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Talks with my favorite bakers, food producers, pastry chefs, bartenders, cooks, spirits experts, and on other topics, such as travel, Paris, and French culinary culture.


David Lebovitz Podcast David Lebovitz

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    • 4.9 • 100 Ratings

Talks with my favorite bakers, food producers, pastry chefs, bartenders, cooks, spirits experts, and on other topics, such as travel, Paris, and French culinary culture.


    Eating in Tel Aviv with Amit Aaronsohn

    Eating in Tel Aviv with Amit Aaronsohn

    Before I left for Tel Aviv this summer, I rounded up advice from friends who are chefs, cookbook authors, and seasoned eaters about where to eat. I’ve lived in food-centric cities most of my life, but Tel Aviv is in a class by itself. There are so many good places to eat, it’s hard to whittle it down to just a few.
    And if you’re there, and ask anyone where they think you should go, be prepared for a lengthy discussion that will result in a strongly opinionated list of suggestions. And if others are around, expect them to interrupt with their own thoughts. People there love to talk about eating, but even better, they really love to eat.
    When I ran my list of go-to places by my friend Amit Aaronsohn who lives in Tel Aviv and is a food writer, television and radio host, as well as tour guide, he cocked his head…nixed a few and replaced them with his own suggestions.
    Having too many places to eat on your agenda isn’t necessarily a good thing when you’ve got limited time, and when I mentioned my dilemma to another food writer in Tel Aviv, she replied, “If Amit says to go somewhere—go there.”
    (I’ll be posting a list of places I ate in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in a newsletter post shortly.)
    When I suggested to Amit that we meet up at Shlomo & Sons on a tip from a friend who told me it was her favorite place for falafel (which was on the other end of the city), Amit said to me, “You don’t need to go that far for good falafel here,” and suggested Al Kalha in Jaffa, the historic old quarter of Tel Aviv, where he lives.
    Al Kalha doesn’t look like much from the outside, or when you walk in, so I wasn’t expecting much and let Amit take the reins for ordering. But when the food started coming out, in true Middle Eastern style, our table was loaded with food, including just-fried, warm falafels stuffed with onions and sumac and an astounding bowl of warm hummus topped with pita croutons, almonds, and meltingly tender chunks of juicy beef*.
    During our meal, while recording the podcast, owner Ahmed Kahtab (shown above, with me and Amit) came by to see how we were doing and pulled up a chair. He explained that during the pandemic, when his hummus shop went on hiatus, he decided to transform the entire menu and feature dishes from his family’s long history in Jordan and other regions. He talked for a few minutes during the podcast, and while my Hebrew and Arabic skills are pretty non-existent, it was wonderful to meet him and learn about his food, thanks to Amit’s translation skills. (And thanks to Justin Golden for his expertise in editing this episode, as well as my others.)
    Eating with Amit at Al Kalha was really a highlight of my trip, and I hope you enjoy listening in!

    Amit Aaronsohn does travel planning and leads private culinary tours. You can DM him via his Instagram page.
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    -Substack is now offering a new transcript service, which is still in BETA, so you can read the podcast/interview instead of listening to it. I’m using it for the first time here and according to them, once a podcast post is published, an “…episode details tab and transcript tab will appear on the post.” So there should be an option there to read the transcript for those interested near the top of the page, where it says “Transcript.”
    I did take a look at the transcription, and it’s definitely still in the BETA stage😉, so it doesn’t read smoothly. But they’re still working on it, and hopefully, it’ll improve as things move along.
    *While the recipe they serve at Al Kalha is a family secret, I’ve found recipes for Hummus with beef here, here, here, and here. There’s a recipe for Hummus with Spiced Lamb on my website.

