Special Sauce with Ed Levine

Special Sauce with Ed Levine

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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.
Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Untangling Food, Love, and Loving Food [1/2]
Mar 21 • 33 min
It’s pretty rare for a Special Sauce interview to speak so directly to me that it feels like I’ve been hit in the gut. But that’s exactly what happened when I talked with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Tommy Tomlinson, whose book The Elephant in the…
Special Sauce: Osayi Endolyn on the Legacy of Southern Fried Chicken [2/2]
Mar 14 • 28 min
The superb young food and culture writer Osayi Endolyn is back again for this week’s episode of Special Sauce. This time our far-reaching conversation includes a discussion of a brilliant piece on fried chicken Endolyn wrote for You and I Eat the…
Special Sauce: Osayi Endolyn on Nigerian Food, Writing, and Identity [1/2]
Mar 7 • 32 min
On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, Ed speaks to Osayi Endolyn, a Florida-based food writer whose work regularly appears in major food publications across the country, and whose column in Gravy, the journal published by the Southern Foodways…
Special Sauce: “Is Deep Dish Pizza a Casserole?” And Other Pressing Pizza Questions [2/2]
Feb 28 • 31 min
Welcome back to part 2 of Ed Levine’s Special Sauce conversation about pizza in the wake of the revelation by pizza historian Peter Regas about the true origins of New York City pizza. If you recall from last week, Regas has demonstrated that…
Special Sauce: Uncovering Pizza’s US Origins [1/2]
Feb 19 • 41 min
We rarely deal with breaking news on Special Sauce, but when said news concerns pizza’s US origins, exceptions must be made. As soon as I learned that Peter Regas, a Chicago-based statistician by day and pizza obsessive by night, had discovered…
Special Sauce: Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo on the Importance of Kindness (and Salt) [2/2]
Feb 14 • 35 min
On this week’s Special Sauce, Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo talk a lot about a lot of things, including their cookbook, the aptly titled Kindness and Salt: The Care and Feeding of Your Friends and Neighbors. I asked them to dissect the unusual title,…
Special Sauce: Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo on the Neighborhood Restaurant [1/2]
Feb 7 • 29 min
I am constantly on the lookout for good neighborhood restaurants. The kind of restaurants that treat me like a regular even if I’m not; where the host greets me warmly even when it’s really crowded; where the food is consistently serious and…
Special Sauce: Chef Anita Lo on Cooking for Yourself [2/2]
Jan 31 • 18 min
On this week’s Special Sauce, Chef Anita Lo talks about her new cookbook, Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One. To Anita, cooking for yourself is a journey of self-discovery. “I think cooking can be self re-affirming,” she says. “I mean if food…
Special Sauce: Chef Anita Lo on Cooking for Michelle Obama [1/2]
Jan 24 • 26 min
This week on Special Sauce with the terrific chef and fine writer Anita Lo. Anita had Annisa, a great restaurant in Greenwich Village, for 16 years before closing it in 2017. She was part of the first wave of women chef-restaurateurs in New York….
