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Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncove


94 – “All the Delicious Foods Are Dying”
Oct 4 • 36 min
In the inaugural episode of Bite’s special series, “Eating in Climate Chaos,” we explore the foods climate change will hit first. Journalist Amanda Little has some warnings about the tastiest delicacies—from cherries to coffee. Delicious foods aren’t the…
Trailer - Eating in Climate Chaos
Sep 30 • 1 min
Get ready for a special series from Bite, “Eating in Climate Chaos,” out on October 4.
92 – There Is Such Thing as a Free (School) Lunch
Sep 20 • 31 min
School’s back in session, and every day, 30 million kids head to the cafeteria to chow down. On this episode of Bite, Tom returns to the lunchroom at his elementary school alma mater and finds that the grey mystery meat he remembers has been replaced by…
91 – Your Next Designer Apple Product Is Crunchy and Sweet
Sep 6 • 17 min
Gone are the days where the Red Delicious, Gala, and Fuji reigned supreme. These days, growers are on the hunt for “value-added apples.” People are pouring millions of dollars into the launch of one such variety, the Cosmic Crisp, which debuts later this…
90 – The Real Problem With Chipotle Burritos
Aug 23 • 17 min
Writer and Mexican culture aficionado Gustavo Arellano explains how the burrito giant Chipotle is endangering regional—and delicious—Mexican-American dishes. Lucky for us, he has some ideas for how we can bring them back.
89 – The Gangster Gardener and the Drunken Botanist
Aug 9 • 26 min
Writer and botanist Amy Stewart, author of “The Drunken Botanist,” shares fascinating facts about plants—from the deadly (she once had a poisonous plants garden) to the delicious (she’s since replaced it with a cocktail garden, and has some tasty…
88 – New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered.
Jul 26 • 31 min
In 1985, Coca-Cola debuted New Coke. It was the company’s effort to remake itself, in the face of competition from other soda companies and lagging sales. But things didn’t really go as planned. Mother Jones senior reporter Tim Murphy pulls back the…
87 – The Dirt on Truffles
Jul 12 • 25 min
Truffles are one of the most sought-after foods in the world. People use specially trained animals to sniff out this delectable fungus on tree roots, and a pound of white truffles can sell for thousands of dollars. But there’s a dark side to this…
86 – Meet the Farmers Saving Your Food From Climate Chaos
Jun 28 • 23 min
Growing food in America has always been unforgiving. But this year took it to a whole new level: Storm surges and bomb-cyclones wreaked havoc on the Midwest’s planting season. Tom traveled to Iowa and Illinois to get the view from the ground, and…
85 – A Syrian Refugee Cures Homesickness With Hummus
Jun 14 • 15 min
In 2018, reporter Shane Bauer traveled to Syria to unpack America’s involvement in its bitter conflict. Hear an excerpt of a special Mother Jones Podcast series following in his footsteps. Then you’ll meet a Syrian refugee chef who couldn’t return to his…
84 – The Problem With Home-Cooked Meals
May 31 • 31 min
What’s not to love about a meal prepared from scratch at home? Well, a few things actually, according to Joslyn Brenton, co-author of the new book Pressure Cooker: Why Homecooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It. Brenton and her…
83 – Nobody Puts Vegetables in the Corner
May 17 • 18 min
If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out what to do with a bunch of vegetables, this episode is for you. Just in time for summer grilling season, Maddie talks to Abra Berens, author of the new cookbook Ruffage: a Practical Guide to Vegetables. Abra dishes…
82 – Passover in Prison
May 3 • 12 min
Lloyd Payne, 29, has been incarcerated since he was 14. In previous prisons, “we got made fun of for being Jewish, and for eating a certain way and practicing a certain life,” he said. Now that he’s at California’s San Quentin State Prison, he can attend…
81 – High Steaks
Apr 19 • 28 min
The American taste for beef is on the rise again. Oxford University scientist Marco Springmann discusses the impact of a hamburger-heavy diet on the planet, and what it would take to make a dent in our food-related emissions. Then we look closer at the…
80 – Helen Oyeyemi’s Delightfully Sinister Gingerbread
Apr 5 • 19 min
Helen Oyeyemi’s novel “Gingerbread” is a smart, fantastical story about three generations of women who share a recipe. The tea cake is at times delicious—and at times sinister. Oyeyemi tells us that she was drawn to “the mix of safety and danger all…
79 – The Words This Food Critic Will Never Use
Mar 22 • 22 min
San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho and guest Victoria Bouloubasis are part of a crowing crop of restaurant reviewers who are rethinking food criticism—they chat with Tom about their new approaches.
