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In the Keep It Quirky podcast, Katie Quinn talks to creators living their dreams and navigating success and failure along the way. Katie Q is a food & travel video creator, popular YouTuber and cookbook author. Passion begets passion, so let's do this!
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Keep It Quirky podcast Katie Quinn

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In the Keep It Quirky podcast, Katie Quinn talks to creators living their dreams and navigating success and failure along the way. Katie Q is a food & travel video creator, popular YouTuber and cookbook author. Passion begets passion, so let's do this!
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    Teaching Normal People about Wine, with Caroline Conner

    Teaching Normal People about Wine, with Caroline Conner

    Caroline Conner is an American entrepreneur living in Lyon, France. She is the woman behind Wine Dine Caroline — a company all about enjoying wine and learning about it in the most accessible way. She’s just the kind of wine lover I want to have as a friend because she doesn’t stand for snobbery, but her knowledge of wine — everything from the science specifics to historical background — is incredible. She has her WSET diploma, over 12 years of experience in the industry, and is currently pursuing her master of wine.
    In this episode, we talk about why she’s focused her wine knowledge and educating us normal people ;) and why she loves living in Lyon, France. In the latter part of the show, I got a little nerdy with her, asking about some specifics of how Italy’s wines differ from France’s wine. (I loved her breakdown of Champagne versus Prosecco!) All that and much more, in this episode!
    Show Notes:
    Wine Dine Caroline’s Food & Wine Pairing PDF Download:
    https://ck.winedinecaroline.com/food-wine-pairing-lt 
    Wine Dine Caroline’s Video: “Sulfites in Wine - Are Sulfites Bad For You?” 
    https://youtu.be/uWyZhp0qMDo
    Follow Caroline on Instagram: @winedinecaroline
    Cheese, Wine, & Bread Preorder Giveaway: Sourdough Pizza Night E-Book!
    https://a.pgtb.me/c3mBM
    Follow Katie on Instagram: @qkatie
    @keepitquirkypodcast


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    • 30 min
    This is Why Puglia, Italy is So Special, with Anna Maggio

    This is Why Puglia, Italy is So Special, with Anna Maggio

    Anna Maggio is the author of the cookbook "Under the Olive Tree: Memories and Flavours of Puglia." (Gourmand World Book award Winner 2020!) Anna is an Italian-born and bred woman who has lived in London since her early twenties, but has been a proud proponent of Puglia, the southern Italian region when she spent her childhood.
    In this episode, I talk with Anna about some of the ingredients and recipes in her cookbook -- all of which are very simple and accessible -- and we talk about the concept of "cucina povera." We delve into a bit of the history of the Puglia region, the differences between southern Italy and northern Italy, and her personal experiences in both places...
    "It set me up to fight for survival," says Anna about moving from southern Italy to the big northern Italian city of Milan, where she was "treated like an immigrant." We also talk about her move to London, her career in the arts, and how she began her food tours and writing this book, a beautiful love letter to her childhood home.
    Her book helped me discover more about the region of Puglia, which I'm now calling home! She made me appreciate this area in new ways, and added new staple recipes to my kitchen rolodex.
    Anna has just joined Instagram! Let's welcome her: @annamaggio858
    Under the Olive Tree: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Olive-Tree-Memories-Flavours/dp/1913491080
    Leave a voice memo for my new podcast with Jen Phanomrat and Food52, called Either Side Eaters! Here's the link to ask us a question, which we may answer on-air! https://form.jotform.com/210325432378047
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    KEEP IT QUIRKY
    @keepitquirkypodcast
    @qkatie
    Preorder my book, Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France! https://www.katie-quinn.com/cheese-wine-and-bread-cookbook
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    • 29 min
    She’s a Professional Pasta Eater (with Sophie Minchilli)

    She’s a Professional Pasta Eater (with Sophie Minchilli)

    Hi everyone! I start this episode with some big news: I've moved to Italy! And in the spirit of that move, I'd like to introduce you to someone who knows Italy like the back of her hand, adores it, and will make you want to eat pasta straight away.
    Sophie Minchilli was raised in Rome, Italy, to an Italian father and American mother (you may know of her mom -- author Elizabeth Minchilli, @eminchilli) and she is passionate about sharing Italian culture. In this conversation, we have a fun, nuanced chat about Italy -- we talk about the huge regional differences in Italy, making friends with the older generation here, and some of her favorite dishes from the part of Italy where I'm living (Puglia).
    Sophie and Elizabeth team up to do food tours all around Italy! - you can find more information here: https://www.elizabethminchilli.com/week-in-italy/
    and
    http://www.sophieminchilli.com/food-tours/
    Follow Sophie on Instagram: @sminchilli
    Watch her make Orecchiette con Le Cime Di Rapa: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CHdRNgiiLVF/
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    • 25 min
    How a Childhood Nomad Became a Foodie, with Jenny Linford

