Welcome to Food People, a show from Bon Appétit made by, for, and about people who love food. Each week, BA's consulting editor Amanda Shapiro asks a serious or not-so-serious food question: What’s the best way to grill chicken? Can meal prep be less terrible? Are air fryers worth the hype? In search of answers or at least a spirited debate, she’ll bring in staffers, chefs, writers, and experts from across the culinary universe. Expect strong opinions, tons of recipe inspiration, and more food puns than we'd like to admit.
How does a Bon Appétit issue get made?
41:17It’s the last episode of Season 1! And to wrap things up, we’re tackling a question that, frankly, we ask ourselves a lot: How do we take a bunch of ideas, inspirations, recipes, and themes and turn them into a print issue almost every single month? Is it magic? Sort of! This week, we’re pulling back the curtain on the development process for our June/July combined issue (yes, we plan that far ahead). From choosing a theme to pitching ideas to actually developing a recipe, this is how it all happens. With test kitchen director Chris Morocco and special guest Asha Loupy, whose new popcorn chicken recipe is exactly what your Sunday needs, whether there’s a game on or not. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Check out BA’s June/July issue (discussed in this episode), coming to newsstands in 4 months! Asha Loupy’s Harissa Honey Popcorn Chicken recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/popcorn-chicken Asha Loupy’s Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cabbage-roll-casserole Asha Loupy’s recent BA articles https://www.bonappetit.com/contributor/asha-loupy Bon Appétit and Epicurious are joining forces to bring great cooking tools to help you along in the kitchen. Subscribe online for unlimited access to more than 50,000 recipes across Bon Appétit AND Epicurious. For a transcript of this episode, please follow this link. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What are the foods that made us fall in love?
35:47Between the candlelit dinners, the big chocolate hearts, and the bottles of bubbly, Valentine’s Day is definitely a food holiday if you want it to be. Eating is romantic! And you don’t have to take our word for it. This year, we’re swallowing our cynicism and sharing stories of meet-cutes, first dates, and romantic meals from a few of our favorite couples in the world of food. Listen to find out how a paella helped seal the deal, how a plate of chilaquiles opened hearts, and what happens when you meet your soulmate in the BA test kitchen. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Morganstern’s Finest Ice Cream website https://www.morgensternsnyc.com/ Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles website https://www.tastyhandpullednoodlesnyc.com/ de Porres website https://www.de-porres.com/ Essex Market website https://www.essexmarket.nyc/ Lil’ Deb’s Oasis website https://www.lildebsoasis.com/ Taqueria Milear website https://taqueriamilear.com/ Taqueria Milear Instagram https://www.instagram.com/taqueriamilear/?utm_medium=copy_link Looking for merch for the food people in your life? Check out shop.bonappetit.com for aprons, candles, martini olive socks, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Why are people obsessed with Trader Joe's?
33:18Trader Joe’s shoppers can be… intense. Like, wait-around-the-corner-for-“Everything But The Bagel”-seasoning intense. From fan pages on Facebook to a thriving scene of Instagram influencers to the Supreme-level of hype around their new product drops, the grocery chain is basically a lifestyle brand at this point. Outside of Joe himself, no one knows that better than contributor Alex Beggs. Beggs has been writing Trader Joe’s snack reviews for four years, and she’s picked up some pretty strong opinions along the way. On this episode of the pod, she joins Amanda to talk about the best, the worst, and the weirdest Trader Joe’s products of all time. Tune in for hot takes on elote chips, the juices that go best with booze, and some fierce debate about that infamous cauliflower gnocchi. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Alex Beggs’ Trader Joe’s Reviews https://www.bonappetit.com/tag/trader-joes Looking for merch for the food people in your life? Check out shop.bonappetit.com for aprons, candles, martini olive socks, and more. For a transcript of this episode, please follow this link. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What are our secret weapon ingredients?
