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Serious Eats' podcast Special Sauce enables food lovers everywhere to eavesdrop on an intimate conversation about food and life between host and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and his well-known/famous friends and acquaintances both in and out of the food culture.

Special Sauce with Ed Levine Ed Levine

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    • 4.2 • 280 Ratings

Serious Eats' podcast Special Sauce enables food lovers everywhere to eavesdrop on an intimate conversation about food and life between host and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and his well-known/famous friends and acquaintances both in and out of the food culture.

    Nigella Lawson As You've Never Heard Her, Plus Kenji Gives Her Major Props

    Nigella Lawson As You've Never Heard Her, Plus Kenji Gives Her Major Props

    On this week's episode of Special Sauce legendary food writer and television cook Nigella Lawson gets real about both her new book "Cook, Eat, Repeat," and the remarkable arc of her life and career. Then Kenji stops in to sing Nigella's praises and reveals what happened when Nigella cooked at his restaurant. 

    Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie on BBQ And Fathers & Sons, Plus Kenji’s Pork Shoulder

    Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie on BBQ And Fathers & Sons, Plus Kenji’s Pork Shoulder

    On this week’s Special Sauce, we’re joined by the great pit master and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott and his coauthor Lolis Eric Elie talking about their new book "Rodney Scott's World of BBQ." They talk about whole hog BBQ, fathers and sons, and a whole lot more. Plus, Kenji weighs in with his approach to smoking a pork shoulder.

    Lolis Eric Elie on New Orleans food & diversity in Hollywood, Kenji on Red Beans & Rice

    Lolis Eric Elie on New Orleans food & diversity in Hollywood, Kenji on Red Beans & Rice

    On this week's episode of Special Sauce, we're joined by TV and food writer Lolis Eric Elie who dishes on diversity -- or the lack thereof -- in Hollywood and tells us about the joys of eating in and out in his native New Orleans. Later, Kenji stops by to give us his helpful tips for cooking red beans with rice. 

    Fast Food: Good and/or Evil with Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler & Kenji

    Fast Food: Good and/or Evil with Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler & Kenji

    On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, we continue our deep dive into the world of fast food. This time  Franchise Author Marcia Chatelain, Drive-Thru Dreams Author Adam Chandler, and Kenji discuss the unique good vs. evil duality of fast food. The new-ish made-to-order McDonald's Quarter Pounder and the Popeye's Chicken Sandwich are definitely on the menu.

    Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler, Bill Oakley and Kenji Lopez-Alt on Fast Food

    Marcia Chatelain, Adam Chandler, Bill Oakley and Kenji Lopez-Alt on Fast Food

    On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, we ponder the highs and the lows of fast food culture with Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University Professor of history and African American studies and author of Franchise, and Adam Chandler who wrote Drive-Thru Dreams. Then, Bill Oakley shares a few of his fast food reviews from instagram and later, Kenji stops by to share his recipe for Smash Burgers. 

    Special Sauce: Mashama Bailey & Johno Morisano On the Birth of The Grey

    Special Sauce: Mashama Bailey & Johno Morisano On the Birth of The Grey

    When the ultra-talented chef Mashama Bailey collaborated with first-time restaurateur John Morisano to open The Grey in an old abandoned Greyhound bus depot in Savannah Georgia, they knew that their partnership was not going to be easy. 
    On this week's Special Sauce you will hear about the difficulties they encountered along the way related to race, class, and gender. The story of their unlikely partnership is beautifully rendered in their painstakingly honest joint memoir Black and White at The Grey. 

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

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President of the US Humane Society

The President is Kitty Block. Why did Carrie say she is? Carrie is the VP of Communications. Hmmm.

Arlie K ,

Just delicious!

Really love this show! Ed does a great job making connections between cusine and culture. I can literally feel his sincerity in everything he says, and I can tell the guests he brings on are people he is genuinely excited to share with his listeners. Pull up a chair and take a bite!

elizavolps ,

Less Ed, please

I had to unsubscribe to this eventually, even though I love the guests, because of how much I dislike Ed’s interview style. He cannot get through a conversation without somehow spotlighting himself. It’s tone deaf, disrespectful and annoying when guests have much more interesting stories that I haven’t already heard 100 times.

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