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December 11, 2018
15 Favorite TASTE Podcast Guests From 2018
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This year we worked on a bunch of cool special issues and stories, as well as a cookbook that we will be announcing very soon! But our favorite new thing from 2018 was most certainly our podcast—the TASTE Podcast. Five times a month we drop an interview with a big thinker (or a big talker, at least) in cookbooks, media, and professional cooking. We record these in both our studio in Manhattan and at one of our favorite indie bookstores, Books Are Magic, in Brooklyn. Thanks for coming out to those live events. We will have more in 2019. And with that, here are some of our favorite guests. —Matt Rodbard, Editor in Chief

TASTE Podcast 01: Samin Nosrat

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TASTE Podcast 01: Samin Nosrat

For Samin Nosrat, the James Beard Award–winning author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, the majority of great meals spring from a combination of those four foundational elements.

TASTE Podcast 14: Brooks Headley

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TASTE Podcast 14: Brooks Headley

Brooks Headley does not take vacations, read Yelp reviews, or make his burgers with beef. The chef-owner of New York City’s Superiority Burger and author of the new Superiority Burger Cookbook joined us for the latest episode to talk about vegetarian cooking, from fake meats to savory zucchini sludges that are cooked for hours.

TASTE Podcast 15: Ruth Reichl

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TASTE Podcast 15: Ruth Reichl

Is there an introduction needed here? Over her groundbreaking career, Ruth Reichl has served as the food editor of the Los Angeles Times, the restaurant critic of the New York Times, and the editor in chief of the legendary magazine Gourmet. She’s written juicy memoirs, mentored a generation of writers and editors, and still writes with regularity, curiosity, and a love for real journalism. She also whispers in beautiful character-count limits on Twitter if you haven’t checked that out.

TASTE Podcast 26: Dorie Greenspan

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TASTE Podcast 26: Dorie Greenspan

You may know her from her New York Times column, On Dessert, or you may know her from trying one of her unbelievably chocolaty, world-famous World Peace Cookies at a party that one time. But before Dorie Greenspan was famous for her cakes and shortbreads, she was an early pioneer of food television and a coconspirator (and coauthor) with Julia Child.

TASTE Podcast 23: Eric Ripert

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TASTE Podcast 23: Eric Ripert

Stay calm and…just act like Eric Ripert. Young cooks, are you listening? Ripert, a celebrated chef and TV personality, is a balancing force in this trash-fire age. And he’s also just a really good interview, as we find out. He joins the podcast to talk about communication. How one at the top of the kitchen chain needn’t yell to get his point across. “I don’t believe the pilots in the plane are having a screaming match,” he observes. True.

TASTE Podcast 22: Julia Turshen

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TASTE Podcast 22: Julia Turshen

Just imagine: It’s the tail end of a dinner party you just cooked for, you’re dangerously full of food, and you realize you made about three times too much food. What are you going to do with that half-eaten plate of lukewarm crab toasts? If Julia Turshen had anything to say about it, you’re going to throw them in the refrigerator until tomorrow night, when you’re going to pulverize them to bits and turn them into buttery crab cakes for dinner.

TASTE Podcast 02: Alison Roman

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TASTE Podcast 02: Alison Roman

Alison Roman wants to change the way you think about granola (it doesn’t have to be sweet), dinner parties (they don’t have to be fancy), and boiled potatoes (there should be a stockpile in the refrigerator at all times). On this episode of the TASTE Podcast, we talk to Alison about her new book, Dining In, and what it’s like to cook and entertain in small spaces.

TASTE Podcast 21: Francis Lam

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TASTE Podcast 21: Francis Lam

You might know him from the Eat column in The New York Times, for which he went into dozens of restaurants, home kitchens, and church basements to report on some of the untold food stories from New York’s many immigrant communities. Or you might know him as the voice you hear when you tune into The Splendid Table, interviewing everyone from activist Cecile Richards to chef Jacques Pépin. But we were especially excited to talk to Francis Lam about his work as a book editor at Clarkson Potter, collaborating and conspiring with hilarious, colorful personalities like Christina Tosi, Tyler Kord, and Chrissy Teigen.

