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If you're a fan of smart and cool and weird and lively conversations about food and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and arts (and sometimes they're a combination of all three). The program is hosted by TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard, and often recorded live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY. Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

The TASTE Podcast Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard

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    • 4.7, 88 Ratings

If you're a fan of smart and cool and weird and lively conversations about food and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and arts (and sometimes they're a combination of all three). The program is hosted by TASTE editors Anna Hezel and Matt Rodbard, and often recorded live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY. Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

    70: Anna Hezel & Matt Rodbard

    70: Anna Hezel & Matt Rodbard

    It’s the TASTE Podcast series finale! For the past year and a half, we’ve brought some of our friends and heroes into the studio, and we wanted to relive some of our favorite conversations, including candid and sometimes hilarious talks with Ruth Reichl, Pete Wells, Helen Rosner, Dorie Greenspan, Julia Moskin, and Francis Lam.

    We also talk about all the exciting things in the works for TASTE, including our upcoming cookbook, Lasagna, and a bunch of other projects. This is not goodbye. This is see you on the Internet, or in person, very soon. You can follow us on Twitter at: @HezelAnna and @MattRodbard. And of course, visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com.

    • 31 min
    69: Daniel Holzman

    69: Daniel Holzman

    Friend of TASTE Daniel Holzman joins for a hilarious and truly meaningful conversation about the life of a traveling chef. Holzman, cofounder of the Meatball Shop and veteran of high-end kitchens in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, is also a TASTE columnist and a gifted photographer. We talk about his journey from working at Le Bernardin in high school, to his time as a young cook with Jean-Louis Palladin, to opening a restaurant with his best friend.

    Also on the show, journalists Matt and Ted Lee join to talk about their latest book, Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business. It’s a deep and meaningful look at the world of corporate catering. They talk about what it was like to go undercover.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    68: Chad Robertson

    68: Chad Robertson

    What a lineup on today’s episode! First up, Tartine’s Chad Robertson sits down for an interview at his brand-new Manufactory in downtown Los Angeles. We talk a bit about the grand expansion of Tartine but also go back to his early days of baking in his backyard in Northern California—and how he might just crave that simpler time. We also talk about his company’s move to Korea, and what it’s like to operate there. What a cool interview.

    Next up, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Serious Eats founder Ed Levine. We talk about his early days in food journalism and the ups and downs of running a media start-up in a wildly competitive, and changing, landscape. We also dive into his great new memoir, Serious Eater.

    Lastly we speak with Donna Leonard, the owner of legendary New York City restaurants Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari. We talk about some of the amazing chefs who have cooked at the restaurants, and she closes with a ghost story.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    67: David Kinch

    67: David Kinch

    David Kinch is the chef-owner of acclaimed Northern California restaurant Manresa and a legend in American fine-dining circles. On this episode, we head back to New York City in the 1980s and talk about his time working at the influential restaurant Quilted Giraffe—and how his post-shift meals at Midtown izakayas back then reflected the city’s changing culinary landscape. We also discuss his upcoming opening, Menton, and how he’s been traveling around America researching pasta.

    Also on the episode is Isaac Toups, the James Beard Award–nominated chef-owner of Toups’ Meatery in New Orleans and the author of Chasing the Gator. We discuss the definition of Cajun cuisine and how it occupies such a unique place in American culinary history. Plus, we talk about a trip he took to Lyon, France and the surprising connections he made.

    Lastly, Max Falkowitz answers a burning reader question about the price of vanilla.

    • 45 min
    66: Odette Williams

    66: Odette Williams

    Odette Williams is the author of Simple Cake and delivers on the book’s lofty promise: that baking cake can be simple! The book is organized into 10 base cakes and 15 toppings, and readers are encouraged to mix and match at their baking leisure. In this episode, we dive into what inspired the Australian bakeware designer to make the leap to publishing—and what is so rad about baking cakes for everyday snacking. Indeed, she’s a very big proponent of the snacking cake. What an idea.

    Also on this episode, photographer and author Austin Bush joins to talk about his incredible book, The Food of Northern Thailand. He shares stories of adventure and pork rinds, and what goes into the writing and reporting of a guidebooks. He’s currently working on editions for Laos and Vietnam. He also shares details about an upcoming book project.

    • 44 min
    65: Alex Stupak

    65: Alex Stupak

    Big ideas, strong opinions, and a deadpan Instagram. These are a few of my favorite things. Former pastry chef and current Empellon boss man Alex Stupak is a complicated—and incredibly sincere—dude, and in this episode we have a really spirited conversation about chicken sandwiches, aquafaba, his time at WD-50, Maggi seasoning, his cookbook, Tacos, and making Mexican food at home. Phew! It’s a really cool talk.

    Also on the show, we ask Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman a reader question. Hint: There are donuts involved.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

ears & ears ,

Foodie dream

Love this! Really cool insight and conversation.

JBH1616 ,

Engaging and Educational, for sure

Love the deliciously wide range of topics, guests, and perspectives week after week....but (please, please, please) can Anna find a new rejoinder to use in her interviews besides (always, always, always) ‘for sure’? Sorry, but it cheapens the otherwise sophisticated conversations. Otherwise, thank you for what you do; the access you provide is appreciated.

meega99 ,

Makes the drive go by so much faster!

Just listened to the Solomonov podcast on my last long commute. I loved it! TASTE podcast is so smart and funny... it makes my drive go by so much faster! The only problem is I get so hungry listening to these guys talk about food! It’s great inspiration for my home kitchen. Thank you TASTE! You guys are awesome.

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