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"What would your last meal be?" On this James Beard Award finalist for best podcast, National Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that’s just the beginning! Each dish’s origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Episodes every two weeks. Original music by Prom Queen.

Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle KIRO Seattle

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    • 4.8 • 599 Ratings

"What would your last meal be?" On this James Beard Award finalist for best podcast, National Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that’s just the beginning! Each dish’s origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Episodes every two weeks. Original music by Prom Queen.

    Jack Johnson: Sauteed Vegetables in 1997

    Jack Johnson: Sauteed Vegetables in 1997

    Jack Johnson just released his 8th studio album, Meet The Moonlight, but after twenty years of touring the world, his values remain the same. A lifelong surfer, and Hawaiian, Jack is an environmentalist focused on keeping plastics out of our oceans. He tells host Rachel Belle the lengths he goes to to reduce waste and support local farms when he's out on tour.

    Zero Waste Chef, Anne Marie Bonneau, joins the show to share her tips for a zero-waste home kitchen. Have you even dehydrated fruit in your car, bro?
    And Jack has been married to his wife, Kim, for nearly 29 years and his last meal, and the story behind his song Banana Pancakes is a sweet little slice of their love story.

    Follow along on Instagram!

    Listen to our episode with another lovely Hawaiian musician, ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro!

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world's first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life visit: www.ooni.com/yourlastmeal

    Safe Catch is the first and only seafood brand to invent a proprietary technology that can test every individual tuna and salmon for a strict mercury limit.Find Safe Catch products in 12,000 stores nationwide and at safecatch.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    Pure Cravings is a world-leading, premium new pet food brand that’s on a mission to protect cats from mercury. Find Pure Cravings products online at purecravings.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    *This offer excludes subscriptions and cannot be combined with any additional offers. Free shipping to the continental US.
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    • 39 min
    LIVE show! Ian Moore & Jon Heder: Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio & Korean Short Ribs

    LIVE show! Ian Moore & Jon Heder: Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio & Korean Short Ribs

    A couple weeks ago, Rachel Belle hosted a LIVE Your Last Meal show at THING, an arts + music festival in historic Port Townsend, Washington.

    Her first guest is blues rock musician Ian Moore, who's put out 11 full length albums, and toured with folks like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top over the span of his 30 year career. Ian's from Austin, Texas and, living in the Pacific Northwest, he desperately misses Tex-Mex food, something Rachel can relate to as a burrito obsessed, native northern Californian who still hasn't found one she loves in Seattle.

    Up next, Jon Heder, best known for his starring role in Napoleon Dynamite! The film is famous for its references to tots and mispronounced quesadillas and a llama named Tina who refuses to eat her food. Jon regales us with tasty behind-the-scenes stories and shares his experiences with eating competitions while living in Japan.

    Follow along on Instagram!

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world's first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life visit: www.ooni.com/yourlastmeal

    Safe Catch is the first and only seafood brand to invent a proprietary technology that can test every individual tuna and salmon for a strict mercury limit.Find Safe Catch products in 12,000 stores nationwide and at safecatch.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    Pure Cravings is a world-leading, premium new pet food brand that’s on a mission to protect cats from mercury. Find Pure Cravings products online at purecravings.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    *This offer excludes subscriptions and cannot be combined with any additional offers. Free shipping to the continental US.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Rick Astley: Raw Prawns & Crisp White Wine

    Rick Astley: Raw Prawns & Crisp White Wine

    At 21 years old, a baby faced and baritone Brit named Rick Astley released his first single, and "Never Gonna Give You Up" was an instant #1 hit in 25 countries. In 2021, the song surpassed a billion streams thanks to Rickrolling, a viral Internet prank.

    On this episode of "Your Last Meal," we propose a theory: Rickrolling is the culinary equivalent of molecular gastronomy! You think you're getting one thing and POOF! you get something completely different. Culinary technologist and modernist cooking enthusiast Scott Heimendinger joins the show to exhibit how he uses molecular gastronomy to create culinary humor.

    Plus, Rick shares his favorite European road snacks (he loves to drive)!

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    Get a ticket to see "Your Last Meal" LIVE at THING festival, Friday, August 26, 2022 in Port Townsend, WA!

