Live To Eat with Candace Nelson

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Pastry chef, food entrepreneur and TV judge Candace Nelson interviews culinary personalities and other notable nationally recognized figures about their passion for food, their earliest memories of eating, as well as their current cooking and dining routines.

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Melissa Clark: Home Cook Advocate

Melissa Clark has dinner (and comfort) covered. New York Times Columnist and author of 42 cookbooks, Melissa knows how to get a delicious dinner on the table in under an hour. Her newest cookbook Kid in the Kitchen, named One of the Best Cookbooks of the Year by the NYT Book Review, is designed for the tween chef who’s ready to cook on their own, but still needs a little guidance. From sparkly gingerbread cookies to chestnut honey rosemary shortbread with Meyer lemon zest, Melissa is upping the Christmas cookie game. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about cooking with beans, the freedom of the Instant Pot, contactless cookie deliveries, and the perfect gift for any budding chef in your home.

Dec 23, 2020
Well+Good’s Kate Spies: Thought Leader & Trend Forecaster

Kate Spies is a health and wellness guru. Editor-in-chief of Well+Good, a leading lifestyle and news publication committed to health and wellness, Kate champions the brand’s mission to create inclusive and accessible content for all. Presenting a journalistic perspective, Well+Good provides resources, tips, and expert-led events and panels to support a wellness-minded community. Kate has spent half of 2020 forecasting what wellness trends will shape 2021. From health, self care, beauty, fitness, and my favorite—food, Well+Good’s annual trends report offers insight into what we’ll see in our future (and let’s just say 2021 is looking up). Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about intuitive eating, upcycled foods, half-scratch meal kits, and supercharged seltzers.

Dec 16, 2020
Carla Hall Says Yes

Carla Hall is the Queen of Yes! A former accountant and runway model turned chef, tv host and cookbook author; Carla doesn’t stop. As a competitor on Top Chef and judge on Netflix’s Crazy Delicious and Food Network’s Bakeaway Camp, Carla is a trained chef who knows what it takes to compete in the kitchen. Co-host on “The Chew” for seven seasons, Carla brings joy, personality and positive energy to everything she does. Living by the mantra “Say yes!,” Carla hosts a podcast titled exactly that, where she digs into the idea of finding success through adversity. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about morning meditation, enneagrams, and bodybuilding competitions.

Dec 09, 2020
Dana Cowin on Giving (and Eating) Broadly

Dana Cowin is a tastemaker and risk-taker. As the former Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine for over two decades, Dana’s life revolved around food and wine—making her a distinguished expert in the food and media industries. Dana desires to share the stories of women, and as the host of Speaking Broadly, an inspiring podcast focused on women in the food world, and founder of the newly launched website, Giving Broadly, a curated collection of food products by women entrepreneurs, Dana is fulfilling her mission. She is also a coach for creatives, avid supporter of farmers, and big proponent of easy, one-sheet dinners. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about the best way to learn French, the secret to finding joy in the kitchen, why you need a hot pot base, and where to find Dana’s ultimate artisanal holiday gift guide.

Dec 02, 2020
Amanda Frederickson on fast-casual and fridge foraging

Amanda Frederickson is crushing 2020. Simple Beautiful Food, Amanda’s first solo cookbook was released in the spring and her restaurant, Radish Kitchen, opened in August. Radish is a fast-casual concept that filled a hole in the Nashville community, boasting fresh and healthy food—fast. Formerly a recipe developer for Williams-Sonoma’s Test Kitchen, Amanda is a cookbook master, creating the recipes for 11 different Williams-Sonoma cookbooks, as well as The Staub Cookbook. You can also find Amanda in her kitchen every Wednesday for her Instagram series, Fridge Foraging, teaching home chefs how to cook with what’s on hand. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about setting priorities, the wonder of Magic Shell, how to cook from your fridge, and what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Nov 25, 2020
Claire Saffitz: Breaking Baking Biases

