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Hi, I'm Adam Roberts, and I like analyzing people's lunches. As one of the first food bloggers and a comedy writer for film and TV, I'm fascinated by the ways in which what we eat reveal who we are. Join me as I playfully tease out people's psychological issues as we talk about what everyone eats for lunch. DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed lunch therapist. I do, however, make a killer BLT.
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Lunch Therapy Adam Roberts

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    • 4.8 • 304 Ratings

Hi, I'm Adam Roberts, and I like analyzing people's lunches. As one of the first food bloggers and a comedy writer for film and TV, I'm fascinated by the ways in which what we eat reveal who we are. Join me as I playfully tease out people's psychological issues as we talk about what everyone eats for lunch. DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed lunch therapist. I do, however, make a killer BLT.
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    Bonus: Anatomy of a Dinner Party

    Bonus: Anatomy of a Dinner Party

    In this very special bonus episode of Lunch Therapy, I dig into one of my favorite topics: dinner parties. I've been throwing dinner parties forever and here I walk you through my most recent, a birthday dinner for three of my closest friends. How did I plan the menu? How did I approach the grocery store? When did I start cooking? How did I deal with dishes? How did I know how much food to make? What did I listen to in the kitchen? Hear all of these questions answered, and more, in this solo session. And if you have more questions about dinner parties, feel free to ask them: shoot me an e-mail at lunchtherapist@gmail.com (it's best if you record the question as a voice memo so I can use it in an upcoming episode!).
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    • 47 min
    Zach Schiffman's Post-Fast Cauliflower and Broccoli Rabe Sandwich with Hot Honey

    Zach Schiffman's Post-Fast Cauliflower and Broccoli Rabe Sandwich with Hot Honey

    Zach Schiffman is a 25 year-old stand-up comedian in Brooklyn who's worked for Full Frontal with Sam Bee and currently works for Tooning Out the News. In today's session, we talk about the foods that Gen Z-ers eat, Zach's fear of knives, the Jewy food that his mom makes, and his love for dessert. We also cover the courage it takes to do stand-up comedy, feeling more Jewish than gay, his dad's obsession with pocket knives, and his talk show-themed Bar Mitzvah.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bonus: Dinner with Ben Mandelker at Bari

    Bonus: Dinner with Ben Mandelker at Bari

    Bonus episode alert! Recent Lunch Therapy patient Ben Mandelker and I went to dinner together this week at a new L.A. restaurant called Bari and, in this bonus episode, we walk through our meal course by course to render a verdict. We also cover topics such as: restaurant tops and bottoms, breaking the fast, how much to drink at dinner, how to pronounce fagiolini, digestifs, and our true feelings about wax beans. If you'd like to be featured in a future bonus episode, send me a food-related question via voice memo to lunchtherapist@gmail.com. I'd love to answer your questions!
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    • 31 min
    Jenny Rosenstrach's Leftover Crispy Tofu with Vietnamese Drizzle Sauce

    Jenny Rosenstrach's Leftover Crispy Tofu with Vietnamese Drizzle Sauce

    Food blogger and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach (Dinner: A Love Story, Dinner: The Playbook, How to Celebrate Everything) has a brand new cookbook out, The Weekday Vegetarians, which just hit #3 on the NYT bestseller list. In today's session, we talk about being a three-day empty nester (her youngest daughter just went off to college), how she goes about writing a cookbook, what she's been eating since her theree kids went to school, and how she and her husband negotiate who cooks what. We also get into setting boundaries in terms of how much she shares online, her Jewish and Italian roots, and how she's been taking pictures of her food since the early nineties.
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    • 58 min
    Ben Mandelker's Not Crappy Pearl Barley Salad

