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Hi, I'm Adam Roberts, and I like analyzing people's lunches. As one of the first food bloggers and a comedy writer for film and TV, I'm fascinated by the ways in which what we eat reveal who we are. Join me as I playfully tease out people's psychological issues as we talk about what everyone eats for lunch. DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed lunch therapist. I do, however, make a killer BLT.

Lunch Therapy Adam Roberts

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Hi, I'm Adam Roberts, and I like analyzing people's lunches. As one of the first food bloggers and a comedy writer for film and TV, I'm fascinated by the ways in which what we eat reveal who we are. Join me as I playfully tease out people's psychological issues as we talk about what everyone eats for lunch. DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed lunch therapist. I do, however, make a killer BLT.

    Watch Lunch Therapy on Instagram Live! Wednesdays at 2 PST

    Watch Lunch Therapy on Instagram Live! Wednesdays at 2 PST

    Hi there, while we're still in quarantine, I'm switching things over to Instagram Live. Come join me there by following @amateurgourmet on instagram and clicking my live video on Wednesdays at 2 PST (5 EST). Last week we had the star of Netflix's "Special" Ryan O'Connell and this week (on 4/29) we'll have Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman. Hear what everyone's cooking in quarantine, ask your lunch-related questions, and join the fun. Lots of great guests coming up... you're not going to want to miss out. And when we're back in real life, the podcast will come back as normal.
     
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    Ep. 38 -- Tucker Shaw's Tin of Sardines with Lavishly-Buttered Bread

    Ep. 38 -- Tucker Shaw's Tin of Sardines with Lavishly-Buttered Bread

    Tucker Shaw wears many hats: he's executive editor of Cook's Country Magazine, the former food critic for The Denver Post, the author of Everything I Ate, and, in a former life, a young adult novelist. In today's session, Tucker talks about his grandparents who were subsistence farmers in Maine, how he's coping in quarantine living above a Russian grocery, cooking from books in junior high school, and the night he saw me at Marie's Crisis. We also cover him getting tapped to be a professional food critic, how scary it was to write his first review, educating himself on wine lists (etc.), and moving to Boston to start work at America's Test Kitchen.
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 37 -- Karina Longworth's Brothy Beans and Greens with Lemon Pepper Linguine

    Ep. 37 -- Karina Longworth's Brothy Beans and Greens with Lemon Pepper Linguine

    Karina Longworth is the creator and host of one of the most popular and beloved podcasts out there, "You Must Remember This," which focuses on the secret and forgotten history of early twentieth-century Hollywood. In today's session, Karina talks about growing up in Studio City in the 1980s, her obsession with old movies from a young age, her mother cooking her way through Bon Appetit Magazine, taking over the cooking duties after her mother's death, and trying to recreate the chocolate mousse pie from the December 1981 edition. We also cover bodies as commodities in Hollywood, going to art school, going to premieres with her husband, Knives Out & Star Wars director Rian Johnson, her love for soup and soft foods, and what Jay-Z and Beyonce ate at the Chateau Marmont.
     
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    Ep. 36 -- Marco Canora's Cobbled-Together Lentil Soup

    Ep. 36 -- Marco Canora's Cobbled-Together Lentil Soup

    Marco Canora is a true superstar chef: he's a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef New York), a celebrated cookbook author ("Salt To Taste," "A Good Food Day"), the chef/owner of one of New York's best restaurants, Hearth, and purveyor of the best broth in the country with his company Brodo. On Today's Lunch Therapy, we talk about his Tuscan mother's cooking, learning through osmosis, why real-world experience is more important than culinary school, and his early job making prepared foods at Dean & Deluca in SoHo. Then we talk the early days of Gramercy Tavern with Tom Colicchio, helping to open Craft (where the kitchen saw heavy-hitters like David Chang and Damon Wise), having his fish reviewed in The New York Times by Ruth Reichl, going out on his own to open his own restaurant, and how Hearth's identity continues to change with the times. PLUS: my friend Jonathan Parks-Ramage talks about learning how to cook in the Corona crisis during today's intro.
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 35 -- Molly Stevens' Reverse Ratio Stir-Fried Vegetables and Noodles

    Ep. 35 -- Molly Stevens' Reverse Ratio Stir-Fried Vegetables and Noodles

    Molly Stevens has always been one of my favorite cookbook authors. Her cookbook "All About Braising" remains a desert island disc for me (that's a reference to another podcast) and her new cookbook "All About Dinner" is full of the kinds of recipes everyone should be making now to comfort themselves and their families. With mandatory social distancing, I was super disappointed that Molly's book tour was postponed and that she wouldn't be able to come to Lunch Therapy headquarters in person; but then I hit upon an idea: what if we used FaceTime? So in today's first-ever FaceTime Lunch Therapy session, Molly and I talk about her growing up in Buffalo, being the third of four children, seeking solace in the kitchen, her love for technique, and how she wound up in Vermont. We also cover her literary ambitions, how a food career crept up on her, working at Anne Willan's cooking school in France, realizing that a career in food could be meaningful, and how she got into publishing her own cookbooks. PLUS: as a bonus, my parents make a cameo from Boca in today's intro.
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 34 -- Bricia Lopez’s Empanada de Amarillo with a Chile de Agua

    Ep. 34 -- Bricia Lopez’s Empanada de Amarillo with a Chile de Agua

    Bricia Lopez is the co-owner of Guelaguetza, one of L.A.'s most beloved Oaxacan restaurants (a favorite of the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer, Jonathan Gold) and the co-author of Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico. In today's session (recorded two weeks ago, before mandatory social distancing), Lopez talks about growing up in a restaurant, her family's journey from Oaxaca to L.A., sharing a single bedroom in her aunt's house with six of her family members (her parents and her three siblings), and why that was ultimately a positive experience. We also cover her obsession with Saved By The Bell and Full House, meeting Mario Lopez in real life, not being allowed to get sick as a kid, how McDonald's was the ultimate status symbol, and why yellow mole holds a special place in her heart.
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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