From Tarte Tatin to Twinkies, Claire Saffitz has elevated the baking game. A pastry chef and recipe developer, Claire seeks to give novice and experienced home bakers and cooks more confidence in the kitchen. Previously the Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit magazine and video host of the creative series, Gourmet Makes, Claire’s love of food (and dessert) stems from her family and her Jewish upbringing. Dessert Person, Claire’s first cookbook is hot off the press and already a NYT Bestseller. Centered on all things sweet, Claire shares her signature recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, tarts and even savory pastry, accompanied by a recipe matrix to outline the time commitment and difficulty of each recipe. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about problem solving in the kitchen, the best apples for baking, and what you should be making for dessert this Thanksgiving.

Nov 18, 2020
Exploring the science and culture of food with Kenji López-Alt

Kenji López-Alt is an innovator—in and out of the kitchen. Chief culinary advisor of Serious Eats, columnist for the New York Times, and editor for The Best American Food Writing 2020, Kenji is a savvy food writer who offers straightforward tips and techniques for experts, home chefs, and parents alike. The mastermind behind The Food Lab, a NYT Bestseller and winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking, Kenji shares the science of cooking at home. His latest book, Every Night Is Pizza Night, is a children’s picture book about open-mindedness and community, that also includes an easy (and kid-friendly) pizza recipe. As a chef, restaurateur, and father, Kenji recognizes the need to appreciate and value people, their culture, and of course, food. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about the secret to cooking steak at home, the best way to roast your turkey, how to get kids to try new foods, and three ways to avoid toxic culture in the workplace.

Nov 11, 2020
A Piece of the Pie with Erin Jeanne McDowell

Erin wrote the book on pie (literally). Her newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, comes out on November 10, and in it, Erin offers a buffet of different crust recipes, toppings and garnishings for you to mix-and-match, as well as 140 pie recipes. Erin’s first cookbook, The Fearless Baker, was one of the New York Times Best Baking Books of 2017, and The Book on Pie is sure to be another hit. Award winning food stylist, host of Food 52’s Bake It Up a Notch, and regular contributor to NYT Cooking, Pure Wow, and Food 52, Erin is a baking guru. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about how to make leftover pie, why water is better than vodka (don’t worry, only when it comes to pie crusts), and simple ways you can add some drama to your holiday pies this season.

Nov 04, 2020
Liz Roth on passion, perseverance, and philanthropy

Liz Roth is a bomb ass baker. What started as a charitable campaign selling her signature olive oil cake to friends quickly became a successful small business, and Liz went from a one-woman baking powerhouse to the founder of Little House Confections, a cake shop and bakery. With a passion for philanthropy and a desire to support the local community, Liz has a heart of gold. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Liz is following her dreams and bringing joy (and cake) to the greater LA area. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about the olive oil cake that became a quarantine phenomenon, the secret to starting a business, how you can support the Covenant House of California, and all the tasty treats on Liz’s menu.

Oct 28, 2020
Living (and Eating) Out Loud with Eden Grinshpan

Eden Grinshpan is bringing the flavor. Host of Food Network’s Top Chef Canada (and you may also know her from Eden Eats on the Cooking Channel), Eden shines on and off the camera. Eden graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in London and received the Grand Diplôme in both Pastry and Cuisine. Her cookbook, Eating Out Loud, is full of bold and colorful dishes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine and Eden’s own Israeli heritage, and her recipes are as lively as she is spirited. Eden is a fearless visionary who appreciates adventure and oozes optimism. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about the Egyptian condiment you need, the many different ways to approach hummus, why you should eat eggs all day, and how to conquer your fear of public speaking.