78 – How Slavery’s Brutal Legacy Lingers in American Cooking
Mar 8 • 31 min
Archaeologist and historian Kelley Fanto Deetz talks to Tom about her deep dive into the world of enslaved cooks on antebellum Virginia’s plush plantations—and she makes the case that the first celebrity chef was a slave. Plus: Maddie interviews Jonathan…
77 – “Bao” Director Domee Shi Gives a Sweet Dumpling a Dark Twist
Feb 22 • 24 min
Domee Shi, director of Pixar’s Oscar-nominated short film “Bao,” was afraid that people “would be too upset” by the shocking turn in her fantastical tale about a cute, little Chinese dumpling. But it ended up being her secret ingredient. Plus: How food…
76 – What It Feels Like to Be Big in America
Feb 8 • 25 min
Tommy Tomlinson is the author of “The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America.”
75 – Cooking Chicken With Beto O’Rourke
Jan 25 • 25 min
You can now hang out with Beto O’Rourke in his kitchen or chat with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while she makes mac’n’cheese in her InstantPot: Politicians are using social media to livestream their everyday moments. Mother Jones senior reporter Tim Murphy…
74 – The Cult of the Chili Pepper
Jan 11 • 25 min
We all know that burning sensation particular to eating chili peppers. But who knew the tiny fruit did so much more than make our mouths sweat? Stuart Walton, author of the new book “The Devil’s Dinner,” reveals the life-altering power of capsaicin, the…
39 – Songs That Make Food Taste Better
Dec 28, 2018 • 23 min
Whiskey ballads, tamale ditties, odes to cornbread: So many beloved musicians make food their central subject at some point. Former OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano tells us about the evolution of corridos and rancheras, Mexican songs that are often…
73 – The Five-Second Rule, and Other Food Myths Busted
Dec 14, 2018 • 21 min
Is the five-second rule real? How risky is double-dipping chips at a potluck? Food safety expert Paul Dawson, co-author of the new book “Did You Just Eat That?”, shares scientific answers to our most pressing questions about germs at the table. Then we…
72 – These Spices Will Transform Your Life
Nov 29, 2018 • 24 min
In the introduction to his new cookbook, Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, Nik Sharma writes: “Mine is the story of a gay immigrant, told through food.” Nik was born in India, but left his native country for the United States in part because he wanted…
71 – When Food Stamps “Turn Your Life Around”
Nov 16, 2018 • 27 min
Thanksgiving is a time when we talk about what we’re thankful to have—and remember that not everyone has a lot. In this episode, we hear from some people who are very grateful to have had the support of SNAP benefits—which used to be called food…
70 – Sheriff Corndog
Nov 2, 2018 • 16 min
Mother Jones’ reporters bring you food-adjacent stories from this year’s midterm election.