Special Sauce: The White Moustache’s Homa Dashtaki on Staying Small and Flourishing [2/2]
Jan 18 • 29 min
On this week’s Special Sauce I continue my delightful conversation with The White Moustache founder Homa Dashtaki. I asked her how she makes her sinfully rich yogurt. Homa said, “There’s nothing I’m doing different than the way I would teach…
Special Sauce: The White Moustache’s Homa Dashtaki Makes the Best Yogurt in the US [1/2]
Jan 10 • 34 min
I have a confession: Until Daniel Gritzer told me about The White Moustache a couple of months ago, I ‘d never heard of it, much less its founder, Homa Dashtaki. Now, after interviewing Homa and trying her yogurt, I can tell you that Daniel was…
Special Sauce: René Redzepi on Apprenticeships, El Bulli, and Being a Better Leader [2/2]
Jan 3 • 20 min
In this week’s Special Sauce interview with René Redzepi, he describes his journey from being a 15-year-old novice cook to culinary visionary, which started when he was an apprentice at Pierre André, a Michelin-starred, classic French restaurant in…
Ask Special Sauce, Holiday Edition: Stella and Daniel on What They Hate About the Holidays
Dec 18, 2018 • 35 min
Stella Parks and Daniel Gritzer are back for the second part of our Ask Special Sauce holiday edition, and we tackle some of the most pressing issues many of us face when cooking during the holidays. For example, take the sticky subject of royal…
Ask Special Sauce, Holiday Edition: Stella and Daniel on Combustible Artichokes and Making a Better Cookie
Dec 13, 2018 • 36 min
I had such a good time answering your Thanksgiving questions with Kenji and Stella on our recent installment of Call Special Sauce, we thought we’d do the same thing in a two-episode series leading up to the end-of-year holidays. This week and…
Special Sauce: René Redzepi on Opening Noma at 25 [1/2]
Dec 6, 2018 • 29 min
It was a thrill to sit across the table from René Redzepi to record this episode of Special Sauce. The pioneering chef-restaurateur is the force behind Copenhagen’s Noma, which has been declared the best restaurant in the world no…
Special Sauce: Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook on What Makes Israeli Cuisine Unique [2/2]
Nov 29, 2018 • 33 min
In part two of my enlightening and heartfelt conversation with Chef Michael Solomonov and his partner Steven Cook, authors of Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious we took a deep dive into- what else?- the soul of Israeli food. First of all,…
[Rerun] Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Troubleshoot Your Thanksgiving (2017)
Nov 21, 2018 • 38 min
When I was mulling over what we could do on Special Sauce for Thanksgiving, I immediately thought about stress reduction. Making the big dinner can be stressful for any number of reasons, and while we design all our Thanksgiving offerings with an eye…
Call Special Sauce, Thanksgiving Edition: Kenji and Stella on Good Gravy and Loving White Meat
Nov 16, 2018 • 63 min
For the last couple of Thanksgivings, we’ve done call-in episodes of Special Sauce with Stella and Kenji to answer the holiday-cooking questions stumping the Serious Eats community. We love producing these episodes, and our audience seems to love…
Special Sauce: Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook on True Partnership [1/2]
Nov 8, 2018 • 33 min
When we booked multiple James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook on Special Sauce to talk about their new book
Special Sauce: Sam Sifton on Food in the Internet Age [2/2]
Nov 1, 2018 • 26 min
In part two of my repartee-filled interview with New York Times food editor Sam Sifton, we delved into the intersection of food and technology. When I asked Sam how he thinks the internet has impacted the food media landscape, he…
Special Sauce: Sam Sifton on Food as the Universal Language [1/2]
Oct 25, 2018 • 38 min
Sometimes my Special Sauce conversations function as a reunion, and this week’s episode represents one of those times. Almost 20 years ago, my guest, Sam Sifton, was my editor at the New York Times food section, and, as such, the…
Special Sauce: Kenji and Daniel Talk About Smashing Stuff
Oct 4, 2018 • 30 min
On this episode of Special Sauce, I asked Daniel Gritzer, our managing culinary director, to come on and talk about the work he’s been doing recently, and about where he…
