewhon [Interview]TASTE Podcast 02: Alison Roman [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/alisoneromaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
20/03/23·49m 33s

202: Katie Parla

There is no food writer we would rather talk to about Italy—and, really, talk to about food in general—than Katie Parla. Her mind, her spirit, and her willingness to drive around the wonderfully off-the-grid cow towns of Puglia for the sake of a book project—it’s all really special. In this episode, we talk about her decades-long obsession with Italian food and culture, and what has gone into her latest book, Food of the Italian Islands. We also discuss her TV work and her tours of Rome that have become legendary around the world. It’s so good catching up with Katie Parla, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.MORE FROM KATIE PARLA:Italian Culinary Guides [official]Skip the Flight and the Ferry With ‘Food of the Italian Islands’ [NYT]Drinking With Italian Food and Wine Expert Katie Parla [PUNCH]Buy: Tasting Rome and Food of the Italian South
17/03/23·45m 13s

201: New Fare Partners

How does a venture capitalist working in and around food actually grocery shop? Elly Truesdell, founder and managing partner of New Fare Partners, joins us on the show to tell us all about it. Elly got her start working in the corporate office of Whole Foods, and we find out about her nearly 10 years there discovering some of our favorite food brands. We also find out what a VC actually does, and how she hunts for the next big thing in CPG—short for consumer packaged goods, i.e., the products lining the shelves of your local grocery store. This is a cool conversation with one of the sharpest minds in food.Also on the show, we catch up with cookbook collaborator, podcast host, and former Food & Wine editor Kristin Donnelly. We discuss all things cookbooks, including some exciting projects she has in the works. We also go back to her time at Food & Wine and talk about changes in food media. It’s so great having Kristin on the show.MORE FROM ELLY TRUESDELL and KRISTIN DONNELLY:New Fare Partners is latest female-led VC to close first fund [Tech Crunch]Grocery Wars: A Natural Foods Reckoning [Food Tech Connect]Writing a Bestselling Cookbook in Your 80s [Everything Cookbooks]Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share [Amazon]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/ellytruesdellinstagram.com/kristincdonnellyinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
15/03/23·1h 17m

200: Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is a very cool human being—had to say that from the jump! While many know her best from Top Chef, Gail’s career in food expands way beyond a judge’s table. She trained at culinary school and went on to assist legendary food writer and columnist Jeffrey Steingarten. She also worked the line in busy New York City restaurants and is the author of two books, including her latest, Bringing It Home. We wanted to have her on the show to talk about her past in New York City restaurant kitchens and what we can expect on the new season of Top Chef.And, hey, this is our 200th episode! While this is simply a round number and that’s it, Matt wants to acknowledge the team who helps bring the show to the feed many times a week. This show does not happen without cohost Aliza Abarbanel; our amazing producers, Shalea Harris and Pat Stango; our incredible editor, Clayton Gumbert; our amazing illustrator, Ellie Skrzat; and, most of all, all of you listeners out there. Thanks for tuning in each week. Thanks for all the messages on IG and the emails. And thanks for telling your friends about the show.MORE FROM GAIL SIMMONS:Make chicken schnitzel with Gail Simmons of ‘Top Chef’ [Today]Inside the ‘Top Chef’ Industrial Complex [New York Times]TASTE Podcast 05: Gail Simmons [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/gailsimmonseatsinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
13/03/23·49m 24s

199: Daniel Harthausen

Chef and budding TV personality Daniel Harthausen is one of the most exciting voices in food, having just won the first season of HBO’s very good cooking competition show The Big Brunch and running the roving pop-up Young Mother in Richmond, Virginia. Harthausen was raised by a Korean mother and a half-Korean father and “had a baseline of what really good Korean food tasted like, without really knowing it at the time,” he told Matt during a Zoom conversation earlier this year. He was visiting New York recently, and we asked him to stop by the studio for a really cool conversation about his travels, his loot (he won $300,000 on the show), and the delicate topic of Korean-Japanese relations. He’s got a lot to say, and we were so excited to have him in.MORE FROM DANIEL HARTHAUSEN:Daniel Harthausen’s Big Korean-Japanese Brunch Is Special [TASTE]Brunch Time [Richmond Magazine]Richmond’s Daniel Harthausen wins big [Richmond Times Dispatch]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/danielharthauseninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
10/03/23·36m 20s

198: Trigg Brown

Trigg Brown is the chef and co-owner of Win Son and the coauthor of a really great new book, Win Son Presents a Taiwanese American Cookbook. Trigg and Matt share many mutual friends, and it was really cool for them to meet for the first time on the mic. We talk about Trigg’s early cooking career in Charlottesville, Virgina, and working in New York City with the Colichio crew at Craft and Colichio & Sons (shout-out to Damon Wise) before opening his own restaurant, Win Son, to great acclaim. We also discuss his time traveling through Taiwan and what makes a modern restaurant work. Also on the show, we have a great conversation with Rani Cheema. Rani is the founder of Cheema’s Travel, a boutique travel agency specializing in food trips. We talk about some of the destinations that are trending around the globe and get into how we can all travel better (with food on the mind). It’s a great conversation as we gear up for summer travel planning.MORE FROM TRIGG BROWN:Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2020: Trigg Brown [Food & Wine]Trigg Brown – Taiwanese Food through American Lens [Flavor Unknown]How Win Son Bakery Makes One of Brooklyn’s Best Breakfast Sandwiches [Food52]TASTE Podcast 191: Cathy Erway [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/trigg.browninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
08/03/23·1h 18m

197: Talia Baiocchi

How cool to have our old friend and former colleague Talia Baiocchi on the show. Talia has one of the sharpest minds in food media, and we talk about the publication she has run for nearly a decade, PUNCH. We wanted to ask Talia about so many topics related to modern drinking culture, including the explosion of nonalcoholic drinks, the issues with natural wine, and her take on the future of the cocktail. We also talk about her cookbook, Pasta, that she wrote with New York City chef Missy Robbins. It was a blast having Talia on, and we hope you enjoy it.MORE FROM TALIA BAIOCCHI & PUNCH:Athleisure Now Comes Canned [PUNCH]Where to Drink in 2013 [PUNCH]Is Natural Wine Losing Its Cool Factor? [BA]TASTE Podcast 91: Missy Robbins [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/taliabaiocchiinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
06/03/23·36m 1s

196: Smitten Kitchen

Yay, it’s Smitten Kitchen day, and we’re really, really excited to welcome back our friend Deb Perelman. Deb is the writer, photographer, recipe developer, and driving force behind one of the internet’s most popular home cooking destinations. We talk about what she’s been cooking and how she’s been living her best life with two kids in New York’s East Village, and we discuss her wonderful new book, Smitten Kitchen Keepers. What makes a “keeper” recipe, you might ask. We get into that and a lot more on this really fun episode.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about spice blends, and how they finally deserve much more respect.More from The Smitten Kitchen:Deb Perelman’s Work Diary [The New York Times] Apple Cider Doughnuts [SK official]Black Bean Pumpkin Soup [SK official]You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Spice Rack [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/smittenkitcheninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
02/03/23·48m 58s

195: Chintan Pandya

Indian chef and Unapologetic Foods cofounder Chintan Pandya is a James Beard Award–winning chef and runs some of the best restaurants in NYC, including Adda, Dhamaka, Semma, Rowdy Rooster, and his latest Bengali triumph, Masalawala & Sons. We invited Chintan into the studio because, dude, we wanted to know how he keeps opening hit after hit. We wanted to talk about regional Indian cooking and how most American Indian restaurants focus on such a narrow spectrum of the recipe canon. And we wanted to find out about expansion plans—and a cookbook. And an upcoming trip to India. We really enjoyed catching up with one of the bright stars in the New York City restaurant scene.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about some recent favorites including S&P Lunch, pop rock cake pops for ravers, Queens SF, How Far the Light Reaches, and Cadbury Curly Wurly Squirlies.  MORE FROM CHINTAN PANDYA:Masalawala & Sons, Where the Food Is Bengali and the Mustard Oil Flows [NYT]F&W Game Changers: Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar [Food & Wine]The Dish: Chef Chintan Pandya, Roni Mazumdar [CBS]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/chefchintaninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
28/02/23·59m 13s

194: Bill Addison

Yes, Bill Addison is back on TASTE. We’ve long been a fan of Bill’s writing, going back to his well-considered restaurant criticism in Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Eater as a roving national critic, and for the past three-plus years as the head restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times. Bill is our favorite critic, writing about our favorite food city in the United States, and we talk about what’s exciting about LA right now. We also get into his writing routine, some of his favorite slept-on gems, and what the hell is going on at The ROW? And what is up with Craig’s? This is such a great conversation, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.And to close out Restaurant Critic Week, Aliza and Matt talk about the state of the restaurant critic in 2023. Who are their favorites in the game? Which writers should be given a reviewing beat? And what about Tik Tok reviewers? There’s a lot to go over, and we cover it all.MORE FROM BILL ADDISON:The 12 Most Loved Restaurant Dishes of 2022 [LA Times]The Latest Blockbuster from the Couple Behind Bestia and Bavel [LA Times]How Damian grew to be one of L.A.’s finest modern California-Mexican restaurants [LA Times]The Year I Ate Pico Boulevard (Aliza was right!) [LA Weekly]MORE FROM RESTAURANT CRITIC WEEK:TASTE Podcast 192: The New Yorker's Hannah Goldfield TASTE Podcast 193: Eater's Ryan SuttonFOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/bill_addisoninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
24/02/23·1h 14m

193: Ryan Sutton

For years, Ryan Sutton was the chief restaurant critic at Eater New York, before his position was recently eliminated. Ryan is one of the most respected critics in the game, and we wanted to invite him to the studio to talk about his career and some of the memorable stories he’s worked on. Does Ryan have any reviews that he regrets? How does he stay excited about dining out each and every night? And what is next for Ryan Sutton? He answers most of our questions in this amazing episode. We hope you enjoy it.MORE FROM RYAN SUTTON:How to Get Into the Restaurant You Can’t Get Into [Eater NY]The Case Against Hudson Yards Dining [Eater NY]Manhattan’s Next Great Steakhouse Isn’t a Steakhouse [Eater NY]Eleven Madison Park Isn’t Ready to Be a World-Class Vegan Restaurant [Eater NY]MORE FROM RESTAURANT CRITIC WEEK:TASTE Podcast 192: The New Yorker's Hannah Goldfield TASTE Podcast 194: The Los Angeles Times' Bill Addison
22/02/23·47m 42s

192: Hannah Goldfield

After working as a fact checker for years at the New Yorker and contributing to the magazine’s Tables for Two column, Hannah Goldfield was named the magazine’s first full-time restaurant critic in 2018. We welcome Hannah back to discuss her life as a New York City restaurant critic. We talk about some of her recent reviews and get some of her thoughts on that little film called The Menu—where a big-city restaurant critic is portrayed in the most curious of ways. Does Hannah find it accurate? Our producer Pat Stango joins to discuss. MORE FROM HANNAH GOLDFIELD:The Hannah Goldfield New Yorker archive [TNY]Your Food’s Alter Ego [TNY]Le Rock Goes Long on Midtown [TNY]B.O. Boys [Apple Podcasts]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/hannahgoldfieldinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/tasteMORE FROM RESTAURANT CRITIC WEEK:TASTE Podcast 193: Eater's Ryan Sutton TASTE Podcast 194: The Los Angeles Times' Bill Addison
20/02/23·51m 49s

191: Cathy Erway

On this very special episode, we catch up with the one and only Cathy Erway. Cathy is a prolific writer and cookbook author behind the great new book Win Son Presents a Taiwanese American Cookbook, which she wrote with the cofounders of Brooklyn restaurant Win Son. During this wide-ranging conversation, we find out about Cathy’s cookbook writing career and her James Beard Award–winning work on TASTE. We also dive into her column, Shelve It, and find out how grocery store shelves tell us so much about our modern culture.Buy: Sheet Pan ChickenMORE FROM CATHY ERWAY:Let’s Unpack Sardines [TASTE]The Case for the Supermarket Supershopper [TASTE]The Korean Immigrant and Michigan Farm Boy Who Taught Americans How to Cook Chow Mein [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/cathyerwayinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
17/02/23·36m 59s

190: Justin Smillie

Justin Smillie is the chef of Il Buco Alimentari and the author of the now-classic live-fire cooking book Slow Fires: Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast, and Grill. We wanted to have Justin on the show to talk about his life in and out of the kitchen and what is currently exciting him while running one of New York’s most popular restaurants. We also discuss his previous restaurant, Upland, and what it was like to have the Obama family as frequent diners. What was it like having an official Presidential taster alongside him at the pass? We always love catching up with Justin Smillie, and we hope you enjoy our talk.MORE FROM JUSTIN SMILLIE:The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Justin Smillie of Upland [FWF]Montauk Squid seared with fermented yuzu, parsley, moscatel vinegar [IG]TASTE Podcast 68: Donna Leonard [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/chefjsmillieinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
15/02/23·26m 26s

189: Sohla El-Waylly

We’re thrilled to welcome Sohla El-Waylly to the show for the first time. Sohla is a prodigious recipe developer, a fixture of food YouTube, and a judge on HBO’s cooking competition The Big Brunch—plus a friend of Aliza’s. This week, Aliza and Sohla unpack Sohla’s background before becoming one of the most viral stars in food media today, her thoughts on the ever-controversial brunch, the concept behind her debut cookbook, and much more.  MORE FROM SOHLA EL-WAYLLY:Sohla and Ham Turn Hot Pockets Into A 3-Course Meal [The New York Times]Caramelized Onion and Toasted Rice Porridge [Hot Dish with Sohla]The Big Brunch [HBO]
13/02/23·32m 46s

188: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

On this episode, we catch up with Ben Van Leeuwen, the cofounder of a namesake chain of ice cream shops with an accompanying grocery store freezer section line. We invited Ben on the show to talk about what inspires his exacting, hypercreative flavor creation. We also talk about the ups and downs that come with running a growing consumer food brand. Was he freaked out about the Halo Top takeover a few years back? Most certainly. We also talk about flavor booms and busts, and how to sell ice cream in winter. Stick around to hear one of the more inspiring stories in food.Also on the show, Matt and producer Shalea Harris talk about Shalea’s recent kitchen journey making mchuzi wa nyama ya mbuzi, and shopping for fresh goat meat. MORE FROM BEN VAN LEEUWEN:Food Truck Week: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream [PBS]Finally Ready to Go Big [Brooklyn Magazine]The Summer of Halo Top [TASTE]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/benwvlinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
10/02/23·51m 43s

