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If you're a fan of smart and lively conversations about food, home cooking, and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and cookbooks and release episodes several times a month. The program is hosted by TASTE editors Aliza Abarbanel and Matt Rodbard, and is sometimes recorded live at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City.
Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

This Is TASTE Aliza Abarbanel & Matt Rodbard

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    • 4.6 • 201 Ratings

If you're a fan of smart and lively conversations about food, home cooking, and culture, this is the place. We interview the most interesting characters in the world of food, media, and cookbooks and release episodes several times a month. The program is hosted by TASTE editors Aliza Abarbanel and Matt Rodbard, and is sometimes recorded live at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City.
Visit TASTE online: tastecooking.com

    Caroline Chambers

    Caroline Chambers

    What a fun conversation we have with Caroline Chambers, the author of the popular Substack What To Cook When You Don't Feel Like Cooking, as well as an upcoming cookbook of the same name. Caroline has had such an interesting career in food media, and we dig into how she went from relative obscurity to running the number one ranked Substack in the competitive food category. We talk about what makes a great Internet recipe, and how she worked social media hard during the pandemic to speak with an audience that was looking for just what she was cooking - when many didn’t feel like cooking. We also talk about her life in California, her time living in New York City, and sneak a little sports talk into the mix as well. Caroline is a new favorite of ours and we hope you enjoy this talk.

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    MORE FROM CAROLINE CHAMBERS:The WTC vacation house meal plan [Substack]Tuna cottage cheese avocado salad [IG]

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    • 40 min
    Molly Baz & Dwight Garner

    Molly Baz & Dwight Garner

    Today on the show we have two great conversations. First up is Molly Baz. With a signature voice and absolutely wild recipe development skills, Molly has won over millions of fans worldwide and she talks about her latest book, More Is More, which taps into the food world’s more maximalist urges. Also on the show is Dwight Garner. Dwight has been a book critic at the New York Times since 2008, and he has now written one of our favorite food books in years (not an exaggeration). The Upstairs Delicatessen is a book about “eating, reading, reading about eating, and eating while reading.” This is completely, 100% Matt’s bag, and Dwight’s style and rhythm had us reading until we were full (and then some). In this extremely fun episode, Dwight shares the book’s origins and digs into some of his most memorable meals and books, and books about meals, and meals…you get the point. 

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Chicago Hospitality Accountability with the CHAAD Project

    Chicago Hospitality Accountability with the CHAAD Project

    The Chicago Hospitality Accountability and Advocacy Database, or the CHAAD Project, is an organization created by and for hospitality workers in Chicago to advance accountability and end labor abuses within the industry. On this episode Aliza speaks with cofounder and director of communications Raeghn Draper on the show to talk about CHAAD’s work and about building a more equitable hospitality industry. It’s essential listening for anyone who loves food and restaurants.

    Also on the show we talk about these booming NA beer times we are living in. TASTE columnist Jordan Michelman returns to the show to talk about the NA beer story he dropped this week. Jordan tasted over 60 alcohol-free beers from around the world. Which came out on top? Listen to find out.

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    READ MORE ABOUT CHAAD AND NA BEER:The CHAAD Project [official]Chicago Hospitality Workers Have New Digital Tool [BCC]It’s Cool to Care About NA Beer [TASTE]

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Jess Damuck & Sara B. Franklin

    Jess Damuck & Sara B. Franklin

    Today on the show we feature conversations with two extremely cool authors. First up is Jess Damuck, author of the new cookbook Health Nut. We catch up with Jess about a pivot away from salads, what she’s cooking at home in Los Angeles, and how she brought a lot of color to the book’s recipe development and striking photography. Also on the show we have a great talk with Sara B. Franklin. We discuss her new book on legendary cookbook editor Judith Jones, and how Jones’ great influence is still felt in cookbook publishing today. 

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    MORE FROM JESS DAMUCK & SARA B. FRANKLINCoconut Tahini Toast Is the Only Thing We Want To See Before 8 a.m. [Well + Good]How to Make an Excellent Salad Dressing [FT]My Lunches with Judith Jones, the Queen of Cookbooks [TASTE]She Was More Than the Woman Who Made Julia Child Famous [NYT]

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Art of the Dinner Party Nap with Big Night’s Katherine Lewin

    The Art of the Dinner Party Nap with Big Night’s Katherine Lewin

    Katherine Lewin is the founder of Big Night, an entertaining-focused home goods store with two locations here in New York City. She’s also the author of Big Night, the cookbook, which is a truly excellent new back-pocket hosting companion, with recipes and menu ideas. It’s so fun to have her on the show to talk about summer cooking, entertaining as an introvert, and more.

    Also on the show, Aliza and Matt discuss three things they each are interested in right now. These include: The vibes at Greenpoint’s Million Goods, Korean drinking food at Bushwick’s Orion Bar, The Old Town Bar, a legend in Manhattan, Achilles Heel has a great new chef, Carolina Gellen’s debut cookbook Pass the Plate, The Bean Book by Rancho Gordo’s Steve Sando.       

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    MORE FROM KATHERINE LEWIN:Big Night, the Cult-Favorite Party Store, Now Has Its Own Cookbook [Vogue]I Own a Store Dedicated to Dinner Parties—Here’s Hos I Fight Pre-Company Stress [Domino]Welcome to the Shoppy Shop [NY Mag]

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    • 53 min
    Steven Rinella & Darin Bresnitz

    Steven Rinella & Darin Bresnitz

    Today on the show we welcome Steven Rinella. He’s an American outdoorsman, conversationalist, writer, and TV personality responsible for introducing the outdoor lifestyle to millions of fans. It was great talking with Steven about his latest work, the MeatEater Outdoor Cookbook, and how he likes to think about summer outdoor cooking. It’s not what you expect.  

    Also on the show we have a great talk with Darin Bresnitz. He’s the co-host of the long-running podcast Snacky Tunes, and a great guy to know in Los Angeles. We talk about his career working in early food television, and how he’s been at the center of food and drink for nearly two decades. 

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    MORE FROM STEVEN RINELLA & DARIN BRESNITZ:  A Texas Hog Hunt [MeatEater]Quarter Sheets & Wilderado [Snack Tunes]Matt Rodbard & False Prpht [Snacky Tunes]Los Angeles Plugs: Matt Rodbard [The Angel]This Is TASTE 48: James Murphy & Nick Curtola [TASTE]

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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

Officialdancemoms ,

Fun episode!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple of years now. I’m a fan and I don’t skip many episodes but thought I might skip this most recent with Alex Lau because I’m not really interested in photography. I’m so happy that I listened as the conversation was delightful! Alex’s story about his job interviews after college was actually so suspenseful that I almost burnt my dinner. Good luck with the Koreaworld cookbook I can’t wait to take a look at the recipes and the photos.

Oh,please ,

Lots of knowledge here, but…

The host needs to ease up on signifying how hip he is, and rushing the conversation on to his battery of assigned questions. Loosen up a little !

_kvn_ ,

not very substantive or curious interviewer responses

tried listening to the sandor katz episode but had to stop because the interviewer just kept (as many have said) cutting the guest short. it feels like a listening problem because the responses are usually nothing more than “oh i love how you said this” or “i love how you describe this” or “oh yes that restaurant is great”. generic responses is not generative for conversation.

as opposed to exploring the responses of guests, the interviewer seems to just be running through a list of scripted questions which short circuits a lot of the possibility to go deep on a question. would suggest changing pace, slowing down, and making the conversation more organic

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