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We tell the compelling stories behind cookbooks you won't get anywhere else. Featuring interviews with leading authors, we explore the art and craft of cookbooks, looking at both new and vintage cookbooks and the inspirations behind them … the compelling people who create them … and their impact on home cooks and the culinary world.

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BONUS: Alison Roman & Where We Go From Here with food writer Alicia Kennedy
00:30:55

Note: This episode was recorded remotely.

Food writer Alicia Kennedy joins us for a special bonus episode.

Following cookbook author Alison Roman's interview with The New Consumer, there's renewed discussion on a number of ongoing issues in the food industry—in particular, disparities in whose voices are heard, who gets access to audiences and platforms. Of course, these challenges and conversations are not new; but the high-profile drama Alison Roman ignited when calling out fellow cookbook author Chrissy Teigen brought the issues to the forefront among a wider, more mainstream audience.


Instead of focusing too much on the specifics of what transpired following Roman's interview, Salt + Spine producer Madeleine Forbes dialed up San Juan-based food writer Alicia Kennedy (author of the weekly newsletter From The Desk of Alicia Kennedy host of the podcast Meatless, which is on hiatus) to discuss some of the problems plaguing food media.


If you missed the whole drama, Stained Page News editor Paula Forbes (subscribe to her weekly newsletter here) has a summary:


In the interview, Roman criticized two Asian women (Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo) for having product lines before mentioning she was launching her own collection. (There were other criticisms, but I’m trying to be brief.) Over a series of tweets, Chrissy Teigen expressed her disappointment in Roman’s words…and also revealed she’s a producer on the show Roman mentioned in the interview. Roman tweeted her first apology. Teigen made her Twitter private. Roman issued a second, longer apology (click through IG above). Teigen made her Twitter public again and responds to the...  


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May 19, 2020
Charlotte Druckman // Kitchen Remix
01:17:21

*In response to travel restrictions and social distancing due to COVID-19, this week's interview was recorded remotely and not in-studio. Thanks for listening.*


NEW YORK—This week, we're excited to welcome Charlotte Druckman to Salt & Spine, the podcast on cookbooks.


Charlotte is a food journalist whose work has appeared in nearly every major food outlet — from Food & Wine to Bon Appetit to Cherry Bombe — and national publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. She’s also the co-creator of Food52’s Piglet, the site's much loved (though now defunct) annual cookbook tournament.


The compilation she edited last year — Women on Food, featuring 115 voices from the industry in a genre-fluid format — was recently nominated for a James Beard Award.


Her latest cookbook — Kitchen Remix: 75 Recipes for Making the Most of Your Ingredients — couldn’t have come at a better time, as people spend more time in the kitchen. The “remix” concept takes three ingredients — many of them staples — and offers three suggested, and usually quite different, recipes using those items. Take the Zucchini/Pistachio/Mint chapter: starting off with a slow-cooked zucchini with ground pistachios, then you’ll find a raw minty-fresh zucchini salad with marinated feta, and finally an olive oil zucchini bread studded with fresh mint and pistachios.


In today's show, we're talking with Charlotte about:

  • the path that took her from an art history student to a preeminent food journalist;
  • about how she came up with the idea for the Food52’s Piglet and then fell into a career as a cookbook author herself;
  • and about her work on gender in the restaurant and food media worlds.


Plus, of course, we’re playing a game -- putting Charlotte to the Kitchen Remix test! And Paula Forbes, editor of Stained Page News, joins us to preview food memoirs being published this month. And we feature recipes on SaltAndSpine.com from Kitchen Remix.

 

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May 12, 2020
Stacie Billis // Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner
00:40:59

*In response to travel restrictions and social distancing due to COVID-19, this week's interview was recorded remotely and not in-studio. Thanks for listening.*


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—This week, we're excited to welcome Stacie Billis to Salt & Spine, the podcast on cookbooks.

Stacie Billis is a food writer whose award-winning blog, One Hungry Mama, was considered one of the first food blogs focused on parents and feeding your family. Stacie has also been the Founding Food Editor-in-Chief at the Cool Mom Picks network — and today, she shares her life, recipes, and tips as the "family cook" on social media.


Stacie is also one of the voices behind the popular podcast, Didn’t I Just Feed You, a show about feeding families that she co-hosts with Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor for Kitchn.com. [Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart has joined the DIJFY podcast twice to talk cookbooks with Stacie and Meghan—be sure to subscribe to their show!]


And of course, Stacie is a cookbook author — her first book, Make It Easy, focused on shortcuts using store-bought ingredients. And her latest, Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner, is all about how to harness the flavor and versatility of—you guessed it—chicken.


In today’s show, we’re talking with Stacie about:

  • how a background in child development led her to career in food writing
  • the popularity of chicken — now the most consumed protein in the U.S., with the average American now buying 53 pounds, per person, per year — and some tricks for producing flavorful, juicy chicken dishes;
  • and about her foray into podcasting, which cookbook authors she turns to as a home cook, and more.


And of course, we’re playing a chicken-themed game with Stacie at the end of the show — don't miss it!


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Apr 28, 2020
Meike Peters // 365
00:40:59

This week, we're excited to welcome food blogger and cookbook author Meike Peters to Salt + Spine, the podcast on cookbooks.


Meike is the James Beard-winning author of Eat In My Kitchen and her latest cookbook, 365: A Year Of Everyday Cooking And Baking. And her latest work is exactly that: 365 new recipes to fuel a year of home cooking. Meike has been sharing recipes from her home kitchen in Berlin on her blog, Eat In My Kitchen, and on her Instagram since 2013.