187: Eric Ripert

Stay calm and…just act like Eric Ripert. Young cooks, are you listening? Ripert, a celebrated chef and TV personality, is a balancing force. We talk about how he keeps the exquisite (and massive) Le Bernardin empire running, day after day. We talk about recruiting talent, and he’s also just a really good interview, as we find out in his return to the show. And we also discuss his meals at Noma, and his love of Korean food and culture—from the late-night partying to the vegetarian temple style of cooking that aligns with the Buddhist religion that’s so important to the chef. He loves it all, and we remember a trip we took together to Seoul a couple years ago.Buy: Vegetable SimpleMORE FROM ERIC RIPERT:Eric Ripert Is Cooking Through It [TASTE]Le Bernardin Holds On to Its Craft (and Its Four Stars) [NYT]L’ Ami Pierre [official]FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW:instagram.com/ericripertinstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
08/02/23·51m 36s

186: James Hoffmann

Yes, it’s James Hoffmann day on TASTE, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. James is one of the coolest dudes on the Coffee internet, and we wanted to have him on the show to talk about all things coffee at home. On this episode, we talk about what actually makes great coffee at home (the topic of a new book), his big thoughts on espresso, how he rated the best grocery store coffee brands, and what it’s like running his crazy popular YouTube channel—a space that is educating millions of coffee drinkers around the world to drink better coffee. It was a real treat to catch up with James, and I hope you enjoy it.MORE FROM JAMES HOFFMANN:Meet the CEO of Coffee YouTube [TASTE]The Coffee Issue [TASTE]The Best USA Grocery Store Coffee [YouTube]TASTE Podcast 144: Jimmy Butler and Ashley Rodriguez [TASTE]FOLLOW FOLLOW FOLLOW:instagram.com/jimseveninstagram.com/mattrodbardinstagram.com/taste
06/02/23·45m 33s

185: Anne Helen Petersen

We wanted to have journalist Anne Helen Petersen on the show not only to talk about modern office lunch culture...we wanted to have journalist Anne Helen Peterson on the show to talk about soup! Peterson is the author of the amazing newsletter Culture Study, and she has much to say about the intersection of food and pop culture. She also name checks some of her favorite cookbooks from Ali Slagle, Alison Roman, and Jenny Rosenstrach to name a few. This is such a rich and textured conversation from one of the sharpest observers around. We hope you enjoy it.More from Anne Helen Petersen:There Is No Such Thing as “Junk” Food [BA]When Did Fitness Become a Luxury Item? [Culture Study]New Year, New Job, New Me [Work Appropriate]CrispyEgg420 [Instagram]
03/02/23·37m 44s

184: Heems

Himanshu Suri is best known by his rap name Heems, and he is our guest on this entertaining episode of the show. We wanted to have Heems on not just because we are a fan of his former group Das Racist (you may remember their song “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”) but because we wanted to talk to him about Punjabi food. About growing up in Queens. About his new passion for gardening. We really enjoyed catching up with Heems.More from Heems:Dosa Hunt! [Official]Swet Shop Boys - "T5" [YouTube]Heems on Rap, Race and Identity [NPR]Das Racist - Rapping 2 U Live in Sydney [YouTube]
01/02/23·48m 37s

183: Hetty McKinnon

If you’ve ever clicked onto the NYT Cooking or Bon Appétit websites looking for something to make for dinner, you’ve probably seen Hetty McKinnon’s name. The prolific plant-based recipe developer and cookbook author is one of the busiest people in food media, contributing reliable and highly craveable recipes across the internet while releasing cult books like Neighborhood and Family. On this episode, Aliza talks with Hetty about how she keeps up the seemingly endless stream of ideas and stays excited about cooking with vegetables, even in the middle of the deep winter freeze. (Hint: Sometimes you just need to let go of seasonality.) Plus a bit about her upcoming spring release, Tenderheart.Also on the show, Matt has a cool conversation with Gotham chef Ron Paprocki. Gotham is a legendary NYC restaurant and Ron has much to say about the life of a working chef.More from Hetty McKinnon:Lunar New Year Delight [To Vegetables, With Love]Tofu Larb [NYT Cooking]Kale Kimchi [official site]
30/01/23·1h 4m

182: Graza

You’ve spotted their iconic squeeze bottle on the shelves of Whole Foods and seen it used by your favorite food influencers and chefs on Instagram. But do you know the story behind Spanish olive oil company Graza, one of our favorite upstart food brands around? On this episode, we speak with Graza’s charismatic cofounder Andrew Benin to talk about the ups and downs of running a quickly growing food company. We find out about how the company landed on their logo and look, and Andrew answers the question: But isn't there already too much olive oil in the market?More from Graza:If the Olive Oil Aisle Gives You Anxiety, Graza Is for You [BA]Olive Oil Has Never Been Cooler [Eater]Customers Reward CEO’s Honest Emailed Apology [Pymnts]Graza oil oil review [The Strategist]
26/01/23·53m 35s

181: Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi is a chef and TV personality as well as Milk Bar’s CEO and CCCO (Chief Compost Cookie Officer) and the author of a new cookbook, All About Cookies (among many others). On this lively episode, we talk to her about all things cookies and cake, moving upstate, grocery shopping at dawn, baking David Chang birthday cakes every year, and Milk Bar life (as a mother). We always enjoy having Christina on the show. Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about travel. We just launched our first TASTE Travels trip to Puglia with author Suzy Karadsheh and talk about some other places we will be visiting this spring including Mexico City, Israel, Los Angeles, and rural Italy.More from Christina Tosi:Christina Tosi’s World Spins Around Cakes and Cereal Milk [TASTE]How Christina Tosi Gets It Done [The Cut]TASTE Podcast 20: Christina Tosi [TASTE]TASTE Travels Italy: Cooking and Eating Through Puglia with Suzy Karadsheh [TASTE]
24/01/23·57m 57s

180: Odette Williams

Odette Williams is the author of Simple Cake and Simple Pasta, and she was really fun to have back in the studio. We talk about her journey from novice pasta maker to authoring a cookbook on the subject. We also discuss the art of simplification, and how her Australian upbringing has shaped the way she eats and cooks.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk about three things that are on their minds, including Masalawala & Sons, Reyes Deli, the new J Ryan Stradal novel, Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, citrus salads, and stick around for a poem at the end.    More from Odette Williams:How to Host a Lasagna Making Party [NY Mag]Winter Chicories With Date and Anchovy Dressing [Epicurious]Odette Williams x Carla Lalli Music at Books Are Magic [YouTube]TASTE Podcast 66: Odette Williams [TASTE]
20/01/23·40m 52s

179: Eli Sussman

The social media meme can be funny, biting, poignant, and oftentimes ubiquitous. Eli Sussman, a talented chef and cookbook author, has mastered the art of the culinary meme, and we talk about it on this very special episode. Eli has been a friend of ours for years, and we had fun catching up about his journey from Michigan short-order cook to LA music marketer to NYC restaurateur, provocateur, and meme maker. Eli is truly one of one in the food world, and we hope you dig this conversation.More from Eli Sussman:@TheSussmans [IG]The Sussmans Are Way More Than Just Meme Kings [Food and Wine]Max and Eli Sussman Strike Out on Their Own [Food Republic]
18/01/23·49m 29s

178: Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver returns to the show, and we could not be happier to talk with him about so many things. For those who didn’t grow up watching food TV, here’s the deal. Jamie pioneered a form of food television that brought cameras into the home in a way not previously seen. When The Naked Chef debuted on BBC Two in the UK and the Food Network in the United States in 1999, home cooking on TV was a stand-and-stir affair. Here, a young and floppy Oliver was cooking real food from a cool East London flat, talking viewers through the relative simplicity of making dinner. Oliver has gone on to write numerous cookbooks (selling 50 million in the UK alone) and create food TV that expanded beyond cooking, producing documentaries about the sugar industry and school lunches that transitioned his work from dude food evangelist to heartier activism. His latest book, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, is out now.Oliver was a joy to have on the program, and we talked about spice blends, Cool Britannia, the sugar tax, Jamie’s future in UK politics, and what sparks creativity for a guy who is always working on three projects at once. This was such a great talk, and we hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up to talk about what’s underrated and overrated (protein bars, savory granola), before diving into a discussion about starlight mints, the Werther’s children, and the Holiday Inn Holidome.More from Jamie Oliver:Jamie Oliver’s Sneaker Game Needs No Seasoning [High Snobbery]Jamie Oliver Dishes Up Easy & Affordable One-Pot Recipes [The View]Miso Roasted Chicken [GMA]Superiority Burger [IG]
16/01/23·1h 2m

177: Frankie Gaw

Frankie Gaw is the author of a new cookbook, First Generation, and one of the most original voices writing in food today. In this episode, we talk about his journey from working at Facebook to authoring his book, which is part recipe collection and part memoir. We also talk about his love of Costco, and cooking with Reese’s Puffs cereal (two things we can also get behind). We hope you enjoy this conversation—it’s a good one.More from Frankie Gaw:Frankie Gaw’s Kitchen Is Filled With Dumplings and Dorito Dust [TASTE]Frankie Gaw’s Ideal Seattle Day Is Packed Full of Food [Dwell]Little Fat Boy [official]
12/01/23·37m 31s

176: Eunji Lee

Eunji Lee is a pastry chef running one of New York City’s most exciting new dessert spots, Lysée. Eunji was born in Korea and trained in France before working at some of the world’s top restaurants, including at Alain Ducasse’s Le Meurice in Paris and serving as the pastry chef at Jungsik in New York. Now she has her own dessert studio, Lysée, which has become one of the hottest tickets in the city. On this episode, we find out what it was like competing on one of France’s most popular cooking reality shows and what drives her to create some of America’s finest desserts. This is such a sweet conversation. We hope you enjoy it.More from Eunji Lee:An Ambitious Pastry Chef Debuts Her Own Dessert Palace in Flatiron [Eater]It’s Corn [Instagram]Lysée’s Pastries Reflect Korea, France and New York [NYT]Buy: Plating Dessert
10/01/23·28m 24s

175: Omsom

From Otafuku’s OtaJoy yakisoba to Maya Kaimal tikka masala to Hamburger Helper, the dump-and-stir sauté sauce has been part of our cooking vocabulary for a generation—and for good reason. Packed with powerful flavors and the vapors of nostalgia blowing through a kitchen within minutes, these pouches, bottles, and jars can transform a kitchen in Tulsa to a stove in Kerala, Osaka, Seoul, or Tuscany. Kim Pham, cofounder of start-up food company Omsom, grew up with these sauces in her life, too. In this really cool episode, we speak with Kim about what the journey has been to found one of the most exciting brands in food. We find out about what inspires the company’s sauce research and development process, and we tap into the empathy needed to run a startup in 2023. We hope you enjoy this wonderful talk.More from Kim Pham:A Quest to Reinvent the Homemade Sauce [TASTE] Meet the Tastemaker: Deuki Hong of Sunday Family [Omsom]
06/01/23·35m 7s

174: John deBary

John deBary is a bartender extraordinaire, a cookbook author, and a great spokesperson for the bar and restaurant world. This being the start of “dry January” (for those who celebrate), we wanted to have John on to talk about the rise of the nonalcoholic (NA) movement and how spiritless drinking is hardly without spirit. We find out what it was like launching his own NA brand and what the future holds for the term “mixologist.” We always love catching up with John and hope you enjoy this conversation.More from John DeBary:From Bartending to Building a Drinks Company [Eater]Recipe: The SharkPre-order: Saved by the Bellini
03/01/23·59m 32s

173: Drip Coffee Makers

"Slow down and have coffee” are some great words to live by, especially if you love coffee as much as Nigel Price—the owner and creative force behind one of the most exciting coffee operations in America: Drip Coffee Makers. On this very exciting episode, we catch up with one of the coolest guys in coffee. We talk about why Nigel loves pour-over coffee so much, as well as some of the big problems with espresso. We also discuss how New Yorkers are embracing his very unique style of service. We’re huge fans of Nigel’s work, and we were so happy he stopped by the studio. Follow Drip on Instagram.More from Nigel Price:A Strong Case for Slow Coffee [TASTE]Now Pouring at Drip: Coffee Worth Slowing Down For [Bushwick Daily]TASTE Podcast 144: Jimmy Butler [TASTE]
28/12/22·48m 34s

172: Tammie Teclemariam

Today on the show, we have a great time catching up with Tammie Teclemariam. Tammie is a New York–based writer who, for the past year, served as New York magazine’s The Year I Ate New York columnist—which, as the name suggests, was a rigorous look at New York’s techno-colored dining scene. We find out how she pulled it off, talk about some of her best and worst meals, and learn what’s next for one of our favorite food writers in the game.More from Tammie Teclemariam:The Best (and Worst) of the Year I Ate New York [NY Mag]What’s Wrong with Cocktails Right Now? [NY Mag]Caraflex Is the Ultimate Cabbage Flex [TASTE]Scalloped > Mashed [TASTE]
26/12/22·1h 10m

171: Zosia Mamet

Today on the show, we have a really amazing conversation with Zosia Mamet. Zosia is an actor, best known for roles on Mad Men, The Flight Attendant, and Girls. She’s also the editor of My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings, a really wonderful collection of short (sometimes very short) stories from a unique cast of characters—fellow actors, food writers, comedians, and novelists. These include Tony Hale, Patti LuPone, Ted Danson, Ruth Reichl, and Jia Tolentino, and we talk about this unique collaboration. We also find out about who does the best craft service (“crafty”) on set, stealing cereal from The Michael J Fox Show, filming in Japan, and knowing her way around a pie or pumpkin bread. Fun stuff. Also on the show, we continue our conversation about culinary school with Clarkson Potter editorial assistant Bianca Cruz. We’ve been following Bianca’s journey from school to stage and we find out how she did on her final exam and which big-time NYC kitchen she’s currently working in. More from Zosia Mamet:Zosia Mamet Shares Swedish Fish With Her Horse [Grub Street] Some Favorite Food Spots [Apple Maps]Eclectic, Nourishing Collection of Essays on Food and Feelings [Shondaland]Zosia Mamet’s Week: Log Cabin Living [NYT]
22/12/22·50m 42s

170: Jason Diamond

Today on the show, we welcome one of our favorite writers in the game, Jason Diamond. Jason runs the wonderful newsletter The Melt and has written two books, Searching for John Hughes and The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs. In this action-packed episode, we cover a great many topics: Spago Rock, time travel, forgotten foods of Chicago, burger night in the Diamond household, and the enigmatic restaurateur Keith McNally. This is only a fraction of what we discuss, and I really hope you enjoy our talk.More from Jason Diamond:That Wolfgang Puck Sound [The Melt]  Auteurcore: How Vintage Movie Merch Became Cool [GQ] Is PJ Clarke’s the Perfect NYC Dining Experience? [The Melt]A Kinder, Gentler Explorecore [The Melt]
20/12/22·54m 1s