Oct 21, 2020
Jacques Pépin: The Quintessential French-born American Chef

Jacques Pépin is a world renowned chef, author, TV personality and educator. His numerous awards include 16 James Beard Awards, a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, and France’s Legion of Honor. Celebrated for his technique and talent, Jacques is widely known for his many acclaimed television series on PBS, including the Emmy-winning, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. Jacques is the author of 30 cookbooks, and the latest, Jacques Pépin Quick and Simple, offers timeless and easy recipes anyone can cook. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about Jacques' favorite place in the world to eat, his genius advice for learning how to cook, and tried and true tips for a perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Oct 14, 2020
Elizabeth Falkner, Culinary Creative

Elizabeth Falkner is up for any challenge. From pastry and pizza to low-sugar candy, Elizabeth is an innovator in the kitchen and has been a leader in the food world for three decades as an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and competitor on Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef. A devoted artist and athlete, Elizabeth also practices martial arts, is a producer, and is in the midst of writing her memoir. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about how you can snag 10 minutes in the kitchen with Elizabeth, where you can get Elizabeth’s good-for-you gummy bears, and how you can Bake the Vote.

Oct 07, 2020
Rodney Scott: from backyard chores to Barbecue Pitmaster

Rodney Scott is the barbecue boss. At eleven-years-old, Rodney cooked his first whole hog, and by high school, he was branding the family business. Rodney’s success started on his small family farm and general store in Hemingway, South Carolina, and he has continued to become the co-founder of one of the 50 Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine. Now with two locations in Charleston and Birmingham, and one opening in Atlanta, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ is THE place for barbecue. Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southeast and a featured chef on Netflix’s Chef’s Table: BBQ, Rodney is a legendary pitmaster. He’s also a glass half full kind of guy who radiates positivity—in and out of the pit. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about the different types of barbecue, Rodney’s all-American backstory, as well as the secret to his signature sauce, and how to make every day a good day. 

Sep 30, 2020
Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Schuman: Baker, Blogger, and Boss Babe

Emily Schuman is the founder of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a lifestyle, fashion, and food blog. A trailblazer in the blogosphere, Emily started Cupcakes and Cashmere as a way to showcase all her favorite things. As her audience grew, Emily’s passion project turned into a full time career, and one of the most popular lifestyle blogs around. With an online shop, a collection at Target, and her own jewelry line, Emily is not only a style icon, but a savvy and successful entrepreneur. She’s also crushing it as a mom, creating delightful traditions like Sundae Sundays with homemade pizzas, movies, and ice cream sundaes, of course. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about what fashion-forward fall trend might replace the ever-popular tie dye craze of quarantine, Emily’s daily ritual to transition from the work day, the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, and why you need a pebble ice maker. 

Sep 23, 2020
Fred Savage: Always a Wonder!

Fred Savage has had a voracious appetite for life since he landed his first TV commercial at age six. Just a few years later, he landed the role of Kevin Arnold on the Wonder Years, and since then has continued to delight fans on and off camera, from starring in The Grinder and Friends from College to directing hit shows like Modern Family. Fred’s food philosophy can be summed up by a hearty YES! When dining out, he likes to order the entire menu, but he’s also not above eating cookie dough in the car. At home, Fred is known for his skills on the grill and champion of all things breakfast. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about Fred’s first break in Hollywood, the secrets to making a killer burger, where to find terrific tacos in LA, and Fred’s upcoming Wonder Years-revival project.

Sep 16, 2020
Founder of The Feedfeed, Julie Resnick, on Feeding the Foodies

Julie Resnick is the founder of The Feedfeed, a crowdsourced digital cooking community. Julie and her husband, Dan, created The Feedfeed as a place where like-minded people could connect and share recipes, and now with six different Instagram accounts and two brick-and-mortar locations, The Feedfeed has become one of the largest food communities, boasting 30 million foodies. With a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education, Julie is quite the home chef, and as a frequent farmers market shopper, Julie enjoys cooking with local seasonal ingredients. Julie and her family are living the bicoastal life, making fresh squeezed juices in LA and reaping a bounty of root vegetables in Amagansett, NY. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about how The Feedfeed community went from URL to IRL, the easiest one egg omelets, ways to divide and conquer tasks at home, and what it takes to get your recipe featured on The Feedfeed.