In today’s show, we’re talking with Meike about:

  • how she went from a music label to pursuing a food career;
  • the inspiration behind her work and how she approaches recipe testing;
  • and developing a full year of approachable, varied recipes for her latest book.


Plus, of course, we’re playing a themed game with Meike – and we're featuring two recipes for her latest cookbook on saltandspine.com.

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Apr 21, 2020
Kate Leahy, Ara Zada, John Lee // Lavash
01:04:18

This week, we're excited to welcome Kate Leahy, Ara Zada, and John Lee to Salt + Spine, the podcast on cookbooks. Kate, Ara, and John are the trio behind Lavash: The Bread that Launched 1,000 Meals, Plus Salads, Stews, and Other Recipes from Armenia.


The trio are the team behind the cookbook, Lavash: The Bread That Launched 1,000 Meals, Plus Salads, Stews, and Other Recipes From Armenia.


Together, they have worked to tell the story of lavash, the “ubiquitous and doable UNESCO-recognized flatbread of Armenia."


As the authors note, the Republic of Armenia is a small country—about the size of Massachusetts, and with half of the population. But the country boasts a diverse landscape: mountainous yet rich in agriculture. With more than 60 recipes, their cookbook showcases not only the lavash bread but also all the dishes you’ll want to eat alongside it.


In today’s show, we’re talking with Kate, Ara, and John about:

  • the process of how this cookbook came together;
  • why lavash is so significant in the global history and to Armenian cuisine;
  • and how John and his team ended up in the middle of a tumultuous protest while working on the book.


Our guests discuss Armenian cuisine and the importance of lavash, their research trips to Armenia, and how they think about cookbooks. Plus, we’re playing a lavash-themed game at the end of the show.


Also, in today’s show:

  • Salt + Spine Kitchen Correspondent Sarah Varney heads into the kitchen to prepare arishta—traditional Armenian flour noodles—with mushrooms. 
  • Recipes for Jingalov Hats and Lavash-Wrapped Trout with Tarragon, both available on saltandspine.com.


Additional music in today's show is Good Ol Plan B by Mela.

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Apr 14, 2020
Darra Goldstein // Beyond the North Wind
00:26:05

This week, we're excited to welcome Darra Goldstein to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.


In her latest cookbook, Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore, Darra journeys 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle to the Kola Peninsula, bordering the Barents Sea. It's "one of the literal ends of the earth—next stop, North Pole," Darra writes in the book. She travels here to rid herself of any outside influence and explore the true complexities of Russian cuisine during the country's harsh winters.


Previously, Darra wrote Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking (nominated for a James Beard Award in 2016) and her first cookbook, A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russian Hospitality, first published in 1983. Darra is also the founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.


Her journey allowed her to discover what's at the heart of Russian cuisine: whole grains, fermented foods, and unique flavors such as sea buckthorn and fireweed leaves. The recipes in Beyond the North Wind offer a refreshing take on old techniques: think Raspberry Kvass, homemade Farmer's Cheese, Russian Handpies, and Buckwheat Croutons.


With a cookbook that's both inventive and inviting, Darra captures the landscape of Russian cuisine both past and present through her elevated storytelling and desire to shed the stereotypes of Russian cuisine. By bringing its history, people, and geography to the forefront, she gives us an in-depth understanding of how Russian food came into existence and how it's evolved.


In today's show, Salt + Spine producer Madeleine Forbes sits down with Darra in a San Francisco café to discuss:

  • Russian cuisine before and after the Soviet Union;
  • featured recipes from Beyond the North Wind, including infused vodkas and 20-minute pickles;
  • the process of seeking and preparing food during Russia's notoriously intense winters;
  • some of Russia's unique culinary ingredients, like sea buckthorn and fireweed leaves;
  • Russian hospitality and the country's restaurant landscape today;
  • and deconstructing the stereotype that Russian food is bland or boring.


PLUS: Recipes for Horseradish Vodka and 20-Minute Pickles.

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Apr 07, 2020
John Becker & Megan Scott // Joy of Cooking
00:49:14

This week, we're thrilled to welcome John Becker & Megan Scott to Salt + Spine, the podcast on cookbooks.


While it might seem weird to say a book — not an author — needs perhaps no introduction, that feels like a fitting statement for Joy of Cooking. With 20 million copies in print, it’s the most-published cookbook in the us and often considered the most popular. And for many, the most beloved.


And it all dates back to 1931 — nearly 90 years ago — when John Becker’s great-grandmother, Irma Rombauer, self-published 3,000 copies of a cookbook she titled Joy of Cooking, using half her life savings. And after several updates and revisions over the years — some of them more divisive than others — the fourth generation of the Rombauer/Becker family has taken oven the helm.


John and Megan spent nearly a decade working on this edition — and while it keeps the spirit of Joy alive with 4,000 favorite recipes “revised and updated” — it also includes 600 new recipes. It continues to be a door-stopping 1,200 pages. There are numerous new and improved elements in this edition: new American classics like Chicago-style deep dish pizza and buckeyes now complement classics like brownies, roast turkey, and apple pie. Modern recipes — from a kimchi mac and cheese and a roasted cauliflower with green olives and lemon — share the pages with new globally inspired dishes like Thai-style wings, mapo dofu, and lamb shawarma.


In today’s show, we’re talking with John and Megan about:

  • how they tested and developed these thousands and thousands of recipes -- all without a dishwasher;
  • how it was Joy of Cooking that brought them together in the first place;
  • and how they’re continuing on the traditions and significance of the Joy of Cooking brand.


