Crudites, accoutrements, and primordial curd with chef Brandon Gray, who specializes in seafood and learned to cook in the Navy. Coincidence? A highly intriguing grilled cheese recipe, and some tips on cooking with various fats. (Listen here.)
Music: It Was a Good Day, Ice Cube
Extreme rum nerdery from Scoopfest 2018! Mai tais and tiki were the topics with Allan Katz of Jammyland in Las Vegas. Dram shop laws, Howard Hughes’ germophobia, and rum as rite of passage. (Listen here.)
Tiki spots mentioned in the show: Here’s Looking At You, Frankie’s, Tiki Ti, and Jammyland.
Huge thanks to our drink sponsors: Gruppo Campari for Appleton and Grand Marnier, and Rhum Clément.
Music: Voodoo Dreams, Les Baxter
The feminist history of the trope “women be shopping.” What if the origin of the department store is the Old West general store? Plus the process of resurrecting old recipes, when manners are just a reflection of commerce, and hot lesbian fantasies. (Listen here.)
Music: Downtown, Petula Clark
A deep hatred of Craisins, lessons learned at the Steak ‘n Shake, and rank and provocative excresences with film critic April Wolfe. Plus, Jell-O salad vs Jell-O shots, the cooked-down hooves that become gelatin. The social implications of Perfection Salad - after all, “hygiene” is a classist concept. (Listen here.)
Music: Stir It Up, Patti Labelle
It’s cookie contest time! I figured December is a great time to eat cookies, so let’s find some new ones. Send in your unpublished cookie recipes that are sure to blow some minds, and I’ll bake them! Three winners will be announced on-air December 12.
Enter your favorite original cookie recipe here before December 4, 2018 at 9am PST.
My co-judges are Josh Scherer and Danielle Salmon, two renowned cookie-heads.
Josh’s episode of Smart Mouth
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Danielle’s episode of Smart Mouth
Danielle on Twitter
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The top three cookie recipes (as judged by Danielle, Josh and me) will win prize packages including King Arthur Flour gift cards, Bringing It Home by Gail Simmons, The Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson, a cookbook and a tin of cookies from Milk Bar, Over Easy by Mimi Pond, and a collection of cherry-black pepper and tamarind-ginger vinegar drinking shrubs from Saintly Shrubs. (Packages will vary.)
Listen to Smart Mouth for more details and to hear who won!
Contest ends December 4, 2018 at 9am PST.
Peanut butter’s rise, fall and rise as a health food. The world of allergies, including wrongful-death lawsuits. Cashews: the junk food of the nut world. But above all: nut butters are nothing new! (Listen here.)
“Blue zones” (it’s not political), Adventists vs heavy drinkers, cheap meat, and tomfoolery at the New York Times with Edgar Momplaisir. I propose that American Chinese is just one region of Chinese food, and we talk about the HBO show Deadwood a surprising amount. (Listen here.)
Music: Dance, Dance, Fall Out Boy
Coke Zero, debasing yourself on the internet, how much we want to go to Georgia - the country. Food YouTuber (is that the phrase?) Josh Scherer (buy his book here) also talks about the Dionysus-wine-Jesus connection, JK Rowling’s revisionist history, and how everything we know about Russia we learned from The Americans. Plus some inside baseball on all the privilege in the food writing industry. (Listen here.)
"Old guard” food blogger Adam Roberts (The Amateur Gourmet; Secrets of the Best Chefs) on transitioning to TV writing, remembering the sitcom version of Kitchen Confidential, and pasta snobbery. Plus some pasta and sauce recipes, and the authenticity of chicken and stars. (Listen here.)
The difference between sweet potatoes and yams, explained - finally. Jenne Claiborne (buy her cookbook here!) talks vegan baking tips, botanical archaeology, and the scams that the wheat lobby and the government pull on us - “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Please! (Listen here.)
An Olympic gold medalist! But .. what is her job, exactly? Swimmer Olivia Smoliga explains that, plus McDonald’s vs Starbucks for breakfast, fermented hogweed, and a Polish moonshine recipe. Anyone know who invented vodka? (Listen here.)
The "Top Chef" alum on spending a month in Italy and getting snobby about the food in Bologna, a big Ryanair gaffe, and her love of anything dough. Plus, the Chinese-Italian connection and her collaborations with Silvia Barban. (And listen to that pronunciation in the outro!) (Listen here.)
Benign masochism, messed-up spicy versus emotionally spicy, adrenaline rushes, gochujang, and “to kimchi” with chef Judy Joo. And her eating recommendations for London and Hong Kong. (Listen here.)
Silly peppers, macho competitions, and the differences between Saint Kitts and Nevis. Plus, Christopher Columbus's shocking stupidity that led to us misnaming chiles to this day. And a fun story about monkeys! That and more with Llewellyn Clarke, founder of a hot sauce label in Nevis. (Listen here.)
Music: Mail Train, Sweet Sensation
When something is so popular you have to stop doing it, the American wheat insistence, and the semi-religious origins of ramen. Plus, a remembrance of Anthony Bourdain. (Listen here.)
Rancher Elizabeth Poett's ancestor from Spain was given a rancho in California. Now, she's finding new money-making ventures in a very old industry. We talk feedlots versus ranches, UC Santa Barbara’s mistaken mascot, and her cattle branding meet-cute. Listen here.
Bacon trickery, BBQ nerdery, and salads for people who hate salad. Plus, some inside baseball on cattle rating (there’s grade inflation), how chef John Cox's ranch accidentally bought one of the most fecund bulls in America (and what a Ferdinand he is), and what went down when he lost to Bobby Flay. Listen here.