69 – Samin Nosrat Gets Salty
Oct 19, 2018 • 31 min
Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret to salting your food to bring out its best flavor? On this episode, we catch up with chef and writer Samin Nosrat, who’s kind of an expert on the subject. Her hit cookbook, Salt Fat Acid Heat, was just turned…
68 – The Godfather of Mexican Wine
Oct 5, 2018 • 19 min
When we think Mexican booze, tequila and limey beers come to mind. But people have been producing wine there for hundreds of years, ever since Spanish missionaries first brought grapes to the country in the 1500s. Meet the Godfather and Godmother of Valle…
67 – The Shocking Reason Why Millions of Animals Drowned in North Carolina
Sep 21, 2018 • 24 min
This episode takes listeners to eastern North Carolina to see how Hurricane Florence has walloped massive chicken and hog farms. Millions of animals have died, and waste from hog farms is seeping into local waterways. Tom talks to local water advocate…
66 – The Bizarre Fad Diet Taking the Far Right by Storm
Sep 7, 2018 • 25 min
Lately, Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist known for his arch-conservative politics and views on masculinity, has been talking up the virtues of carnivorism. He’s not the only extreme right winger who has an unusual relationship with meat. In…
65 – What to Cook for Your Favorite Author
Aug 24, 2018 • 34 min
Author Rick Bass toured the country and made dinner for the literary giants who inspired him throughout his career. There was pistachio-encrusted salmon for the late Denis Johnson, elk burgers for Zen poet Gary Snyder, paella for short-fiction genius…
64 – Finding Salvation in Salad
Aug 10, 2018 • 29 min
A few years ago, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, the pastor of Baltimore’s historically African-American Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, noticed a problem in his congregation: Many of the members were suffering from diet-related diseases. Brown knew that his…
63 – Farmers Are Growing Squash That Actually Taste Good
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
Do you find the taste of squash bland? That could be because most seed companies today breed their plants to withstand the chemicals that farmers routinely apply to their crops. But Chef Dan Barber believes that seed breeding can do so many more…
62 – Just Give People Money
Jul 13, 2018 • 23 min
On this episode, economics writer Annie Lowrey argues that the government should give people a monthly stipend. Not something you have to jump through hoops to qualify for—rather, if you have a heartbeat, you get cold, hard cash. A universal basic income,…
61 – Comic W. Kamau Bell on Getting Coffee While Black
Jun 29, 2018 • 24 min
Not so long ago, comedian W. Kamau Bell was asked to leave a Berkeley cafe in what he called a case of “textbook racism.” On this episode of Bite, Bell talks to Mother Jones reporter Brandon E. Patterson about that incident, Starbucks’ controversial…
60 – (Not) Eating Animals
Jun 15, 2018 • 26 min
This episode is all about giving up meat. As novelist Jonathan Safron Foer prepared to become a father, he became increasingly irked by a question: How would he justify eating meat to his kids? The question morphed into a bestselling book, Eating Animals,…
59 – Bonus: Alice Waters
Jun 8, 2018 • 45 min
In late April, Tom Philpott sat down with Alice Waters and Jonathan Kauffman at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. Some have described Alice Waters as “the most important figure in the culinary history of North America.” Her new book,…
58 – How to Grow Your Own Cocktail
May 31, 2018 • 26 min
Spring is in full swing, so we bring you treats from the garden. Writer and botanist Amy Stewart shares fascinating facts about plants—from the deadly (she once had a poisonous plants garden) to the delicious (she’s since replaced it with a cocktail…
57 - Bonus: Introducing The Mother Jones Podcast
May 25, 2018 • 28 min
Bite is proud to present this special bonus show—the first episode of The Mother Jones Podcast. Our colleagues have been busy putting together a show packed with our brand of original, no-holds-barred reporting. Do us a favor and find it on your favorite…
56 – What the Rajneeshee Cult Was Cooking Up
May 18, 2018 • 28 min
The new Netflix documentary “Wild, Wild Country” delves into the strange world of the Rajneeshees, a religious group that moved to Oregon in the 1980s and clashed with local townspeople. The documentary reveals plenty about those tensions, but left us…
55 – This Is the Best Kind of Milk
May 4, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode of Bite, we dive deep into the contentious topic of fake milk with the great Plant-Based Milk Showdown of 2018. And Tom tells us how a particular kind of alterna-milk could restore America’s farmland. Then, in honor of Mother’s Day, we…
54 – Did Drinking Give Me Cancer?
Apr 20, 2018 • 36 min
Mother Jones Senior Reporter Stephanie Mencimer just wrote a blockbuster story that weaves together her own breast cancer diagnosis and the disturbing history of the alcohol industry downplaying the link between booze and cancer. She joins us to talk…
53 – When Sexual Harassment Is on the Menu
Apr 6, 2018 • 28 min
On this very special episode of Bite, we talk about how sexual harassment scandals have rocked the restaurant industry—and what to do about it. We hear from two journalists—the San Francisco Chronicle’s Tara Duggan and the New York Times’ Kim…
52 – This Is Your Dinner on Weed
Mar 23, 2018 • 29 min
California recently legalized marijuana for recreational use, and gourmet chefs have pounced. Maddie takes you to a high-end edibles dinner, where fancy appetizers are infused with cannabis. Then Mother Jones fellow Jackie Mogensen talks all things…
51 – You Thought You Knew Spam. You Knew Nothing.