Where’s Kenji?!? (Here. He’s Here.) [1/1]
Sep 20, 2018 • 36 min
I decided to kick off the new season of Special Sauce by checking in with Kenji. It won’t surprise the Serious Eats tribe that he’s been a little busy lately. You probably know about Wursthall, the…
Special (Pizza) Sauce: Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener Talk Pie, Part 3: Pie Hard With A Vengeance [3/3]
Aug 30, 2018 • 41 min
In part three of my pizza nerd-cast with Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener, we go seriously deep into New York pizza, specifically the state of the NYC slice in 2018. Scott observed that some of the best pizza in town is being made by a new generation of…
Special (Pizza) Sauce: Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener Talk Pie, Part 2: Pie Harder [2/3]
Aug 23, 2018 • 30 min
The self-described pizza nerds Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener are back with me on this week’s Special Sauce to continue our deep dive into our favorite food. Scott took great umbrage at the widely disseminated origin story of the Margherita pizza, in…
Special (Pizza) Sauce: Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener Talk Pie [1/3]
Aug 16, 2018 • 44 min
For the next three weeks on Special Sauce I will be geeking out about pizza with Adam Kuban and Scott Wiener, two of the smartest, most passionate, and most knowledgeable pizza nerds on the planet. Adam Kuban is the founding editor of the seminal food…
Sam Kass on How What You See Shapes What You Eat [2/2]
Aug 9, 2018 • 21 min
In part two of my interview with former Obama personal chef and Obama White House food activist Sam Kass, I got schooled big-time about the role visuals play in how you eat at home. “The first lesson that I learned, that I think is maybe most helpful…
Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas [1/2]
Aug 2, 2018 • 34 min
All right, I admit it: I’ve always fantasized about having one of the Obamas as a guest on Special Sauce. And while I haven’t given up hope entirely, I realize that Sam Kass, my guest on Special Sauce this week, might be as close as I get to that…
Rick Bragg on Why Cooks Are the High Priests of Good Living [2/2]
Jul 25, 2018 • 34 min
On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, the Pulitzer Prize–winning but ridiculously down-to-earth Rick Bragg digs deep into his mom, the subject of his latest book, The Best Cook in the World. For one thing, Bragg’s mother was not in the…
Author Rick Bragg on His Mom, the Best Cook in the World [1/2]
Jul 17, 2018 • 27 min
We don’t often get a chance to have a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on Special Sauce–Jonathan Gold was the first–so I jumped at the chance to have Rick Bragg, one of my favorite writers of all time, on the podcast. Of course, Rick isn’t known…
Rodney Scott on Bourdain and Letting the Barbecue Speak for Itself [2/2]
Jul 12, 2018 • 22 min
In part two of my terrific conversation with James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott, we discuss the fact that barbecue, like jazz, was developed by African-Americans, and yet most well-known pitmasters are white. “I respect any human…
Rodney Scott Was Born and Raised to Be a Pitmaster [1/2]
Jul 5, 2018 • 24 min
Barbecue pitmasters are amongst our nation’s greatest storytellers—they learn that all-important skill tending to their ’cue all night. But Rodney Scott, South Carolina pitmaster and James Beard Award…
David Lebovitz on Blogging, Cookbooks, and Moving to Paris [2/2]
Jun 28, 2018 • 33 min
On this week’s Special Sauce, seminal food blogger, pastry chef, and author David Lebovitz and I took a trip back into the past. And we had a blast. David worked in the Chez Panisse kitchen for 13 years before he realized it was time to leave. “I left…
David Lebovitz on Renovating His Home in Paris [1/2]
Jun 21, 2018 • 35 min
My guest on this week’s Special Sauce is the extraordinary blogger, author, and pastry chef David Lebovitz, whose latest book is L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home. David and I started off our conversation with the early…
Matt Goulding on Why Italian Food Can Evolve [2/2]
Jun 14, 2018 • 32 min