Plus, we play a Joy of Cooking-themed game with John and Megan.


Also, in today’s show:

  • Cookbook critic Paula Forbes of Stained Page News joins us to preview new cookbooks being published in April.
  • Recipes from Joy of Cooking for Black Bean Soup, Banana Bread Cockaigne, and Miso-Glazed Eggplant – all available on www.saltandspine.com.
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Mar 31, 2020
Molly Stevens // All About Dinner
00:48:30

This week, we're thrilled to welcome cookbook author and culinary instructor Molly Stevens to Salt + Spine, the podcast on cookbooks.


A native New Yorker who spent a short stint learning culinary skills in France, Molly has written several cookbooks and has been named Cooking Teacher of the Year by both Bon Appétit magazine and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.


Her first two solo cookbooks — All About Braising and All About Roasting — both won the James Beard Award for Single-Subject Cookbook.


Molly's latest cookbook, All About Dinner, is aimed at helping home cooks "invigorate your everyday menus and build your kitchen know-how." The book includes 150 recipes, ranging from chipotle pork tacos to parmesan risotto to a triple-ginger apple crisp.


In today's show, we're talking with Molly about:

  • how she still considers herself primarily a home cook;
  • what led her to cookbook writing;
  • and how she approaches recipe development as a culinary teacher.


Plus, as always, we're playing a Salt + Spine game with Molly!


Also in today's show:

  • Food writer Charlotte Druckman joins us to talk cookbook covers—and why British cookbooks often get a different cover in the United States.
  • Stained Page News editor Paula Forbes joins us to talk about March's new cookbook releases.
  • And recipes for Chard and Onion Tart with Two Cheeses and White Bean Gratin with Tomatoes and Sausage.
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Mar 24, 2020
Fuchsia Dunlop // The Food of Sichuan
00:48:39

This week, we're excited to welcome Fuchsia Dunlop to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.


Fuchsia is the author of several award-winning cookbooks focused on Chinese cuisine, especially Sichuan cooking. Her Chinese home-cooking book, Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking, won a James Beard Award and her memoir, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, won the IACP's Jane Grigson Award.


Most recently, Fuchsia published The Food of Sichuan, an "essential update" of her 2003 Sichuanese deep-dive, Land of Plenty. With more than 70 new recipes, plus vivid travel and food photography, The Food of Sichuan builds on Fuchsia's repertoire and research.


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Mar 17, 2020
Einat Admony // Shuk
00:37:27

This week, we're excited to welcome Einat Admony to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.


Einat is the author of, most recently, Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, with Janna Gur. Called an "edifying deep dive into Israeli food market culture and cuisine" by Publisher's Weekly, Shuk features more than 140 recipes from stews to salads to shakshukas.


A former cook in the Israeli army, Einat is now the chef/owner of several New York City restaurants, including the popular Balaboosta, Kish-Kash, and Taïm. Her first cookbook, Balaboosta, includes recipes she cooks for her family.


Recipes from this week's show:

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Mar 10, 2020
Toni Tipton-Martin // Jubilee
00:50:57

Toni Tipton-Martin is the author of Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking and the James Beard-winning The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks.


Also in today's show:

> Salt + Spine Kitchen Correspondent Sarah Varney cooks Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits from Jubilee.

> We feature recipes for Benne Wafers and Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce from Jubilee.

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Mar 02, 2020
Leticia Landa, Nite Yun & Nafy Flatley // We Are La Cocina
00:44:45

This week, we’re excited to welcome some of the stars of the WE ARE LA COCINA cookbook and the—Leticia Landa, Nite Yun, and Nafy Flatley—to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories on cookbooks.

Tune in to hear this live podcast recording in front of an audience at The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco, which was recorded during our annual cookie swap.

Leticia Landa is the deputy director of La Cocina, the San Francisco-based kitchen incubator that helps enable food entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant women and women and color. She joined the organization in 2008, as its third staff member, and has helped grow La Cocina into an internationally acclaimed nonprofit. Born to Mexican immigrants, Leticia is a seasoned home cook.

Nite Yun is the chef and owner of Nyum Bai, her Cambodian restaurant in Oakland, Calif. that opened with much publicity in 2018. She was named the 2019 “Chef to Watch” by Eater and a Best New Chef by Food & Wine and awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts. After serving her Cambodian dishes in various pop-ups, she opened Nyum Bai, which was quickly named one of the best restaurants in the country by several publications. “More importantly,” cookbook author Samin Nosrat writes about Nite for the TIME 100 Next list, “she is changing America’s relationship to Cambodia, one exquisite dish at a time.”

Nafy Flatley is the founder of TERANGA, which produces a range of products—from juices to popsicles—that use the baobab superfood of her native Senegal. Nafy grew up enjoying baobab and visiting her grandparents’ village, which surrounded a large baobab tree. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, where she studied marketing and international business, Nafy initially worked in the tech industry. When he first baby was born, prematurely, she quit her job to better care for her family. Later, she turned to food and founded TERANGA in 2017. Today, TERANGA is the only U.S. company to sell bottled baobab fruit juice.

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Dec 17, 2019
Hetal Vasavada // Milk & Cardamom
00:47:23

Hetal Vasavada is the author of Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India. She appeared on Season 6 of MasterChef. Plus: James Rich, author of Apple: Recipes from the Orchard.

*Full show notes coming soon.