Sep 09, 2020
Dorie Greenspan: A delightful treasure trove of cookbooks and cookies

Dorie Greenspan is a beloved baker and cherished cook. Author of 13 cookbooks, including two NYT best sellers, recipient of five James Beard Awards, and columnist for The New York Times Magazine, Dorie is a legend in the food world. Co-author to renowned chefs, Julia Child and Pierre Hermé, Dorie credits much of her famed success to luck—and a genuine love for baking. It’s no surprise that she has a soft spot for cookies; Dorie and her son founded Beurre et Sel, a chic cookie boutique, revered for its Chunkers, Cocktail Cookies and everyone’s favorite, the World Peace Cookie. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as Dorie and I solve relationship problems, uncover the secret to flawless French sablé cookies, discuss why you should always say yes, and the perfect holiday gift for 2021 (hint: it’s Dorie’s next cookbook).

Sep 02, 2020
Kat Hantas Calls the Shots

Kat Hantas is raising the bar for female entrepreneurs. CEO and founder of 21 Seeds, Kat is the visionary behind the all natural, fruit infused tequila made by women for women. Kat saw a blank space in the tequila market, and turned an innovative idea into a booming business. In an industry primarily dominated by men, 21 Seeds stands out for its smooth and fresh finish. Whether sharing stories with a friend or cooking alone in the kitchen, infused tequila is the new wine; and thanks to Kat, it’s here to stay. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about the benefits of drinking clean, why women should stop apologizing, the key to turning your project into a real company, and a recipe for the easiest margarita you’ll ever make.

Aug 26, 2020
Spicing it up with Burlap & Barrel

Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar, co-founders of Burlap & Barrel, are friends, entrepreneurs, and activists. Ethan and Ori first collaborated on Guerrilla Ice Cream, an activist ice cream cart, but these business buddies are best known for founding Burlap & Barrel, a fair-trade spice company sourcing single origin spices. Burlap & Barrel, a public benefit corporation, partners with small farms around the world, building global food supply chains that are equitable, transparent, and traceable. Fueled by a love of travel, spices, and social justice, Ethan and Ori are quite the passionate pair. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about the versatility of cacao, how to build a business that is sustainable, the trick to incorporating sweet and savory spices into what you’re already cooking, and why you should be using Black Urfa Chili to spice up your eggs.

Aug 19, 2020
Tiffani Thiessen on family, food, and farm life

Tiffani Thiessen is the host with the most. From cult-favorite sitcom, Saved By the Bell, to Cooking Channel star of Dinner at Tiffani’s, and Emmy-nominated, Alexa and Katie, Tiffani is beloved for her welcoming and charismatic personality. In her inviting cookbook, Pull Up a Chair, Tiffani shares a modernized take on her family’s recipes, and I’m sure Tiffani’s second cookbook (yes, she’s working on a new one) will be another hit! Besides baking endless batches of banana bread during quarantine, Tiffani has mastered the trick to snack time—a charcuterie board filled with kid favorite snacks to nosh on all day. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about shortcuts you can take when cooking, the key to quarantine celebrations, the best S.O.U.P. cleanse, and how Saved By the Bell influenced Tiffani’s appreciation for different cultures and cuisines.

Aug 12, 2020
Elizabeth Chambers on baking, business, and owning your brand
When it comes to baking, Elizabeth Chambers takes the cake—and cupcakes and cookies too! Elizabeth Chambers is a successful entrepreneur with a passion for sweet treats. Owner and founder of Bird Bakery, a beloved bakery with two Texas locations and a new location opening in Denver later this summer, Elizabeth comes from a family of foodies. Journalist, TV host, and guest judge on Cupcake Wars and several other shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, Elizabeth is a tastemaker and baker extraordinaire. During quarantine, Elizabeth and her two young children have taken banana bread to the next level, mixing in surprise ingredients like granola, riffing on the classic recipe to create new favorites.
Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we bond over a shared love of mayo cake and chat about how Bird Bakery started, monster cookies, and advice for bakers who want to get into business.
Aug 05, 2020
Beauty Maven and Eternal Optimist, Nyakio Grieco