Mar 9, 2018 • 32 min
Every year, Spam enthusiasts take over the town of Isleton, California. Mother Jones senior editor Dave Gilson attended, and his audio postcard contains many treats, including but not limited to Spam cheesecake. Then: What if food prices depended on your…
50 – The Year’s Best Movies Are Secretly About Food
Feb 23, 2018 • 35 min
Seen any good food flicks lately? If you’ve watched some of 2017’s most critically acclaimed films, you probably have. This week, Tom talks to New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner about the food themes running through Phantom Thread, The Shape of…
49 – It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Get an Ethical Cup of Coffee
Feb 9, 2018 • 35 min
On today’s episode, you’ll hear about the incredible lengths one man went to in his attempt to bring coffee from Yemen back into the world. Maddie interviews acclaimed writer Dave Eggers and coffee importer Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Eggers’ new…
48 – This Science Will Make You Feel Better About What You Eat
Jan 26, 2018 • 24 min
Have you ever wondered why some foods make you feel more full than others? Or why when you’re stressed out you turn to your mom’s mac and cheese recipe? Our guest Rachel Herz is a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist who studies why we eat what we…
47 – Not Just Granola: How Hippies Reinvented American Cuisine
Jan 12, 2018 • 29 min
If you enjoy avocado toast and power bowls, thank a hippie. On this episode, Tom talks to Jonathan Kauffmann, whose new book is about how the 1960s counterculture gave way to some of today’s most popular American dishes. Plus, Maddie talks to New York…
29 – This Simple Advice Completely Changed the Way I Eat
Dec 29, 2017 • 25 min
Writer and chef Samin Nosrat distills cooking into four basic elements: salt, fat, acid, heat. In this episode, she reveals secrets about using one of them to transform what you cook—and her advice changed how Maddie was tasting food for the days…
46 – Dinner and a Movie
Dec 15, 2017 • 16 min
Kiera interviews screenwriter Sri Rao, one of the few American-born people who’s worked on Bollywood films, and he’s learned a lot about bridging the two cultures along the way. He applies those insights in his new cookbook, title Bollywood Kitchen, which…
45 – Restaurant Workers Say #MeToo
Dec 1, 2017 • 28 min
Sexual harassment is rampant in the food industry, as Tracie McMillan discovered when she worked undercover stints in California farm fields and at an Applebee’s in New York City for her classic 2012 book The American Way of Eating. Tracie tells Tom about…
44 – When Dinner Gets Awkward
Nov 17, 2017 • 20 min
Ah, Thanksgiving: the holiday when American families give thanks while trying to politely ignore their glaring political differences and inhaling vast quantities of food. In this special episode, Jenny Luna attends a dinner party where the whole point is…
43 – Robin Sloan’s Hilarious and Bizarre Food Novel
Nov 3, 2017 • 22 min
The Bite team interviews author Robin Sloan, author of the new novel Sourdough. When a gift of magical sourdough starter lands on the protagonist’s lap, she rolls up her sleeves and learns how to bake. Secretive, invite-only farmer’s markets and oblique…
42 – After Napa’s Inferno, “We’re Still Standing”
Oct 20, 2017 • 19 min
As fires continue to burn through wide swaths of wine country, Maddie heads to Napa to catch up with the cellar crew from Robert Sinskey winery and hear about their week from hell. Then Tom interviews renowned chef Dan Barber about how the biggest wasters…
41 – Do Farmers Still Love Trump?