Dec 13, 2019
Apollonia Poilâne // Poilâne
00:38:02

*Show notes coming soon.

*Featured recipes from this episode available on www.saltandspine.com.

Dec 12, 2019
Leah Koenig // Little Book of Jewish Sweets [Baking Week 2019]
00:34:24

Leah Koenig is a food writer who has penned six cookbooks, including Little Book of Jewish Sweets (following Little Book of Jewish Appetizers and Little Book of Jewish Feasts). Her most recent book, The Jewish Cookbook, is a 400-recipe tome.

*Full show notes coming soon.

Dec 11, 2019
Chris Taylor + Paul Arguin // The New Pie [Baking Week 2019]
00:50:17

Chris Taylor & Paul Arguin are the authors of The New Pie and have won more than 600 pie-baking contests across the country. Also in today's show: Cathy Barrow on her latest, When Pies Fly, and Celia Sack of Omnivore Books.

Find recipes from The New Pie and When Pies Fly on www.saltandspine.com.

Dec 10, 2019
Daniel Leader // Living Bread [Baking Week 2019]
00:33:28

Daniel Leader is the author of Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making. In the 1980s, he left Manhattan to open his bakery, Bread Alone, in Hudson Valley and his first book, Bread Alone, won the IACP award for best baking book in 1994.

**Featured recipes available on saltandspine.com.

Full episode notes coming soon.

Dec 09, 2019
Alison Roman Returns // Nothing Fancy
01:05:06

Full show notes coming soon.

New York Times, "Would You Write a Cookbook for Next to Nothing" by Priya Krishna

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Dec 03, 2019
Amy Chaplin // Whole Food Cooking Every Day
00:40:07

Show notes coming soon.

Nov 26, 2019
Andrew Rea // Binging with Babish
00:45:58

Show notes coming soon.

Nov 19, 2019
Ivan Orkin + Chris Ying // The Gaijin Cookbook
00:58:25

Show notes coming soon.

Nov 05, 2019
Kara Newman // Cocktails with a Twist [Drinks Week]
00:33:18

Episode notes to come.

Nov 01, 2019
Brad Thomas Parsons // Last Call [Drinks Week 2019]
00:41:18

Today, we're excited to welcome BRAD THOMAS PARSONS to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks, in our first-ever DRINKS WEEK. This week, we're releasing four all-new episodes with some of the leading authors of recent cocktail and wine books.

Brad is the author of several cocktail books, including Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, which won both the James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook awards. He also wrote Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, and a super fun volume titled Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World’s Most Spirited Mousers. And in his latest book, Last Call: Bartenders On Their Final Drink And The Wisdom And Rituals Of Closing Time, he asks a variant of the age-old last-meal question to bartenders across the country: "What would you last drink be?”

ALSO IN TODAY'S SHOW:

> Recipes from Brad's Last Call: The Kona Swizzle and the Almost Perfect Cocktail.

> Celia Sack from Omnivore Books joins us.

Oct 31, 2019
Alice Feiring // Natural Wine for the People [Drinks Week 2019]
00:36:08

Today, we're excited to welcome ALICE FEIRING to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks, in our first-ever DRINKS WEEK. This week, we're releasing four all-new episodes with some of the leading authors of recent cocktail and wine books.

Alice Feiring is the James Beard-winning author of seven books on wine, including her latest, Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It. She has been the leading voice of natural wine for nearly two decades. She is the creator of The Feiring Line, the world's first independent natural wine newsletter. 

In today's show, we talk with Alice about the history of natural wine and the current natural wine movement, about how she's used her powerful voice to challenge and change a male-dominated industry, and of course play a wine-themed game.

Oct 30, 2019
Christiaan Röllich // Bar Chef [Drinks Week 2019]
00:38:03

Today, we're excited to welcome CHRISTIAAN RÖLLICH to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks, in our first-ever DRINKS WEEK. This week, we're releasing four all-new episodes with some of the leading authors of recent cocktail and wine books.

Christiaan Röllich oversees the bar program for Suzanne Goin's Lucques restaurant group, which includes Los Angeles spots A.O.C., Tavern, and Lucques. His first cookbook is Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails. In today's show, we'll talk with Christiaan about the influence bars had on him at an early age, what led him to bartending, and how he approaches his work as a "bar chef." Plus, we'll play a cocktail-themed game!

ALSO IN TODAY'S SHOW:

> RECIPES: Find recipes two cocktails from Bar Chef on SaltAndSpine.com.

> COMMENTARY: We check in with Celia Sack at Omnivore Books in San Francisco.

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Get the Book: Omnivore Books | Amazon

Oct 29, 2019
Lazarus Lynch // Son of a Southern Chef
00:58:14

This week, we're excited to welcome LAZARUS LYNCH to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Lazarus is a two-time winner of Chopped and host of Snapchat's first-ever cooking show. His first cookbook is Son of a Southern Chef. In today's show, we'll talk with Lazarus about how he got his start (and his foot in the door at Food Network), where he finds inspiration, and how he approached his first cookbook. Plus: We'll play Salt + Spine game with Lazarus.

ALSO IN TODAY'S SHOW:

> IN THE KITCHEN: Salt + Spine Kitchen Correspondent Sarah Varney cooks up two side dishes from Lazarus' book for a pig roast in Sonoma County, CA.

> FROM THE LIBRARY: Great Jones' Sierra Tishgart joins us to discuss a vintage cookbook from the Great Jones library. Tune in as we explore the 1981 Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn – and get a look inside on the Great Jones Instagram.

