Episode 29: Restaurant History with Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin, the legendary French chef who changed American cuisine, joined Katherine to remember when cheffing was a blue-collar job; turning down a job in the Kennedy White House; and his work with Julia Child. Plus, his childhood in occupied France, when clowning on Nazis was a hobby. (Also, here are the books he references in the interview: La Technique and Ten Restaurants That Changed America.)

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Music: Let's Face The Music And Dance, Nat King Cole

Episode 27: American Chop Suey with Doree Shafrir

Journalist, author and podcaster Doree Shafrir joins Katherine to discuss everything from the Kardashians to the Moosewood Cookbook. Plus, something she called "American Chop Suey," which Katherine didn't know anything about. And buy Doree's book, Startup - it's a fun read!

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Music: Strange Powers, The Magnetic Fields

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Serious Eats

General Mills

Houston Press

A Year of Slow Cooking

From Away

 

 

 

 

Episode 25: Prison Food with Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo joined Katherine to talk about prison: when he was incarcerated vs. how it is now (a "warehouse of insanity"), using commissary for protection, and how bad the food is inside. Plus, clowning on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Music: The Wolf, by The Brat

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Bureau of Prisons

Today's Dietitian

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Marshall Project

EW.com

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News

Lucky Peach

Munchies

 

 

 

Episode 24: Mezcal & Mole with Cecilia Rios Murrieta

The founder of a mezcal company talks about honoring Mexican tradition, and the world's increasing sophistication about Mexican food. Plus, staying classy while drinking, and all the different kinds of mole, that multi-ingredient native Mexican dish.

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Music: Lady Don't Tek No, Latryx/Lyrics Born 

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Lonely Planet Mexico

OC Weekly

Bon Appetit

Mexconnect

 

 

 

Episode 23: Potatoes with Raghavan Iyer

Those potatoes aren't baked, they're steamed. Plus, the marketing of Yukon Golds, and the fact that some people keep the peel on when making mashed potatoes. Disgusting. Not disgusting: Kung Pao Potatoes. Also! Curry is not what you think it is.And pick up Iyer's book, Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked!

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Music: Kiss Me On The Bus, The Replacements

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Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked

 

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Washington State University

 

 

 

Episode 22: Avocados with Cat Solen

Cat Solen, creator of music videos and all kinds of television magic, joins Katherine Spiers to talk avocados, the California Raisins, and extremely gory fruit-related injuries. And then she makes up some new cartoon characters! (And clarifies that she's not lonely, she's European.)

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Music: California Girls, Beach Boys

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Avoseedo

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Episode 21: Poutine with Comedy Daredevil

Ryan Stock and AmberLynn of Comedy Daredevil join Katherine to talk about poutine - how repeatedly applying blowtorches to your tongue will change your sense of taste. Life's rough when your whole job is based on hurting yourself. Oh, and can anyone recommend a good Indian restaurant in Las Vegas? 

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Music: Die Young, Sylvan Esso

Episode 20: Kimchi with Nyesha Arrington

Her Korean grandmother was very influential in Nyesha Arrington's young life, especially when it came to food. She still holds that culture near and dear as it influences her cooking to this day, in her restaurants and on TV. Arrington and host Katherine Spiers talk about judging books by their covers, being self-conscious about your family's food, and the glory of fermentation.

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Journal of Ethnic Foods

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Music: Ran, Future Islands

 

Episode 18: Peanut Butter with Brooke Williamson

As a Top Chef contestant and owner of multiple restaurants, Brooke Williamson know about fancy food. She also knows about peanut butter. She and Katherine discuss cleanses, "nut fat," and that disgusting milk chocolate, and why cooking with gloves is more of a health hazard than you think.

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Creamy and Crunchy

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The Nibble

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AV Club

Atlas Obscura

 

Episode 17: Baked Ziti with Bruce Kalman

Eating while naked, gravy vs. sauce, and the science behind pasta, and that's all before Katherine and guest Bruce Kalman (of the acclaimed Union restaurant) get into it about minimum wage and "Millennial work ethic." Then they talk about chef tattoos!

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Perfection Salad

How Italian Food Conquered the World

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International Pasta

Episode 15: Gummy Bears with Marcos Luevanos

Noted candy authority (in the sense that he likes candy a whole bunch) and television writer Marcos Luevanos joins Katherine to talk German history, contemporary pop culture, and gummy bears. And he gives us a very helpful rundown on which brands make the best gummy subgenres.

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Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure

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Bon Appetit

 

Episode 14: Tagine with Margaret Wappler

Is food ever "sexy"? That's gross, right? But also if the right person is eating with their hands it's hot? Yuck, we're animals! Writer and podcaster Margaret Wappler talks 1001 Arabian Nights, how to use preserved lemons, and being sexy in Hanoi on Vespas. Also, go buy her book so she can get that chocolate fountain: amzn.to/2kSd65i.

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Fes Cooking

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Episode 13: Indulging with Chippendales Dancers James Davis and Jon Howes

Professional hunks and Chippendales dancers James Davis and Jon Howes join us in Las Vegas to talk about dudes in the audience, backstage PhDs, In-N-Out breakfast burritos, and the madness that is taping The Amazing Race. They also share how they got all swole in the first place. Plus, their favorite restaurants on and off the Strip.

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Episode 12: Living Large With Whitney Giron and Meeka Onstead

 

Broadcasting from Las Vegas, we talk to X Burlesque dancers Whitney Giron and Meeka Onstead about eating for athleticism, water restriction, paying (and not paying) for drinks, "Red Bull and cigarette breath," and the endless requests for threesomes they get from the audience.

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Episode 11: Cuban Sandwiches with Billy Scafuri & Adam Lustick

Meat smashes are the topic of the day with noted no-goodniks Billy Scafuri and Adam Lustick (who has been known to BLAT). The two hosts of the No Joke Podcast share their thoughts on changes in food media, the Junior League, and pirate culture.

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Cigar City

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Florida Memory

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Episode 10: Sukiyaki with Niki Nakayama

One of the featured restaurant owners on Netflix's Chef's Table, Niki Nakayama is the chef at n/naka, one of the hardest restaurants to get a table at in the country right now. She tells us why, in the kitchen, practice precedes intuition; how Japanese hospitality is reciprocal; and what that that song Sukiyaki is actually all about.

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Pogogi

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Menu Tokyo

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