Listening to Roads and Kingdom co-founder Matt Goulding talk about the food culture in Italy on this week’s Special Sauce was a real treat for me. Matt spent months eating his way through the country for his extraordinary new book, Pasta, Pane, Vino:…
Chef Ed Lee on Cultural Appropriation Versus Collaboration [2/2]
Jun 7, 2018 • 40 min
In part 2 of my conversation with the remarkable chef and writer Edward Lee, we take a deep dive into his terrific new memoir-with-recipes Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine. Lee writes in…
Edward Lee on Finding Home in a Bowl of Collard Greens [1/2]
May 31, 2018 • 34 min
Having chef and memoirist Edward Lee on Special Sauce was the happiest of accidents. Sitting on top of a pile of books on Special Sauce associate producer Marissa Chen’s desk was Lee’s evocative and moving memoir, Buttermilk Graffiti. I read a…
Special Sauce: Artist and Author Maira Kalman on Savoring Moments of Cake [2/2]
May 25, 2018 • 35 min
In part 2 of the Special Sauce interview with artist and author Maira Kalman, we were joined by Barbara Scott-Goodman, who co-authored
Writer and Illustrator Maira Kalman on Room Service and Moments of Joy [1/2]
May 17, 2018 • 34 min
I don’t know how many serious eaters have heard of the brilliant, food-loving, and thought-provoking artist and writer Maira Kalman, but I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a long time now. So when I heard that she had recently co-written (with Barbara…
Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman on the Perils of Publishing [2/2]
May 10, 2018 • 36 min
In part two of my terrific interview with Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman, we move from the creation of her blog into book writing (her second book Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites was just published in October 2017),…
Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman on Not Pretending to Be Perfect [1/2]
May 2, 2018 • 35 min
A week after sitting down with Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes, I got to reminisce with another seminal food blogger: Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. Deb started Smitten Kitchen in 2006, the same year that Serious Eats launched. Twelve…
Elise Bauer on Turning a Food Blog Into a Business [2/2]
Apr 26, 2018 • 34 min
At the end of part 1 of my Special Sauce interview with Elise Bauer, she had just described starting Simply Recipes in 2004 after coming home to live with her parents in Sacramento to recover from a serious case of chronic fatigue syndrome, and in…
Simply Recipes’ Elise Bauer on Alcatraz Swims and Blogging as Medicine [1/2]
Apr 19, 2018 • 28 min
My guest on this week’s Special Sauce is Simply Recipes founder Elise Bauer, who was a veteran of Silicon Valley start-ups long before she started her blog. “In the late ‘90’s I worked with a start-up and helped raise $35 million on Wall Street for…
Sara Moulton on Why Female Chefs Should Head West [2/2]
Apr 12, 2018 • 32 min
In part 2 of my Special Sauce interview with Sara Moulton, she plunges headfirst into the issues women face as chefs. “When I first moved to New York…I couldn’t get a job. But not only that, about every five years there’d be an article in the New…
Sara Moulton on Leftovers, College Gig, and Not Looking for Attention [1/2]
Apr 5, 2018 • 38 min
This week’s guest on Special Sauce is food television personality and pioneering chef Sara Moulton, who is as unpretentious as she is accomplished. And when I say accomplished I mean accomplished. Sara is currently the host of the PBS series Sara’s…
Roads & Kingdoms’ Matt Goulding On Moms, Tweets, and Bourdain [1/2]
Mar 29, 2018 • 46 min
As you can probably tell, I love interviewing people for Special Sauce. That’s because we book guests who have compelling food-related stories to share with us. But Roads & Kingdoms co-founder and author Matt Goulding had so many interesting…
Andrew Friedman on the Evolution of Chef Culture in America [2/2]
Mar 22, 2018 • 41 min
In part two of my interview with Andrew Friedman, the author of Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll, he and I take a…
Author Andrew Friedman on Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll [1/2]
Mar 15, 2018 • 32 min