40:28The January slump is hitting, and cooking is starting to feel pretty dull. But rather than giving up entirely, we’re leaning on the power of our pantries. Instead of re-inventing the wheel (of cheese?), we can rely on a few tried and true staples that we always have around, and use them in new and inventive ways. This week on the podcast, Amanda chats with associate food editor Kendra Vaculin and recipe developer extraordinaire Hetty McKinnon, who spill the tea about a few of their favorite year-round flavor boosters. Then, Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcal from Now Serving LA—a beloved cookbook shop that you should absolutely visit in LA’s Chinatown—stop by to share a few secret weapon cookbooks you’ll actually end up using. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Kimchi Kooks website https://www.kimchikooks.com/ Hetty McKinnon’s One-Pot Kimchi and Squash Mac and Cheese recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/one-pot-kimchi-and-squash-mac-and-cheese To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon https://amzn.to/3xCjMqR Recipes from To Asia, with Love featuring Mushroom and Kimchi ‘Sausage Rolls’ https://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/news/four-recipes-from-to-asia-with-love-by-hetty-mckinnon-20200716-h1peny Hetty McKinnon’s Sheet Pan Kimchi Fried Rice with Baked Eggs recipe https://www.today.com/recipes/sheet-pan-kimchi-fried-rice-baked-eggs-recipe-t173872 Priya Krishna’s Saag Paneer, But With Feta recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/saag-paneer-but-with-feta Kendra Vaculin’s Spinach-Artichoke Dip Frittata recipe https://www.epicurious.com/the-smart-cook/spinach-dip-frittata-easy-dinner-article Brooklyn Delhi Saag Paneer recipe https://brooklyndelhi.com/blogs/news/saag-paneer Shilpa Uskokovic’s Creamy Spinach and Chickpeas recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/creamy-spinach-and-chickpeas Hetty McKinnon’s Thai Curry Risotto recipe https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1021947-thai-curry-risotto-with-squash-and-green-beans Now Serving - Los Angeles website Ken and Michelle’s Cookbook Recommendations: Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health by Gregory Gourdet with JJ Goode https://amzn.to/3GznANb Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i by Alana Kysar https://amzn.to/3FDEGZ0 Thank You for Smoking: Fun and Fearless Recipes Cooked with a Whiff of Wood Fire on Your Grill or Smoker by Paula Disbrowe https://amzn.to/3AitvE8 *(When you buy something through our links, we earn an affiliate commission.) Looking for merch for the food people in your life? Check out shop.bonappetit.com for aprons, candles, martini olive socks, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What does “healthy eating” even mean?
38:55It’s New Year's resolution season, which has a lot of us thinking about eating healthier. That word, “healthy,” can mean so many different things to so many different people—so much so that finding a good definition can be pretty tough. But senior food editor Christina Chaey's new series of recipes from our annual Healthyish issue are a good starting point. This week on the podcast, Christina joins Amanda to talk through what she’s been cooking so far in 2022, then associate editor Ali Francis stops by to talk medicinal mushrooms, comfort foods, and more wellness trends we’re expecting to see a lot of in the year to come. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Christina Chaey’s Sticky and Spicy Baked Cauliflower recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sticky-and-spicy-baked-cauliflower Christina Chaey’s Cheesy Tomato Beans with Broccoli Rabe recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cheesy-tomato-beans-with-broccoli-rabe Ali Francis’ 2022 Health Trend Predictions: Golde Shroom Shield: https://fave.co/33kZgzH RASA Original – Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee Alternative: https://amzn.to/3F6b5XS Snow Days Pizza Bites website : https://fave.co/3HUAZzN Goodles website: https://goodles.com/ GIGANTIC! Candy website: https://giganticcandy.com/ FLO Vitamins : https://flovitamins.com/products/flo-pms-gummy-vitamins?variant=32465558831207¤cy=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&gclid=Cj0KCQiAweaNBhDEARIsAJ5hwbd_X2bkoTjFdSkrt6ILX0BhsOE-zlkXjbUnlA-4MGixvk17wNSJDW0aAo1XEALw_wcB Phasey Seed Cycling Blend : https://amzn.to/3Fe1tdw Christina Chaey’s Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles and Scallion Crisp recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chicken-soup-with-rice-noodles-and-scallion-crisp Christina Chaey’s Adonis Spritz recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/adonis-spritz *(When you buy something through our links, we earn an affiliate commission.) For a transcript of this episode, please follow this link. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What was the best thing we cooked this year?