> COMMENTARY: We check in with Celia Sack at Omnivore Books in San Francisco to discuss soul food and Southern food. 

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Oct 22, 2019
Allison Arevalo LIVE // The Pasta Friday Cookbook
00:42:56

This week, we're excited to welcome ALLISON AREVALO to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks. This week's show was recorded live in front of an audience at The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco.

Allison is the so-called “Mac-and-Cheese Maven” behind Homeroom, the Oakland, CA restaurant she co-opened in 2010. After seven years, she stepped back—selling off her shares to spend more time with family and friends—and found herself hosting weekly Pasta Friday dinners at her home.

Allison’s second cookbook, The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let’s Eat Together, pulls together 52 of her favorite pasta and sauce combinations (she never repeats a pasta shape!) along with salads and side dishes. Her first cookbook is The Mac + Cheese Cookbook.

In today’s show, Allison joined us for a live pasta dinner at The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco, where we discussed how “what’s the worst that could happen” approach to life, her pivot from Homeroom to Pasta Friday, and what influences her. Plus: We’re playing a pasta-themed game with Allison.

Oct 15, 2019
Adeena Sussman // Sababa
00:49:48

This week, we're excited to welcome ADEENA SUSSMAN to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Adeena is the author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen and has co-authored or collaborated on a dozen other cookbooks, including Chrissy Teigen's books and The Spinkles Baking Book with Candace Nelson—all New York Times best sellers.

In today's show, we're talking with Adeena about how moving to Tel Aviv and living steps from the historic and bustling Carmel Market influenced her cooking, about the trendiness of Israeli cooking in the U.S., and about how she approaches her work as a cookbook author.

ALSO IN TODAY'S SHOW:

> IN THE KITCHEN: Salt + Spine Kitchen Correspondent Sarah Varney cooks from Sababa with her son Fountain and friends. Tune in to hear them make Cinnamony Smokey Eggplant P'titim.

> FROM THE LIBRARY: Great Jones' Sierra Tishgart joins us to discuss a vintage cookbook from the Great Jones library. Tune in as we explore the 1958 LIFE Picture Cook Book – and get a look inside on the Great Jones Instagram.

Plus: Recipes for Za’atar Roasted Chicken over Sumac Potatoes, Pomegroni, and Chewy Tahini Blondies.

GET THE BOOK: Omnivore Books (signed!) | Amazon
 

Oct 01, 2019
East Bay Cooks LIVE
00:37:51

This week, we're excited to welcome CAROLYN JUNG, NORA HARON, JEN BIESTY, and ANGELO SMITH to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Carolyn is the author of East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries, which features 40+ chefs including Bijan's Nora Haron, Shakewell's Jen Biesty, and Pizza Antica's Angelo Smith.

In today's live show, we joined Carolyn and the chefs at the book launch party at Neyborly in Oakland's Jack London Square. We talk the importance of the East Bay dining scene, memorable cookbooks, and play an East Bay celebrity game. 

Plus: Recipes for Nora Haron's Laksa and Angelo Smith's Warm Brussels Sprout Salad.

GET THE BOOK: Omnivore Books (signed!) | Amazon


 

Sep 24, 2019
Stacy Adimando // Piatti
00:40:17

This week, we're excited to welcome STACY ADIMANDO to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Stacy is the author of Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy and former executive editor of Saveur, Food Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray, and recipes editor for Food Network. She co-authored the James Beard-winning cookbook, Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen.

In today’s show, we’re talking with Stacy about her approach to antipasti, the process of including family recipes in her book, and what she thinks about the state of cookbooks. Plus: An antipasti game!

Plus: Recipes for Blackened Summer Squash with Buttermilk Cream Sauce, Rosemary, and Chives and Clams with Broccoli Rabe and Crispy Prosciutto in Tomato-Wine Sauce.

GET THE BOOK: Omnivore Books (signed!) | Amazon

Sep 17, 2019
Maria Zizka // The Newlywed Table
00:45:32

This week, we're excited to welcome MARIA ZIZKA to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Maria is the author of The Newlywed Table: A Cookbook to Start Your Life Together. She has worked on around a dozen other cookbooks, including Tartine All Day, Everything I Want to Eat, and This Is Camino.

In 2018, Forbes named her one of the 30 Most Influential People In Food & Drink Under 30.

In today’s show, we’re talking with Maria about what led her from thinking she would become a doctor to a culinary program in Italy — how she has approached co-writing cookbooks with chefs — and what books and authors have inspired her. Plus, we’re playing a Newlywed-themed game!

Also in today’s show, we’re chatting with the food-obsessed Chicago couple behind the popular Cooking The Books blog about the cookbooks they’ve been working through recently.

Bonus Salt + Spine Features:

Recipe: Braised Chicken Legs with Green Olives and Lime Gremolata
Recipe: Summer-on-a-Platter Salad

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Sep 10, 2019
Aleksandra Crapanzano // Eat. Cook. LA.
00:43:28

This week, we're excited to welcome ALEKSANDRA CRAPANZANO to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Aleksandra is the author of Eat. Cook. LA. Recipes from the City of Angels. She's a screenwriter and food writer, penning a food column for the Wall Street Journal. Her first cookbook was The London Cookbook: Recipes from the Restaurants, Cafés, and Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City. She’s the recipient of the MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing from the James Beard Foundation.

In Eat. Cook. LA., Aleksandra writes that Los Angeles is a city that has "long been almost suspicious of food" and with a "bad case of culinary insecurity." But today, she writes, "the City of Angels is now sparkling with culinary stardust."