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    • 43 min
    Podcast with Jon Bonné, author of The New French Wine

    Podcast with Jon Bonné, author of The New French Wine

    I didn’t expect to be as captivated as I was by The New French Wine: Redefining the World’s Greatest Wine Culture. It’s an immense two-volume book spanning nearly 850 pages, exploring the lush vineyards and wine regions of France with profiles of 800 producers and notes on around 7,000 wines. I’m no wine expert, but as soon as I started reading the first page, I was hooked.
    Living in, and writing about, France, it’s often a challenge to explain the intricacies of life here. In the subtitle of his book, wine writer Jon Bonné acknowledges the greatness of the past and present French wine world, while noting the more unfortunate changes that took place in France and in the French wine industry. It’s a complicated knot of bureaucracy, outdated rules, and a push for higher production (with the help of questionable additives and pesticides), which are coming home to roost as environmental and economic challenges have made making wine more compliqué.
    What drew me into the book was how Jon, who lives part-time in France, deeply understands the country. In his write-up of The New French Wine in the New York Times, wine writer Eric Asimov sums it up:
    Mr. Bonné argues, essentially, that in order to understand French wine, you need to understand French culture. “C’est compliqué,” he writes. There are contradictions and inconsistencies which the French are forever trying to reconcile as they both yearn for order and resist it. This is a terrific book not only about wine but about France.
    It’s not a reference book, but something better: an opinionated, thought-provoking work that uses wine as a vehicle for cultural history.
    One needs to understand the past in order to move toward the future, which Jon does so well in his book, with lots of background information based on his deep knowledge of France and French wine, and he highlights a new, younger generation of winemakers who are jumping into the family business, forging new paths, and making wines that are redefining the world of French wine.
    I was delighted to invite Jon over when he was in Paris recently to talk about his book, France, and French wine, and he brought a unique white wine from Bordeaux that he picked up on the way over that reflected the changes in the French wine world. (It’s sold in a Burgundy bottle!) I was happy to sit—and sip—with Jon, and hope you enjoy our chat.
    * Visit Jon at his website: JonBonné.com
    * Follow Jon Bonné on Instagram and Twitter
    * Get The New French Wine: Redefining the World’s Greatest Wine Culture

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    • 57 min
    Podcast: The Art of French "Joie" with Ajiri Aki

    Podcast: The Art of French "Joie" with Ajiri Aki

    When it comes to style, I don’t think anyone is eager to copy what I wear every day, although I do know that some people covet some of the dishes and cookware that I pick up at flea markets in France. Fortunately, we have Ajiri Aki in Paris, who founded Madame de la Maison, a fabulous online resource for carefully curated French antiques and linens. (Warning: You’ll want to order everything she has in stock.)
    I’ve been a fan of Ajiri for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the release of my book Drinking French that we connected…over cocktail coupes, of course!
    So I’m thrilled that Ajiri has come out with her own book, Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life, where she sets the record straight on how she, and other Parisians, find their joie de vie, describing her personal journey, along with tips from locals, addresses for her favorite cafés for lingering, and spas for personal pampering. For those who have a little more time, she also shares addresses for havens outside of Paris…to get away from it all for le week-end.
    Accompanied by beautiful photos, Ajiri lets us in on how she learned to balance raising children and launching a business. Parisians are known for being discerning, and she explains why quality matters to the French, how to master the French art of saying Non (and why), tips for creating the perfect apéro hour (with a “cheat sheet” for getting it together, no matter where you live), some dos and don’ts if you’re a guest or a host at a French party or dinner, and she makes a compelling case for drinking from coupes. (Which I couldn’t agree with more.)
    In my favorite chapter, she shares a personal family story of why you should use that special china every day, and not wait for a fancy occasion.
    I loved chatting with Ajiri, who got me using the café au lait bowls and linen kitchen towels in my collection (below) that I was saving for a “special day.” Thanks to her, now every day is special!
    Enjoy the podcast…
    * Visit the Madame de la Maison website and her online Shop
    * Follow Ajiri at Madame de la Maison on Instagram and Pinterest
    * Get your copy of Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life

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    • 58 min
    Podcast: A Chat with Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food