38:17It’s that old, familiar season, and we’re not just talking about eggnog, we’re talking about the season of “Best Of” lists. Here at BA, we’ve got plenty of best recipe round-ups in the pipeline, but those lists only tell half the story. In our eyes, the best recipes aren’t always the ones that “break the internet” (though sometimes they are—we’re looking at you Caramel Apple Cookies). They’re the ones that surprised us, taught us something new, or became our back-pocket go-tos week after week and month after month. This week, Amanda is joined by senior cooking editor Sarah Jampel and Test Kitchen director Chris Morocco to talk about which of this year’s recipes have stuck with them most. The result is a Best Of list that’s a bit less objective, a lot more opinionated, but still extremely delicious. Then, associate food editor Kendra Vaculin is back to talk about her favorite holiday recipes for kids. Stuff we talk about in this episode: BA's official Top Ten Recipes List of 2021: https://bonappetit.com/gallery/most-popular-recipes-2021 Roxanna Jullapat’s Granola Scones recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/granola-scones Bon Appétit on Roxanna Jullapat’s Book, Mother Grains: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/mother-grains-roxana-jullapat Shilpa Uskokovic’s Air Fryer Chile-Honey-Glazed Fries recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chile-honey-glazed-fries Hetty McKinnon’s Pea and Ricotta Potstickers With Homemade Dumpling Wrappers recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pea-and-ricotta-potstickers Dumpling Articles from Hetty McKinnon: How to Fold Dumplings For Novices and Experts with Hetty McKinnon: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dumpling-folding-guide The Many Ways to Cook Dumplings, Explained: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dumpling-cooking-methods Hetty’s 12 Tips for Homemade Dumplings : https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dumpling-making-tips Hetty McKinnon’s article on the dumpling dowel: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dumpling-dowel Kelly Janke’s Salted Caramel Apple Cookies recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/salted-caramel-apple-cookies Rachel Gurjar’s Yogurt-Marinated Mushrooms With Flatbread recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/yogurt-marinated-mushrooms-with-flatbread Andy Baraghani’s Za’atar Chicken Cutlets With Cabbage Salad recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/zaatar-chicken-cutlets-with-cabbage-salad Asha Loupy’s Cheesy Tomato Hand Pies recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cheesy-tomato-hand-pies Red Jacket Orchards (Sarah’s Choice Apple Cider) website: https://redjacketorchards.com/ Kendra Vaculin’s Recipes for Cooking with Kids Candy Cane Ice Cream in a Bag : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/candy-cane-ice-cream-in-a-bag Sohla El-Waylly’s Salty-Sweet Party Mix: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sweet-and-savory-miso-party-mix BA Party Mix: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/ba-party-mix Splatter Paint Sugar Cookies: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spatter-paint-sugar-cookies Looking for merch for the food people in your life? Check out shop.bonappetit.com for aprons, candles, martini olive socks, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What are Drew Barrymore and Pilar Valdes hungry for?
37:02Drew Barrymore didn’t always love to cook. When she first lived alone, at 14 years old, she stuck to instant ramen, boxed mac and cheese, and egg-in-the-hole toasts. But as an adult, sharing food with her friends and loved ones has become one of her favorite things, and her close friend and personal chef Pilar Valdes is a big reason why. The pair met in the midst of major life transitions, and they found solace and inspiration together in the kitchen. This week, they’re on the pod with host Amanda Shapiro talking about friendship, food preferences, and their new cookbook, Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family and Life. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life by Drew Barrymore and Pilar Valdes: https://amzn.to/3Ey6dv2 Pilar’s Catering Company, Kickshaw Cookery: http://kickshawcookery.com/ Drew Barrymore’s Kitchenware Collection, Beautiful: https://cookwithbeautiful.com/ Frankie & Olive’s Roast Chicken Recipe: https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/frankie-and-olives-roast-chicken/ Drew and Pilar Make Turkey Roulade (Video): https://www.thedrewbarrymoreshow.com/videos/drew-and-pilar-valdes-make-turkey-roulade-and-corn-casserole *(When you buy something through our links, we earn an affiliate commission.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What’s Stanley Tucci Doing for Thanksgiving?
32:53Who but Stanley Tucci could charm us on social media with his Negroni-making skills, eat his way through Italy for a documentary series, and publish a food-heavy memoir all during a global pandemic? He’s had so much going on that we almost forgot that he’s also a Hollywood star. The man/myth/legend gave us his best tips for entertaining in our November issue, and this week on the podcast, he sits down with editor in chief Dawn Davis to chat about his favorite Thanksgiving dishes, the gifts he insists on giving, and the pasta faux-pas that you NEED to avoid. Of course, when it comes to putting on a proper feast, we can’t all be Stanley Tucci—but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. And for the hosts who need the most help, associate food editor Rachel Gurjar is back with a procrastinator’s guide to cooking a Thanksgiving meal. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Menu from Rachel Gurjar’s Thanksgiving “Procrastinator” Newsletter Sahara Bohoskey’s Marinated Peppers with Basil and Garlic recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/peperoni Justin Lee’s Crunchy Greens With Fat Choy Ranch recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/crunchy-greens-with-fat-choy-ranch Gerardo Gonzalez’s Beer-and-Orange-Marinated Roast Chicken recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/beer-and-orange-marinated-roast-chicken Cheryl Day’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pineapple-upside-down-cake-2 Claire Saffitz’s Fridge-Dive Pesto Pasta recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/fridge-dive-pesto-pasta Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci: https://www.amazon.com/Taste-My-Life-Through-Food/dp/1982168013?asc_campaign=&asc_source=&asc_refurl=https://www.bonappetit.com/story/stanley-tucci-thanksgiving&ascsubtag=61770ed22aa62461f131c295&linkCode=sl1&tag=bapodcasts-20&linkId=46bc32f8e570b522cba622f8b07d6251&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl Bon Appétit on what Stanley Tucci is doing for Thanksgiving: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/stanley-tucci-thanksgiving Science In the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellgrino Artusi: https://www.amazon.com/Science-Kitchen-Lorenzo-Italian-Library/dp/0802086578?hvadid=312031138203&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18077107301282618684&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1023191&hvtargid=pla-454049301060&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=bapodcasts-20&linkId=47070fea873e0bf560251f361519cc31&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl *(When you buy something through our links, we earn an affiliate commission.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What are Dorie Greenspan’s favorite cookies?
