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

National Peanut Board

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Business Insider

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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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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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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Episode 9: Spanish Hams with Karl Hess

We go ham (LOL) with noted gourmet Karl Hess in today's discussion of Spain's greatest delicacy: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. That is, hams from extremely pampered pigs. Plus, the predilections of ancient Romans, the glory of Chinese ham as garnish, and traditional holiday meats. (The audio's a little weird on this one, sorry!)

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The Foodie's Larder

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Munchies

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Heritage Foods

Episode 7: Fish & Chips with Mario Batali

Recorded back when those of us in the liberal bubble thought Hillary Clinton was a sure bet, Mario Batali tells tales of the White House and drinking wine with Bill. (And actually does place a bet on the election.) Plus he gives us three really easy and delicious recipes, and we talk all about fish & chips. Check out Batali's new cookbook right here - the inspiration for our chat - right here. 

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Episode 5: Pizza with Mike Mitchell

Man-about-town Mike Mitchell, aka Mitch, aka Spoonman, comes over from Doughboys to tell us about family-wide pranks on delivery guys, his ideal TGIF lineup, and why he likes "Greek" pizza best. And did you know that the story you've heard about pizza's invention is a lie?

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How Italian Food Conquered the World

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Episode 4: Pecan Pie with Eva Anderson

You're The Worst writer Eva Anderson has very specific memories about pecan pie, mostly revolving around Wicca and menstruation. She and Katherine have known each other since middle school, and they talk about sleeping under a tarp in Joshua Tree, and why growing up in Washington will make you think the only pie is blackberry pie.

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196 Flavors

The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut

Ladies' Home Journal

Nuts

Episode 2: Kung Pao with Isa Fabro

"Staff meals" in restaurants are a mystery to civilians, but Isa Fabro is here to explain. The L.A.-based chef talks about rising through the kitchen ranks, creating a career in the kitchen, and when "advancing culture through food" fails. Plus the glory of Portland, Oregon restaurants is discussed. And Angelenos! We've got the scoop on what she's focusing on next. Listen to the episode here.

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World of Chinese

Episode 1: Beef Kitfo with Marcus Samuelsson

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson -- of Red Rooster in New York -- tells Katherine about his own immigrant experience, and why his neighborhood Harlem is Donald Trump's worst nightmare. The dish he discusses, beef kitfo, has spiritual meaning in Ethiopia, and Marcus and his wife Maya served it at their wedding. Oh, and guess who taught Marcus how to make fried chicken? Check out the Red Rooster cookbook, and listen to the episode here.

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The Soul of a New Cuisine

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Texas Monthly (What a time capsule! Check out the ads and the casual racism!)