Because everyone has a food story. From our first mouthful of applesauce in front of our adoring family, to our first bite into a jalapeño pepper, and everything in between, food is at the heart of the human experience. We love it. We need it. Food is family and ritual. Fun and work. Sophistication and guilty pleasure, scarcity and overabundance. Food makes us ecstatic and sometimes crazy. Food delights and disappoints. Can you think of a connector that binds us together more universally or seamlessly than our shared relationships with food? That’s what we do in this podcast: Share entertaining, evocative, celebratory, complicated and funny food stories.
Congressman Jim McGovern, Chair of the "Hunger Caucus"
Congressman Jim McGovern is our man in Congress. He represents Worcester, Massachusetts, but he really represents all of us who care about food. Not only is he the chair of the powerful rules committee, but he is lobbying for a White House Conference on Food & Nutrition. The last time that happened, Richard Nixon was president.
Holding on to Hospitality
When Charles Hunter jumped the chasmic divide from NYC to Boston to helm City Winery, he never bargained for a pandemic. He came with a long resume in the hospitality business with everything from a stint at IHOP (he says the boysenberries are real) and owning and managing his own spots in NYC and NJ. If there is a poster boy for grit, graceful pivoting and dedication to first principles of making it all about the guest, it is Charles Hunter.
The Lioness at the Library
You might think it’s obvious that the story of food, of cookbooks is central to understanding our culture and history. But it was not always so. Our storyteller today is Barbara Haber, a towering figure in making sure that “food,” and “women” and cooking were recognized as critical to the study of American Culture and American History. As curator of books at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library for more than 30 years, she collected more than 16,000 cookbooks plus the papers of notables like her friend, Julia Child, and argued (controversially!) for the recognition of Culinary History as a serious academic departments, now all over the country. . If you don’t yet know who Barbara Haber is, prepare to be amazed.
Chef Michel Nischan on Food, Fairness and the Future
Michel Nischan grew up working on his grandparent’s farm in Missouri and developed a deep appreciation for sustainable agriculture and those who work the land. His passion for healthful cooking supported by a local sustainable food system propelled Michel to the front of the culinary scene. Michel expanded his work into the world of food equity when he founded the non-profit organization, Wholesome Wave, whose mission is to inspire underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, healthful fruits and vegetables. His vision was to catalyze a meaningful shift in food commerce to support local farmers, retailers, and food entrepreneurs through purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables in their home communities.
Author of three cookbooks and a director of the Jacques Pepin Foundation, Chef’s Collaborative, CIA Advisory Council, Modern Farmer, Good Food Media Network, The National Young Farmers Coalition, and the ReFresh Working Group. The James Beard Foundation honored him with the 2015 Humanitarian of The Year. To learn more about Chef Nischan, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit www.chefnischan.com For more about Wholesome Wave visit www.wholesomewave.org
Chef Michel Nischan on Breakthrough Covid and Being a Good Neighbor
In mid-Summer, although fully vaccinated, Michel and his wife Laurie got Breakthrough Covid after a business trip to Nashville. We had to postpone our original conversation, but when we did connect, Michel shared his experience with us. We were moved. And think you will be too.
Tune in for more from Michel on our next episode!
Governor Deval Patrick Talks Food
Former Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, is a major foodie. But you might not know that if you simply focused on his remarkable biography. Raised on the South Side of Chicago in tough circumstances, scholarship to a New England boarding school, graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School, a senior member of the US Justice department, and a high-level corporate career – all before becoming the Bay State’s first African-American governor. Twice. And just last year, a run for the US Presidency. If there’s a testament to how talking about food is the great leveler, the great ice breaker, our conversation with Deval Patrick is it!
I can’t wait to hear who is next!
I love these.
Tasty & Delicious calorie-free binging
I just binged the whole lot! Think of The Moth, but every single story has food at its center—first dates, Russian spies, pot cookies & chip butties . I LOVE THIS PODCAST.
Who doesn’t love talking about food?
Everyone has a story to tell. These are good ones. I love the variety already among these Moth-style stories. Perfect reminder of all the good stories yet to come when we can get together—and eat together—again.