No writer has spent more time working and hanging out with great chefs than Andrew Friedman. So when I heard that his long-awaited book chronicling chef culture in the US—Chefs, Drugs, and Rock &…
The Knife Skills Team and Life After the Oscars [2/2]
Mar 8, 2018 • 28 min
It’s been several days since the Oscars, and I’ll admit it: I was keenly disappointed when Knife Skills didn’t win for Best Documentary Short. But now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on the Oscars as a…
The Team Behind Knife Skills, the Oscar-Nominated Documentary [1/2]
Mar 1, 2018 • 44 min
We don’t usually make a big deal about the Oscars on Special Sauce, but when I saw the brilliant Oscar-nominated documentary short Knife Skills, I knew I wanted to talk about it. The film shows what happens…
Phil Rosenthal on Stepping Out of His Comfort Zone [2/2]
Feb 22, 2018 • 30 min
Back in the day, we used to say that Serious Eats was a website focused on celebrating and sharing our enthusiasm for food with the online community. In Part 2 of my interview with fellow food enthusiast Phil Rosenthal, he reveals that Somebody Feed…
Phil Rosenthal Is Anthony Bourdain, Except Afraid of Everything [1/2]
Feb 15, 2018 • 30 min
My friend Phil Rosenthal, the creator and host of the new Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil is as much fun to talk to as he is to eat with. When I asked him how the show ended up on Netflix, he replied, “The way I sold the show…I said, ‘I’m…
JJ Johnson on Hoops With Steph Curry and the Pleasures of Rice [2/2]
Feb 8, 2018 • 24 min
In part 2 of my interview with JJ Johnson, the charismatic chef and co-author of Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, I had to ask him to explain the book’s lengthy subtitle word by word,…
JJ Johnson on Embracing the Food of the African Diaspora [1/2]
Feb 1, 2018 • 34 min
My guest this week on Special Sauce is chef and cookbook author Joseph “JJ” Johnson. When I say he gravitated to kitchen work at an early age, I mean really early. He started cooking with his grandmother when he was four: “I didn’t really watch…
Jenny Allen on the Joy of Eating a Turkey Burger All by Yourself [2/2]
Jan 25, 2018 • 35 min
Here’s how the delightful and brave Jenny Allen describes the food at her family table in Part 2 of her Special Sauce interview: “Such bad food…and so little of it.” As that quote can attest, you can be sure there’s no shortage of pithy insights or…
Author and Playwright Jenny Allen on Chocolate Mousse and Writing Funny [1/2]
Jan 18, 2018 • 30 min
Jenny Allen, the humorist and author of the guffaw-inducing new book Would Everybody Please Stop: Reflections on Life and Other Bad…
Resy’s Ben Leventhal on the Growing Pains of Internet Start-Ups [2/2]
Jan 11, 2018 • 33 min
When Resy’s Ben Leventhal, who has been involved in at least five food-related start-ups, speaks about entrepreneurship, I am all ears. Here are just a couple of the pearls of wisdom that came out of our in-depth conversation: “What I do try to say to…
Eater Cofounder Ben Leventhal on the Early Days of Web 2.0 [1/2]
Jan 4, 2018 • 32 min
The members list of the non-existent Digital Food Entrepreneur’s Club would be quite small, but it would have to include Ben Leventhal, who is both this and next week’s guest on Special Sauce. Ben cofounded Eater in 2005 and is now one of the…
[Rerun] Ask Special Sauce, The Holiday Edition: Kenji and Stella on Pie Crusts, Fudge, and Gizzards
Dec 28, 2017 • 34 min
This week we’ve got a special holiday episode of Ask Special Sauce. With Kenji and Stella serving as my co-pilots from the comforts of their own homes, we endeavored to answer some of the questions Serious Eaters and Special Sauce devotees have about…
Ask Special Sauce, The Holiday Edition: Kenji and Stella on Pie Crusts, Fudge, and Gizzards
Dec 21, 2017 • 34 min
This week we’ve got a special holiday episode of Ask Special Sauce. With Kenji and Stella serving as my co-pilots from the comforts of their own homes, we endeavored to answer some of the questions Serious Eaters and Special Sauce devotees have about…
Andrew Rea on Life After Going Viral [2/2]
Dec 14, 2017 • 28 min
As we came to the end of the first part of our conversation, Andrew Rea had just started producing and hosting Binging with Babish, which I think is the most exciting, engaging, and just plain fun short-form cooking video series out there….