Nyakio Grieco is the founder of Nyakio Beauty, a clean and green skincare line inspired by her own Kenyan family recipes and beauty traditions she’s learned from her travels around the globe. Leading the clean beauty movement for over a decade, Nyakio’s award-winning beauty brand recently launched at her dream come true retailer, Target. The brand’s signature coffee scrub, cold-pressed oils, and cleansing balm made with sweet almonds reveal she’s a true foodie at heart. During quarantine, Nyakio has finally found her inner baker and enjoys cooking and baking for her family. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about how entrepreneurs can pivot during trying times, the art of circling, the best way to combat “maskne,” and why queso should be the sixth food group.

Jul 29, 2020
The Sugar Rush Gang: An Extra Sweet Return

They say good things come in threes and the Sugar Rush gang is no different. Hunter March, Sugar Rush’s handsome and humorous host, and Adriano Zumbo, my sincere and sage co-judge, are the first repeat guests on this podcast. Talking with these two, the laughs are nonstop. Like on every episode of Sugar Rush, our playful banter continues as we tease Hunter about his gas station shopping habits and find out what exactly Adriano’s been up to during the pandemic. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about our favorite moments on set, this season’s new Extra Sweet challenges, and how you can enter our Sugar Rush At-Home competition!

Jul 22, 2020
Susan Spungen: Inspired by a love of art and food

When it comes to the world of food, Susan Spungen is the paradigm of perfection. Former founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living, Hollywood food stylist and culinary consultant, Susan knows how to make food look good. A savvy and skilled cookbook author and recipe developer, Susan is an expert entertainer and celebrated cook. Susan’s newest cookbook, Open Kitchen:  Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings, was released in March on the precipice of the pandemic. Since March 13, Susan has made every single meal and she’s been creating an album of her pandemic meals. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about the staying power of cupcakes, how to make an empty-the-fridge-soup, the importance of making mistakes, and unsung ingredient heroes like lemony sumac.

Jul 15, 2020
Mike Johnson: From the bar exam to brownies and bars

Mike Johnson, a self-taught baker, recipe developer, and food photographer is a licensed attorney who left his career to pursue his passion. Mike started his blog, Mike Bakes NYC, to document his adventures photographing delicious food around NYC and now his blog stars his very own luscious desserts. Mike’s first cookbook, Even Better Brownies, comes out this December, and features his simply stunning photography and all the indulgent and irresistible brownies, blondies, and bars you might dream about. Quarantine baking inspired Mike to create a new category on his blog, “Small Batch Baking” for when you’re short on ingredients, or you just can’t eat an entire pan of cinnamon rolls by yourself. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about the secrets to success in the blogging world, how to use Adobe Lightroom to improve your food photos, and Mike’s mouth-watering copycat Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies.

Jul 08, 2020
Erin Andrews is in a league of her own

Erin Andrews is at the peak of her career, and she is taking the ball and running. Sportscaster on Fox NFL Sunday and Fox Thursday Night Football, and also co-host of Quarantine QnA FS1, Erin is an expert in her field. When she’s not talking sports, she’s co-hosting ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Erin’s female NFL apparel line, Wear by Erin Andrews, is designed for the fashionable fan who wants to support their team anywhere and everywhere. Erin also knows her way around the grill and has been stepping up her cooking game, expanding her recipe repertoire. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about nonstick griddles, the best binge-worthy TV, driveway dinners, and the trick to looking good on video calls.