169: Cynthia Shanmugalingam

Since Cynthia Shanmugalingam was young, she has witnessed the food of her ancestral home, Sri Lanka, through her immigrant parents’ kitchen in London. In this really fun episode, we talk with Cynthia about living in both worlds, as well as how she transitioned from working in finance to writing a cookbook, Rambutan, and opening a restaurant, all in the same year. We also find out what it was like to photograph the book on location with a friend of the show, Alex Lau. Also on, Matt catches up with three of our favorite cookbook authors to talk all about holiday cooking, gifting, and how to save the day—when the day needs saving. We hope you enjoy Matt’s conversation with Melissa Clark, Suzy Karadsheh, and Claire Saffitz. More from Cynthia Shanmugalingam:A Chef’s Secret Ingredient: Fresh Curry Leaves [The Guardian]Cynthia Shanmugalingam Thinks Fish Curry Is ‘One of Life’s Great Pleasures’ [Eater]Buy: Rambutan
16/12/22·55m 11s

168: Kitchen Arts & Letters

Today, we welcome Matt Sartwell into the studio. Matt is the owner of the legendary New York City bookstore Kitchen Arts & Letters, and he’s one of the biggest supporters of cookbook publishing in the business. On this episode, we find out what it’s like to run an independent cookbook store today, and we go over some of Matt’s favorite cookbooks of the year—including what is selling briskly in the Upper East Side store. Matt also shares his thoughts about what the publishing industry is missing (hint: it’s hot and rhymes with “schloup”). It was really fun catching up with Matt and talking about cookbooks.More from Matt Sartwell:A Q&A with Matt Sartwell [Shelf Awareness]Browse the KAL books by category [KAL]Subscribe: Kitchen Arts & Letters newsletter
13/12/22·59m 49s

167: Rita Sodi and Jody Williams

Today, we welcome Rita Sodi and Jody Williams on the show. They are the duo behind some of New York City’s favorite restaurants, including Buvette, the Commerce Inn, I Sodi, and Via Carota—“New York’s Most Perfect Restaurant,” according to the New Yorker. In this episode, we talk about the couple’s new cookbook, a tribute to the West Village’s Via Carota. We also find out how the restaurant stays fresh, what it’s like to expand a brand overseas, and some of their favorite recipes from regional Italy. It was so great getting to know two legends in the chef world.Also on the show, we catch up with Tara Schuster, author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive. Schuster served as VP of talent and development at Comedy Central, where she was the executive in charge of the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning Key & Peele. We talk about writing for comedy as well as her book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who’s Been There.Buy: Via CarotaMore from Rita Sodi and Jody Williams:On Doing Things Their Own Way [Cherry Bombe]Will Shaker Food Be the New Shaker Furniture? [WSJ]Recipe: Dark Chocolate Semifreddo [Bon Appetit]
09/12/22·48m 46s

166: Ken Forkish

Ken Forkish is a legend in bread baking and the Ken behind Ken’s Artisan Bakery and Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland, Oregon. He’s also a prolific cookbook writer of favorites like Flour Water Salt Yeast, The Elements of Pizza, and his latest release, Evolutions in Bread: Artisan Pan Breads and Dutch-Oven Loaves at Home. In this entertaining episode, we find out about what it was like for Ken to leave Portland for his new home in Hawaii, and how he launched one of the country’s most influential bakeries. We also find out some of Ken’s strong opinions about baking trends and science. This is a great talk with one of our favorite cookbook authors today.Also on the show, Aliza and Matt catch up about Matt’s recent trip to Korea, where he visited for two weeks while working on his book with Deuki Hong and Alex Lau, Koreaworld. What did he find? What did he eat?More from Ken Forkish:Bread Legend Ken Forkish Doesn’t Know How to Retire [TASTE]Influential Baker Ken Forkish Leaves the Restaurant Industry [Eater]Evolutions in Bread How-To Videos [Youtube]Seoul Coffee Edition [WITI]
07/12/22·55m 15s

165: Fly By Jing

Fly By Jing is one of the most exciting brands in food, and we were lucky to have the company’s founder, Jing Gao, stop by the studio for a really cool conversation. We find out how the company has grown and grown, from a tiny Kickstarter selling chile crisp to a major player in the competitive condiment wars, now being sold in a great many Targets and Whole Foods in the United States. We also hear about Jing’s upbringing in China and when she knew that Fly By Jing was a winner. We always have a jar of Fly By Jing close by, and it was great catching up with the brand’s founder.More from Fly By Jing:Launching a Hot Chile Crisp Brand on the Internet [Eater]The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp is coming [IG]This Chili Oil Is So Good, Even My Taiwanese Mom Is Obsessed With It [F&W]
05/12/22·36m 1s

164: Akira Akuto

We welcome back our good friend Akira Akuto to the show. Akira is the co-owner of Los Angeles sandwich and pastry counter (and so much more) Konbi and one of the more clairvoyant voices in the restaurant world. We talk about many things on this entertaining episode, including lunch vs. dinner bias, paying for good coffee, his go-to LA restaurant rotation, and some strong opinions about New York City. We loved catching up with Akira, and we think you will enjoy this.Also on the show, TASTE contributing editor Aliza Abarbanel joins Matt to talk about some things that are on their minds including: smoking turkey, poached pears obsession, Nothing Hidden Ranch, NA beers getting better, the lack of food in The White Lotus.  More from Akira AkutoThe New (Old) Konbi Will Have Reservations, Steak Frites [Eater LA]Konbi Has a Secret Croissant Machine [TASTE]TASTE Podcast 45: Akira Akuto [TASTE]
01/12/22·1h 1m

163: Jason Stewart

Jason Stewart is a DJ (playing as Them Jeans) and cohost of How Long Gone, a podcast that dips in and out of the food world with surprising and entertaining frequency. It was so great to have Jason stop by to talk about many things: punching up vs. punching down, cool email jobs, regional Mexican food chain Del Taco, breaking veganism, how Italian food in Italy is mid, Erewhon vs. Gelson’s vs. Ralphs, and Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts. If you don’t know TJ, now you do. A real pleasure to have him on.More from Jason Stewart:We Pay Attention to What Podcast Host Jason Stewart Is Roasting [TASTE]   ‘How Long Gone’ Is in It for the Long Haul [New York Times]Brooks Headley Is Moving On to Focaccia [TASTE]How Long Gone 363: John Early [hlg]
29/11/22·1h

162: David Tamarkin

Wow, we love David Tamarkin so much, and this is such a great interview. We’re old friends and have been reading David since he worked at Time Out Chicago and Epicurious—and he’s now the editorial director at King Arthur Baking Company. How did an award-winning journalist end up working for Big Flour? It’s easy. The guy likes to bake. We talk about the job, a new cookbook King Arthur Baking just released, and look back at the time David was perhaps a little too snarky, a little too tough, on restaurants while working as a restaurant critic. He also talks about the 100%-employee-owned model at King Arthur and how that culture is baked (ha) into everything the company does. David is always welcome on the show, and we enjoyed catching up with him.We also have a great conversion with the writer Tarajia Morrell and hear about the very special book she has written, Savor: A Chef's Hunger For More. It's a collaboration with the chef and Top Chef fan favorite Fatima Ali. We talk about writing a book with somebody with only months to live. This is a really touching and human talk about loss and legacy and should not be missed.More from David Tamarkin and Tarajia Morrell:Vanquish the Bananas [The Occasional Tamarkin]Inside David Tamarkin’s Kitchen [Epicurious]King Arthur Baking School [official]TASTE Podcast 34: David Tamarkin [TASTE]A Memoir From a Young Chef Who Fought to the Bitter End [New York Times]
23/11/22·53m 0s

161: Lucas Sin

Today on the show, we welcome back one of the most interesting and entertaining voices in food, Lucas Sin. He’s a chef and creator, and he’s behind some of the biggest ideas in home and restaurant cooking. This conversation was recorded the day before Lucas left his longtime home of New York City for a planned multiyear trip around Asia. We get into those details and how this Yale grad and culinary superstar stays fresh. We think you’re going to really dig this talk.More from Lucas Sin:Food & Wine Best New Chef: Lucas Sin [F&W]Thanksgiving Teriyaki Carrots [Eater]Chef’s Night Out with Lucas Sin & Eric Sze [Munchies]TASTE Podcast 78: Lucas Sin [TASTE]
21/11/22·25m 30s

160: Sonia Chopra

Sonia Chopra joined Bon Appétit and Epicurious as executive editor in August 2020, previously working in various roles at Eater for nearly a decade. In this entertaining episode, we find out about Sonia’s journey through food media and how she and her colleagues are putting their own stamp on BA. We also talk about the world’s best toaster oven, as well as the magazine’s big Thanksgiving issue, and how it reflects a change in the way Americans are cooking the big meal this year and for years into the future. We really enjoyed catching up with our friend.Also on the show, Cheryl Rodbard (aka Mombard) catches up with Matt in the studio. They talk about family holiday traditions, including some strong opinions about turkey, how to do the sides, and the famous “pink shit” (aka the best cranberry condiment) that lands on the Thanksgiving table each year—and, of course, we dive into Cheryl’s take on holiday English toffee. More from Sonia Chopra:Guy Fieri’s Nonstop, All-Day Dream Dinner Party [Bon Appetit]What Bon Appétit executive editor Sonia Chopra does in a workday [Washington Post]The Best Toaster Oven Is Versatile, Compact, and Can Replace Your Full-Size Oven [Bon Appetit]Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe [NPR]
17/11/22·54m 52s

159: Doobydobap

Tina Choi is the Seoul-based genius behind one of our favorite food YouTube channels around, Doobydobap. In this episode, we find out how Tina grew her incredible following through hard work, a lot of style, and many trips to Korean Costco. We also talk about her food science education at Cornell, and why one of Matt’s favorite cities to visit, Seoul, South Korea, is full of energy and innovation that cannot be matched. We hope you enjoy this extremely fun conversation with Tina Choi.Also on this episode, Matt catches up with writer Jordan Michelman to talk about the state of natural wine (#nattywine) and how his recent writing in Bon Appétit has shaken things up a bit. We always love having Jordan on, and he has lots to say.More from Doobydobap and Jordan Michelman:Our New Normal [youtube]White Sesame Chocolate Cookies [official]Gimjang and Lockdown [official]Is Natural Wine Losing Its Cool Factor? [Bon Appetit]
15/11/22·1h 9m

158: Gregory Gourdet

How cool it is to have Gregory Gourdet on the show. Gregory is a chef and cookbook author based in Portland, Oregon. Many of you may know Gregory from his memorable appearances on Top Chef—as both a contestant and a judge. In this lively conversation, we discuss his ambitious new restaurant in Portland, Kann, his '90s raver past, and vintage Nike fits in the Kann dining room. We also talk about his plans for bringing the spotlight to Haitian cuisine, as well as living a fulfilled life of sobriety.More from Gregory Gourdet: Gregory Gourdet Is Ready to Define Dining His Way [Resy]Watermelon-Berry Salad with Chile Dressing [gregorygourdet.com]Buy: Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health
11/11/22·41m 12s

157: Pierce Abernathy

Pierce Abernathy is a really interesting and multitalented dude, and we were really happy to have him join us in the studio. Pierce is a trained cook, a big-time TikTok and Instagram creator, and a former Buzzfeeder, and he’s been known to model and work with fashion brands in interesting ways. We love the way Pierce thinks and talks about food, and we tap into his background living in Kentucky, cooking in New York, and walking the runway in Italy. Pierce is a rising star in food for all the right reasons, and we hope you enjoy getting to know him a bit better.Also on the show, cookbook author Ixta Belfrage stops by to talk about her very cool new book, Mezcla: Recipes to Excite.More from Pierce Abernathy:Leek butter! [TikTok]Pierce Abernathy Is All About Cool Dips [Food52]#199: Pierce Abernathy [Perfectly Imperfect]
08/11/22·1h 5m

156: Osayi Endolyn

Osayi Endolyn is a journalist, cookbook author, and cultural commentator of the highest degree. In this action-packed episode, we talk about her latest cookbook project, Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen. We find out about what goes into writing a cookbook that isn’t structured like a typical cookbook, and we go back to hear about Osayi’s life growing up around California, her early work in TV and film, and her assessment of what the Ghetto Gastro authors describe as “hood Chinese” food. This talk is a long time coming, and we hope you enjoy getting to know one of food media’s great voices.Also on the show, restaurateur and former Eleven Madison Park owner Will Guidara stops by to talk about his new book, Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect.More from Osayi Endolyn:Assisted Living [Oxford American]Christmas With Musicians Is as Sweet as It Sounds [Food & Wine]I Drove 300 Miles Through the Low Country for Life-Changing Food [CN Traveler]
04/11/22·1h 11m

155: Claire Saffitz

Today on the show, we have Claire Saffitz stopping by for a really entertaining conversation. Claire is the author of a new cookbook, What’s For Dessert, and she’s truly one of our favorite cooking instructors and personalities on the internet. We talk about how to visualize a recipe before baking it, as well as some of the common bakeware mistakes we are all making. Dark bakeware is a big no-no! We also hear a little bit about her journey from Harvard to the kitchens of France to millions of YouTube streams. We all love Claire Saffitz at TASTE, and we hope you enjoy this talk.More from Claire Saffitz:Claire Saffitz Makes Tiramisu Icebox Cake [Youtube]The Life and Death of Tart Frozen Yogurt [TASTE]Claire Saffitz Goes Outside Her Comfort Zone to Embrace Ours [TASTE]
01/11/22·50m 41s

154: The Woks of Life

Kaitlin and Sarah Leung join us in the studio to talk about their long-running online food blog The Woks of Life. For anybody who has ever held a wok over high heat, The Woks of Life has been a steady hand helping you along the way. In this fun episode, we talk about how the pair went professional with their blog and how they wrote their new cookbook, The Woks of Life, with their parents. That’s four authors—two parents and two siblings—for those who are counting. We also find out some answers to life’s biggest burning Chinese home cooking questions.  Read more from the Woks of Life:How to Make Wontons [The Woks of Life]Behind the Blog: The Woks of Life [The Food Network]Pulling Noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods [Food Network]
28/10/22·49m 58s

153: Molly Yeh

It was really fun having Molly Yeh join us in the studio for an absolute riot of a conversation. Molly is legitimately one of the funniest writers (and guests) that we’ve encountered in a long time, and we get into all sorts of topics on the show. We talk about what makes a great Hallmark Channel movie, and we theorize about how she will possibly star in one one day. We also talk about Little House on the Prairie (the TV show) and how Molly is living her best life in North Dakota, and we dive into her truly incredible new book, Home Is Where the Eggs Are. What a fun conversation—I hope you enjoy it.Also on the show, the return of Three Things. Aliza and Matt catch up about campfire s'mores injuries, a visit to '90s media power lunch spot Michael's, okonomiyaki, Matt's trip to Lysée, oat cortado vs. cow cortado, Aliza's barista past, the hot coffee era is here, Waffle House and losing bets, WWE Superstars, fantasy basketball picks, go Nets!  More from Molly Yeh:Molly Yeh’s Margherita and Prosciutto Pizzettes [YouTube]Girl Meets Farm [The Food Network]In Her New Book, Molly Yeh Goes Back to Basics [Modern Farmer]Buy: Home Is Where the Eggs Are
25/10/22·59m 14s