Andrew Rea on the Wild Success of Binging With Babish [1/2]
Dec 7, 2017 • 29 min
I have to say that most YouTube cooking shows leave me cold. There’s a little too much shaky cam footage and a few too many unfunny asides, and not enough serious, engaged cooking for my taste. So when Kenji told me about Binging with Babish, I…
Bill Yosses on White House Dirt and Fake News [2/2]
Nov 30, 2017 • 34 min
If you interview someone like Bill Yosses, who was the White House pastry chef for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, you hope and pray that you can shake loose some dirt to titillate your listeners. But when you listen to part 2 of my interview with…
[Rerun] Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Troubleshoot Your Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2017 • 38 min
When I was mulling over what we could do on Special Sauce for Thanksgiving, I immediately thought about stress reduction. Making the big dinner can be stressful for any number of reasons, and while we design all our Thanksgiving offerings with an eye…
Bill Yosses on President Obama’s Love of Pie [1/2]
Nov 10, 2017 • 31 min
This week’s guest on Special Sauce is Bill Yosses, who was the White House pastry chef from 2007 to 2014 and is the author of the just-published The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor. Bill isn’t your (White House) garden variety…
David Tanis on Chez Panisse and the Hideousness of Writing Cookbooks
Nov 2, 2017 • 46 min
One of the many reasons I love doing Special Sauce is I get to talk to many people I have long admired from afar and never met. This week’s guest is one of those people: David Tanis, one of the best and most thoughtful chefs and cookbook writers…
Jacques Torres Explains the Chocolate Color Wheel [2/2]
Oct 26, 2017 • 41 min
Serious Eaters who are as curious about all things chocolate as I am are going to love the second part of my Special Sauce interview with Jacques Torres, a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate. Jacques gives a simple, succinct, and comprehensive explanation of the…
Jacques Torres on Becoming Mr. Chocolate [1/2]
Oct 19, 2017 • 33 min
If you love chocolate–and what Serious Eater doesn’t–you won’t want to wait to savor every morsel of the Special Sauce episodes featuring Mr. Chocolate himself: chocolatier and pastry chef extraordinaire Jacques Torres. Jacques knows…
Chris Kimball on the Grateful Dead and Life After America’s Test Kitchen [2/2]
Oct 12, 2017 • 38 min
I’m going to go out on a limb here, or perhaps I should say on a sprig of rosemary: For those who care deeply about the state of home cooking today, the food-journalism landscape, or the Grateful Dead, this week’s episode of Special…
Chris Kimball on the Joy of Arguments and the Future of Food Media [1/2]
Oct 5, 2017 • 33 min
If you’re interested at all in food media you’re going to love my Special Sauce conversation with Milk Street founder and seminal food publishing guru Chris Kimball. Chris is insanely smart, incredibly provocative, and very good company if you like…
Adam Driver on Choosing Roles and Eating a Chicken a Day [2/2]
Sep 28, 2017 • 21 min
When–and it should be when, not if–you listen to part two of my Special Sauce interview with Adam Driver, my guess is you’ll be as awed as I was by his bandwidth, his intellectual curiosity, and the way he thinks about food and life….
Adam Driver on Marines, MREs, and Postprandial Cereal [1/2]
Sep 21, 2017 • 25 min
For the first episode of the new season of Special Sauce I invited on a very special guest: the brilliant, original, and always thoughtful Adam Driver. We talked about his unusual path to an acting career, which took him through the Marines. His time…
Chris Bianco, the Pizzaiolo With a James Beard
Aug 31, 2017 • 27 min
In part two of my far-ranging conversation with chef, pizzaiolo, and pizza poet laureate Chris Bianco, we talk about so many things, including his reaction to winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2003. He was the first and only…
Chris Bianco, the Poet Laureate of Pizza
Aug 24, 2017 • 34 min
My guest on this week’s Special Sauce is Chris Bianco, the man who makes my favorite pizza in the world. The pies he puts out at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ, would definitely be on the table at my last supper. And while Chris is also the…
Daniel Boulud on Making Airplane Food Taste (Pretty) Good
Aug 17, 2017 • 25 min
In part two of my illuminating interview with French-American super chef Daniel Boulud, he and I talk about—believe it or not—airline food. Daniel has designed some business class meals for Air France, and the airline flew me over to Paris to…
The Culinary Education of Daniel Boulud
Aug 10, 2017 • 39 min
My guest on this week’s Special Sauce is Daniel Boulud, whom I have known for more than 25 years. We first met when Alex Lee, his longtime chef de cuisine and my regular squash partner, asked me to take Daniel on a New York Eats food…
Nobu Designer David Rockwell on the Perils of Pursuing Timeless Design
Aug 3, 2017 • 32 min
Welcome back for part two of my Special Sauce interview with designer and architect David Rockwell. In this week’s episode, David talks about what the initial design process for projects is like, and about some of the challenges he faces when talking…
Nobu Designer David Rockwell on His Tricks of the Trade
Jul 27, 2017 • 33 min
On this week’s episode of the Special Sauce podcast, host Ed Levine talks to David Rockwell, the architect and designer behind every Nobu around the globe, as well as multiple airline terminals and the theater in which the Academy Awards are held.