Jul 01, 2020
Grandbaby Cakes’ Jocelyn Delk Adams: from pound cake to business powerhouse

Many of her followers call her the "pound cake queen," but Jocelyn Delk Adams just might be THE queen of decadent desserts. Founder and author of Grandbaby Cakes, Jocelyn is a passionate businesswoman whose resume includes food blogger, cookbook author, TV personality, brand ambassador, and Ted Talk speaker. Jocelyn created her blog Grandbaby Cakes to celebrate multiple generations of cherished family recipes with a modern spin. Continuing the tradition of baking together, Jocelyn enjoys baking with her two-year-old daughter, fondly remembering her own childhood memories baking alongside her mama and "big mama." Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about Jocelyn’s passion for peaches, leading with authenticity in your career, black-owned restaurants and bakeries you can support, and how you can sustain the current movement in ways that are true and authentic to you.  

Jun 24, 2020
Candace Cameron Bure: A beacon of light and love

Winning our hearts for over three decades, Candace Cameron Bure is a member of one of America’s favorite fictional families. Most celebrated for her iconic role as DJ Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, she is also a successful producer and star on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. A New York Times Best-Selling Author, Candace shares her faith and story in her books, children’s books, journals, and devotionals. Candace has been enjoying her time in the kitchen during quarantine, cooking for her family at home. Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about the wonders of a pizza oven, tips for practicing patience, the last season of Fuller House, and the TikTok wormhole.

Jun 17, 2020
Rachel Zoe: Style Icon, Creative Entrepreneur, and Devoted Philanthropist

Distinguished designer, Rachel Zoe is best known for her chic style and glamorous fashion. Rachel is a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing and accessory line; online lifestyle empire, the Zoe Report; and luxe subscription box, Box of Style, a personal curation of her favorite brands and products each season. A Baby2Baby Board Member focused on providing children in poverty basic necessities, Rachel has such a caring and giving heart. Above all, Rachel’s favorite role is mother, and she has been cherishing this time at home, soaking up extra snuggles and baking sweet treats with her two boys. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about quarantine fashion, the importance of family dinners, birth order, and the 5:00 glass of wine.

Jun 10, 2020
Live to Eat on Mute; Pausing in Solidarity
Jun 03, 2020
David Burtka: Making every day a party

David Burtka is a triple threat! Broadway actor and Cordon Bleu-trained chef, David was inspired to start a catering company, Gourmet M.D., feeding Hollywood's elite. His amazing cookbook, Life Is A Party, includes recipes, photos, planning tips, and playlists to help make any event a celebration. At home, David cooks for his husband, Neil Patrick Harris, and nine-year-old twins, who are big fans of Sugar Rush. Whether acting, hosting, or cooking, David Burtka knows how to have a good time! Tune in to this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about cooking from the freezer, a cooking club for kids, and the secret to making the best guacamole.

May 27, 2020
Cora-ntining with Cat Cora, world-renowned chef and all-around amazing human

Cat Cora is shattering all kinds of glass ceilings! Cat was the first-ever female Iron Chef, a chef at two 3-star Michelin restaurants in France—when women weren’t even allowed in the kitchen, and the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, both awarded by President Obama. Cat has a generous and passionate spirit; and as a chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist, actress, and mother of six boys, Cat is always seeking ways to give back to others. Not only is she cooking meals for her family every day, but Cat was one of the first people to jump on IG Live to help people cook dinner in their own kitchens every night during quarantine! Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as I chat with Cat about growing up in a Greek-American household, how to cook with what you have on hand, and why your family should have a phone bowl.

May 20, 2020
The sweet (not salty) side of Fortune Feimster

Fortune Feimster is all over right now! Her Netflix standup comedy special, Sweet & Salty, is a must watch, especially now when we can certainly all use a laugh. She also co-hosts a daily XM radio show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, and broadcasts a weekly podcast, Sincerely Fortune, with her partner. Fortune radiates positivity and natural North Carolina charm; a glass half full kind of gal. We happened to become friends right before quarantine, and I’m so fortunate! Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about Fortune’s hometown, where to find great food (when this pandemic ends), being grateful for the small things, and why you should always order two desserts.