In today's show, we're talking with Aleksandra about the transformation of Los Angeles' dining scene, including the roles of Hollywood and the streaming industry, and the rise of farmers' markets and juice bars. Plus, we're talking about the role cookbooks and writers — including her journalist mother — have had on her career, and playing a LA-chef-themed game.

Bonus Salt + Spine Features:

Recipe: Spicy Lamb Breast from Bryant Ng of Cassia, Santa Monica
Recipe: Pomegranate Couscous by David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post, Manhattan Beach

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Sep 03, 2019
Sarah Copeland // Every Day is Saturday
00:38:15
Aug 27, 2019
Anna Francese Gass // Heirloom Kitchen
00:37:55
Aug 20, 2019
Todd Richards // Soul
00:41:00
Aug 13, 2019
Elizabeth Minchilli // The Italian Table
00:34:27
Aug 06, 2019
Kausar Ahmed // The Karachi Kitchen
00:36:55
Jul 30, 2019
Tyler Malek // Salt + Straw
00:44:56
Jul 23, 2019
Stars of Serious Eats LIVE
00:45:48
Jul 16, 2019
Priya Krishna // Indian-ish
00:36:49
Jul 09, 2019
Diana Kuan // Red Hot Kitchen
00:31:23
Diana Kuan is the author of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook and Red Hot Kitchen: Classic Asian Chili Sauces from Scratch and Delicious Dishes to Make With Them.
May 21, 2019
Gabriela Cámara // My Mexico City Kitchen
00:41:56
LIVE SHOW from OMNIVORE BOOKS: Gabriela Cámara to SALT + SPINE joins us for our first-ever live podcast taping in front of an audience at Omnivore Books in San Francisco. Gabriela is the chef-owner of the famed seafood restaurant Contramar (Mexico City) and Cala (San Francisco). Her first cookbooks is My Mexico City Kitchen.
May 14, 2019
Ruth Reichl // Save Me The Plums
00:36:22
This week, we're excited to welcome Ruth Reichl to SALT + SPINE, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks. Ruth was the final editor of Gourmet magazine and is the author of Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir and My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Ruth is also the author of Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Restaurant Critic in Disguise, For You, Mom. Finally., Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, and Delicious!: A Novel.
May 07, 2019
Carla Lalli Music // Where Cooking Begins
00:40:11
Carla Lalli Music is the food director of the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen and author of Where Cooking Begins.
Apr 30, 2019
David Lebovitz // L'Appart
00:35:35
Apr 16, 2019
Yasmin Khan // Zaitoun
00:35:24
Yasmin is the author of two cookbooks: The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen and Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen.
Apr 09, 2019
Andrea Nguyen // Vietnamese Food Any Day
00:45:44
Andrea Nguyen is the author of six cookbooks, including Into The Vietnamese Kitchen, The Pho Cookbook, and her latest, Vietnamese Food Any Day.
Apr 02, 2019
Gayle Pirie + John Clark // Foreign Cinema
00:40:08
Mar 26, 2019
Ellen King // Heritage Baking
00:41:27
Ellen King is the author of Heritage Baking: Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour from Hewn Bakery. Ellen is the author of Heritage Baking: Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour from Hewn Bakery.
Mar 19, 2019
Anissa Helou // Feast: Food of the Islamic World
00:36:42
Anissa Helou is the author of nine cookbooks, including her most recent, Feast: Food of the Islamic World. We sat down with Anissa at our studio inside San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to discuss the process of creating this comprehensive book, what led her to cookbooks after a career in the art world, and her mission of preserving recipes for future generations.
Mar 12, 2019
Carla Hall // Soul Food
00:42:26
Carla Hall is the author of Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. She has written two other cookbooks, appeared on Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars, and co-hosted ABC's The Chew from 2011 to 2018. We sat down with Carla at our studio inside San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to discuss the road trip she took for her latest book, her path to becoming a chef, and how she's using her platform to tell the food stories of black Americans.
Mar 05, 2019
Alison Roman // Dining In
00:35:36
Alison is the author of Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes and a contributor to Bon Appetit magazine and the New York Times. She also wrote Lemons (Short Stack). We sat down with Alison at our studio in San Francisco’s The Civic Kitchen to discuss her style of cooking, her advice for home cooks, the uber-viral The Cookie, and what lipsticks to pair with various dishes.
Dec 18, 2018
Cathy Barrow // Pie Squared
00:26:11
It's the final episode of our four-part Baking Week and we're joined by Cathy Barrow, Washington Post columnist and author of Pie Squared. We sat down with Cathy at the San Francisco’s The Civic Kitchen to discuss slab pies, her recipes for exciting crusts -- like the caramelized onion crust or a hash brown crust -- and tips for great pie baking at home, like avoiding that dreaded “soggy bottom.”
Dec 13, 2018
Magnus Nilsson // The Nordic Baking Book
00:29:19
It's episode three of our four-part Baking Week: Magnus Nilsson. Magnus is the author of The Nordic Cookbook and his latest, The Nordic Baking Book. He's also the head chef of Fäviken, his two Michelin star restaurant 400 miles north of Stockholm. Magnus joins us to talk all things Nordic baking, his cookbooks, and more. Plus, Paula Forbes, editor of Stained Page News, shares her top baking books this fall.
Dec 12, 2018
Rose Levy Beranbaum // Rose's Baking Basics
00:34:03
It's episode two of Baking Week! Rose Levy Beranbaum has written a dozen baking books, including the iconic The Cake Bible, first published and 1988 and now in its 55th printing. Rose went on to produce other iconic works, like The Bread Bible, The Baking Bible, and Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, and now she’s back with her latest, Rose’s Baking Basics. We sat down with Rose and her collaborator, Woody Wolston, at the San Francisco’s The Civic Kitchen to talk about some tricks behind great baking, Rose’s collection of best-selling and iconic baking books, and their cookbook influences.
Dec 11, 2018
Kristen Miglore // Food52 Genius Desserts
00:29:58