152: Hannah Ziskin

If you’ve checked out Instagram lately, chances are you’ve spotted one of Hannah Ziskin’s slab cakes, princess cakes, and fruit custard tarts making the algorithm rounds. Hannah is the co-owner and pastry chef at Echo Park’s Quarter Sheets Pizza in Los Angeles. She runs Quarter Sheets with her partner, Aaron Lindell, and on this episode, we talk about the unlikely marriage of pan pizza and sheet cake. We also find out what it’s like running one of LA’s buzziest restaurants, and how she gets it all done with such a tiny staff. We really loved getting to know Hannah on this fun episode.More from Hannah Ziskin:Pastry Chef Hannah Ziskin Seasons Her Sweets Like Salads [TASTE]How LA cake virtuosos learned to thrive on Instagram [LA Times]House of Gluten [IG]
21/10/22·43m 30s

151: Claudia Fleming

What a joy it is to have Claudia Fleming live in the studio. Claudia is the executive pastry director of Union Square Hospitality Group and the author of the new cookbook Delectable: Sweet and Savory Baking. But many listeners may know Claudia best from her iconic (and once out of print) first cookbook, The Last Course. In this episode, we dive into Claudia’s long career working in New York City restaurants and writing books. We find out how the pandemic brought a great opportunity to write Delectable, a book that I think should be considered a modern baking classic. I also pick her brain about some of life’s biggest baking mysteries. It’s so cool getting to know Claudia Fleming a bit better. Also on the show, we catch up with the cofounders of the amazing food magazine Cake Zine. Aliza Abarbanel and Tanya Bush talk about the theme of their latest issue and what makes their partnership so sweet. It’s a great talk with two rising stars in food media.More from Claudia Fleming:The Tart That Launched a Thousand Tarts [TASTE]A Legendary Pastry Chef Returns to New York City [Food & Wine]   Rekindling the Flame at Danny Meyer’s Ci Siamo [The New York Times]How the Budino Craze Swept Across America [TASTE]Buy: Cake Zine
19/10/22·58m 0s

150: Helen Rosner

Helen Rosner returns to the TASTE Podcast, and we couldn’t be happier. Helen is a journalist, Twitter commentator, and staff writer covering food at the New Yorker. We wanted to have Helen into the studio to talk about some of her recent stories, including writing about roasting duck at home, the Chicago-style hot dog, and the busy fall cookbook season. We also discuss the epic Twitter thread, bursting with wisdom and common sense, that she wrote on her 40th birthday. But we mostly just wanted to catch up with one of our oldest friends from food media. More from Helen Rosner:Things I’ve Learned [Twitter]The Unbreakable Rules of the Chicago Hot Dog [The New Yorker]Sunday Reading: The World of Helen Rosner [The New Yorker]Food Is Stupid [Substack]
17/10/22·53m 49s

149: George Saunders

It was with great anticipation, and some unknowns, that we spoke with George Saunders, the author of many works, including the Booker Prize–winning Lincoln in the Bardo. This is a really great conversation that switches gears often. We talk about pizza and Italian delis on the South Side of Chicago, as well as lunch in the Texas oil fields. We talk about success in the kitchen and how intuition crashes together with luck. We talk about food in the year 2300. We talk about the near future and mustard collections in a short story from his new work, Liberation Day. We talk about perfectionism, Santa Cruz coffee, and time traveling to find out how dinner has been prepared over thousands of years. The great George Saunders is on the show. Enjoy it.More from George Saunders: Ghoul [The New Yorker]Story Club with George Saunders [Substack]Eat, Memory: The Absolutely No-Anything Diet [New York Times Magazine]
13/10/22·46m 7s

148: Gideon Glick

Yes, Gideon Glick joined us in the studio for one of our favorite conversations in recent memory. Gideon is a prolific actor, having starred in memorable roles on Broadway (including in Little Shop of Horrors, in To Kill a Mockingbird, and in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening) and on television, including the mysterious magician Alfie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, currently filming its final season. Gideon is the coauthor of the excellent new cookbook Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway: The Broadway Lover's Cookbook, and we talk about the art of creating a great theater-themed recipe pun. We also talk about the food situation on set and during the marathon-like eight-shows-per-week Broadway schedule. Having Gideon join us in the studio was such a ray of sunshine, and we hope the theater lovers out there enjoy this conversation with a living legend.Also on the show we catch up with Brian Noyes, author of The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook and a certified pie master.More from Gideon Glick:The Queer, Half-Deaf Actor Redefining the Idea of a Leading Man [New York Times]‘Spring Awakening’ Cast Reunites at Tony Awards [TV Insider]
11/10/22·54m 25s

147: Genevieve Ko

Genevieve Ko is a deputy editor of New York Times Cooking and the Food section, as well as a prolific cookbook author and collaborator. Here we have such a great time catching up about all things cookbooks, food media, and what it’s like to help run one of the best, and most popular, sections at the New York Times. We talk about Genevieve’s collaborations with chefs like George Mendes, Pichet Ong, and many others. We also discuss the problem with calling an ingredient “trendy” and share some thoughts on the recipe reply guy. I really loved catching up with Genevieve, and I hope you enjoy this talk.Read more from Genevieve Ko:Pulled Pork Is Easier Than You Think [New York Times]The Irresistible Thrill of Kung Pao [New York Times]The Endless Torment of the ‘Recipe?’ Guy [New York Times]Read: My Portugal: Recipes and Stories
07/10/22·48m 8s

146: Craig Mod

Tokyo-based journalist Craig Mod is part journalist, part ethnographer, and part performance artist, and we’re really happy that he stopped by the studio for a lively chat. While he may not be a household name (yet), those in the know about such topics as digital book publishing, Japan, and multiday walks around Japan respect Craig’s incredible body of work. This is a wide and deep conversation about food trends in Japan, where you should visit in the country outside Tokyo, and Craig’s unique style of publishing—all based around his Special Projects membership program. It was such a pleasure to get to know Craig Mod, and we hope you enjoy this conversation. And subscribe to Craig’s latest walk around the Kii Peninsula, taking place October 4-17.More from Craig Mod:Electric Bike, Stupid Love of My Life [official]I Walked 600 Miles Across Japan for Pizza Toast [Eater]The Life of One Den [Ridgeline]A Long Walk in a Fading Corner of Japan [New York Times]
04/10/22·57m 20s

145: Reem Assil

Reem Assil’s cookbook, Arabiyya, shows that great hospitality is easy to pull off—as long as you have enough pomegranate molasses to go around. In this lively episode, we talk to the Bay Area chef and activist about her inspiring career, which has taken her between the kitchen and the community—and sometimes to the poker table. Yes, Reem is a hell of a poker player, and we dive into that. We also talk about her zaatar hookup and how she is crystallizing  a “Pali-Cali” (that would be Palestinian-Californian) style of cooking. Get to know Reem Assil a little better on this fun episode.More from Reem Assil:Sumac Spiced Chicken and Muhammara [Today Show]Reem’s California [official]Telling the Story of Arab Home Cooking, from Beirut to the East Bay [TASTE]Ramy [Hulu]
30/09/22·42m 58s

144: Jimmy Butler

It’s not often that we get to speak with an NBA legend on the show, but Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is no average NBA legend. He’s a coffee geek, just like us, and we talk about his exciting new company, BIGFACE, and what inspires Jimmy’s love for all aspects of coffee, including the farming, cupping, and barista work. We also talk about food in the NBA and hear about the coffee orders of some of his Heat teammates. Also on the show, we catch up with Ashley Rodriguez. Ashley is the boss barista behind the popular podcast and newsletter Boss Barista, and we welcome her to the show to talk about all things coffee. We learn about Ashley’s long history working in coffee—as a writer and leader in a movement toward education and equality. We talk about the idea of “sweetness” in coffee, and together we go through her method in tasting and grading coffee. We also tackle the big topic of espresso. Is it a net positive for coffee? I loved catching up with Ashley and hope you learn a little bit more about one of the world’s most popular beverages.More from Jimmy Butler and Ashley Rodriguez:Jimmy Butler Wants to Sell You a $100 Cup of Coffee [Fast Company]Loyalty Isn't Real [Boss Barista]How to Actually Taste Coffee and Forget About Those “Notes of Blueberries” [TASTE]The Coffee Issue [TASTE]
28/09/22·59m 37s

143: Molly Baz

We’ve long been fans of cookbook author and creative thinker Molly Baz, and many of you have, too. With a signature voice and absolutely wild recipe development skills (as well as years of professional cooking under her belt), Molly has won over millions of fans worldwide. Her book Cook This Book was a New York Times Best Seller, and we talk about some of the many things she’s been up to since its release a little over a year ago. We find out about her move from New York to the West Coast, as well as what it was like growing up in New York’s Hudson Valley. We really enjoyed catching up with Molly on this really great episode.Also on the show, contributing editor Aliza Abarbanel joins Matt to talk about what’s on their minds: Quarter Sheets, late-summer apples, samgyetang roasted chicken, A24 merch, the great B. O. Boys podcast. They also play a game involving Chex Original Party Mix and ASMR. More from Molly Baz:The Club by Molly Baz [official]Hit the Kitch [Youtube]Baz to Basics [TASTE]Into It With Sam Sanders [official]
26/09/22·1h 1m

142: Stefano Secchi

Stefano Secchi is a modern pasta master and the chef behind New York City’s hit restaurant Rezdôra. In this entertaining episode, we dive into the ins and outs of making hundreds (sometimes thousands) of fresh tortellini, ravioli, and gnocchi a day. We also talk about what it’s like running the restaurant attached to one of New York’s most difficult reservations, and how screening an episode of the TV show The Bear might hit a little too close to home for the chef. We loved getting to know Stefano, and we hope you do, too.More from Stefano Secchi:At Rezdôra, a Fresh Voice in Italian Cooking for New York [New York Times]Make Fresh Pasta in Literally 5 Minutes [Youtube]Where to Eat in Piedmont, According to a Chef Who Mastered His Craft There [Bon Appetit]
23/09/22·30m 38s

141: Bettina Makalintal

Bettina Makalintal is a reporter at Eater who previously served as associate print editor at Bon Appétit and a staff writer at VICE’s Munchies. We’re big fans of Bettina’s erudite and internet-first journalism, and we wanted to have her on the show to discuss it all. We talk about her home cooking feeds on Instagram and TikTok, and we dive into how her natural curiosity drives her to find answers to the most esoteric food and cooking questions. Why are so many cakes shaped like domes? Why are reservations for hot tables so impossible to land these days? This is such a great conversation with one of food media’s strongest voices today.Also on the show Matt catches up with Contributing Editor Aliza Abarbanel to talk about two recent New York Times articles that got them thinking.More from Bettina Makalintal and NYT Food:The Unlimited Potential of Meat-Free Asian Cookbooks [Eater]The Return of the Hot Table [Eater]It’s Time to Take Suburban Food More Seriously [Vice]Does Anyone Drink Hot Coffee Anymore? [NYT]The Endless Torment of the ‘Recipe?’ Guy [NYT]
20/09/22·44m 52s

140: Courtney Storer

The Bear. We all love The Bear, the hit restaurant drama from FX. And we love The Bear for good reason. The show was the talk of TV this summer, and it’s still gaining popularity. Courtney Storer is a Los Angeles–based chef and the show’s culinary producer. That means she’s behind the show’s hyperrealistic cooking scenes that are now legendary. On the show today, we find out how Courtney translates her decade of professional cooking experience for the actors, and how growing up in Chicago informed the way she thinks about food. Get to know Courtney Storer on this entertaining episode of the TASTE Podcast.More from Courtney Storer:The Bear Glossary [Uproxx]At Home with Courtney Storer [L&G]TASTE Podcast 123: Ayo Edebiri [TASTE]
16/09/22·37m 22s

139: Suzy Karadsheh

Have you found your way into the world of Suzy Karadsheh and the megapopular YouTube channel and website The Mediterranean Dish? We sure have, and it’s changing the way we cook. Born and raised in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean city of Port Said, Egypt, Suzy was just a boat ride away from countries like Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, and Israel. In this episode, we hear Suzy’s unique story that had her leaving Egypt to attend college in the United States and eventually settle in Atlanta, Georgia. We talk about her new cookbook, The Mediterranean Dish, and what excites her in the kitchen today. Also, loud hummus!Also on the show, we catch up with Salvadoran poet and author Javier Zamora about his remarkable new book, Solito. This is such a great episode, and we hope you enjoy it.More from Suzy Karadsheh:Kofta-Seasoned Ground Beef Pita Sandwich [Mediterranean Dish]Mediterranean Cooking Expert Suzy Karadsheh’s Favorite Things [Barrons]Buy: The Mediterranean Dish and Solito.
13/09/22·57m 52s

138: Alice Feiring

Alice Feiring is our guest today, and we have a great conversation that goes to some unfamiliar places. Alice is a journalist and celebrated wine writer, and she’s also the author of many great wine books, including 2019’s Natural Wine for the People, a prophetic look at the natural wine movement that has swept the drinking world away. She also wrote The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization. That would be a reference to wine critic Robert Parker, and we talk about major shifts in the wine world over the past decade, as well as Alice’s interest in the wines of the country of Georgia. But we mostly talk about her incredible new memoir, To Fall in Love, Drink This. We read it in two sittings, and it has so many great stories to cover. What a fun episode.More from Alice Feiring:The Feiring Line [official]How a Wine Writer Spends Her Sundays [NYT]So Everything’s a Natural Wine Bar Now? [PUNCH]Buy: To Fall in Love, Drink This
09/09/22·48m 20s

137: JJ Johnson

We welcome one of our favorite chefs in the game, JJ Johnson, back to the program. JJ is the James Beard Award–winning chef behind the fast-casual restaurant Field Trip and a coauthor of the cookbook Between Harlem and Heaven. In this episode, we catch up about JJ’s time attending the Culinary Institute of America and what it was like being one of the few Black chefs in the program. Then we fast-forward to the present day and talk about JJ’s big ambition with food television and his growing empire of rice-focused restaurants. We love chatting with JJ whenever we can, and we hope you enjoy this conversation.More from JJ Johnson:Chef JJ Johnson Is Making Rice Cool Again [Nations Restaurant News]JJ Johnson’s Field Trip To Malliouhana [Forbes]JJ Johnson Is a Young Chef on the Rise, to a Hip-Hop Beat [New York Times]TASTE Podcast 62: JJ Johnson [TASTE]
06/09/22·43m 39s

