From Samin Nosrat (chef and author of the cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (creator and host of the podcast Song Exploder), Home Cooking is a mini-series to help you figure out what to cook—and keep you company—during the quarantine. If you need help or just want some creative inspiration for your kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Do you have a quarantine cooking question, story, or anxiety you want to share with us? Send a voice memo to us at email@example.com, or call us at 201-241-COOK.
Happy Tangsgiving! (with Camila Cabello)
We’re back for a special episode of the podcast, and we’re getting questions and giving thanks as we get ready for the high holy day of home kitchens. We got a special surprise in the form of a question from international pop superstar Camila Cabello! Also, we finally made shirts that say “Shrimp J*nga Forever!” and you can get one at homecooking.show/shrimpjenga.
You can listen to Hrishi’s new song here, and watch his TED Talk here,
For recipes and a transcript of this episode, visit homecooking.show/16.
Starch Nemesis (with Waffles & Mochi)
Hello again! We’ve climbed out of our cave and here we are, blinking bewilderedly in the light of the bright sun, trying to remember how to make this podcast. Join us as we slice up a veritable fruit salad of questions, including one about raisins from our new puppet friends Waffles & Mochi. They’re the titular characters of the new Netflix kids show that just came out. Samin is in the show, too, so you should go watch it as soon as you’re done listening to this!
For recipes, resources, and a transcript of this episode, visit homecooking.show.
Bittersweet (with Helen Zaltzman)
We’re wrapping up this pandemic year and our pandemic podcast in a carefully-sealed bag, so as not to let the flavors intermingle with other flavors in your podcast cookie tin. For our cookie-themed episode, we‘ve got chocolate chip cookies, no-bake cookies, and smart cookie Helen Zaltzman (@HelenZaltzman) tells us about her gingerbread creations. Plus, a Chef Detective mystery about a lost family favorite from an out-of-print magazine.
For recipes, transcripts, and more, visit homecooking.show/14.
Thanksgiving, Part 2: Umami and Me (with Tracy Clayton and our families)
Happy Thanksgiving! Our special family guests this week include Samin’s younger brothers Pasha & Bahador, Hrishi’s dad Dr Sumesh Hirway, and Hrishi’s niece Asha. Plus, the wonderful Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) tells us about the Thanksgiving opinion that could get her excommunicated from her old Kentucky home.
This episode is dedicated to Kanta Hirway, Hrishi’s mom. Without her incredible home cooking and mischievous sense of humor, this podcast (and Hrishi) would have never been. Her Thanksgiving mango pie was the connection point for Samin and Hrishi’s first collaboration, and we hope you’ll try making it in her honor. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, but she expressed her love through food, anyway—so eat well and take care of each other
For recipes, resources, and more, visit homecooking.show/episodes/13.
Thanksgiving, Part 1: Sage Wisdom (with Demi Adejuyigbe)
According to our callers, a big part of Thanksgiving seems to be making food for your loved ones that you only kind of like yourself. But can we make these dishes a little better for the people cooking them?! We’re gonna try. Plus, Demi Adejuyigbe (@electrolemon), tells about his quarantine baking adventures.
For recipes, transcripts, and more, visit homecooking.show/12.
Snacktoberfest (with Sumesh Uncle and Sonoratown)
Dr. Sumesh Uncle Hirway, Ph.D (@sumeshhirway) is back with more tips, Jen Feltham of Sonoratown (@sonoratownla) teaches us a tortilla trick, and Samin & Hrishi talk treats.
For recipes, resources, and a transcript of this episode, visit homecooking.show/11.
Best Podcast Ever!
This divine food-centered podcast featuring Sami and Hirikesh is like a an old friendsship thst is both comfortable, fun, and endearing. Sami is nearly irrepressibly cheerful, though candid and genuine in the face of the pandemic, the accompanying challenges, and the loss of Hirikesh’s mother deep into the show. She utilizes her diverse knowledge of cuisines and culture, including her own experiences from her Iranian (previously described as Persian and as an IranianAmerican. She is worldly and knowledgeable with a refreshing respect for the multicultural experiences and cuisines she has explored. Though her goodwill and brightness is the best part of the series.
Hirikesh is a professional musician and podcaster about music, but is in a constant search for food and eating tips to improve his frequently vegan and vegetarian cuisine. He is probably a step above the most novice cook in experience, but clearly appreciates good food and the labor necessary to create it.
He is Indian-American (I am unsure of the region) and his father, a retired food scientist, is an occasional charming guest on the show. The stories the hosts share about their families and the food they grew up with makes you feel as if you were sitting with them at a kitchen table, sharing a meal. This is a welcoming, generally cheerful podcast that I’ve returned to multiple times in search of comfort. Highly recommended.
Please do another episode! I
Would love to hear the two of you again!
Bring back the show!!
This show is so full of joy! You two are so fun to listen to. Samin laughing all the time and Hrishi’s hilarious and on point puns—THE BEST. Even the callers and guests were a hoot. Thank you for putting some much needed happiness into the universe.