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world's first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life visit: www.ooni.com/yourlastmeal

    Safe Catch is the first and only seafood brand to invent a proprietary technology that can test every individual tuna and salmon for a strict mercury limit.Find Safe Catch products in 12,000 stores nationwide and at safecatch.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    Pure Cravings is a world-leading, premium new pet food brand that’s on a mission to protect cats from mercury. Find Pure Cravings products online at purecravings.com. Get 15% Off your order with code YOURLASTMEAL*

    *This offer excludes subscriptions and cannot be combined with any additional offers. Free shipping to the continental US.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min
    Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler: Slow Roasted Chicken Dinner

    Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler: Slow Roasted Chicken Dinner

    There must have been a magical elixir flowing from the drinking fountains at Seattle's Garfield High School. Alumni include Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Macklemore and our very special guest Ishmael Butler, rapper and founding member of Shabazz Palaces and Grammy Award winning hip-hop group Digable Planets.Host Rachel Belle first met Ish eight years ago, when she interviewed him at his house for a column called Show Us Your Fridge. So, it felt right to indulge in another round of culinary voyeurism and take a peek into the healthy home cook's refrigerator.Ish and Rachel discuss the Shabazz Palace song Chocolate Soufflé, so Seattle pastry chef Brittany Bardeleben joins the show to walk us through how to make the fussy French dessert, and opines on why you rarely see it on menus these days.Follow along on Instagram!
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    • 30 min
    Sona Movsesian: In-N-Out Burger

    Sona Movsesian: In-N-Out Burger

    Sona Movsesian has been Conan O'Brien's assistant for 13 years, and podcast co-host for five, but their relationship feels more like brother and sister. Sona loves snacks, and Conan loves to manically knock them out of her hands. Sona likes to watch TV at her desk, and Conan likes to tell the world what an awful assistant she is. And her new book, The World's Worst Assistant, is an up close and personal look at just this sort of high jinks.

    A card carrying, native Californian, it is Sona's birthright to love In-N-Out Burger -- and she does! So professional hamburger expert, George Motz, joins the show to do a deep dive on the iconic hamburger chain. Why isn't there an In-N-Out in your town? What does it mean to order your fries Animal Style? Why do the employees smile so much? George tells all!

    Sona loves chocolate. She eats it every day. And if she doesn't? She gets a headache. Neuroscientist Dr Nicole Avena is an expert on this topic and tells host Rachel Belle why humans are born to be addicted to sugar.

    Follow along on Instagram!

    This episode is sponsored by Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world's first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life visit: www.ooni.com/yourlastmeal
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Hannah Berner: Nana's Eggplant Parmesan

    Hannah Berner: Nana's Eggplant Parmesan

    In this spirited interview with host Rachel Belle, comedian Hannah Berner realizes her true calling: talking excitedly about how much she loves to eat! And she has what many of us dream of, a spunky Italian grandmother who cooks up a big pot of sauce every Sunday, has a pantry full of pasta, and feeds her family plate after plate of Italian-American food until they're unbuttoning their pants at the table.

    Nana Vera joins the show to tell us how she makes her famous eggplant parmesan, and shares an old Italian wives' tale about why it's always important to salt your eggplant before cooking.

    Hannah went to college in Wisconsin, where it's perfectly normal for a Bloody Mary to hit the table garnished with a fragrant bouquet of hamburgers, corn dogs and egg rolls. Rachel chats with the owner of Milwaukee's Sobelman's Pub and Grill, who believes he was the one who started this deliciously gimmicky national trend.

    Follow along on Instagram!

    This episode is sponsored by Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world's first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life visit: www.ooni.com/yourlastmeal
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

Nicole and Mia ,

A++ podcast

I enjoy all of Rachel’s work. This podcast is such a wonderful combination of personal stories, food history and science and delightful humor. I wait for the next episode like a kid anxiously waiting for their next birthday. I give Rachel an A++

Anna2679 ,

YES!!

Changed my rating back to five stars after listening to the episode with Ishmael Butler. Almost gave up altogether after that dumpster fire interview with Remi Wolf. Please continue choosing guests that are interesting, thoughtful, dynamic and gracious. That’s what I’m talking about! Good work Rachel, keep up the good work!

Jaspurr Bella ,

Stellar Podcast for Curios Foodies (whether or not you follow celebrities)

Rachel Belle, you’ve got a special gift for delivering your listeners interesting, educational, delicious and inclusive information! Your interviews are so fun to listen to. Honestly, I’m not always familiar with your guests, however i always learn new things.l My YML Podcast time is always time well spent!!!
Keep up the stellar work you are doing, PLEASE!

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