136: Paula Forbes

How fun to have Paula Forbes on the show! Paula is a longtime journalist covering the cookbook publishing industry, among many other topics, and is the founder of Stained Page News. On this episode, we find out what draws Paula to review, critique, and obsess over cookbooks—as well as what she enjoys cooking at home. We also dive into the busy fall season and find out what Paula is most looking forward to. It’s a great time catching up with our old friend.Later on the episode, we speak with chef Tanya Holland, author of the new cookbook Tanya Holland’s California Soul. It’s a beautiful tribute to the Black food traditions of California. We find out some of Holland’s own personal history and what drove her to write about this incredible topic.More from Paula and Tanya:Fall Preview 2022: Chef & Restaurant Books [Stained Page News]Fall Preview 2022: Baking and Pastry [Stained Page News]Time to Put Equity on the Plate in Our Restaurant Industry [Newsweek]Buy: Tanya Holland’s California Soul
31/08/22·1h 6m

135: Melissa Clark

How do you introduce Melissa Clark, a prolific cookbook author, longtime New York Times columnist, and one of the most respected food writers around? Well, first you must know that one of our absolute favorite cookbooks of all time is her 2017 tome Dinner: Changing the Game. In this episode, we talk about what inspires her weekly recipe column in the paper of record and how her latest book, Dinner in One, may be one of her most personal books yet. We also go back to her days collaborating with great chefs including Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, and Claudia Fleming. We hope you enjoy getting to know Melissa Clark a little better. Also on the show Matt catches up with Contributing Editor Aliza Abarbanel to talk all about this McTorta moment we are all living in, as well as ranking the top fast food menu items of the land.More from Melissa Clark:Take Your Cakes to the Upside Down [New York Times]   Elbowing for Scallops With Melissa Clark [TASTE]How to Roast the Perfect Chicken [Youtube]The McTorta Moment [TASTE]Buy: Dinner in One
29/08/22·1h 4m

134: Raquel Pelzel

What does a cookbook editor actually do day-to-day in the year 2022? It turns out, more than you could ever imagine. On this episode of the show, we catch up with our old friend Raquel Pelzel. She’s the editorial director at Clarkson Potter and has authored more than a dozen cookbooks of her own. It’s clear that Raquel has tremendous respect for her authors, including Eric Kim, Rick Martinez, and Claire Saffitz, and we find out how she allows her authors’ voice to shine through. We also talk about the way she edits a recipe, which goes back to her time working at the demanding Cooks Illustrated. Was her mom “the worst cook in the world”? Yes, she was, and we find out about Raquel’s interesting upbringing living on the North Side of Chicago. This is such a great conversation about making and loving cookbooks!More from Raquel Pelzel:High Cuisine: How I Wrote a Serious Pot Cookbook [TASTE]Thank You, WhatsApp. Or, How to Crowd-Source an Israeli Family Recipe. [TASTE]What Cookbook Author and Publishing Maven Raquel Pelzel Cooks for Her Family in a Week [Epicurious]
26/08/22·45m 56s

133: Danny Bowien

When Mission Chinese opened in New York in a crowded, slightly dank subterranean space on Orchard Street a decade ago, the food world collectively paused to praise the inventive and fully out-there cooking of a young chef named Danny Bowien. On this episode we catch up with Danny to hear about the up-and-down decade that followed and what it was like to recently close his last Mission location in NYC. We also talk about the 2020 Grub Street article that painted a portrait of abuse in the kitchens run under his watch. And we dive into his great new cookbook, Mission Vegan. This episode is a long time coming, and we hope you enjoy it.More from Danny Bowien:Goodbye to Mission Chinese Food and Its Complicated NYC Legacy [Bon Appetit]The Nightmare Inside Mission Chinese Food [Grub Street] Danny Bowien on the Hard-Partying Chef Life—Now Fueled by SoulCycle and Spirulina [Vogue]Twice-Cooked Bacon is the Best Kind of Bacon [Saveur]Buy: Mission Vegan
23/08/22·36m 21s

132: Eric Kim

Journalist and cookbook author Eric Kim is back on the show, and we had such a great time catching up with him. So much has happened since we had him in last fall, and we talk about so many things, including his recent work at the New York Times and the release and warm reception of his NYT bestseller, the cookbook Korean American. We also talk about the Chicago hot dog, one of our favorite foods, and his and Matt’s complicated feelings behind the assertion that “Korean food is having a moment.” Eric has an open invitation to be on the show, and we’re so glad he accepted again.Also on the show, the return of 3 things! Contributing editor Aliza Abarbanel joins Matt to talk about what’s on their minds: donut peaches, eating out in Portland, Oregon, the forthcoming cookbook Rambutan, the best peanut butter, and Spago Rock.      More from Eric Kim:Welcome to Chicago, Hot Dog Town, U.S.A. [New York Times]A Chocolate Cake for the Queen of ASMR Eating [New York Times Magazine]What’s in Your Second Fridge? [TASTE]Cake Zine [Official website]The Melt [Substack]Buy: Korean American 
19/08/22·1h 1m

131: Alex Delany

It’s really fun having Alex Delany on the show and getting to know the food and drink (and menswear and rare book) writer and collector a little bit better. You may know Alex from his time working at Bon Appétit as a writer covering home cooking, wine, cocktails, and naturally processed coffee (respect), as well as a series of memorable YouTube videos. But since leaving BA in early 2021, Alex has been busy working as a consultant, podcaster, wine educator, and most recently as the author of a really cool city guide called “Everything Good.” As the name suggests, the free Google Doc notes the good things happening in neighborhoods around New York City. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about his time working at Details (RIP) and later BA, where he rose to become drinks editor and write exhaustive guides about amaro, coffee subscriptions, and regional pizza styles. We also go over some of Alex’s favorite places on his beloved Lower East Side (aka Dimes Square, aka one of NYC’s most vibrant and controversial neighborhoods). It’s really fun catching up with Alex.More from Alex Delany:Everything Good on the Lower East Side [Google Doc]Everything Good in Soho and Noho [Google Doc]I Never Thought I Would Say This: I’m Into This Non-Alcoholic Beer [BA]Sound Radio [Spotify]What Is Natural Process Coffee? [Sprudge]
16/08/22·42m 27s

130: Joshua David Stein

A writer, editor, illustrator, cookbook author, children’s book author, and really fun guy to get to know, Joshua David Stein really has all the goods. In this truly epic episode we cover Joshua’s long and interesting career, from the early days of Gawker and the New York Observer to writing cookbooks with Kwame Onwuachi, Wilson Tang, and Joe Campanale. We talk about why writing about restaurants is such a compelling act of cultural anthropology, and why writing cookbooks was the natural progression for Joshua. And how the years-long process of writing a cookbook is the type of project, a huge one at that, that is both satisfying and an exercise of letting go. We also talk about the hustle required to hack it in food writing today. This is an amazing talk with one of our favorites.More from Joshua David Stein:When Jacques Pépin Made All the World an Omelet [TASTE]Chef Michael White's New York Comeback [Esquire] This Is the Story of the Rainbow Room [PUNCH]Buy: Vino: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine
12/08/22·1h 3m

129: Jancis Robinson

We don’t talk much about the wine world on the show, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to have the legendary wine critic and big-ideas person Jancis Robinson in the studio. Wine talk can be a real snooze, but this wide-ranging chat is hardly the audio version of swirling and spitting. We talk about Jancis’s pioneering wine show on the BBC and how she translated wine to a wide audience. We also discuss what it’s like to select wines for Her Royal Highness and how the wines are highly scrutinized by the press and “royal watchers” (and we debate the accuracy of The Crown). We talk about natural wine and how the conventional wine world has been challenged by a seismic change in the industry. We learned a great deal from this conversation!More from Jancis Robinson:The 24 Hour Wine Expert [Talks at Google] What Wine Twitter Taught Me About Wine [PUNCH]What Does It Take to Be a Great Wine Reference Book Today? [PUNCH]Visit Jancis online at: jancisrobinson.com
09/08/22·40m 45s

128: Stephen Satterfield

What a thrill to have Stephen Satterfield on the show. Stephen has many layers in his long career in journalism, wine, and television—and we discuss them all. He is the founder of Whetstone, a media company founded in 2017 that produces journals, podcasts, and an anchor magazine that is one of our favorites on the rack. He’s also the host of the Netflix series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, winner of a Peabody Award for documentary. This conversation is wide-ranging and dips into Stephen’s sommelier past, as well as digging into his approach for producing the magazine Whetstone. It’s a really great conversation.More from Stephen Satterfield:  F&W Game Changers: Stephen Satterfield [Food & Wine] The Lasting Impact of ‘High on the Hog’ [Eater]The Profound Significance of ‘High on the Hog’ [New York Times]
03/08/22·46m 24s

127: Pop Up Grocer

Emily Schildt wants food shopping to be a more fun and mind-expanding experience, and with her company, Pop Up Grocer, she’s getting customers closer to the destination. As the name suggests, PUG travels the country and sets up shop for 30-day runs in cities like Miami, New York, and Washington, DC. Each pop-up sells hundreds of the most interesting and emerging food brands around (some of which we’ve covered on the TASTE Podcast), all heavily curated and many run by women and BIPOC founders. We speak with Emily about the company’s big ideas, even bigger plans, and some of the products she is most excited about selling. What a great conversation with Emily!More from Emily Schildt:Emily Schildt on Rethinking the Grocery Experience [Modern Retail]The Utopian Promises and Novelty Cheese of a Discount Grocery Store [TASTE]How Pop Up Grocer Curates its Aisles with Emerging Food Brands [Forbes]Pop Up Grocer [official website]
29/07/22·29m 57s

126: Adam Roberts

Yay, Adam Roberts is here for a very special episode. You may know Adam from his pioneering food blog Amateur Gourmet, or from his stint doing videos for the Food Network, which he talks about candidly in this episode (spoiler: it didn’t go so well). What has gone well is Adam’s new newsletter, naturally called the Amateur Gourmet, which is so worth checking out. We touch on many topics, including gossip about his early blogging days, some Food Network memories, his time working in television, his love of British cookbooks, the Broadway cookbook he wrote with Gideon Glick, what he’s cooking, and where to eat in his hometown of Los Angeles. It’s action-packed with Adam Roberts!More from Adam Roberts:Blow-Your-Mind Baked Beans [Amateur Gourmet]Homemade Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting [Youtube]The Amateur Gourmet Podcast Pre-order: Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway
26/07/22·43m 54s

125: Linda Holmes

Today on the show, we welcome Linda Holmes. Linda is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of the popular Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. She’s also a novelist, and we talk about her recent book release, Flying Solo. We also discuss some cool topics in the crossover of food and pop culture, including meal kits, olestra, The Flavor Bible, macaron rules that need to be broken, food on TikTok (specifically cinnamon rolls covered in apple pie filling), the New York City diner breakfast that needs no notes, the supremacy of Is It Cake?, and wrestling with the legacy of Anthony Bourdain.More from Linda Holmes:Love in the Time of Hollering: The Age of Enthusiasm [NPR]After Beanie Feldstein's departure, can Lea Michele really save 'Funny Girl'? [NPR]Buy: Flying Solo
22/07/22·35m 36s

124: Jess Damuck

She calls herself the Bob Ross of salads, and for very good reason. Jess Damuck is the salad freak behind the new cookbook Salad Freak and a really fun guest on our show today. Of course, we get into the Xs and Os of salad making, but we also find out about her journey—which included working closely with Martha Stewart for over a decade. We learn about the best way to store salad greens, the best way to use a salad spinner, serving salad hot, and the single mistake that most salad preppers are making. It’s a revealing conversation.More from Jess Damuck:Working for Martha Stewart Turned This Cookbook Author Into a ‘Salad Freak’ [Time]A Self-Proclaimed Salad Freak’s Kitchen Leads Right to the Garden [Domino]Essential Tools for a Better Salad [Food Network]Buy: Salad Freak
19/07/22·35m 45s

123: Ayo Edebiri

On this episode we're speaking with actor and comic Ayo Edebiri. Have you checked out The Bear, a new show on FX that is one of the finest representations of the white-knuckle restaurant world in popular culture since, well, Kitchen Confidential was first published? Ayo joins us to talk about her important role on the show and how she prepared to play the role of Sydney Adamu. We also find out about Ayo’s real-life work in restaurants, and we get into some behind-the-scenes talk about filming on location in Chicago. Last, we learn about shooting what many (us, at least) consider the greatest episode of television to air this year. This is such a great conversation!  More from Ayo Edebiri: Meet Ayo Edebiri, the Breakout Star of FX’s Intense New Show The Bear [Glamour] The Bear Renewed for Season 2 at FX [Variety]In The Bear on Hulu, a Kitchen Staff Is Nearly Eaten Alive [New York Times]Watch: The Bear
15/07/22·32m 1s

122: Bartees Strange

Bartees Strange is one of the most promising and confident voices in music today, and we wanted to have him on the show to talk about his new album, Farm to Table. The title suggests an interest in food and cooking, and we dive into some of the dishes he enjoyed growing up around the world in Oklahoma, Europe, and most recently living in Washington DC. He makes a strong case for Ben’s Chili Bowl and for traveling to Northern Virginia for Chinese seafood. But we also find out about what his food life is like on the road. We loved getting to know Bartees Strange during this lively conversation.Also on the show Matt is joined by producer Pat Stango to talk about The Bear, a new restaurant world drama on FX/Hulu that has exploded on the scene in recent weeks. We love it. How does the show get restaurant life oh so right? Matt and Pat chop it up.  More from Bartees Strange:Bartees Strange Ponders Success in Dire Times [New York Times]Bartees Strange Explores His Journey [NPR]Kelly Rowland [Youtube]Buy or stream: Farm to Table
12/07/22·39m 54s

121: Dana Brown

Yes, yes, yes! Dana Brown is here for an entertaining and mildly gossipy episode. We’ve long followed Dana’s career at Vanity Fair, where he served many roles during his more than 20 years at the magazine. Dana has published a page-turning memoir, Dilettante, and we dive into his story, which starts with him working at the legendary “Conde Nast cafeteria” Forty Four, where he was scooped up by a young magazine editor, Graydon Carter, to serve as his assistant in 1992. Dana talks about so many things: editing A. A. Gill, food at the legendary VF Oscar party, NYC sushi in the ’90s, trashing the restaurant 66, the “Graydon Carter lunch order,” the power of a Waverly Inn reservation, Keith McNally vs. the world (including Graydon Carter). We also hear about Dana’s recent meal at the Noma pop-up in Brooklyn. What a fun conversation!    More from Dana Brown: Bonfire of the Vanity Fair [Book & Film Globe]Graydon Carter Hosts a Vanity Fair Ancien Régime Reunion [NY Mag]Tour De Gall [Vanity Fair]Divine Intervention [Air Mail]Buy: Dilettante: True Tales of Excess, Triumph, and Disaster
06/07/22·1h 3m