Oct 6, 2017 • 29 min
Farmers voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the last presidential election. But over the course of the past year, the conversation has shifted, says journalist Ted Genoways, author of the new book, This Blessed Earth. “Farmers are starting to realize…
40 – She Packs Your Brussels Sprouts and Lives in Fear
Sep 22, 2017 • 17 min
Elena thought she had finally found freedom. She graduated high school and got a steady job in a vegetable factory. Then, in a matter of minutes, everything turned upside down. Mother Jones’ Becca Andrews brings us this story out of Tennessee. Then Top…
39 – Songs That Make Food Taste Better
Sep 8, 2017 • 23 min
Whiskey ballads, tamale ditties, odes to cornbread: So many beloved musicians make food their central subject at some point. OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano tells us about the evolution of corridos and rancheras, Mexican songs that are often dedicated…
38 – W. Kamau Bell and the Case of the Racist Skittles
Aug 25, 2017 • 25 min
Comedian W. Kamau Bell showed up at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Kentucky in 2014 fully expecting to face steely stares and racist comments. But when one of the masked Klansmen did approach Bell, it was to hand him iced tea and Skittles, the snacks Trayvon…
37 – The Agony and Ecstasy of Eating 330 Hamburgers
Aug 11, 2017 • 29 min
Journalist Kevin Alexander discovered a lot about a city through its burgers. Last year, he ate hundreds of hamburgers across the United States in a quest to find the best one. On this episode, you’ll go out to lunch with Kevin and Maddie as they taste…
36 – Farmers Are Living Dangerously
Jul 28, 2017 • 20 min
What’s going to happen if I get hurt or sick? That’s what many people are asking themselves as the Trump administration attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. But a group you don’t often hear from on this issue is farmers—and they are very worried…
35 – We Watch “Game of Thrones” for the Food Porn
Jul 14, 2017 • 29 min
What do you serve wedding guests you’re about to murder? What’s a modern substitute for dog sausage? Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, co-author of A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, has the answers. Plus, she’ll give you tips…
34 – You Are What You Eat, Donald Trump
Jun 30, 2017 • 26 min
As President Donald Trump adapts to his new life as the most powerful leader in the country, his food choices have remained curiously stodgy. Steaks doused in ketchup, chocolate soufflé, wedges of iceberg lettuce served with creamy dressing: ”He basically…
33 – Inside Silicon Valley’s Race to the Best Fake Meat
Jun 16, 2017 • 20 min
Scientists and entrepreneurs have taken vegetables to a whole new level by devising futuristic proteins that may finally be tasty enough to convince carnivores. Jenny takes you on a tour of a few of these start-ups and their plans to scale up, and then…
32 – As a Fat Person, “I Felt Like I Always Had to Apologize for Myself”
Jun 2, 2017 • 28 min
Has anyone ever teased you about your size? On today’s episode, we talk all about fat shaming—and we hear from two amazing writers who try not to internalize all the messages about the importance of being skinny. First up, writer Lindy West, author of the…
31 – Everything You Love About Food Means Nothing to This Guy
May 19, 2017 • 19 min
In this age of food porn, gourmet Instagram feeds, and restaurant pilgrimages, what’s it like if you’re just not that into food? On this week’s episode of Bite, Tom talks to Vox cofounder Dylan Matthews, the soylent-loving, cooking-averse political…
30 – Sex, Drugs, and Oysters: What It’s Really Like to Work at a Fancy Restaurant
May 5, 2017 • 23 min
In Stephanie Danler’s novel Sweetbitter, it takes Tess, a 22-year-old waitress new to Manhattan, about three months to master the art of balancing three plates on one arm. In the same amount of time, Tess adapts to a life of champagne and cocaine-addled…
29 – This Simple Advice Completely Changed the Way I Eat
Apr 21, 2017 • 25 min
Writer and chef Samin Nosrat distills cooking into four basic elements: salt, fat, acid, heat. In this episode, she reveals secrets about using one of them to transform what you cook—and her advice changed how Maddie was tasting food for the days…
28 – What a Cool New Podcast About Shipping Can Teach You About Coffee
Apr 7, 2017 • 31 min
That cuppa joe you just sipped? Its long journey to your cup was made possible by shipping containers—those rectangular metal boxes that carry everything from TVs to clothes to frozen shrimp. And there’s a whole host of characters whose lives revolve…
27 – The Bizarre, True-Crime Story of New England’s Seafood King
Mar 24, 2017 • 28 min
If you’ve ever eaten cod from New England, chances are you’ve helped build the empire of Carlos Rafael, the crime boss whose fishy business has earned him the nickname “The Codfather.” In this episode, Kiera interviews journalist Ben Goldfarb about his…
26 - The Science of Why People Don’t Believe in Food Science
Mar 10, 2017 • 24 min
When Atlantic journalist and physician James Hamblin investigated the world of gluten-free products, he found a $23 billion industry of “detox courses,” custom blood tests, and specially formulated foods—but no medical evidence that avoiding gluten is…
25 – Is Your Favorite Restaurant Standing Up for Immigrants?