May 13, 2020
Camila McConaughey, Women of Today founder, on cooking and community

As the founder of Women of Today and the co-founder of the Just Keep Livin Foundation, Camila McConaughey’s true purpose is helping others, and she seeks to develop an inclusive community of support for all. Growing up with a family of farmers in Brazil, Camila always appreciated the importance of wholesome food, and she instills that same appreciation for food in her own family. She cooks for her family every day, and has even taught her young children to put meals on the table. Join us on this episode of Live to Eat as we talk about how to make a trip to the grocery store last three weeks, Texas BBQ, laughing meditation, and how you can work out with Camila while helping families in need during the pandemic.

May 06, 2020
Jennifer Fisher: the epitome of the modern woman

Jennifer Fisher is a woman who wears all the hats: jewelry designer, foodie, entrepreneur, wife, mom. As a former LA stylist, Jennifer Fisher fell into the jewelry world by accident, and she’s been killing it ever since. Right now she has a stunning homeware line at CB2, and like her iconic jewelry cherished by celebrities and women all over, Jennifer’s home pieces are simple and timeless. Jennifer is also a passionate cook and shares her perfectly plated meals and sweets on her Jennifer Fisher Kitchen Instagram. Tune in on this episode of Live to Eat as we chat about our love of the instant pot, how Jennifer Fisher Salts started, the perfect martini glass, and the importance of deep breathing.

Apr 29, 2020
Preppy Kitchen’s John Kanell on pursuing his dream

Former LA native, now embracing life in the Connecticut country, John Kanell is baking his way through this quarantine. Growing up, John was always fascinated by his mom’s magical ability to cook and bake without measuring. Later, he studied art and painting at UCLA and taught middle school math and science for over a decade. Each of these experiences led to John’s ultimate dream, the creation of Preppy Kitchen. John believes the best way to reduce baking anxiety is by being prepared in the kitchen. Join us as we chat about John’s dreamy new kitchen, his advice for novice bakers, and our (shared) obsession for angel food cake and French buttercream.

Apr 22, 2020
Social Distancing with Gail Simmons, celebrated Top Chef judge and restaurant enthusiast

Gail Simmons always knew what she wanted to do for a living: eat, cook and write. From writing restaurant reviews for her college newspaper, to attending culinary school and working in top kitchens, to landing a job at Food & Wine magazine, Gail has seen every side of the food industry. When Gail was invited to serve as a judge on a new show called Top Chef, she had no idea it would turn into a 17 season career on what is one of the most popular shows on TV. Today, you can also find her hosting and judging several shows and making cameos on national TV as an expert on all things food. On this episode of Live To Eat, we chat about Gail’s efforts to support restaurants during this pandemic, why her cookbook, Bringing It Home, is your perfect confinement companion, and the origin of her passion for black licorice!

Apr 15, 2020
Marissa Hermer: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author and Lady of London

Growing up in Orange County, Marissa Hermer was raised on fresh, healthful food and homemade granola. As an adult working in PR in London, she met her husband and helped him run and expand their restaurant and nightclub empire. There, she became a well known face as one of the ladies on the hit Bravo reality show, Ladies of London. At home, the foods she cooked for her family were a mix of the traditional British fare they loved and the lighter flavors of Southern California, which she documented in her cookbook "An American Girl in London.” Now, she’s back in Southern California with the wildly popular Draycott restaurant, inspired by her time in London, and new West Hollywood hot spot Olivetta. Join us for a fun conversation to learn why every night at her restaurant is opening night. and why you should give mincemeat pie a try.

Dec 20, 2019
Jenni Kayne: effortless entertainer, fashion designer and California style guru

Jenni Kayne grew up in Los Angeles where she was inspired by California’s natural beauty and neutral textures. As a teenager, she launched her eponymous fashion brand which became known for its d’Orsay flat shoes and cozy, oversized sweaters. Today, Jenni Kayne has evolved into a lifestyle brand with seven retail stores, a partnership with Nordstrom, a home collection and a beauty line on the way. Even Martha Stewart is singing Jenni’s praises, having written the foreword to her book Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining. Tune in for Jenni's tips for effortless entertaining, DIY holiday gift ideas and a recipe for the detox tonic she drinks every day.