120: Andrew Friedman

Writer, podcaster, and cookbook collaborator Andrew Friedman has a unique vantage in talking about chefs and food writing as a profession. He’s worked with some of the more interesting voices in the restaurant world (particularly going back a decade and longer), including Daniel Boulud, Alfred Portale, Michelle Bernstein, Bill Telepan, and David Waltuck. In this episode, we talk to Andrew about collaborating vs. full authorship, and about his most recent work, Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll, a sweeping account of the chef world in 1970s and 1980s America. Andrew also talks about the chef “takedown” piece—a particular style of article that litigates a wide variety of behaviors in and out of the kitchen. Are they all merited? We have an open conversation about the responsibility of writers, chefs, and the many judgment calls being made by journalists and editors covering the industry. Also on the show, Clarkson Potter’s Bianca Cruz returns to talk about her journey in culinary school. We hear about her current section, pastry, and how one might study for an exam. We also discuss the recent book she worked on, As Cooked on TikTok. More from Andrew Friedman:Who Let the Cool Chefs Write Cookbooks? [TASTE]The Secret Lives of Private Chefs [TASTE]Listen to: Andrew Talks to Chefs
01/07/22·59m 25s

119: Kate Krader

Have you ever wondered how chefs rise from relative obscurity to the pages of your favorite glossy magazine or online publication? Longtime food writer Kate Krader has the answer. Kate worked at Food & Wine for over two decades and served as the magazine’s restaurant editor for years, overseeing the Best New Chefs program that spotted talent from New York City to Honolulu. We talk about Kate’s career, from studying at La Varenne in Paris to her current position as food editor at Bloomberg. Kate will soon be moving from New York to London, and we talk about some hot food topics, including Tesla moving into the restaurant business and why nobody can land a restaurant reservation these days. We also talk rivalries: Eater vs. Grub Street. Bon Appétit vs. Gourmet vs. Food & Wine. And with Kate’s pending move to the UK, naturally, Blur and XTC were discussed. It’s a great conversation.More from Kate Krader:The Best Restaurant in the UK Isn’t in London. It’s in Wales. [Bloomberg]Snagging a Table at a Hot Restaurant Will Be Even Tougher This Summer [Bloomberg]Talking Italian Restaurants [Charlie Rose]
28/06/22·46m 0s

118: Nicole Enayati

Today is Nicole Enayati Day on the TASTE Podcast, and we’re so happy to welcome one of our favorite voices in food to the program. Nicole is one half of the popular food podcast A Hot Dog Is a Sandwich, and she can be found all over the Mythical Kitchen YouTube page serving as senior culinary producer. We debate and discuss some of food’s biggest controversies, and we dig into her background as a young eater growing up in Los Angeles. We also talk about “geriatric cereals” and the book she wrote, Bake Up!, a baking cookbook geared toward teens and tweens. Nicole tells us the single recipe that can unlock the joy of baking for any young cook. It’s a wild ride with Nicole Enayati, and we’re really happy to welcome her to the show.Also we are joined by chef Alon Shaya and 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves. The pair struck up a friendship over an effort to preserve and digitize the recipes of Steven’s youth before his family was taken to Auschwitz. The journey of this family cookbook is absolutely remarkable. More from Nicole Enayati: Is Cold Brew a Scam? [A Hot Dog Is a Sandwich]Cooking With The Internet's Worst Food Crimes [YouTube]TASTE Podcast 08: Alon Shaya [TASTE]United States Holocaust Memorial Museum [official website]Buy: Bake Up: Kids Cookbook: Go from Beginner to Pro with Recipes and Essential Techniques
24/06/22·1h 6m

117: Jonathan Kung

Today, we have a really fun conversation with Jonathan Kung, a Detroit-based chef and TikTok creator we’ve fallen hard for over the past couple years. We wanted to reach out to Jonathan to talk a little bit about TikTok, but also to get to know a bit about his history with Chinese home cooking and with working and living in one of America’s great food cities: Detroit. We talk about the bounty of Michigan agriculture, which can be a chef’s secret weapon. We also discuss the cookbook he’s writing, the ownership of kimchi, and how Jonathan wrote a recipe that he calls a “solidarity dish,” which merges kimchi jjigae and mapo tofu. What? It’s such a great story. Please get to know this rising star in food!More from Jonathan Kung:I Have COVID So I Made Garlic Soup [YouTube]Jonathan Kung’s Guide to Making Dumplings Blow Up on TikTok [Interview]Kung Food Market Studio [official]@chefJonKung [TikTok]
21/06/22·30m 55s

116: Alton Brown

Today on the show, we have the pleasure of getting to know cookbook author and food TV icon Alton Brown. Brown is behind popular and pioneering food television shows like Good Eats and Iron Chef America, which has returned with a new season on Netflix. We talk about how Alton has evolved over the years as a writer and food educator, and what inspired his unique play-by-play announcer style. We also discuss his background in theater and how Pee-Wee’s Playhouse has inspired both his live shows and TV performances. What a great episode!More from Alton Brown:20 Second Scrambled Eggs [Alton Brown online]We Test an Air Fryer [Youtube]PK Grills [official site]Buy: Good Eats: The Final Years
16/06/22·40m 9s

115: Jesse Sparks

Today is Jesse Sparks day on the TASTE Podcast. Do you know Jesse Sparks? Do you love Jesse Sparks? We certainly do. Jesse is a senior editor at Eater and the host of a really terrific new podcast, The One Recipe, a sister to the long-running Splendid Table. We talk about Jesse’s life growing up in Houston and how his college days in Chicago molded him as both a writer and an eater. We also discuss his weekend baking projects and what excites him about food and restaurants today. This is such a cool conversation!More from Jesse Sparks:Tammie Teclemariam’s Minty Pork Meatballs [The One Recipe]For These LGBTQ+ Creatives, Home Is a Source of Pride and Celebration [BHG]Real Talk: Do You Need A Stand Mixer? [Bon Appetit]
10/06/22·25m 33s

114: Andrea Nguyen

Today we have a really cool conversation with Andrea Nguyen, the author of many popular cookbooks, including Vietnamese Food Any Day, The Pho Cookbook, The Banh Mi Handbook, Asian Dumplings, and Asian Tofu. Andrea is a writer we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years, and this conversation dives into her incredible history as a cookbook author and food educator. We talk about the story behind her first book, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, with then indie publisher Ten Speed Press, and her interaction with the enigmatic Ten Speed founder Phil Wood. We also hear Andrea’s candid thoughts on the loneliness of cookbook writing, and how her thirst for community inspired her excellent new podcast, Everything Cookbooks. It’s a really amazing chat.Also on the show, we catch up with Bianca Cruz. Bianca is an editorial assistant at Clarkson Potter and also currently attending culinary school. We wanted to have her on to talk about the ins and outs of her culinary education and what it’s like to take an actual culinary school exam. More from Andrea Nguyen:One Bottle of Fish Sauce Is Not Enough [TASTE]Killer Tofu [Chef Steps]Photographing Your Cookbook [Everything Cookbooks]Buy Andrea’s books!
07/06/22·53m 27s

113: Dawn Davis

Today we’re excited to welcome Dawn Davis to the show. Dawn is the editor in chief of Bon Appétit and Epicurious and a really fun person to get to know a little better. Before joining Condé Nast in August 2020, she was a longtime book editor, most recently at Simon & Schuster. So what was it like to move from the relatively glacial world of books to always-on digital and print media? It’s been a transition, no doubt. We find out how Dawn edits a modern food publication and what the modern home cook actually looks like (spoiler: there are many modern home cooks). We also find out about Dawn’s childhood in Los Angeles and what food was like growing up in one of the world’s most interesting food cities. Finally, what is Dawn’s go-to busy mom dinner? Find out.Also on today’s show, we have a great conversation with Hanna Raskin, the well-regarded journalist behind The Food Section, a Substack covering the food and culture of the American South. We talk about the ups and downs of independent publishing, and how one food reporter is driven by scoops and sunshine laws over recipe aggregation.         More from Dawn Davis and The Food Section:The Five Courses of Giancarlo Esposito’s Fantasy Garden Soirée [BA]A Restaurant Called JewFro [BA]A community over The Barrel [The Food Section]Taking down a mammy complex [The Food Section]
02/06/22·51m 41s

112: Ji Hye Kim

Today we’re so excited to be speaking with the Michigan chef Ji Hye Kim. We’ve followed Ji Hye’s incredible career in Ann Arbor, where she runs the wonderful Korean restaurant Miss Kim. Ji Hye is a Food & Wine Best New Chef and has been nominated for multiple James Beard Foundation Awards. But what makes Matt most excited about this conversation on Korean food is the chef’s deep knowledge of Korean food’s modern (and less modern) history. We talk about some of our mutual favorite Korean dishes—gamjatang certainly comes up—and we discuss how Ji Hye worked her way through the Zingerman’s training program and eventually opened her own place.Also on the show, we catch up with Jane Kelly and Jenny Hartin, two dedicated cookbook fans behind the active online community Eat Your Books. We talk about some of their favorite books from the busy spring season and the types of books they wish they saw more of in cookbook publishing.More from Ji Hye Kim:5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a Restauranteur [Medium]Ann Arbor Chef Named One of America’s Best [Detroit Free Press]Best New Chef 2021 [Food and Wine]
27/05/22·58m 13s

111: Molly Stevens

Today on the show, we welcome Molly Stevens into the studio. Molly is the cookbook author behind the “All About” trilogy—that would be All About Braising, All About Roasting, and All About Dinner. Molly is also a food educator and one of the cohosts of an amazing podcast, Everything Cookbooks, that covers the ins and outs of writing cookbooks—the highs, the lows, and the many edits. Stevens has great insight into the cookbook industry, and we were thrilled to share the mic with her.Also on today’s show, we have a talk with Lorenzo Carcaterra, the writer behind the book Sleepers, which was adapted into a 1996 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. We talk about what food was like when he was growing up in Hell’s Kitchen and about his latest book, Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride.More from Molly Stevens:Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets with Herb and Radish Salad [Food and Wine]Molly Stevens Makes Roasted Carrots [YouTube]Buy: All About Braising, All About Roasting, All About Dinner 
24/05/22·1h 1m

110: Steve Dolinsky

Today we have some serious pizza talk—Chicago pizza talk, specifically—with a legitimate Chicago pizza expert. His name is Steve Dolinsky, and in Chicagoland, he’s known simply as the “Food Guy” (formerly the “Hungry Hound”). Steve is an absolute legend in the food writing game, and Matt talked to him about his two books on Chicago pizza, as well as diving into some other cool spots in the Windy City, one of America’s greatest food cities. We also smash a slight beef between Dolinsky and TASTE’s Anna Hezel while clearing up some misinformation about the Chicago pie (or is it a “casserole”?) that might be on your mind. More from Steve Dolinsky:A Chicago Tradition for 75 Years and Counting [NBC 5]Tavern-style Chicago Pizzas in the Pacific Northwest [Pizza City Podcast]Buy: The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide
19/05/22·38m 33s

109: Rick Martínez

Today on the show, Matt is speaking with Rick Martínez, a chef, Youtube food creator, and author of the wonderful New York Times Bestselling book Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in Mexico. We’ve long followed Rick’s career at Bon Appétit and Food52, but we got to know him a lot better during this candid conversation. We talked about what food was like growing up in Austin, Texas, and how he switched from working a high-flying career in advertising (and living a very Mad Men–style existence, by Rick’s account) to dropping everything to work in restaurant kitchens, including at ABC Kitchen. That’s when things got interesting.Rick began working in food editorial at the Food Network and later Bon Appétit, where he worked in and out of the test kitchen—and on and off camera. We also talk about his book, which makes a great cookbook and an even better travel book. Plus, we dig into some of the regional dishes he channeled in his fresh and flavorful recipe writing. More from Rick Martínez:Regional Mexican Cooking, the Rick Martínez Way [TASTE]Author Rick Martinez on Traveling 20,000 Miles Through Mexico [CN Traveler]Rick Martínez Is on a Mission to Smash Misconceptions About Mexican Cuisine [Today]Diana Kennedy Says Goodbye to her Cookbooks [TASTE]Buy: Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in Mexico
13/05/22·51m 21s

108: Dave Rizo

When Yellow Rose opened shop in the East Village in 2020, the fresh flour tortillas and silky bean-and-cheese filling took the city by storm—never mind the early-pandemic limitations that left restaurateurs juggling between takeout and outdoor dining. In this episode of the TASTE Podcast, we talk to co-owner and chef Dave Rizo about some of these challenges, and why he and co-owner Krystiana Rizo decided to bring their style of Texan cooking to the East Village.Also on this episode, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard make a special announcement, and producer Pat Stango joins us for a brief departure from regular programming.More from the living legend Anna Hezel:The New Rules of Nonstick [TASTE]The Great Camp Cooking Boom [TASTE]Wait, Canned Salmon Is Good? [TASTE]Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much? [The Awl] 
10/05/22·49m 25s

107: Einat Admony

We’ve long admired the work of chef and author Einat Admony, who is behind one of America’s best falafels (New York’s Taïm) and the cookbooks Balaboosta and Shuk. In this lively conversation, we talk about Einat’s life growing up in Israel and the fine-dining career that led her to working at some heavy institutions in New York City. We also discuss her frequent television appearances and why she is the ultimate balaboosta, which is the Yiddish word that translates to “perfect housewife.” What a great talk.More from Einat Admony and Israeli food on TASTE:Chef Einat Admony Cooks From Home – and the Heart – in Kerhonkson [HV Mag]A Pita Is Born in New Jersey [TASTE]The Israel Issue [TASTE]
05/05/22·37m 50s

106: Alexis deBoschnek

To the Last Bite is home cook and Tasty video star Alexis deBoschnek’s homage to her home region of New York, the Catskills! In this really fun episode, we talk about Alexis’s life growing up in a rural mountain town and how that upbringing informed the way she cooks. We also discuss her career at Tasty, where she worked on some of the internet’s most popular cooking videos of all time, including the legendary “Can This Chef Cook a 3-Course Meal With Power Tools?” video stunt. Spoiler: The chef (Alexis) most definitely can.Later in the episode, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about the weird and wonderful interactions of the chocolate chip cookie and why theses recipes and technique make for such great content.Buy: To the Last Bite     Additional Reading:Can This Chef Make a 3-Course Meal in a Coffee Maker? [Youtube]My Favorite Brussels Sprouts Recipe [Youtube]Welcome to the Chocolate Chip Cookie Wars [TASTE]Looking for Cookies in All the Wrong Places [TASTE]
29/04/22·34m 42s

105: Peter Reinhart

For Peter Reinhart, life is just one big pizza quest—a journey of flavors and textures that he encapsulates in his latest cookbook, Pizza Quest. The book offers at-home riffs on some of the most inventive, original pizzas from around the country, remixing classic regional styles with lowcountry seafood boils, bagel toppings, and (why not) potato chips. We talked about the convivial, collaborative nature of the pizza community and the pitfalls of trying to pick a favorite pie.Also on the show, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about some of the ingredients, coffee news, and vintage reality TV that’s been fueling their cooking lately.Buy: Pizza Quest and Perfect Pan PizzaAdditional Reading:The Future of Pizza Is Crunchy and Square [TASTE]The Flour Tortilla Has Ascended [TASTE]Morgan Eckroth’s 2022 US Barista Championship Winning Routine [YouTube]
26/04/22·57m 42s