43:37There’s a reason fans call Dorie Greenspan the “Cookie Queen.” Over her 30-year career, the James Beard Award-winning author has published 14 cookbooks, developed thousands of recipes, and built an online following years before “influencers” were even a thing. In our sweetest episode yet, she sits down with Amanda to talk about a few of her favorite cookies in her newest book, Baking With Dorie—just in time for your cookie swap. Later on, senior commerce editor MacKenzie Chung Fegan stops by with a few gift ideas for the choosiest food people on your list. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Baking with Dorie : https://amzn.to/3EaNyFA Baking From My Home To Yours: https://doriegreenspan.com/recipe/world-peace-cookies-the-newest-version-from-dories-cookies-sneak-peek/ Bon Appétit’s Annual Cookie Section : https://www.bonappetit.com/type/cookie Dorie’s World Peace Cookie recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/world-peace-cookies Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookie 2.0 recipe: https://doriegreenspan.com/recipe/world-peace-cookies-the-newest-version-from-dories-cookies-sneak-peek/ Dorie’s Caramel Crunch-Chocolate Chunklet Cookies recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/caramel-crunch-chocolate-chunklet-cookies Dorie Greenspan’s Cocoa-Cornmeal Biscotti recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019374-cocoa-cornmeal-biscotti Dorie Greenspan’s Iced Spiced Hermits recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/iced-spiced-hermits Dorie’s Bulletin, xoxoDorie: https://doriegreenspan.bulletin.com/ Bon Appétit’s Gift Guides 2021: https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/gift-guides Alex Beggs’ Cookbook Gift Guide: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/best-cookbooks-2021-gift-guide MacKenzie’s Gift Recommendations: Hestan NanoBond Titanium Essential Pan: https://amzn.to/3EcB686 Mortadella Pool Float : https://www.katiekimmel.com/items/mortadella-pool-float Supra Endura Beeswax Food Wraps: https://www.supraendura.com/products/copy-of-beeswax-food-wrap-in-selva-print-3-pack Pura Salsa Macha : https://masienda.com/shop/pura-macha/?sscid=b1k5_gonu6&sscid=b1k5_11agp8 GE Profile Opal Nugget Ice Maker: https://amzn.to/2ZIkne6 To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon: https://amzn.to/3xCjMqR *(When you buy something through our links, we earn an affiliate commission.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Can Thanksgiving ever just be simple?
33:43Maybe you’re like us: Year after year, we tell ourselves that THIS Thanksgiving is going to be the simple one. Then, year after year, we find ourselves back in the kitchen, feeling way too stressed out while juggling 15 recipes for sides, salads, desserts, and of course, a massive turkey that refuses to finish cooking. Why do we do this to ourselves? And is there another way? Associate food editor Kendra Vaculin thinks there is, and she’s here this week, along with test kitchen director Chris Morocco, to talk through her super-simplified menu for this year’s feast, which you can find in the November issue of the magazine. Tune in for tips on maximizing oven space and hot takes on why no one needs a roasting pan. Plus, Chris makes the case for yet another “compelling and dynamic” salad. Stuff we talk about in this episode: Bon Appétit’s Thanksgiving, Simplified Menu: https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/thanksgiving-dinner-simplified More on Cheryl Day’s Desserts : https://www.bonappetit.com/story/cheryl-day-southern-baking Diana Yen’s Pumpkin-Tahini Mousse Pie recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pumpkin-tahini-mousse-pie Kendra Vaculin’s Kale Salad With Pecan Vinaigrette recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale-salad-with-pecan-vinaigrette Kendra Vaculin’s Green Beans and Mushrooms With Crispy Shallots recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/green-beans-and-mushrooms-with-crispy-shallots Kendra Vaculin’s Stuffing Biscuits recipe : https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/stuffing-biscuits Kendra Vaculin’s Twice-Roasted Squash With Vanilla, Maple, and Chile recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/twice-roasted-squash-with-vanilla-maple-and-chile Kendra Vaculin’s Sheet-Pan Turkey and Gravy recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sheet-pan-turkey-and-gravy Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pan: https://market.bonappetit.com/products/half-sheet-1 Nordic Ware Baking and Cooling Grid : https://market.bonappetit.com/products/large-baking-cooling-grid-1 Chris Morocco’s Burnished Potato Nuggets recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/burnished-potato-nuggets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices