The first rule of lunch therapy is "never cook for your patient," but I break that rule today with director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, Alex Strangelove) for a very good reason: I'm married to him. In today's very special episode, we go deep on his submissiveness about food, his love for all things gooey, why he feels uncomfortable in formal/fusty dining rooms, and his love for apple pie. We also talk about how we travel together, hosting dinner parties together, grazing on set, forgetting to eat, and why we always fight about donuts.
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A Week in New Orleans with Ryan O'Connell
50:30Hey, guess what? We're headed to New Orleans this Sunday to visit our friend Ryan O'Connell, who's been there for a few months filming the reboot of Queer as Folk (which he both stars in and helped write). Obviously, I've been OBSESSING over where we're going to eat, and constantly texting Ryan about it, so hear us talk about the plan, as well as what Ryan's been eating there, how he deals with all of the excess while filming nude scenes, and why you might catch him eating at Houston's. We also cover non-food topics such as the Sex and the City reboot, how Kim Catrall is playing his mom (!), and his brand new novel, Just By Looking at Him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Drew Droege’s Catered Fit Hawaiian Turkey Burger with Pineapples and Onions, BBQ Baked Beans, and Grilled Corn on the Cob
1:00:45Whether you you know Drew Droege from his viral Chloe Sevigny parodies, his critically-acclaimed plays Bright Colors and Bold Patterns & Happy Birthday, Doug, or his numerous appearances on shows like Drunk History, Search Party, and Bob's Burgers, chances are you're a fan. In today's session, learn all about Drew's cooking habits (spoiler alert: he hasn't turned on his stove in six years), growing up in South Carolina, how his family doesn't think he's funny, and his dad's snobbery at Wendy's. We also cover his hatred for papaya, the time he was Harvey Weinstein's waiter at the Emmys, how he got his revenge when he got stiffed at a Brazilian steakhouse, and the life lessons he's learned from teaching improv at The Groundlings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Best Restaurants in L.A.
49:23L.A. Times food critic Bill Addison recently published his list of the 101 Best Restaurants in L.A., an annual tradition that started with Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer, Jonathan Gold. So today I invited him on the pod to talk through his process, which restaurants made the cut, which ones didn't, how the pandemic influenced his decisions (how do you evaluate a restaurant if you're only eating their food from a carton?), and how the recent reckoning in the food world regarding race and representation impacted his decision-making. He also tells us which restaurants he suggests visitors to L.A. to hit up first, why it's so hard to get a reservation at the Times' Restaurant of the Year, and which restaurant would've been #102. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tejal Rao's Old School Hippie-Dippie Veggie Burger
57:55Tejal Rao is The New York Times' restaurant critic for California, a cooking columnist for The New York Times Magazine, and the author of the Times' weekly vegetarian newsletter, The Veggie. In today's session, Tejal opens up about losing her sense of taste and smell when she had Covid, what it felt like to get it back, how she's adjusted to life in Los Angeles, and being a picky eater as a child. We also cover the start of her career as a food critic, how she goes about writing a review, whether she worries about hurting a chef's feelings, going with her mom to Noma Tokyo and eating raw shrimp covered with ants (spoiler: her mom liked it!), and setting the internet on fire with her article claiming that California's bagels are better than New York's (I agree). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When Food Blogs Became Newsletters
40:17Bestselling cookbook author and blogger David Lebovitz swings by the pod today to talk about his recent announcement that he's shifting from his food blog to his Substack newsletter. This resonated for me because David and I started our food blogs around the same time (him in 1999, me in 2004) and I've been on a similar journey, fully embracing my newsletter which goes out twice a week (you can sign up here!). David and I get into the nitty gritty: how food blogs have changed, the tediousness of dealing with Google recipes, the relentlessness of some commenters, the casual nature of writing a newsletter, and how we're all handling the shift into video. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sudi Green’s Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Eggs, Arugula, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Cholula
55:12What does a veteran Saturday Night Live writer eat? Find out on this week's Lunch Therapy when Sudi Green joins us for a session. Not only is Sudi an accomplished writer and comedian, but she also happens to be my across-the-street-neighbor! Find out how we met, what she ate when she worked at SNL, whether or not she likes her routines, being from Delaware, and how she's adjusted to living in L.A. We also cover her mother's Iranian background, the food that she ate growing up, visiting Iran with her family, her father's love for ice cream, lima beans as a snack, and how she's going to deal with the yappy dogs next door. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy New Year's Diet?
40:10Lots of us (including myself) are starting the new year with a diet. The question becomes: will we stick to it? Should we stick to it? Are all diets problematic to begin with? What's the point? For today's bonus episode, I invited my friend Dr. Deanie Eichenstein (@drdeanie) to talk about all of these issues and more. We cover everything from the way we perceive ourselves vs. the way the world perceives us, what constitutes "healthy," our fat-phobic society, Lena Dunham, why I shouldn't feel shame about eating pasta, Selling Sunset, and her ultimate advice for eating "healthy" in the new year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Simon Haas's Leftover Ramen from Shin Ramen
58:24The art world visits the food world on Lunch Therapy today with our patient, Simon Haas. Simon comes from a super talented family -- his mother's an opera singer, his father's a stone carver, and his older brother, Lucas, is an actor who you may remember from Mars Attacks and Witness -- and then there's Simon and his twin brother, Nikolai, aka: the Haas brothers, movers and shakers in the art world with pieces featured at the Smithsonian, LACMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In today's session, we talk all about the similarities between cooking and sculpting, his interest in high and low culture, the traveling he did as a kid with his family, and his favorite place to eat in the world. We also talk about holding on to your inner voice in both cooking and art-making, when to listen to critics, being a control freak and an emotional eater, and how he got the confidence to do what he does. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Lukas Volger’s Sensible Egg White Frittata and Yuba Salad with Charred Brussels Sprouts
1:00:51Lukas Volger is the author of five -- that's right, FIVE -- cookbooks, including Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals and Start Simple: Eleven Everyday Ingredients for Countless Weeknight Meals. He's also the co-founder of the influential queer magazine Jarry, which won a James Beard award in 2016 for John Birdsall's essay, Straight-Up Passing. In today's session, Lukas talks about the diet he's currently on, how he approaches recipe-writing, the kind of food that he ate growing up, his mother's love of recipes (which she kept in a folder), and whether or not that had anything to do with him starting a food magazine. We also cover his pandemic wedding, working at a bakery with a flexible muffin batter, his love for Laurie Colwin, and which songs he likes to sing at karaoke. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dan Ahdoot's Farmer's Market Ceviche
1:03:18Stand-up comedian, Cobra Kai actor, and podcast host Dan Ahdoot (@standupdan on social media) and I met each other year's ago at a coffee shop in the West Village, and now I'm a professional lunch therapist and he's the host of a brand new Food Network show called Raid the Fridge (premiering December 28th at 10 PM). In today's session we talk all about seeking out the best restaurants when he travels, telling his parents that he wanted to be a comedian, arranged marriages, his mother's cooking, Turmeric, and the time his dad poured pasta sauce into boiling pasta water. We also cover new sensitives in the worlds of food and comedy (specially: cultural appropriation), taking chances, making chocolate soufflés with dinner guests, and how he stays in shape while eating such delicious food. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.