    Podcast: A Chat with Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food

    It’s always a pleasure to chat with Dianne Jacob of newsletter, food writing coach, teacher, editor, and author of Will Write for Food, which is the handbook for food writing, covering everything from how to break into the world of food writing, starting a blog or a newsletter, as well as valuable tips on writing recipes, what to know if you want to write your first cookbook or food memoir, and how to “bring home the bacon” from doing it.
    During our chat we discussed:
    * Who “owns” a recipe?
    * Why we both switched from a blog to a newsletter.
    * How to attribute a recipe (and do you need to?) and navigate the world of appropriation and authenticity.
    * What are some of the more controversial issues facing food writers and cookbook authors today?
    * What’s happening (or what happened) to food magazines?
    * What changes is the world of food writing going through, and can food writing survive without advertising?
    * What really goes into writing a cookbook.
    * What subjects cookbook publishers are looking for today.
    Hope you enjoy our chat!
    - David
    Check out Dianne’s book, Will Write for Food.
    Follow Dianne on Instagram and Facebook.
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    Check out Dianne’s website, which includes her services as a food writing coach and editor.
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    • 52 min
    Podcast: Scandinavian Baking with Nichole Accettola of Kantine bakery

    Podcast: Scandinavian Baking with Nichole Accettola of Kantine bakery

    I had spectacular luck with I was in San Francisco and a friend suggested we meet up one morning at Kantine, a Scandinavian bakery and café. Arriving a little early, I was knocked out by the beautiful selection of pastries and breakfast offerings, which included open-faced smoked fish sandwiches on housemade sprouted rye bread, savory grain porridge, and a Scandinavian take on the breakfast sandwich, the Grovbirkes, a seed-crusted spiral of buttery puff pastry filled with warm scrambled eggs and crisp bacon. I wanted it all!
    After meeting owner/baker Nichole Accettola after breakfast, I invited her to join me on my podcast to discuss her life in Denmark with her family, Scandinavian versus French baking culture, and her return to the States to open Kantine. We also tasted a selection of her remarkable pastries (above), which are featured in her book, Scandinavian from Scratch, where Nichole reveals the recipes for the delicious treats from her bakery.
    I loved meeting and chatting with Nichole, and enjoyed her wonderful pastries…and hope you enjoy our conversation, too.
    -Visit the Kantine bakery & café website https://kantinesf.com/
    -Follow Kantine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kantinesf/
    -Order Scandinavian from Scratch: A Love Letter to the Recipes of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (Amazon) (Bookshop.org)

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    • 46 min
    Podcast: On Travel and Eating French Pastries with Phil Rosenthal

    Podcast: On Travel and Eating French Pastries with Phil Rosenthal

    When Phil Rosenthal, star of Somebody Feed Phil, comes to town, we did what we do best: Eat.
    Phil was in Paris recently on tour celebrating his book, Somebody Feed Phil, the companion to his Netflix series. The cookbook is a compilation of the most requested recipes from the show, which has become wildly popular, and we had a lot of fun catching up since we first met in Paris, back in 2014, when it all began for him.
    We dined well in a few great restaurants in Paris, but took a break from the savory side to enjoy some classic French pastries (from Maison Landemaine), which included Chouquettes and a Croissant aux amandes* (above), the latter of which I call the “slippery slope” of French pastries, because once you start eating one, you can’t stop. This particular one also had chocolate in it, which made it extra irresistible. (While we were recording, Phil liked it so much, he almost ate the whole thing himself!)
    We also shared a classic Chocolate éclair as well as one of the lesser-known French pastries (outside of France, that is): Flan Parisien. Check out our chat, and our tasting of these sublime French pastries.
    Enjoy the podcast!
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    *There’s a recipe for making these in my book, L’Appart.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

333meg ,

I’ll follow David on whatever adventure!

David is engaging and amiable, of course that would come through on his Podcast. I loved his IG lives during Covid. His experience with French culture and food with an American perspective is always enjoyable, no matter what he’s up to. I’d love to see him have his own show where he travels around France, highlighting the everyday instead of just the glorified version we see so much about, hello French truck stops for lunch. I await for each podcast excited, and hope I get to hear his cute little giggle.

KarenCiniSellsLA ,

Down to Earth and thoroughly enjoyable!

I have been following David Lebovitz for a while now, and truly, I really enjoy listening to him and reading his books. He is a down to earth and easy going, and he calls out all kinds of amazing and amusing anecdotes about French culture and life in Paris. I enjoy his recipes, his food shopping experiences, his expeditions, and now, his podcasts. Thank you, David!

Rosieque ,

Great podcast

Very interesting and enjoyable podcast. David has a wonderful conversational style with his guests and gives us a great little glimpse into Paris.

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