30 episodes

At The Secret Life of Cookies we know that kitchens are the heart of the home. They’re where families come together, where food comes from and where some of the best conversations take place. Kitchens are where the power is (even nasty President Jackson with his “kitchen cabinet” thought so), and where the baked goods are, which is why Marissa Rothkopf, the host, spends so much time in the kitchen. On The Secret Life of Cookies we will bring you into those conversations with some smart, interesting people who like to cook and have something to say. Pull up a chair up at our kitchen table, and join us as we cook and discuss the important issues of today. 
 
Marissa Rothkopf is a professionally trained chef and food writer who has done everything from restaurant reviews for the New York Times to writing a column on kitchen gadgets for Newsweek. She teaches journalism at Montclair State University and gets nervous when asked to make custard.

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    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

At The Secret Life of Cookies we know that kitchens are the heart of the home. They’re where families come together, where food comes from and where some of the best conversations take place. Kitchens are where the power is (even nasty President Jackson with his “kitchen cabinet” thought so), and where the baked goods are, which is why Marissa Rothkopf, the host, spends so much time in the kitchen. On The Secret Life of Cookies we will bring you into those conversations with some smart, interesting people who like to cook and have something to say. Pull up a chair up at our kitchen table, and join us as we cook and discuss the important issues of today. 
 
Marissa Rothkopf is a professionally trained chef and food writer who has done everything from restaurant reviews for the New York Times to writing a column on kitchen gadgets for Newsweek. She teaches journalism at Montclair State University and gets nervous when asked to make custard.

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    Sedition! Sedition!

    Sedition! Sedition!

    The first guest of the year is CNN legal analyst Elliott Williams and principal at The Raben Group, who also brings a background at the Department of Justice to bear on the big news stories of the week. Among Elliott’s other skills? Baking. So to the tune of “Sedition!” (think "Fiddler on the Roof”) Marissa and Elliott bake peach-pecan rugelach in honor of Georgia. It’s a bit of a story, they’ll explain inside.
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    • 56 min
    Special One-Year Anniversary Episode with Charles Finch

    Special One-Year Anniversary Episode with Charles Finch

    This week’s episode marks the one-year anniversary of the podcast. One whole year of baking and talking politics and current events with some of the best and, definitely brightest, of the bunch. To celebrate, Marissa welcomes one of her favorite authors, Charles Finch. Yes, he of the Inspector Lennox mysteries, and a new non-fiction book, What Just Happened: Notes On a Long Year. Together they baked gingerbread cake, just the kind of thing the sleuthing Inspector Lennox would’ve enjoyed in a Victorian Christmas.
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    • 40 min
    Breaking News, Black Robe-itis and Cake with Katie Phang

    Breaking News, Black Robe-itis and Cake with Katie Phang

    This week, Marissa is joined by Katie Phang, a great legal mind, trial lawyer and MSNBC host and contributor. Katie brings a breaking scoop on Roger Stone’s defense strategy. plus Katie and Marissa bake a buttery, zesty citrus cake. Hoping to understand all the crazy ins and outs of legal trials over the past month? Katie explains them all.  And you’re not imagining it, there have been a lot of high profile trials this month.
    But also: Cake. Katie and Marissa talk cake-baking tips as well, because it’s all about balance. Y’know, just like the scales of justice.

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    • 55 min
    Is that Joy I Smell Cooking? with Travis Akers

    Is that Joy I Smell Cooking? with Travis Akers

    This week, Marissa is joined by defense intelligence officer, veterans’ affair advocate – and one of the few people who bring sense and joy to Twitter--Travis Akers. Together they take on what has been a grueling week of news and Travis manages to carve out some hope in a dark, dark week. The smell of melted chocolate and butterscotch chips as they recreate a favorite recipe from his childhood helped, too. But isn’t that why we love cookies?
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    • 44 min
    Make Pie Crust Without Fear (And Have Joy, to Boot): with Mollie Katzen

    Make Pie Crust Without Fear (And Have Joy, to Boot): with Mollie Katzen

    This week, we’ll be discussing something people find nearly as scary as the idea of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis as running mates in 2024. Something more daunting than trying to turn Wyoming into a blue state. Deep breaths, friends, it’s pie crust week! Mollie Katzen, all-around wonderful human and world-famous cookbook author joins us. Yes, she of The Moosewood Cookbook, Pretend Soup and more. Mollie is here to spread the word that pie crust isn’t just easy to do…it can be fun. And bring joy. She also shares some very inspiring words about choosing joy over anger, which after this week, we could all use.
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    • 58 min
    Cocktails Live and In-Person with Mary Trump and Allison Gill

    Cocktails Live and In-Person with Mary Trump and Allison Gill

    This week’s episode is very special for a whole slew of reasons, including guests Dr. Allison Gill of The Daily Beans podcast and Dr. Mary Trump, author of “The Reckoning.” It’s also the first episode done in-person—with nary a Zoom in sight. Marissa and guests drink a fancy new cocktail named after Mary’s bird and discuss the good and bad news about Attorney General Merrick Garland, the January 6th commission and what to make of all the goings-on in DC this week.
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Laura Wharff ,

Your Best Friend’s Kitchen

Not only do you get great cookie recipes, you are treated to fun and informative conversations with people who are experts in their field. The wide range of guests, from Travis Akers to Kathy Griffin to Mary Trump begin to feel like friends as they openly share their insights and life experiences. It’s like you’re sitting in the warm and welcoming kitchen of your best friend, you really don’t want to leave and can’t wait to get back. And did I mention the cookies? (There’s also pie, and sometimes cocktails!) Give yourself the gift of 50 or so minutes a week with Marissa, you’ll be ever so glad you did!

SamRung ,

Entertaining and informative

A great conversation about how we’re doing! I felt like I was spending time with friends. Maybe best to have snacks at hand when listening!

Octavia42069 ,

Great Pod

Love the concept, great execution.

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