    Ben Mandelker's Not Crappy Pearl Barley Salad

    Today's Lunch Therapy patient is my friend Ben Mandelker, the co-host of one of the most popular podcasts out there: WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS, a pod that dissects nearly every detail of every show that airs on Bravo. In today's session, we talk to Ben about Jill Zarin (my favorite Housewife), how Giada DeLaurentis got him into cooking, the link between eating crappy food and watching crappy TV, and putting pepperoni into pasta. We also cover how being gay makes you want to be the golden child, his inability to eat berries or stone fruit, the worst matzah ball soup he ever made, and where we all stand on Alison Roman.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Molly Wizenberg's Typical-of-Her Mishmash Lunch of Potatoes, Zucchini, and Melted Cheese on Toast

    Molly Wizenberg's Typical-of-Her Mishmash Lunch of Potatoes, Zucchini, and Melted Cheese on Toast

    If there were a Mount Rushmore of food bloggers, Molly Wizenberg would definitely be on it. Her food blog, Orangette, was pioneering in the way that she fused together personal storytelling, atmospheric pictures, and recipe-writing (it won the James Beard Award in 2015 for Best Food Blog). Since then Molly's written three books -- A Homemade Life, Delancey, and her most recent, The Fixed Stars (now in paperback) -- as well as co-hosted the podcast, Spilled Milk, which is now in its eleventh years. In today's Lunch Therapy session, Molly talks about getting burned out with food writing, how she parents her daughter, June, food-wise, and what it was like to open up a restaurant without being emotionally equipped to do it. We also talk about the ethics of personal storytelling, what she considers oversharing, and what she teaches her students in her writing workshops.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
304 Ratings

304 Ratings

KDUBSL ,

New (huge) fan!

5 Stars all around! As someone who loves a ‘What’s in my bag / fridge’ Lunch Therapy is my jam! Bonus - most of the guests are people I already love OR didn’t know I needed in my life! About to embark on all the back episodes. Thanks Adam!

soniaturtle57 ,

Love!

I hate making lunch. I always forget to or never have time. It’s my least favorite meal of the day. That is, until I came across this gem of a podcast. Adam’s sweet nerdy voice soothes me as I drive. His variety of guests keep me engaged. I even began asking my friends what they had for lunch and then analyze their answers with them. The podcast has also helped me think about my own meal patterns and how they factor into my mental health and lifestyle. I would say this podcast is for intellectuals only; but it’s actually for anyone because no matter your intelligence, you’ll always feel like an intellectual in Adam’s company.

meghanssj ,

Lunch Therapy is Comfort Food

Lunch Therapy by Adam Roberts is my favorite podcast. I have enjoyed Adam’s voice, humor, perspective of food as a home cook and enthusiastic eater and the slice of life he has shared widely for years, via his blog, tv writing and Instagram—listening to his podcast is the natural extension of that. I am even getting to know how his actual human voice actually sounds which is a nice loop back to humanity. I could review each episode individually, if there were a million more hours in the week, because I often find myself having a comment or question, or wanting to give a nod of “I see what you did there!” I have found that Adam is consistently funny, playful and engaging as a host, and if I like a certain episode more than others, it is due to the guest. Adam shares, forges connections in a short window, and draws people’s upbringing, food history and current relationship with food into the light with ease. What I find occasionally baffling in the content is the world that LA people, particularly in the TV industry inhabit. For a Midwesterner, it can occasionally be like hearing about an alternate universe where your diet and exercise inhabit a prominent public part of life but I don’t hate having a little window into the lifestyle of people who work around Hollywood, and live where it is always summer. What always comes through in listening to an episode of Lunch Therapy is a little insight into where a guest comes from, their food memories, where food resides in their current life, and truly, just the intriguing fact of what a person eats for lunch and dinner. I consider getting to eat daily to be such a gift and a matter of importance. Clearly Adam Roberts also believes that there is more to a meal than mere fuel. I am definitely coming back to hear what other guests have to say about their lunches and upcoming dinner ever week, and even more, what that meal says about them. Also, ps, I liked hearing from Craig in the intro too! Bring him back!

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