104: Andy Baraghani

Andy Baraghani started his professional cooking career as a teenager at the legendary Berkeley, California, restaurant Chez Panisse, and he was truly just getting started. After working as a line cook at Estela in New York City, he was hired as the food editor at Tasting Table and eventually found his way to the Bon Appétit test kitchen, where he worked for over six years and won the hearts of many with his exceptional cooking instruction and kind heart. Andy’s rich story and sharp recipe writing chops come together so beautifully in his new book, The Cook You Want to Be. In this episode, we talk about the book and some of the recipes inspired by his Iranian heritage, as well as learning some of Andy’s golden cooking rules. We also find out about the three-course tasting menu that he cooked to land his gig at BA so many years ago. What a great conversation!Buy: The Cook You Want to Be Additional Reading:Andy Baraghani’s Essential Kitchen Tools [Bon Appetit]How Andy Baraghani Became the Internet Boyfriend of Our Dreams [Out]Andybaraghani.substack.com [Substack]
21/04/22·33m 30s

103: Eitan Bernath

We’ve been talking a lot about food TikTok in the office, and we’ve written about TikTok, too, but we haven’t had a bona fide TikTok star on the show until now. Eitan Bernath has over two million followers on the platform, and we talk about what makes a great TikTok video, what he ate growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and how his first cookbook, Eitan Eats the World, expresses his love of many foods, including a deep interest in Indian cuisine. It’s a really great conversation.Buy: Eitan Eats the World  More from Eitan Bernath:  @eitan [TikTok] $500 Wagyu Steak: Amateur vs. Chef [YouTube]Spaghetti & Meatballs | Brother vs. Chef: Cooking Challenge [YouTube]
15/04/22·33m 14s

102: Sara Jenkins

It was such a treat to have Sara Jenkins on the TASTE Podcast, and this conversation really delivers. Matt has followed Sara’s career for over a decade, dating back to her amazing restaurants Porchetta and Porsena in New York’s East Village. We talk about her childhood growing up in Beirut and Italy—and how, to this day, she returns to the Tuscan farmhouse her family bought in the 1970s for their annual olive harvest and some of her recent writing on TASTE.Also in this episode, TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard discuss three things each of them have been excited to eat, cook, watch, and read lately.Additional Reading and Listening:Who Called the Carbonara Police? [TASTE]A Very Roman Rice Ball [TASTE] Substack’s Food Fellows [release]TASTE Podcast 71: Eric Kim Buy: Olives and Oranges and The Four Seasons of Pasta
12/04/22·55m 42s

101: Jenny Dorsey

On this episode of the TASTE Podcast, we talk to chef, writer, and activist Jenny Dorsey. Jenny has beat Bobby Flay on Beat Bobby Flay and shown the internet how to make Spam-filled wontons, but she’s also the founder of the nonprofit Studio ATAO, which creates educational tools for food publications and organizations to think inclusively and equitably about their work. We talked about how VR goggles can shift the social dynamics at a dinner table, what makes a good neighborhood restaurant, and the astounding amount of research she put into writing the official cookbook for Avatar: The Last Airbender.Buy: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Official CookbookAdditional Reading: The Virtuous, and Virtual, Activism of Studio ATAO [TASTE]Toolkit for Recognizing, Disrupting, and Preventing Tokenism in Food Media [Studio ATAO]
07/04/22·32m 28s

100: Dan Pashman

We’ve made it to 100 episodes, and it feels like we’re just getting started. Thank you for listening—we have some amazing things in the works and can’t wait to share them with you. Our guest this episode is a legend in the food podcasting world. Dan Pashman is the creator and host of the long-running podcast The Sporkful. In this fun conversation, we learn about how Dan pivoted his career from producing radio (including a stint with Marc Maron at Air America) to launching his own series that dives deep into all areas of food. We discuss what makes a great Sporkful episode and learn about Dan’s recent adventure of inventing a pasta shape. How do you invent a pasta shape? We’ll find out. We also ask Dan about some of his home cooking adventures and hear about an exciting new book in the works.Additional Reading and Listening:Everything You Need to Know About Cascatelli [The Sporkful]Are The Jell-O Heirs Cursed? [The Sporkful]Are Shallots Bull$#!t?  [The Sporkful]
01/04/22·33m 33s

99: Jordan Michelman

For coffee fans and professionals, there is no more critical resource than the website and media company Sprudge, and we were really happy to have a lively conversation with Sprudge’s cofounder Jordan Michelman. While we do discuss the evolution of the so-called third-wave coffee bar around the globe, we also dive into Jordan’s career in journalism and discuss some of his memorable stories for TASTE and beyond. He won a James Beard Award for his PUNCH story on mineral water, and we talk about how he reports on topics with an interest that borders on obsession.Buy: The New Rules of Coffee Additional Reading:The Future of Ice Cream Is Here, and It’s Vegan [TASTE]Seltzer Is Over. Mineral Water Is Forever. [PUNCH]My Favorite Cold Brew Isn’t Cold Brew at All [TASTE]What Your Hangover Food Says About You [TASTE]
29/03/22·34m 18s

98: Jenny Rosenstrach

For many followers of the home cooking internet, Jenny Rosenstrach’s Dinner: A Love Story has been a steady hand holding the whisk for the past decade. She recently released the New York Times best seller The Weekday Vegetarians. As the name suggests, Jenny’s vision is of a world where plant-based eating becomes more of a Monday-through-Friday habit than a life-altering stricture. In this fun conversation, we talk about cookbooks, writing a weekly newsletter, and what’s next for one of our favorite food writers around.Also in this episode, TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard discuss three things each of them have been excited to eat, cook, match, and read lately.Additional Reading, Listening, and Cooking:The Weekday Approach to Eating Less Meat [TASTE]The Roast Chicken Conspiracy [Cup of Jo]Black Calamari Orzo [Kalustyans]Should You Write a Cookbook? [Everything Cookbooks]
24/03/22·41m 42s

97: Ali Slagle

If you’re a fan of recipes that make clever use of a handful of ingredients and a few swift moves in the kitchen, then chances are, you’ve probably cooked an Ali Slagle recipe. Maybe it was her margherita pizza reimagined as beans on toast, or maybe it was her oat milk chocolate pudding. Ali’s new book, I Dream of Dinner, is full of these types of recipes that manage to be both wildly efficient and gently playful at the same time. In this episode, we talk about the book and Ali’s life on the road this past year, developing recipes from a camper van.Also in this episode, TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard discuss three things each of them have been excited to eat, cook, or read lately.Check out Ali’s Book: I Dream of DinnerAdditional Reading:I’ve Made Everything from Gnocchi to Mapo To ] fu in My Camper Van’s Kitchen [The Strategist]Masa Harina Cornbread [Los Angeles Times]Eric Kim’s Maple Milk Bread [The New York Times]
18/03/22·28m 29s

96: Jenny G. Zhang

We’ve long been fans of Jenny G. Zhang’s incisive journalism and podcasting, and we couldn’t wait to have the current Gawker editor and writer on the show. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about food in the time of TikTok, Zhang’s memorable 2018 Eater story about Pizza Hut in China, and the regular food she covers in her Gawker column Regular Food Reviews. We also talk about the world of NFTs in food. Additional Reading and Listening:American Pie [Eater]Why do people on TikTok Chew Like This? [Gawker]I’m Sick of Scrolling Past Essays to Get to Recipes I’m Not Paying For [Eater]Give Your Dumpling a Crispy Skirt [TASTE]
15/03/22·32m 55s

95: Emily Weinstein

On today’s episode, we have a great conversation with Emily Weinstein, the Food and Cooking editor of the New York Times. We’ve been great admirers of the work at NYT Cooking, and we took the opportunity to cover many subjects in home cooking and food media. We talk about what makes a great story and some of the cooking trends Weinstein is most interested in covering. We also discuss Weinstein’s long journey working at the paper, starting as a dining listings fact-checker and rising to various editorial roles, eventually taking the top spot. Also on the episode, TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard have a discussion about language, particularly the words they’ve effectively banned from the pages of TASTE. Can you guess what they are?Additional Reading:Subscribe to Emily’s newsletter: Five Weeknight Dishes The Fish That Makes Me Want to Cook [New York Times]One Huge Hog, One Long Day and a Nourishing Southern Tradition [New York Times]Why Does Every Recipe Have to Be Magic? [TASTE]
10/03/22·53m 9s

94: Nisha Melvani

Today on the TASTE Podcast, we’re talking to Nisha Melvani, the author of Practically Vegan. Nisha is the creator of the website and Instagram account Cooking for Peanuts, a source for colorful, practical, no-nonsense plant-based recipes. We talk about how much range cashews have as an ingredient for creamy dishes, and about why tempeh has such a bad reputation (and how to make it taste truly delicious). We also discuss how using less salt can actually make you a much better cook.Also on the show, TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard return with a Three Things segment. Matt is excited about two upcoming barbecue cookbooks and Anna discusses her tinned fish storage situ, while shouting out some favorite recipes from Caroline Schiff and Sohla El-Waylly.Check out Nisha’s book: Practically VeganAdditional Reading:Caroline Schiff’s Salted Honey Focaccia [TASTE]Yurrita Boquerones in Vinegar [Fresh Direct]Sohla El-Waylly’s Braised Lamb Shoulder with Dried Chiles and Dates [Serious Eats]
04/03/22·33m 33s

93: J. Kenji López-Alt

On today’s episode, we have a really fun conversation with the one and only J. Kenji López-Alt. As the author of The Food Lab, Kenji has been a guiding force in home cooking for over a decade. He’s back with a new book, The Wok: Recipes and Techniques, and we discuss creative ways to cook with one of the best tools around. We go all the way back to the heady days of early Serious Eats, a time when food blogging was starting to find its footing, and Kenji reflects on his time working at the scrappy start-up. We also talk about some of his favorite condiments and spices and what foods he enjoys most in the kitchen.Additional Reading: A Lamb Stew With a French Onion Twist [New York Times]The Scientific Methods of J. Kenji López-Alt [Seattle Met]J. Kenji López-Alt says Seattle’s bagels are as good as New York’s [Seattle Times]
01/03/22·40m 3s

92: Cathy Barrow

On today’s episode, we’re sitting down with longtime food writer and cookbook author Cathy Barrow. Cathy’s the author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, Pie Squared, and When Pies Fly. Her most recent book, Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish, makes the case for bagels at home. As she points out, if you throw together the dough before bed and proof it in the refrigerator overnight, boiling and baking in the morning is a complete breeze. We discussed some of the biggest bagel myths and truths out there. It turns out that using New York City tap water isn’t really a necessity, but getting the right flour is.Check out Cathy’s book: Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish Pick up Some Ingredients for Bagels at Home:High-Gluten FlourNon-Diastatic Malt PowderPumpernickel Flour
24/02/22·22m 27s

91: Missy Robbins

Today on the show we are speaking with one of the clearest and most singular voices in Italian cooking in New York City, Missy Robbins. In the episode, we turn back the clock to the heady days of Missy running two major NYC restaurants in the late aughts, as well as discuss her current hit Brooklyn restaurants Lilia and Misi. We also talk about her new cookbook, Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes, which she wrote with our former TASTE colleague and friend Talia Baiocchi. We find out about the duo’s extensive research and reporting, and how the book has taken off online since it was released last fall. Have you spotted folks stamping out pasta coins on the internet? We have.Additional Reading:45 Pasta Shapes and Counting [TASTE]Recipe: Spaghetti alla Puttanesca [Pasta]Recipe: Spaghetti with Colatura and Bread Crumbs [Pasta]Buy the book: Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes
17/02/22·34m 28s

90: Mark Canha

In this episode, we’re sitting down with Mark Canha, the biggest food personality in Major League Baseball. Mark is an itinerant diner who documents his eating and cooking on Instagram as @bigleaguefoodie. We asked him about his pregame eating rituals, as well as some of the restaurants in New York that he’s most excited to check out as a new player for the New York Mets. We also talked about some untapped markets for Italian stadium food served in plastic souvenir helmet bowls.Later in this episode, hosts Matt Rodbard and Anna Hezel catch up about the most exciting things they’ve cooked and eaten in the last few weeks.Additional Reading:In Singapore, Lunar New Year is a Multicultural Feast [New York Times]Skillet Greens with Runny Eggs, Peas, and Pancetta [New York Times]NY Indonesian Food Bazaar [Facebook]Smorgasburg LADanny Boy’s Famous Original 
10/02/22·31m 10s

89: Daniela Galarza

For the past year and a half, Daniela Galarza has written one of our favorite things on the internet: a four-day-a-week cooking column for the Washington Post food section, Eat Voraciously. In this episode, we hear about Daniela’s journey from pastry cook and private chef to holding down editorial jobs at LA Weekly, Eater, and the Post. We also talk about some of the great work she’s done as a writer for TASTE, particularly focusing on pastry and desserts. And she answers the burning questions of the day: What makes a great recipe, and what makes a great food newsletter? Additional reading:The Tart That Launched a Thousand Tarts [TASTE]Spain’s Burnt Cheesecake Breaks All the Rules [TASTE]Big Crisp Energy [TASTE]How do you like to cook your least favorite veggies? We’ve got ideas, too. [WaPo]
03/02/22·30m 19s

88: Gary Shteyngart

Today on the show, we’re catching up with Gary Shteyngart, a New York Times best-selling novelist and food writer who has written memorable books including The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Super Sad True Love Story, and his most recent work, the rollicking pandemic satire Our Country Friends. In this episode, we talk about some of Shteyngart’s world travels, both as a hired gun and for fun, as well as what he’s eating and drinking in his Upstate New York home. We also remember New York City restaurants from the 1990s and early 2000s, including fond memories of the long-lost Meatpacking District bistro Florent, which plays a role in his most recent novel.Check out Gary Shteyngart’s recent book Our Country Friends. 
27/01/22·33m 58s

87: Fanny Gerson

On today’s episode of the podcast, we’re talking to Fany Gerson, the pastry chef mastermind behind La Newyorkina, Dough, and, most recently, Fan-Fan Doughnuts in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. In addition to making some of New York’s most legendary doughnuts, Fany has written extensively about the paletas, ice creams, and other sweets of Mexico, where she grew up. We talked about the secret ingredient that makes her yeasted doughnuts special, how the fan-fan (her signature eclair-like doughnut baton) came about, and some of the best, often-overlooked Mexican food in New York.Later on the show, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard discuss the ever-present, ever-evolving world of fad diets.Additional Reading:Mexican Desserts and the Magical Can [TASTE]Inside Fany Gerson’s Brand-new Doughnut Shop [Grub Street]The Best Advice After Trying Every Fad Diet? Just Eat. [TASTE]When SnackWell’s Was the Flavor of Permissible Indulgence [TASTE]The Summer of Halo Top [TASTE]Buy Fany’s cookbooks: My Sweet Mexico, Paletas, Mexican Ice Cream
20/01/22·34m 42s

