One of my all-time favorite cookbooks has always been The Gift of Southern Cooking, co-written by the iconic and legendary Edna Lewis -- who blazed the trail for black chefs everywhere with her cooking and her writing -- and my patient today, her friend and colleague, James Beard award-winning chef, Scott Peacock. It was such a thrill to get to talk to Chef Peacock about his time with Ms. Lewis (as he calls her), to hear how she impacted his life, helped him embrace his Southern roots, and taught him about the importance of quiet in the kitchen. We go deep about Scott's original ambivalence about the South, how it was tied to his grandmother's poverty, his sense of shame, and how all of that changed after that first meeting with Ms. Lewis over coffee at Dean & Deluca in New York.
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Eric Kim’s Instant Noodles with Kimchi-Jjigae
1:01:18Eric Kim is so accomplished at such a young age, I need my own lunch therapist to talk about it. A former senior editor at Food52, he's now a staff writer for The New York Times food section, a monthly columnist for The NYT Magazine, and the author of the upcoming cookbook: Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home. In today's session, we talk all about Eric's indirect path into the food world, the cookbooks that inspire him the most, creating recipes, whether food writing can be taught, and the Korean concept of "hand taste." We also cover whether or not he reads the comments, how far he feels he can push traditional Korean recipes, listening to his boyfriend's feedback, and coping with racism at work. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Craig Johnson’s Scrambled Eggs with Swiss Chard and Comté Cooked By Me
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Diana Fithian's Vegan, Gluten-Free Thanksgiving for Twenty
51:26My best friend Diana recently moved with her husband and kids back to New York from L.A. (I know, I need my own therapist to deal with this!). As a consequence of being back on the east coast and nearer to family, she's now cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for TWENTY people total. All of her siblings will be their with their spouses and kids, plus her parents, and to make things even more complex several of the guests are vegan and several of the guests have celiac (aka: they're gluten-free). So how is Diana, a wonderful cook, going to tackle all of this? Will there be turkey? Tofurkey? How's she dealing with stuffing, with gravy, with dessert? Find out in today's bonus episode of Lunch Therapy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bill Esparza’s Tacos Campechano and Maja at Tacos Don Manolito
59:43Today's Lunch Therapy patient, Bill Esparza, is the James Beard Award-winning author of LA Mexicano who's considered by many to be America's leading expert on Mexican food. He's also a renowned saxophonist who's traveled the world playing music with Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, and Colin Hay. In today's session, Bill explains how to spot a good taco truck, how the pandemic impacted street food, growing up Mexican-American, his grandmother's cooking, and how he didn't learn Spanish until he was in his thirties. We also cover eating while on the road with musicians, how he finds new places to eat, starting his blog in the early 2000s, and where a birria newbie (yours truly) should get birria in L.A. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Melissa Clark, Thanksgiving Therapist
47:55Nervous about Thanksgiving? Lunch Therapy is here to help! NYT cooking guru (and the author of 42 cookbooks... wow) Melissa Clark was kind enough to answer a ton of cooking questions posed to me by my followers on Instagram. What's a foolproof menu for a first time Thanksgiving chef? Do you brine the turkey? Wet or dry? What about spatchcocking? How do you make things in advance and serve everything hot? What's the deal with gravy? Pie crust? Mashed potatoes? Hear all of your Thanksgiving cooking questions answered as Melissa and I talk turkey. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Carla Lalli Music’s Leftover Chili from Her Mom
59:17If you've ever watched a YouTube cooking video, there's a good chance you've encountered Carla Lalli Music, the former Food Director for Bon Appetit, and the author of two NYT bestselling cookbooks: Where Cooking Begins (which won the James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook) and, her latest, That Sounds So Good. In today's session, Carla talks all about growing up with her journalist parents (her mom was a restaurant critic), how she differentiated from them, how she made the decision to go to culinary school, and how she got her start in food magazines. We also learn about her cookbook writing process, if she can ever know when a recipe's going to go viral (spoiler: she can't!), why she doesn't own a microwave, and what her sons have learned from watching her cook. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Laurie Woolever’s Greener Variation on an Extremely Controversial Stew
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The Best and Worst Halloween Candy
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Hetty McKinnon’s Homemade Everything Bagels with Tofutti, Avocado, Tomato, and Lettuce
1:02:23Hetty McKinnon is one of the most prolific food writers out there. She's the author of four bestselling cookbooks, including her most recent, TO ASIA, WITH LOVE. She also creates recipes for The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Delicious, Food52... the list goes on and on. In today's session, Hetty and I fly right out of the gate with a conversation about "authenticity" as an anachronistic word, how far she feels she can stray from her family's recipes, and how far she can stray from MY concept of what should go on a bagel. (It gets very intense, but in a fun playful way.) We also cover Australia as an influence on her cuisine, what she thinks about when she thinks about "home," and what it was like living through the pandemic in New York with three children. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.