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If you're a fan of smart and lively conversations about food, home cooking, and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and cookbooks and release episodes several times a month. The program is hosted by TASTE editors Aliza Abarbanel and Matt Rodbard, and is sometimes recorded live at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City. Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

This Is TASTE Aliza Abarbanel & Matt Rodbard

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If you're a fan of smart and lively conversations about food, home cooking, and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and cookbooks and release episodes several times a month. The program is hosted by TASTE editors Aliza Abarbanel and Matt Rodbard, and is sometimes recorded live at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City. Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

    Christina Chaey

    Christina Chaey

    Christina Chaey is a writer and recipe developer based in Brooklyn. A former Bon Appétit food editor, she’s currently writing the newsletter Gentle Foods, where she shares essays and recipes rooted in cooking how you want to feel. It’s so special to catch up with Christina in the studio about her background working in magazines, expanding the concept of wellness food, and making her very own cookbook. 

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    MORE FROM CHRISTINA CHAEY:Gentle Foods [Substack]Green Curry Lentil Soup [Bon Appetit]

    • 38 min
    Andy Baraghani

    Andy Baraghani

    Andy Baraghani started his professional cooking career as a teenager at the legendary Berkeley, California, restaurant Chez Panisse, and he was truly just getting started. After working as a line cook at Estela in New York City, he was hired as the food editor at Tasting Table and eventually found his way to the Bon Appétit test kitchen, where he worked for over six years and won the hearts of many with his exceptional cooking instruction and his own kind heart. Andy’s rich story and sharp recipe writing chops come together so beautifully in his book, The Cook You Want to Be, published two years ago. So what has Andy been up to? It turns out, plenty—both online and offline. Here we catch up about what is good in the Baraghani universe, and it’s clear Andy is the guy he wants to be.

    Also on the episode, we hear from Christian Reynoso about the recent TASTE feature he wrote describing his time working at San Francisco’s Zuni Café and the legacy of the cookbook that remains an absolute classic.

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    MORE FROM ANDY BARAGHANI:Andy Baraghani’s Essential Kitchen Tools [Bon Appetit]Kimchi Udon With Scallions [Bon Appetit]How Andy Baraghani Became the Internet Boyfriend of Our Dreams [Out]The Zuni Café Cookbook Is Canon [TASTE]

    • 1 hr
    David Kamp

    David Kamp

    What a great conversation here with David Kamp, a journalist of the highest order and author of one of Matt’s favorite books about food ever, The United States of Arugula: The Sun-Dried, Cold-Pressed, Dark-Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution. In this episode we talk about the book’s legacy some 15 years after its publication. We also find out what David is working on now, including a Broadway musical. It’s great catching up with David Kamp, a real legend in the game.

    Also on the show, Aliza and Matt talk discuss three things they are most interested in, including: A NYC pop-up report (Wizard Hat Pizza, Chrissy's, Shy's Burger), Hand Hospitality in the NYT, Unified Ferments Nilgiri Coomor kombucha, a great new cookbook: Vegan Mob: Vegan BBQ and Soul Food, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and happy birthday to TASTE!

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    MORE FROM DAVID KAMP:Faces for Radio [Air Mail]I’ve Told My Last Trump Joke [NYT] The Hunger Artists [NYT]The Elusive Restaurant Group Redefining Korean Dining in New York [NYT]

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Rachelle Hampton & Suzy Karadsheh

    Rachelle Hampton & Suzy Karadsheh

    Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and the cohost of ICYMI, a digital culture podcast from Slate that provides funny and deep insight into the weird, wide world of the perpetually online. It’s so fun to have Rachelle in the studio to unpack some of the most pressing online food questions of the moment—Stanley cups, The Bear thirst—plus her own food media consumption, and much more.

    Also on the show, Matt catches up with Suzy Karadsheh, a good friend of TASTE and the author of The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You'll Make on Repeat. They talk about an upcoming trip to Greece and some more exciting plans on the horizon.

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    MORE FROM RACHELLE HAMPTON & SUZY KARADSHEH:Restaurant Wars: Keith Lee vs Atlanta [Slate Podcasts]The Orwellian World of Vintage Fast-Food Training Videos [Slate Podcasts]TASTE Travels Greece: Cooking and Eating Through Athens and Crete [TASTE]White Bean Shakshuka [The Mediterranean Dish] 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Jamila Robinson

    Jamila Robinson

    We enjoyed having Jamila Robinson in the studio. Jamila is the editor in chief of Bon Appétit and Epicurious, the storied Condé Nast food publications that she took over in September. There are big plans and changes afoot at One World Trade Center, and we talk about Jamila’s vision for the future and the publications’ ongoing labor dispute, while looking back at her career working in newspapers in Detroit and Philadelphia. This is a really great talk!

    Also on the show, Matt shares some highlights from his recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina, putting fresh eyes on one of America’s great food cities. Stops include: Vern’s, Lewis Barbecue, Palmira Barbecue, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ, Weltons Tiny Bakeshop, The Spectator Hotel, Fig, 167 Raw, Kultura, Little Jack’s Tavern.   

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    MORE FROM JAMILA ROBINSON:Jamila Robinson Is Named Next Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine [NYT]This Is TASTE 262: Lyndsay C. Green [TASTE]The Balthazar Cookbook: My Personal Cooking School [TASTE]Charleston CVB [official]

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Taste of Things with Director Trần Anh Hùng

    The Taste of Things with Director Trần Anh Hùng

    Today we are excited to welcome award-winning director Trần Anh Hùng to the studio. His latest film, the lush and food-centered The Taste of Things, is in theaters now. It stars Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel, who cook (and cook and cook!) for friends and visitors with a passion that transcends the idea of “foodie,” Detailed, painstaking process cooking and late-19th-century suiting are major threads, with food scenes guided by the eye of legendary international chef Pierre Gagnaire. We speak with the director about bringing this universe to life, and about the food of his childhood growing up in Da Nang, Vietnam. It’s really a great talk, and we hope you enjoy it.

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    MORE FROM TRAN ANH HUNG:‘The Taste of Things’ Review: Love, Loss and Loins of Veal [NYT] ‘The Taste of Things’ Is a Kitchen-set Love Story. It Was Made by Exes [LA Times] Our Growing Hunger for Food on Screen [FT]

    • 34 min

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