Episode 1 of Baking Week: Kristen Miglore is the Creative Director at Food52, where she oversees the Genius Recipes column. Her latest cookbook, Genius Desserts, is packed with 100 recipes that Kristen says will “change the way you bake." We sat down with Kristen at The Civic Kitchen—plus, we chat with Celia Sack in our From The Vault segment.
Dec 10, 2018
Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook // Israeli Soul
00:43:06
Michael and Steve are the duo behind Zahav, Abe Fisher, and other Philadelphia restaurants. Their latest cookbook, Israeli Soul, takes readers on a culinary journey across Israel; their first cookbook, Zahav, won Best Cookbook of the Year from the James Beard Foundation. We talk with Michael and Steve in our studio at The Civic Kitchen—plus, we talk with Reem Kassis, author of The Palestinian Table, about her friendship with Michael Solomonov, and we stop by Omnivore Books in San Francisco.
Dec 04, 2018
Nicole Ponseca + Miguel Trinidad // I Am A Filipino
00:46:51
Nicole and Miguel are the authors of I Am A Filipino: And This Is How We Cook, as well as the dynamic duo behind Maharlika, the popular and highly reviewed New York City restaurant serving home-style Filipino food. We talk with Nicole and Miguel at The Civic Kitchen—plus, we chat with Yana Gilbuena, founder of the SALO Series, and with Celia Sack of Omnivore Books.
Nov 27, 2018
Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker // Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking
00:49:16
Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker are co-authors of Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking. The two friends pair their backgrounds in wine and food: Dana's a sommelier, fierce natural wine advocate and owner of urban winery Bow & Arrow and wine shop Bar Norman in Portland. Andrea is a six-time cookbook author (The Picnic, Eggs on Top, Beer Bites and collaborated on titles like Pok Pok and Six Seasons) and food stylist. We sat down with Dana and Andrea at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about how the pair break down the basics of how to pair great food with equally exciting and affordable natural wines. Plus, we talk Thanksgiving food and wine. First, we head into the kitchens at Jackson Family Winery in Sonoma to cook up a squash dish that'll make a great addition to any Thanksgiving meal. Then, we talk with Stevie Stacionis, owner of Oakland wine shop Bay Grape, about wines that go great with Thanksgiving staple foods.
Nov 20, 2018
Yotam Ottolenghi // Ottolenghi Simple
00:35:24
Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-British chef, owner of multiple restaurants (including the eponymous Ottolenghi) and the author of seven cookbooks, which include the award-winning NOPI and Jerusalem. We sat down with Yotam at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about his new book Ottolenghi Simple, what makes a recipe "simple," and the food and people who've influenced him. Plus, hear a special excerpt from his podcast Simple Pleasures, where he gets in the kitchen with friend and cookbook author, Nigella Lawson.
Nov 13, 2018
Julia Turshen // Now & Again
00:45:42
Julia Turshen is the author of Small Victories, Feed The Resistance, and her latest: Now & Again. We sat down with Julia at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk leftovers, her latest project Equity at the Table, and about how cookbooks can be tools for social and political change. Plus, we’re talking to Shakirah Simley about Nourish/Resist and stopping by Omnivore Books in San Francisco to chat with Celia Sack.
Nov 06, 2018
François-Régis Gaudry // Let's Eat France!
00:31:30
François-Régis Gaudry is a food critic, radio host and author of Let's Eat France! We sat down with François-Régis at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to explore where French culture and cuisine intersect and the army of food experts that informed this 432-page, 6 pound (2.7 kilo) cookbook. Plus, Paul Forbes of Stained Page News dishes on other cookbooks that break the typical cookbook mold.
Oct 30, 2018
Naz Deravian // Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories
00:46:54
Naz Deravian is the author of Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories, her first cookbook. We sat down with Naz at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to #TalkCookbooks, Persian cuisine, and the impact of today’s political climate on her work.
Oct 23, 2018
Nik Sharma // Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food
00:40:05
Nik is a cook, author, and photographer of Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, his first cookbook. The Bombay native fell in love with cooking as a kid, but only after a move to America and a medical degree later did he begin to pursue his passion for cooking. Through his blog, A Brown Table (and later a San Francisco Chronicle column of the same name), Nik documents his exploration — and celebration — of time spent in the kitchen and how the flavors of his life influence the food he creates. We sat down with Nik at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen cooking school to talk about creating food and flavors accessible for home cooks, celebrating the small moments in the kitchen and how he proudly tells his own immigrant story through food.
Oct 16, 2018
Cal Peternell // Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta
00:39:23
Cal Peternell is the author of three cookbooks, including his latest: Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta. You might also know him from his two-decade tenure leading the kitchen at Chez Panisse, Alice Water’s famed Berkeley restaurant. We sat down with Cal at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to #TalkCookbooks.
Oct 09, 2018
Leslie Jonath // Feed Your People
00:29:50
Leslie Jonath is a book producer and author of Feed Your People, a big-batch, big-hearted book on serving up great food and memories with your community and those you love. We sat down with Leslie at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk latkes, cookbook trends and the importance of taking time to gather in the kitchen and around the table.
Oct 02, 2018
Marti Buckley // Basque Country
00:37:14
Marti Buckley is the author of Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise, her first cookbook. A food writer and cook who grew up in Alabama, Marti planned to spend just a year in San Sebastián. Eight years later, she's still there, having fallen in love with the people, food and culture of this small region in northern Spain. We talk with Marti at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Sep 25, 2018