Feb 24, 2017 • 25 min
Tom and Maddie pay visits to owners of “sanctuary restaurants”—eateries that are standing up for their workers’ rights as the Trump administrations vows to crack down on illegal immigrants. Penny Baldado—who owns a café in Oakland, California, famous for…
24 - Somali Refugees Make Better Pancakes
Feb 10, 2017 • 21 min
Maddie pays a visit to a mother-daughter team of Somali chefs in Oakland, California. Before arriving in the United States, Halimo and Fatuma lived in the largest refugee camp in the world, in Kenya. There, they used UN rations to concoct Somali…
23 - Save the Chocolate
Jan 27, 2017 • 26 min
“Chocolate—ah, glorious chocolate,” says today’s guest Simran Sethi at the start of our interview. In her new book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, Simran regards this beloved treat with a mix of reverence and concern. Chocolate is…
22 - You Don’t Get Fat For the Reasons You Think
Jan 13, 2017 • 23 min
Avoid potato chips. Watch less TV. Run more. Get surgery. You’ve heard dozens of reasons about why people get fat, and what they should do about it. But today’s guests have some theories about obesity that might not sound so familiar. Biochemist and…
21 – The Secret Lives of Chefs
Dec 16, 2016 • 28 min
Why do so many chefs get tattoos? That’s just one question we asked this week’s guests, journalist Isaac Fitzgerald and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, the duo behind the new book Knives and Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos. Also on this…
20 - 5 Cookbooks That Wowed Us in 2016
Dec 2, 2016 • 28 min
By all accounts, 2016 was a bleak year—except when it came to cookbooks. This year bore such a bumper crop of cookbooks that Bite host Tom Philpott had trouble choosing his favorites. After careful consideration, he’s come up with five that make perfect…
19 - Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio Talks Trump
Nov 18, 2016 • 27 min
A question that some people might be asking right now: How can you think about food at a time like this? But actually, food has everything to do with the election of Donald Trump: On this episode, Tom Philpott talks to Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef,…
18 – Eat Like a President
Nov 4, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode, we talk to Sam Kass, who served as the Obamas’ personal chef until early 2015. In addition to whipping up sweet potato fries and other family favorites, Kass directed the First Lady children’s health effort Let’s Move!, and served as the…
17 - Mark Bittman’s Recipe for the Next Presidency
Oct 21, 2016 • 25 min
Nearly every topic you can think of, and many you hoped wouldn’t, have surfaced during the 2016 presidential election. But there’s been almost zero talk by either candidate of the thing that fuels the country: our food system. On today’s episode, Mark…
16 - What Fox News Missed in Chinatown
Oct 7, 2016 • 34 min
Manhattan’s Chinatown recently made headlines for being the target of an offensive segment on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show. Fox missed the real story: the truly special place it occupies in the US food scene. Navigate the narrow, bustling sidewalks Mott…
15 - What American Food is Missing
Sep 23, 2016 • 24 min
Dine out in any major American city, and you’ll notice plenty of restaurants paying tribute to immigrant cuisine: taco stands, Ethiopian joints, Jewish delis, Vietnamese cafés. But there’s one striking omission to this melting pot. “There should be…
14 - The Science of What Kids Eat
Sep 9, 2016 • 38 min
Are babies better off on baby food or whole foods? Should they eat all organic? Does a mother’s diet during pregnancy affect her kid’s tastebuds? What’s the deal with alcohol? To try and answer questions like these, parents often have to weigh outdated,…
13 – Can Fast Food Be Healthy?