Fuchsia Dunlop on “Magic Ingredients” and Stocking the Chinese Pantry
Jul 20, 2017 • 39 min
In part two of my Special Sauce interview with Chinese-food and -culture writer Fuchsia Dunlop, we tackle common misconceptions about cooking Chinese food at home. Fuchsia addresses those intimidated about diving in, explaining that “people often…
Fuchsia Dunlop on Her Enduring Love Affair With Chinese Cooking
Jul 13, 2017 • 42 min
What a story: A young, food-obsessed British student at Cambridge University named Fuchsia (God, I love that name) heads to China in the ’90s to study, and manages to become the first Westerner to attend the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine. After…
‘Queen of the Loser Class’ Barbara Lynch on Helping Young Cooks Thrive
Jul 6, 2017 • 24 min
Welcome back for part two of my Special Sauce interview with Southie street urchin-turned-chef-restaurateur Barbara Lynch. This week we talk a little bit more about her memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire, but Barbara also manages to…
Barbara Lynch on Her Journey From the Police Blotter to the Time 100
Jun 29, 2017 • 30 min
Boston-based chef-restaurateur Barbara Lynch has had an eventful year. First, her memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire, was published; it’s a moving, brutally honest, no-holds-barred account of her hardscrabble upbringing in a South…
John T. Edge on His Love-Hate Relationship With the South
Jun 22, 2017 • 34 min
Part two of my interview with my old runnin’ partner, John T. Edge, delves into the genesis and development of his new book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of The Modern South. I thought I’d just give you a taste of what John T. has…
John T. Edge on What Southern Food Stories Reveal
Jun 15, 2017 • 23 min
This week on Special Sauce my guest is the great Southern food chronicler John T. Edge. I’ve been discussing food as seen through the lenses of race, class, and ethnicity with John T. for almost 20 years now (no one, not even his wife, calls him just…
Michel Nischan on Butch Cassidy and the Fight for Good Food
Jun 8, 2017 • 33 min
Last week’s episode of Special Sauce ended with Michel Nischan and I discussing his groundbreaking restaurant, Heartbeat, and his efforts to serve food that was healthy and actually delicious. This week we pick up where we left off and talk about how…
Michel Nischan on Truck Stop Diners, Edgar Winter, and Juicing
Jun 1, 2017 • 35 min
This week on Special Sauce, I have as my guest my old friend, Michel Nischan, the three-time James Beard award-winning chef, author, and food equity advocate. Michel’s a busy guy. Between his work as the founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, which aims…
Entrepreneur Seth Godin on How to Launch Your Own Food Enterprise
May 25, 2017 • 65 min
Today, my guest is Seth Godin, the insanely popular business blogger and best-selling author (his book, Tribes, is the most inspiring on leadership I’ve ever read). Seth has been encouraging and inspiring future leaders of every stripe imaginable for…
Andy Ricker on Why He Doesn’t Call Himself a Chef
May 18, 2017 • 37 min
On this week’s Special Sauce, Andy Ricker explains his idiosyncratic take on what he does for a living, which he articulated in his book, Pok Pok: “I’m not a chef. I didn’t invent this stuff. The food at my restaurants is not my take on Thai food.”…
Andy Ricker on the Birth of Pok Pok
May 11, 2017 • 34 min
My guest on Special Sauce both this week and next is chef-restaurateur Andy Ricker, whose Pok Pok restaurants in Portland, Oregon, and in Brooklyn introduced me to the joys of Northern Thai food. We delve into his hippie roots growing up in…