Alon Shaya // Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel
00:40:48
Alon Shaya is the author of Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, his first cookbook. The five-time James Beard nominee (and two-time winner) led three restaurants in New Orleans—Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya—until 2017, when he started Pomegranate Hospitality. This year, he opened Safta (Denver) and Saba (New Orleans). We talk with Alon at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Sep 18, 2018
Maggie Hoffman / The One-Bottle Cocktail
00:32:58
Maggie is a food & drink writer and author of The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit. She founded the drink section of Serious Eats in 2011 and is now a freelance writer and author covering the explosion of craft drinking. Her first book helps home drinkers make no-fuss, fun and delicious cocktails with recipes focused on fresh ingredients that are already on your shopping list. We sat down with Maggie at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk crafting cocktails like a cook, recipe testing hundreds of drinks and what she's got brewing for her next book.
Aug 28, 2018
Imogene Tondre / Cuba: The Cookbook
00:27:20
Imogene Tondre is the author of Cuba: The Cookbook. Cuba is a culinary melting pot, infused throughout history with global influences that have left their mark on the island country's food. We talk with Imogene about preserving the country's culinary traditions, Cuban home cooks' diverse repertoire, and how she constructed this colorful tome.
Aug 21, 2018
Michael Harlan Turkell / Acid Trip
00:31:43
Michael Harlan Turkell is an award-winning photographer, podcast host, and author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar, a book that began when a forgotten bottle of wine turned to vinegar. Thus began a global pursuit of vinegar and the people, places, and history that influence the fermented ingredient. We sat down with Michael at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about this staple pantry ingredient, how to make vinegar at home, and the reason why we like ketchup with our eggs.
Aug 14, 2018
Gaby Dalkin / What's Gaby Cooking
00:29:57
Gaby Dalkin is the force behind What’s Gaby Cooking—a popular food blog and, now, a California-inspired cookbook, What's Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food. We sat down with Gaby at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen cooking school to talk about her recipes, her path from a super picky eater to today, and the transition from food blogger to cookbook author.
Aug 07, 2018
Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
00:37:25
Samin Nosrat is the award-winning author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. We sit down with Samin at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about turning a cooking philosophy into an artfully illustrated cookbook, those who've inspired her and what's next.
Jul 17, 2018
Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Japan: The Cookbook
00:25:22
Nancy Singleton Hachisu is the author of Japan: The Cookbook. We sit down with Nancy at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about her research process, making Japanese food at home, and her previous James Beard Award-nominated cookbooks.
Jul 10, 2018
Diana Henry, How to Eat a Peach
00:34:33
Diana Henry is a food writer and the author of 11 cookbooks, including her most recent How to Eat a Peach. We sit down with Diana at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about her 4,000 cookbooks, menus, and the month of October.
Jul 03, 2018
Jacques Pépin, A Grandfather's Lessons
00:28:26
Jacques Pépin is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including the recent A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey. We sit down with Jacques at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk cookbooks, family, and his legacy.
Jun 26, 2018
Jessica Battilana, Repertoire
00:31:37
Jessica Battilana is the author of Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need. We sit down with Jessica at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk cookbooks, Negronis, and oven fires.
Jun 19, 2018
Edward Lee, Buttermilk Graffiti
00:32:58
Edward Lee is the author of Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, which tells sixteen compelling stories of people redefining culinary traditions across the country. We sit down with Edward at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Jun 12, 2018
Emily Kaiser Thelin, Unforgettable
00:31:50
Emily Kaiser Thelin is the author of Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, a culinary biography of renowned cookbook author Paula Wolfert, featuring more than 50 recipes. We sit down with Emily at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Jun 05, 2018
James Syhabout, Hawker Fare
00:30:05
Chef James Syhabout is the author of Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Thai Isan & Lao Roots—part cookbook, part memoir of the Michelin-starred chef's life. The book includes nearly 100 recipes, including James' version of khao mun gai (poached chicken and rice.) We sit down with James at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
May 29, 2018
Preeti Mistry, Juhu Beach Club
00:30:46
Chef Preeti Mistry is the author of The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul, which chronicles her life story, from her childhood to her time on Top Chef to the years she and her wife Ann spent running the popular Juhu Beach Club restaurant. The book includes over 100 recipes, including the famous Manchurian Cauliflower. We sit down with Preeti at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
May 22, 2018
Nigella Lawson, At My Table
00:34:06
Nigella Lawson's latest work, At My Table, is a celebration of home cooking and includes over 100 accessible and delicious recipes—from the chicken and pea tray bake (which we loved) to Turkish eggs to a recipe for "subverting" that spiralizer in your pantry. We sit down with Nigella at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen in our first episode.
May 15, 2018
Trailer: Salt + Spine, Stories Behind Cookbooks
00:01:20
Coming on May 15: Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks. Featuring interviews with leading cookbook authors. This season: Nigella Lawson, Samin Nosrat, Jacques Pepin, Preeti Mistry, James Syhabout, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, and more…
May 08, 2018