This unique podcast explores the intersection of food and grief. Mother-daughter cohosts Bobbie Comforto and Zahra Tangorra are joined by a special guest who shares their personal experience with loss, grief, and heartbreak, and how food factored into their journey. Bobbie has worked as a psychotherapist specializing in bereavement and trauma for over 30 years, but before entering the world of grief counseling Bobbie was a culinary entrepreneur. Zahra Tangorra is a Brooklyn-based chef and restaurant consultant. They share a deep love of food and a personal understanding of its connection to grief.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing exposes and digests these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing will expose and digest these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Kathie Bodily returns - “Cookie & Chemo”
We are so honored to welcome back our dear friend, Kathie Bodily, for this week's show. Since we last spoke with Kathie she has been boldly fighting pancreatic and lung cancer, and she joins us to talk about the nuances in the battle she’s been in for the past year and nine months. Kathie is our patron saint, and the most beautiful, intuitive, brave, and wise human that we know, and we can’t thank her enough for joining us again to help listeners feel seen and connected. We love you, Kath!
Edy Massiah - “Your friendly neighborhood grocer”
This week we welcome the talented and charming Edy Massiah, chef and owner of Edy’s Grocer in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Edy talks with us about his early life as a boy in Lebanon, and his love for Lebanese cuisine which he pays beautiful homage to at the grocer. We talk about the loss of identity, loss of family members, and so much more. This was such a wonderful interview, and we hope to see you all at Edy’s Grocer real soon for some delicious food!
Reid Peterson- "Pfannkuchen"
On this week's show we welcome Reid Peterson. Reid has a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, and was trained by Dr. Alan Wolfelt from the Center for Loss & Life Transition. Reid works as a Grief companion, and has also launched the Grief Refuge App and podcast. After the passing of his stepfather in 2016, Reid spent time in local support groups. This influenced him to create a means of grief support on a larger, more broadly reaching scale. We loved our talk with Reid. His gentle demeanor and wisdom made for a very special conversation. Please download the Grief Refuge app, we can’t recommend it enough. Thank you Reid, and to all you lovely folks out there, take care of yourselves and each other.
Aimee Lee Ball- "Eat, Darling, Eat"
On this week's show, we welcome Aimee Lee Ball. Aimee is a Journalist, co-author of four books, and co-founder of Eat, Darling, Eat, a beautiful blog about the relationships between mothers and daughters and how they intersect with food. We had such a rich conversation with Aimee, and as a mother and daughter team, we found it particularly interesting to speak with someone who has dedicated so much time to exploring this deeply sacred and often complicated relationship. Please head to eatdarlingeat.net to read all of the amazing essays and features.
Africa Yoon “Kimchi”
On this week's episode we welcome the wonderful Africa Yoon. Africa is known for her monumental running feats from New York to Chicago and Milan to Cannes. She is also a writer, and her new book the “The Korean: Single and Obese: Then Kimchi Changed Everything!”, details how she lost 110lbs eating Korean and vegan food in one year. Africa so alive and engaged, and it was an incredible gift to get to spend an hour getting to know her, and to hear about her fascinating and unique life story. We loved our time with Africa, and we know you will too. Please preorder her book now, and remember to purchase in stores this November.
Food & Grief & Film- Susannah Gruder returns
Today we welcome back our friend, writer and film critic Susannah Gruder. We absolutely loved our last chat with Susannah, and couldn’t wait to have her back. Sue has selected two wonderful and complex films that both came out in 2020, “Nomadland”, a film based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. The film is written, produced, directed, and edited by Chloé Zhao, and stars Frances McDormand. It is a beautifully told story of a woman who lives houslessly after the death of her husband and the loss of her job and town. We also discuss “Shiva Baby”, the debut feature from Emma Seligman, And starring Rachel Sennott. Sennott plays Danielle, a soon to be college graduate, who attendants a shiva along with her family and some very unexpected guests. The film is all about the intersection of food and grief, and we really enjoyed both watching it, and unpacking it with Sue. We hope you enjoy the episode, and we definitely recommend checking out both these films. You can read many of Susannah’s thoughtful and poignant reviews www.reverseshot.org
I can’t get enough of these episodes
Warmth, depth, kindness, wisdom, laughter, tears - this podcast brings it all.
I so appreciate listening to this Podcast and it’s an important subject for sure. I feel it’s as vital to celebrate one’s end of life just like we celebrate when a baby is born. We all have a beginning and an end. Food is our nourishment in between. I enjoy Zahra’s frankness & 30 something point of view and I enjoy Bobbie’s “bittersweet” knowledge! Luv you two, Bridget
Food and love
This podcast illuminated Kathy’s story in her own words showering us with light. What a great example of how food and love and loss blend in a delicious swirl of sweet and sad. I am happy to have had an intimate peak into the wondrous positive energy that is Kathy. She is an example of creative strength and fortitude to us all.