86: Hrishikesh Hirway

Today on the show, we’re talking to Hrishikesh Hirway, the musician behind The One AM Radio, the podcaster behind The West Wing Weekly and Song Exploder, and the host of Netflix’s adaptation of Song Exploder. In addition to collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma and interviewing musicians like Michael Stipe and Alicia Keys, Hrishikesh is also the cohost, with Samin Nosrat, of Home Cooking, which has quickly become one of our favorite food podcasts during the pandemic. We talked about the joys of savory oatmeal, lessons learned from hosting a call-in show about cooking, and a very special mango pie. We also got to hear about an exciting new EP that’s hot off the presses.Additional reading and listening:Accept Cookies [Substack]A Very American Mango Pie, Inspired by Indian Aunties [The New York Times]Song Exploder, The West Wing Weekly, Home Cooking
14/01/22·24m 5s

85: Cara Nicoletti

Today on the show, we have a colorful conversation with Cara Nicoletti, a fourth-generation butcher, writer, and cofounder of the vegetable-centric sausage company Seemore Meats & Veggies. We’ve fallen hard for these sausages, which are made with 35 percent vegetables, and we wanted to have Cara on the podcast to talk about how she went from working at the legendary Meat Hook butcher shop in Brooklyn to disrupting the sausage game. We also talk about the many problems with the massive investment and growth of the plant-based meat megacompanies, and how TASTE readers can buy better at their local butcher shops.Also on the program, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard discuss all things chicken soup: the many versions made around the world, and how the recipe is interpreted in some of our favorite recent cookbooks. Matt also remembers many a fine bowl of Detroit Lions’ loss chicken soup. Additional reading:Can Chicken Soup Save Us? [TASTE]Samgyetang: Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup [TASTE]Cooking At Home by David Change and Priya Krishna
06/01/22·36m 39s

84: Bart van Olphen

On today’s episode, Anna sits down with longtime chef and sustainable seafood advocate Bart van Olphen. The Dutch chef has written many cookbooks for an international audience (including several on the topic of tinned fish), and he’s the founder of Sea Tales, a company that sells sustainable canned tuna, anchovies, and sardines. They talked about why tinned fish is having a moment, how to shop responsibly for seafood, and Bart’s newest book, Veggies & Fish.Later on the show, Anna talks to author and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra about mindful holiday eating and why the self-care industrial complex might not be such a bad thing. Deepak has some thoughts about how to eat well (and thoughtfully), even in the midst of a hectic travel schedule or a deluge of holiday celebrations.Buy the books: Veggies & Fish, by Bart van OlphenTotal Meditation, by Deepak Chopra
29/12/21·32m 35s

83: Edy Massih

One morning this fall, Matt found himself in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, seated in the front yard of Edy’s Grocer, the remarkable deli and specialty food shop run by the amazing young entrepreneur Edy Massih, who joins him on the show today. Massih formerly worked as a caterer, and during the pandemic, he took over a storefront and began selling all sorts of delicious foods—all with a modern and exciting point of view. There’s a long list of mezze—Lebanese small plates like baba ganoush, rosy ricotta, and za’atar goat cheese—as well as harissa paste, jams, oils, and packaged spice rubs. It’s a delightful shop, cared for with the greatest eye for detail and deliciousness. We find out how the store began and how its ambitious owner is making things work during this challenging time to be running a food business. Additional reading:Edy Massih Wants to Be 'the Middle Eastern Martha Stewart' [Grub Street]The Dish: Chef Edy Massih on Lebanese roots, new shop [CBS This Morning]He Rescued an NYC Deli So He Could Share Lebanese Food With the World [The Manual]
22/12/21·24m 47s

82: Jean Kyoung Frazier

Matt met author and television writer Jean Kyoung Frazier through Instagram during last year’s NBA playoffs. She is a Los Angeles Clippers fan, he’s a Brooklyn Nets fan, and they had a lot to talk about. But what most inspired the exchange, and eventually this episode, is Jean’s novel Pizza Girl, which is based partially in a suburban Los Angeles pizzeria. We speak with Jean about how she writes about food in her fiction, as well as not writing about food on Law & Order: Organized Crime. We also talk about her upbringing in Southern California—the food, the hoops, and how pizza topped with pickles plays as a critical plot point in her work.  Also on the show, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about some of the winter cooking projects and goals they will be undertaking during the colder months ahead. We go through a year of buying cookbooks and clipping recipes on the internet, but sometimes we run out of time to actually make them. Winter is a time to make things happen, and your cohosts have some thoughts about cannelloni, kimbap, khao soi, chocoflan, fresh tortillas, and pan pizza.Additional reading:Writing Toward Feeling: An Interview with Jean Kyoung Frazier [The Rumpus]Long Distance with Jean Kyoung Frazier [Literary Arts]Buy the book: Pizza Girl
17/12/21·33m 59s

81: Tammie Teclemariam

If you’ve caught some of the exciting new writing coming from the relaunch of Gawker, you may have read some food writing by Tammie Teclemariam, who’s been taking down moka pots, making the case for buying a whole ham, and lauding the Black Russian as a far superior alternative to the espresso martini craze. Tammie’s also written for TASTE about the virtues of fried chicken livers, how Caraflex is the ultimate cabbage flex, and why mozzarella in carrozza is the fanciest iteration of a grilled cheese. We talked about some of the joys (and terrors) of whole-ham ownership, as well as a few unexpectedly cool ideas for holiday drinking.After recording the episode, it was announced that Tammie will be New York Magazine’s first ever Diner-at-Large. You can follow along with her eating and writing in 2022 here.Also on this episode, hosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard dive into the topic of nonalcoholic drinks for celebratory occasions—all of the sodas, seltzers, and beers that are worth pulling out for a toast, including drinks from Kimino, Casamara Club, and Athletic Brewing. Finally, Matt recalls his grandma Gert’s stash of Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge in Highland Park, Illinois.    Additional reading:On the Acquisition and Maintenance of a Ham [Gawker]Moka Pots Make Shitty Coffee [Gawker]If You “Like” Espresso Martinis You’ll Love the Black Russian [Gawker]Have You Fried a Chicken Liver Lately? [TASTE]The Grilled Cheese Gets Regal [TASTE]The Year I Ate New York [New York Magazine]
14/12/21·45m 2s

80: Samah Dada

Samah Dada is the brainpower behind Dada Eats, a recipe blog that has blossomed into a plant-based lifestyle brand. We got to know Samah a few years back at a TASTE Podcast taping at Books Are Magic, and we have been following her career as she’s grown from Today Show production assistant to author of Dada Eats: Love to Cook It. In this interview, we talk about her recipes for chocolate chip cookie pie and the “best dal ever” (controversial!) while diving into her understated and, we'd say, highly seasoned take on plant-based cooking. Samah’s vibe is fun and approachable, and the lack of meat and dairy in her recipes is sorta less emphasized. We also talk about the challenge of baking with avocado and her time working food TV.Additional reading:How Samah Dada Got The Confidence To Share More Personal Recipes [Cherry Bombe]Chocolate chip cookie pie [Dada Eats]2 Easy Plant-Based Dinner Recipes For When You're Cooking Solo [Today]Buy the book: Dada Eats: Love to Cook It
09/12/21·28m 12s

79: Jamie Oliver

Our guest today needs little introduction—but if you didn’t grow up watching cooking on television over the past 20 years, here’s the deal. Jamie Oliver pioneered a form of food television that brought cameras into the home in a way not previously seen. When the Naked Chef debuted on BBC Two in the UK and the Food Network in the United States in 1999, home cooking on TV was a stand-and-stir affair. Here, a young and floppy Oliver was cooking real food from a cool East London flat, talking viewers through the relative simplicity of making dinner. Oliver has gone on to write numerous cookbooks (selling 50 million in the UK alone) and create food TV that expanded beyond cooking, producing documentaries about the sugar industry and school lunches that transitioned his work from dude food evangelist to heartier activism. Oliver was a joy to have on the program, and we talk about the early days of his television career, working at the River Café with the legends Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, and a pressing question: Blur vs. Oasis (while discussing bassist turned cheese maker Alex James). We also learn about his latest book, Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy. Additional reading and viewing:Jamie Oliver’s first TV appearance in 1997 [YouTube]It’s Not Always Excellent to Be Jamie Oliver [The New York Times]Keep Cooking and Carry On [Jamie Oliver website]
03/12/21·30m 0s

78: Lucas Sin

The truly unique food worldview of chef and entrepreneur Lucas Sin is shaped by a Hong Kong upbringing, a US education, and a deep love for culinary history, which we talk about in this entertaining interview with one of the food world’s rising stars. We also discuss his love of the Midwest—Michigan in particular—and how his work at his restaurants, Junzi and Nice Day, is partially based on a drive to “reeducate” Americans about Chinese American food, which represents over 45,000 independent mom-and-pop restaurants around the country. And if you haven’t followed Lucas on Instagram, you are missing out.Also on this episode, cohosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about cooking the whole fish! There are many techniques being presented in the recent crop of cookbooks released this fall. They debunk some of the myths about the difficulty of cooking the whole fish (it needn’t be hard), and they each share some of their fondest memories of cooking whole fish at home and enjoying it around the world.Additional reading:A Course Correction for American Chinese Food [TASTE]Best New Chefs 2021: Lucas Sin [Food & Wine]1 Fried Rice, 4 Ways [YouTube]Grab That Whole Fish By the Tail [TASTE]
30/11/21·51m 23s

77: Paige Lipari

Archestratus is Paige Lipari’s Greenpoint, Brooklyn, café and cookbook store. For over six years, the store—stacked neatly with copies of new and used titles, as well as dusty magazines and long-forgotten reference materials, with a stellar Sicilian restaurant attached—has become one of New York City’s go-to spots for exceptionally curated book browsing paired with molten arancini. In this episode, we speak with Lipari about how one of the country’s finest cookbook stores survived the pandemic—and eventually grew, with a recent expansion. We also talk about many of her favorite fall cookbooks, just in time for the holiday book buying season. Have you picked up a title today? Archestratus will have what you are looking for.Also on the show, we speak with Cathy Erway. She’s a journalist, podcast hosting legend, and TASTE columnist. We talk about some of her recent work, including stories about sugar, sesame oil, and chile powder. We also discuss her recent cookbook collaboration, and the process of collaborating on cookbooks with chefs more broadly.Additional reading:How Many Chile Powders Does Your Kitchen Need? [TASTE]When White Sugar Won’t Do [TASTE]Spring for the Good Sesame Oil Already [TASTE]Visit Archestratus online at: archestrat.us/
26/11/21·43m 42s

76: Vallery Lomas

Vallery Lomas is a former Washington, DC, lawyer, a current New York City food writer and restaurant chronicler, and the author of a wonderful new cookbook, Life Is What You Bake It. Vallery also competed on—and won— season 3 of The Great American Baking Show. In this interview, we talk a little bit about her season of the show, which unfortunately never aired because of many allegations made against one of the judges. We also tackle some of the baking world’s biggest questions—we’re talking cookie vs. brownie and mint vs. white chocolate.Also on the show, cohosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about one of the greatest culinary achievements in the history of food (at least to one of the hosts): ranch dressing. They discuss what defines ranch, the beauty of ranch on pizza, and how ranch may need a little PR. Well, here is some PR!Additional reading:Vallery Lomas and Ruby Tandoh on New Cookbooks and Old Food Media [TASTE]Leah Chase Expanded Horizons for Black Women in Food [TASTE]Ranch Isn’t a Dressing. It’s a Lifestyle. [TASTE]  Buy the book: Life Is What You Bake It   
19/11/21·41m 15s

75: Benjamin Lorr

There are plenty of things we take for granted about walking into a grocery store: the fluorescent lights, the astoundingly inexpensive milk, the neatly stacked boxes of Nabisco cookies. But as Benjamin Lorr uncovers in his book The Secret Life of Groceries, there’s more than meets the eye. Lorr went undercover as a Whole Foods fishmonger, boarded a shrimp-fishing boat in Thailand, and rode along with a truck driver in a quest to understand some of the unseen economics and labor that fuel our everyday commodities. In this episode, we talk about supply chain disruptions, neighborhood grocery tastemakers, and the origins of Trader Joe’s.Also on the show, Anna sits down with author and journalist Leah Koenig to discuss the burgeoning world of TikTok and Instagram foraging.Additional reading:It Was a Big Year for TikTok Foraging [TASTE]Benjamin Lorr’s ‘The Secret Life of Groceries’ Book Being Adapted As TV Docuseries [Deadline]Buy the book: The Secret Life of Groceries
16/11/21·36m 44s

74: Priya Krishna

Our old friend and former TASTE columnist Priya Krishna has had a meteoric rise in food media, starting in the marketing department at Lucky Peach and going on to roles at Bon Appétit and, most recently, the New York Times, where she is a star reporter on the Food desk. In this interview, we talk about the new book she wrote with David Chang, Cooking at Home, and how they both set out to write a book that was original, opinionated, and clearly not the Momofuku Cookbook 2.0. We also talk about some of her recent stories at the New York Times, as well as in the pages of TASTE.Also on the show, Anna Hezel speaks with Adam Erace, author of a recent hit story about the godfather sandwich, a mainstay in delis on the East Coast. We found out how the sandwich takes on many personalities—and was not necessarily inspired by the film that shares its name.Additional reading:Was Cast Iron Almost Canceled? [TASTE]The Vegan Jerky Industrial Complex [TASTE]Why Do American Grocery Stores Still Have an Ethnic Aisle? [The New York Times]The Godfather Sandwich Is Everything and Nothing [TASTE]Buy the book: Cooking at Home
11/11/21·41m 21s

73: Jesse Szewczyk

Jesse Szewczyk is a talented food stylist, recipe developer, and author of a new cookbook, Cookies: The New Classics. Were you hoping for some inspiration for your planned holiday cookie swap? He has some really creative takes on classic cookies, including Smoked Butter Chocolate Chunks and Cacio e Pepe Slice and Bakes. In this episode, we talk about his unique creative process, in which he comes up with the cookie name first and then backs into the actual recipe development—a bold move indeed. We discuss his former life as a corporate recipe developer, helping develop concepts for major fast food and QSR chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Sizzler, and the granddaddy of them all, Taco Bell.Also on the show, cohosts Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard talk about some of their favorite cookbooks, both big and small, being released this fall. They discuss books about Chicago pizza, New York pizza, Southern baking, sustainable meat, and the latest from Dorie Greenspan and Sandor Katz.Additional reading:Brown Butter–Bourbon Rice Krispies Treats [Food52]Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies [The Kitchn]P