Aug 26, 2016 • 34 min
Tom and Kiera talk to Chef Daniel Patterson about his journey from high-end restaurants to the world of fast food. Jenny checks out an app that connects Silicon Valley’s homesick foreign tech workers with food from their homelands, and Kiera wonders: Is…
12 – You’re Eating a Lie
Aug 12, 2016 • 28 min
Many of the most delectable ingredients, from parmesan cheese to extra-virgin olive oil to tuna sashimi, are deceiving you. Food fraud affects up to 10 percent of the global food supply, and it poses a risk to your health, your taste buds, and your…
11 - Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel - Real Mexican Food
Jul 29, 2016 • 35 min
Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are co-authors of Decolonize Your Diet. The cookbook draws on ingredients and recipes from ancient Mexico. “We quickly found that foods from the pre-Hispanic era were among the healthiest foods on the planet,” writes…
10 - Tunde Wey - Cooking While Black
Jul 15, 2016 • 27 min
Nigerian chef Tunde Wey talks us through some of the paradoxes of cooking while black, wowed us with anecdotes from his two-week stay at a migrant detention center in El Paso—where the chicken wings are apparently pretty good—and tantalized us with the…
9 - Andy Bellatti - The Politics of Health Advice
Jul 1, 2016 • 25 min
It may not surprise you that food corporations will say pretty much anything to get us to buy their products. They often promote messages like “exercise more” to divert attention from their high-fat or sugar-laden foods. In this week’s episode we talk to…
8 - Michael Pollan – Magic Mushrooms
Jun 17, 2016 • 50 min
You know Michael Pollan from his blockbuster book The Omnivore’s Dilemma or his most recent title, Cooked, which was adapted by Netflix as a documentary series. But the celebrity author hasn’t always been so obsessed with what people eat. “Before I…
7 - Monica Jain - Fishy Business
Jun 3, 2016 • 26 min
Our guest Monica Jain is the founder of Fish 2.0, a competition that connects seafood businesses with investors. The conference places emphasis on social and environmental impacts in an attempt to spark responsible innovation in the industry. Monica gives…
6 - Bill Marler - Outbreak!
May 20, 2016 • 31 min
This week, we talk to a guy who deals with food gone bad. Tainted hamburgers, sour burritos, salmonella-laced chicken: Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler confronts the aftermath of foodborne illnesses. Since gaining a reputation through his litigation…
5 - Amanda Cohen and Adam Danforth - Meat and Veggie Showdown
May 6, 2016 • 29 min
We’re bringing together a professional vegetarian and a professional carnivore. And not just any vegetarian—Amanda Cohen is the chef-owner of the celebrated restaurant Dirt Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Without braising a single pork belly since…
4 - Saru Jayaraman - The Tipping Point
Apr 22, 2016 • 32 min
Did you know that servers and other tipped restaurant workers survive on wages as low as $2.13/hour? That’s the tipped minimum wage, which has remained measly in many states since the early 1990s—and it’s keeping people in poverty. Our guest on this…
3 - Bettina Elias Siegel - Cafeteria Confidential
Apr 8, 2016 • 23 min
Think back to the days of mystery meat, tater tots, and suspicious-looking Jello—we’re taking you inside the school cafeteria. Today’s guest, Bettina Elias Siegel, is an intellectual-property lawyer obsessed with school food. Her blog, The Lunch Tray,…
2 - Marta Zaraska - Zebra Meat and Vegan Butchers
Mar 25, 2016 • 31 min
More than two million years ago, early humans started eating meat. Now considering the harsh climate they inhabited, where every day was a fight for survival, you’d think people turned to eating animals just to stay alive, right? Think again. As…
1 - Brian Wansink - Choose Your Plate Wisely
Mar 11, 2016 • 22 min
Professor Brian Wansink is an expert in eating behavior and the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab. Brian reveals some of the fascinating insights from his research, like how you can better arrange your kitchen to avoid eating too much.…
Trailer - Introducing Bite
Mar 3, 2016 • 1 min
Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate.…