    How a Childhood Nomad Became a Foodie, with Jenny Linford

    Jenny Linford is the food writer behind the massively popular Food Lover's London guides, Great British Cheeses, and many more drool-worthy books. Her most recent book is an absolute joy -- The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavor.
    She currently lives in London, but has lived in Italy, Singapore (where her mother is from), Trinidad, and Ghana. In this episode we talk about the affect travel during the early years of her life has had on not only how she sees food culture, but also how she writes and how she experiences life.
    We chat about the deeply ingrained cultural aspects of food, writing as a conduits for others, and the satisfaction of doing something you believe in. It was a pleasure to talk at length with Jenny; I hope you enjoy our chat!
    JENNY LINFORD
    @jlinford on Instagram
    @jennylinford on Twitter
    KEEP IT QUIRKY
    @keepitquirkypodcast
    @qkatie
    Preorder my book, Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France! https://www.katie-quinn.com/cheese-wine-and-bread-cookbook
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    • 25 min
    This Woman Has the Single Coolest Career Path, with Cree LeFavour

    This Woman Has the Single Coolest Career Path, with Cree LeFavour

    Author Cree LeFavour has the kind of writing career many creatives (ahem, myself included) dream of. She's authored four cookbooks (and has ghostwritten countless others), an acclaimed memoir, and most recently -- a novel! She has such an intuitive relationship with her creativity, and it was an absolute delight to talk with her about her path, and the sparks that have led the work she’s done.
    In this episode, we start by talking about her new novel, "Private Means," which is a fascinating (and sometimes rather sexy!) book that is, on the surface, about a middle aged couple that loses their beloved dog and the unraveling that occurs thereafter...but of course what’s it’s really about is human relationships. It’s funny & thought provoking, dark & wry. We discuss her writing process and how writing a novel was different than writing her memoir, "Lights On, Rats Out," which came out a few years ago. 
    If you're a foodie, check out the cookbooks she's written, "The New Steak," "Fish," "Pork," and "Poulet." How did she become this literary badass from a career in writing cookbooks? We’ll hear all about that, and the twists and turns her life as presented….they seem at one hand so varied, and yet it all seems to weave it together so wonderfully.
    And of course, we talk about embracing your quirkiness/weirdness (literary and otherwise).
    CREE LeFAVOUR
    @creelefavour
    www.creelefavour.com
    KATIE QUINN
    @qkatie
    KEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST
    @keepitquirkypodcast
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    • 46 min
    Launching an Album in a Pandemic, with Brian Quinn

    Launching an Album in a Pandemic, with Brian Quinn

    Today's guest is Brian Quinn, a professional musician (the creator of this podcast's theme song!), and, yes, he's my brother. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the preeminent music schools in the USA. Since then, he has worked as a professional musician, calling Chicago, IL his base.
    In this conversation we talk about everything from what it's like to be a professional, performing musician during this time of Covid-19, to discussing whether or not it's a good ideal to go to music school if you want to be a musician.
    The debut album of his band, bq, is releasing worldwide this Friday, September 4! The album is called "The Inner Solar system," and it's instrumental funk music that is sure to get your feet tapping and hips swinging.
    (He's also playing an album release show -- FREE and OUTDOORS -- this Saturday, September 5 from 5:30p-8:00pat Chicago's Navy Pier, at Miller Lite Beer Garden.)
    He gives us some sneak peeks of his songs, and talks us through elements of the music to listen for. It’s my favorite thing to listen to music with Brian; he points out things that my ear would never hear otherwise. He also describes the origin of certain musical techniques (attention, music history nerds!); it's super cool to get a peek into this artist’s mind with all that, and to hear how it evolved.
    I'm a proud sister. He's got a lot of experiences to share with you -- for other musicians, aspiring musicians, or anyone curious about what that creative process and reality of the industry looks like now.

    BRIAN QUINN
    Instagram: @qkatie
    Website: www.bqfunk.com
    The Inner Solar System, debut album by bq

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4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Tenaj69 ,

Adore

Loved the interview with Anna and hearing about Puglia! Anna has lived an interesting life for sure! I’ll be looking for her on Instagram and for her book!
Remembering to Keep It Quirky in NC!!
Just Janet

Anna H-B ,

Inspirational and fun!

I love this podcast! It’s been hugely inspirational in my life as I venture down an entrepreneurial path. Every episode I take away an amazing lesson. It’s honest, open and Katie definitely keeps it quirky! Highly recommend.

Hannah .V. ,

Awesome/Quirky sauce!

Katie Quinn has a really calm and cheerful voice. It makes you feel motivated to achieve the seemingly impossible— she delves into, with unwavering enthusiasm, the lives and innovative or experimental pursuits of artists, chefs, photographers, video-makers, and anyone who’s made a difference in the creative space. Love this podcast!

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