TASTE Podcast 03: Deb Perelman

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TASTE Podcast 03: Deb Perelman

We’ve been reading Smitten Kitchen for more than a decade now. At its helm is the hilarious and candid Deb Perelman, who joined us on this episode to talk about her favorite mushy carbs, keeping up with reader comments, and whether the Instant Pot is really worth the hype.

TASTE Podcast 27: Yotam Ottolenghi

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TASTE Podcast 27: Yotam Ottolenghi

London chef and author Yotam Ottolenghi puts out cookbooks that meet at the intersection of practical and cool—with a recipe development process that is part Warhol Factory, part Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, and pure Ottolenghi. After tackling baking with his last book (Sweet), and before that putting Israeli cooking on the international stage (Jerusalem), he most recently tackled the concept of simplicity—and how Simple (the book’s title and mission statement) means something different to all home cooks. You mean a 30-minute simple meal isn’t exactly simple for everybody single person attempting to make it? What a notion!

TASTE Podcast 11: Peter Meehan

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TASTE Podcast 11: Peter Meehan

For years, Peter Meehan was a mystery. As the New York Times’s “$25 and Under” columnist in the early 2000s, he dined anonymously everywhere from Roberta’s and Momofuku Noodle Bar to hidden gems like Uminoie in the East Village. As an author of cookbooks and someone who helped run the show at Lucky Peach magazine (RIP), he avoided cameras out of some combination of annoyance and muscle memory. We caught up with him to discuss his upcoming barbecue cookbook, the terror of doing food TV, and the legacy of (and life after) Lucky Peach.

TASTE Podcast 12: Angela Dimayuga

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TASTE Podcast 12: Angela Dimayuga

For six years, Angela Dimayuga served as the creative nerve center of New York City’s Mission Chinese Food, rising to executive chef and winning fans with her inventive culinary takes (shiso and umeboshi butter fried rice is in the fried rice hall of fame) and contagious free spirit. But in late 2017 she walked away from Mission to branch out on her own. She participated in a series of fundraising pop-ups, including an ACLU benefit at Art Basel in Miami, where she linked up with the guy running hotel and hospitality group Standard International. Now, nearly a year later, she’s been named the group’s creative director of food and culture and is determined to shake shit up. We find out about her big ideas (Asian bears in space!) in this colorful interview.

TASTE Podcast 06: Julia Moskin

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TASTE Podcast 06: Julia Moskin

In her years as a New York Times reporter, Julia Moskin has traveled to Provence to write about cooking in Julia Child’s kitchen, introduced us to the concept of “procrasti-baking,” and taste-tested commercial brands of hot dogs so that we don’t have to. On this episode, we talk to Moskin about her life working on the Food desk and her recent Pulitzer Prize win. She talks about some of the glamorous and not-so-glamorous parts of her job, including what she calls her “house cocktail” of cereals that she likes to eat when she gets home at the end of a long day.

TASTE Podcast 10: David Lebovitz

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TASTE Podcast 10: David Lebovitz

There aren’t a lot of things on the Internet that have been around since 1999. But David Lebovitz’s blog, full of quips, stories, and recipes from his life in Paris, is one of them. On this episode, we talk to David about why soft serve really mostly exists as a vessel for sprinkles, why it’s so hard to take photos of chocolate, and the newest edition of his book about ice cream, The Perfect Scoop.

TASTE Podcast 13: Phil Rosenthal

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TASTE Podcast 13: Phil Rosenthal

The Netflix culinary travel series Somebody Feed Phil proves that food television can be both accessible and interesting, populist and highbrow. Much of the show’s success is credited to its host, the delightful human being Phil Rosenthal. The creator and showrunner of sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Rosenthal made a few bucks on the series and could have basically retired and traveled the world. Instead, the 58-year-old brings a camera along on travels around the world (along with his scene-stealing brother Richard) to destinations like Lisbon, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv. All pretension is left at baggage claim, which is why we love this show so much. Rosenthal joins us for this episode to talk about the booming Los Angeles restaurant scene, the best craft service in Hollywood, and where he’s traveling next season.