They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but how do we find ourselves there? Join host Liren Baker in the Kitchen Confidante podcast, a side dish to the recipe blog, Kitchen Confidante, as she explores the food journeys of passionate chefs, food writers, photographers, recipe developers, artisans, bloggers, and more! Learn how they got their starts and what fuels their taste and inspiration!
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Demystifying Whole Grains with Bread and Roses Author Rose Wilde
There is a general understanding that whole grains is better for us, but do you really know why? Rose Wilde is here to help us demystify whole grains and think of baking in a whole new way. Rose is a former human rights lawyer turned chef, master food preserver, master gardener, and owner of the bakery, Red Bread. She wrote her first cookbook, Bread and Roses: 100+ Grain Forward Recipes featuring Global Ingredients and Botanicals - where she shares her joy for grain in a comprehensive guide with recipes inspired by her travels across the globe. In this episode we dive into the world of whole grains, the rich flavor profiles in ancient grains, incorporating blossoms into baking, and more!
Learn more about Rose at https://www.eatredbread.com
Follow Rose on Instagram @trosewilde and @RedBread
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/bread-and-roses-author-rose-wilde
Gluten-free Family Cooking with Lindsay Cotter
Chances are you may have a gluten-free or gluten-sensitive eater in your life. While cooking gluten-free may feel challenging, Lindsay Cotter is here to help. Lindsay is the creator of the popular gluten-free recipe blog, Cotter Crunch, where she shares allergy-friendly recipes that help cooks thrive. As a nutrition specialist for sports nutrition and gluten-free eating, Lindsay has been featured in Shape magazine, Dr. Axe, Men’s Health, and more. Her latest cookbook: The Gluten-Free Family Cookbook: Allergy-friendly Recipes for Everyone Around Your Table is available now, and makes eating gluten-free easy and delicious.
Learn more about Lindsay at https://www.cottercrunch.com/
Follow Lindsay on Instagram: @cottercrunch
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/gluten-free-family-cooking-with-lindsay-cotter
The Effortless Baker with Janani Elavazhagan
If you've ever marveled at the artistry behind beautiful cakes, pastries, and pastries, the decadence is within reach with the guidance of Janani Elavazhagan. Janani is the baker, recipe developer, blogger, and immensely talented food photographer of the blog Skillet to Plate. Based in Portland, Oregon, Janani’s stunning photography accompanies her simple recipes, which have led to her first cookbook, The Effortless Baker: Your Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Decadent, Showstopping Sweets and Treats. The Effortless Baker blends the best of Indian and classic American desserts, making traditional Indian sweets more accessible by integrating simple baking techniques.
In this episode, we chat about her love of fusion baking, how she hones her photography craft, and some of the beautiful recipes in her new book.
Learn more about Janani at https://www.skillettoplate.com
Follow Janani on Instagram: @skillettoplate
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/the-effortless-baker-with-janani-elavazhagan
Hip Hop and Wine: Blending these Worlds in Street Somm, with Jermaine Stone
Pour yourself a glass of wine and join me in my conversation with Jermaine Stone! Also known as the Wolf of Wine, Jermaine is a Bronx native who has crafted a career blending his two passions: hip hop and wine. After getting his start at Zachys Wine Auction, he founded Cru Love Selections, a wine branding and marketing agency dedicated to engaging hip-hop fans with the world of wine. He also hosts the podcast The Original Wine & Hip Hop. Now, he travels the country in Tastemade’s newest series, Street Somm, exploring the stories behind the chefs and delicious foods in each city and sharing unique wine pairings.
Learn more about Jermaine at wineandhiphop.com and https://www.cruluvwine.com
Follow Jermaine on Instagram: @realwolfofwine
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/hip-hop-and-wine-street-somm-with-jermaine-stone
Redefining Filipino Food with Jacqueline Chio-Lauri and the Contributing Authors of We Cook Filipino
In this episode, we chat with writer, anthologist, and editor Jacqueline Chio-Lauri. Born in the Philippines and now based in Manchester, England Jackie’s work includes the highly acclaimed book The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from around the Globe, as well as publications in anthologies, academic papers, and global media sites. She is back with her newest anthology, We Cook Filipino: Heart-Healthy Recipes and Inspiring Stories from Filipino Food Personalities and Award-Winning Chefs. This book presents the vibrant food culture of the Philippines through the lens of heart-healthy cooking in stories and recipes from 36 culinary trailblazers from around the globe. In this conversation, we are joined by some of the contributing authors, including Cynthia Cherish Malaran, Will Mordido, Kathy Vega Hardy, Cheryl Baun, Paolo Mendoza, and myself.
I am honored to be a contributing author to this book, and I am excited to share this extraordinary book and episode of the podcast with you today, which marks We Cook Filipino's official release.
Order We Cook Filipino on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3PQYkaS (affiliate link)
Learn more about our guests:
Jacqueline Chio-Lauri https://myfoodbeginnings.com
Cynthia Cherish Malaran https://djcherishtheluv.com
Will Mordido http://www.willmordido.com
Kathy Vega Hardy https://www.atasteofthephilippines.com
Cheryl Baun and Paolo Mendoza https://karenderyany.com
Follow our guests on Instagram:
Jacqueline Chio-Lauri @myfoodbeginnings
Cynthia Cherish Malaran @djcherishtheluv
Will Mordido @will.mordido
Kathy Vega Hardy @tasteofthephilippines
Cheryl Baun and Paolo Mendoza @karenderya_ny
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/redefining-filipino-food-with-jacqueline-chio-lauri-and-the-contributing-authors-of-we-cook-filipino
Lolo's Sari-Sari Store with Sophia Lee and Christine Almeda: A children’s book that celebrates community, connection, and Filipino culture.
Gather 'round for storytime! In this episode, we chat with Sophia Lee and Christine Almeda — Sophia is the author of Holding On and Soaring Saturdays, and her first book, What Things Mean, won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Scholastic Asian Book Awards. Christine is a freelance illustrator and has worked with clients such as Scholastic, HarperCollins, The New York Times, Eater, and more. Together, they are the author and illustrator of Lolo’s Sari-sari Store, a heartwarming children’s book that celebrates community, connection, and Filipino culture.
Learn more about Sophia at
Follow Sophia on Instagram: @sophianleewrites https://www.instagram.com/sophianleewrites/
Learn more about Christine at
Follow Christine on Instagram: @eychristine https://www.instagram.com/eychristine/
Podcast Show Notes: https://kitchenconfidante.com/lolos-sari-sari-store-with-sophia-lee-and-christine-almeda
In a world littered with boring and me too podcast,this one really stands out. So nice to have a totally unique and fresh perspective on all things food and wine. Well done and keep the great content coming!
Easy to listen to, fun, insightful
Liren has a great voice and conversational tone that's so fun and easy to listen to, while peeling back the curtain on brands and culinary leaders. A must listen!
A wonderful listen
If you consider yourself a foodie and want to meet people in the industry, this is the podcast to listen. Liren is a curious soul and she has honest conversations about life as a foodie.