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Serious Eats' podcast Special Sauce enables food lovers everywhere to eavesdrop on an intimate conversation about food and life between host and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and his well-known/famous friends and acquaintances both in and out of the food culture.

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Serious Eats' podcast Special Sauce enables food lovers everywhere to eavesdrop on an intimate conversation about food and life between host and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and his well-known/famous friends and acquaintances both in and out of the food culture.

    Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie on BBQ And Fathers & Sons, Plus Kenji’s Pork Shoulder

    Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie on BBQ And Fathers & Sons, Plus Kenji’s Pork Shoulder

    On this week’s Special Sauce, we’re joined by the great pit master and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott and his coauthor Lolis Eric Elie talking about their new book "Rodney Scott's World of BBQ." They talk about whole hog BBQ, fathers and sons, and a whole lot more. Plus, Kenji weighs in with his approach to smoking a pork shoulder.

    Lolis Eric Elie on New Orleans food & diversity in Hollywood, Kenji on Red Beans & Rice

    Lolis Eric Elie on New Orleans food & diversity in Hollywood, Kenji on Red Beans & Rice

    On this week's episode of Special Sauce, we're joined by TV and food writer Lolis Eric Elie who dishes on diversity -- or the lack thereof -- in Hollywood and tells us about the joys of eating in and out in his native New Orleans. Later, Kenji stops by to give us his helpful tips for cooking red beans with rice. 

    Fast Food: Good and/or Evil with Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler & Kenji

    Fast Food: Good and/or Evil with Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler & Kenji

    On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, we continue our deep dive into the world of fast food. This time  Franchise Author Marcia Chatelain, Drive-Thru Dreams Author Adam Chandler, and Kenji discuss the unique good vs. evil duality of fast food. The new-ish made-to-order McDonald's Quarter Pounder and the Popeye's Chicken Sandwich are definitely on the menu.

    Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler, Bill Oakley and Kenji Lopez-Alt on Fast Food

    Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler, Bill Oakley and Kenji Lopez-Alt on Fast Food

    On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, we ponder the highs and the lows of fast food culture with Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University Professor of history and African American studies and author of Franchise, and Adam Chandler who wrote Drive-Thru Dreams. Then, Bill Oakley shares a few of his fast food reviews from instagram and later, Kenji stops by to share his recipe for Smash Burgers. 

    Special Sauce: Mashama Bailey & Johno Morisano On the Birth of The Grey

    Special Sauce: Mashama Bailey & Johno Morisano On the Birth of The Grey

    When the ultra-talented chef Mashama Bailey collaborated with first-time restaurateur John Morisano to open The Grey in an old abandoned Greyhound bus depot in Savannah Georgia, they knew that their partnership was not going to be easy. 
    On this week's Special Sauce you will hear about the difficulties they encountered along the way related to race, class, and gender. The story of their unlikely partnership is beautifully rendered in their painstakingly honest joint memoir Black and White at The Grey. 

    Cookbook Author Grace Young on Saving Chinatown & Wok Therapy

    Cookbook Author Grace Young on Saving Chinatown & Wok Therapy

    On this week's Special Sauce we talk to Grace Young, renowned Chinese cookbook author, self-described wok therapist, and New York Chinatown advocate  during the Pandemic #SaveChineseRestaurants. Plus, we check in with Kenji about Grace and his own upcoming Wok cookbook. 

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

K M Douglas ,

Decent

Pretty good, always love an interview with Kenji Lopez. I have one petty complaint, all the interviews are broken into two interview and for some reason the host says something along the lines of "Ok, I know you have to go now but could you come back tomorrow to talk about this some more another time?" We all know it was taped in one sitting, in a studio capable of editing out such an interaction if it wasn't already staged. It irks me for some reason. Otherwise, a worthwhile listen.

Flora4flor ,

Fond food

I am a fan of Ed’s experiences and manner with guests. Kenji Lopez-Alt is my guru/ my Julia/Jacques. Stella has saved pastry for me. Much gratitude to this podcast.

Germaine Doopree ,

Great show

Ed is an excellent host, always lively and original!

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