Dan Barber on the Future of Food
May 4, 2017 • 38 min
This week on Special Sauce features the second part of my far-reaching conversation with Dan Barber, and he and I cover a lot of ground. He defines each of the three plates that are the subject of his groundbreaking book, The Third Plate. I’ll let…
Dan Barber on Mentors, Tough Love, and Anger Management
Apr 27, 2017 • 28 min
I think it’s safe to say that Dan Barber, the visionary chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, has led an interesting life. I’m sure you’ll agree after listening to this week’s episode of Special Sauce. Barber’s dad loved good restaurants, so…
Mark Ladner on Cooking Pasta in 10 Seconds Flat
Apr 20, 2017 • 29 min
Last week, I promised that you’d get to hear why Mark Ladner decided to walk away from Del Posto, which was awarded four stars by the New York Times, to open a fast-casual pasta joint, and this week I make good on that promise. In this week’s…
Mark Ladner on What it Takes to Make 4-Star Italian Food
Apr 13, 2017 • 33 min
In the first of my two-part interview with chef Mark Ladner, we focus on his indirect yet hard-earned path to helming Del Posto, the New York Times four-starred restaurant he ran for twelve years. And why did the only chef to earn those four…
Dumpling Master Helen You’s Inspiring Story
Apr 6, 2017 • 30 min
You probably won’t be able to hear it, but I was moved to tears by my interview with dumpling queen Helen You on this week’s Special Sauce. Helen is the owner of Dumpling Galaxy, the finest dumpling shop in NYC, and the coauthor of The Dumpling Galaxy…
Mario Batali on the Joys of Pig Jell-O
Mar 30, 2017 • 35 min
“Hot pig Jell-O” may not sound like a draw to most people, but that’s exactly how Mario Batali describes the headcheese that he got me to try—and even like!—more than 20 years ago. How he managed that feat, his nose-to-tail approach to…
Mario Batali’s Advice to Young Chefs: Study Liberal Arts First
Mar 23, 2017 • 28 min
I have been dying to get Mario Batali, whom I have known for more than a quarter century, on Special Sauce since I first dreamed up the idea for our podcast, more than a year ago. And, when all you serious eaters listen to Mario on this week’s…
Craig Kanarick on Life After the Tech Bubble
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
Many serious eaters know the pleasures associated with ordering something delicious from the online food retailer Mouth.com. But not many people know the fascinating backstory of Mouth’s cofounder Craig Kanarick. That’s where this week’s…
Missy Robbins on Not Worrying About Stars
Mar 9, 2017 • 30 min
I call part two of my interview with Missy Robbins “The Comeback Episode,” because we learn what happened when Missy returned from her self-imposed hiatus from her career as a chef. Missy delves into how the time away helped…
Missy Robbins on the 20-Year Journey to Opening a Place of Her Own
Mar 2, 2017 • 37 min
On this week’s Special Sauce I chat with Missy Robbins, the chef and owner of Lilia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Missy describes her 20-year journey to opening her own place with such sharp clarity that after we finished recording, I was unable to think…
Frank Bruni on What Makes a Good Restaurant Critic
Feb 16, 2017 • 25 min
In this first of a two-part interview with The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist and former restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, we delve into everything from his earlier days as Rome bureau chief for that same paper, why it feels as if readers of…