Dec 13, 2019
Homesteading with actress, sustainability advocate and mom Genevieve Padalecki

Genevieve Padalecki began her career as an actress but when she moved to Austin, her natural curiosity prompted her to explore homesteading. Today, she raises her three children on whole foods grown from her garden while teaching them how to conserve and minimize waste. Her backyard is also home to a hive of honeybees, 14 chickens, 2 dogs and a handful of ducks, all which play a role in living healthily and sustainably in the modern world. Tune in for a lively chat where Gen shares how to grow a thriving garden, her favorite Austin barbecue haunts and other practical wellness tips!

Dec 06, 2019
Adriano Zumbo: from supermarket to Sugar Rush

At the age that most people learn how to drive, 15 year-old Adriano Zumbo knew he wanted to enter the culinary world and earned himself an apprenticeship where we immersed himself in pastry. After building a successful dessert empire where he sold thousands of macarons a day, today, he is my Sugar Rush co-judge and host of Just Desserts on Netflix. Tune in to find out what it was like for Adriano to grow up Down Under, how he created a craze for toothpaste-flavored macarons and what he looks for in a Sugar Rush dessert!

Nov 29, 2019
Reinventing a guilty pleasure: Dō’s Kristen Tomlan on edible cookie dough

In her early 20’s, Kristen Tomlan was working in branding in New York when a cookie dough craving had her wondering why no one ever made the guilty pleasure safe to eat. She set out to create safe, edible cookie dough and began selling the product online. Her side hustle quickly snowballed into a full blown brick and mortar as word spread like wildfire about her treats. Dō, Cookie Dough Confections opened to a line down the block and business has not slowed since. Aspiring entrepreneurs and bowl-lickers alike will love this chat about building a business that brings out the kid in all of us.


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Nov 22, 2019
Half Baked Harvest’s Tieghan Gerard on self-taught success
One of seven children, Tieghan Gerard ventured into the kitchen at the age of fifteen determined to rein in the chaos of her big family and have dinner on the table before midnight. Completely self-taught, she began chronicling her fresh takes on old favorites with a unique penchant for styling her dishes. Today, at only 26 years old, Tieghan's blog Half Baked Harvest is beloved by millions and she is a twice-published cookbook author. Join us for a lively chat about Tieghan’s journey and find out what her Thanksgiving table will look like, what it was like to cheer on her brother’s gold medal win in Pyongyang and how she almost burnt her eyebrows off in the kitchen.
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Nov 15, 2019
Cleanse Queen Elissa Goodman on healing cancer through food

After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32, Elissa Goodman made dramatic changes to her diet and lifestyle in lieu of traditional medicine, beating the illness. Years later, when cancer took her husband’s life, the tragic event propelled Elissa to study holistic nutrition so she could help others heal and prevent cancer through diet. Today, she has developed nourishing and satiating cleanses which have passionate cult followings and she has helped thousands of people rethink how they eat, including myself. Join us for an illuminating chat where I pick Elissa’s brain about how to avoid your genetic disposition to cancer, how to juice correctly, why your coffee needs to be organic, why you shouldn’t be afraid of soy and easy changes we all can make to live a healthier life.


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Nov 08, 2019
Revolutionizing an industry with Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett

Fresh out of culinary school, 23 year old Ellen Bennett unabashedly knocked on the back doors of Los Angeles' most acclaimed restaurants and earned herself a gig. In the kitchen, she came to realize that chef’s aprons were neither durable nor functional. Ellen knew she could make them better… and stylish, too. She launched her apron business while still working in kitchens, hustling to fill orders one by one and getting them in the hands of chefs. Word spread like wildfire about Ellen’s high quality aprons and today, Hedley & Bennett has garnered a cult following, outfitting thousands of restaurants, the world’s most renowned chefs and home cooks. Join us for this riveting tale of Ellen’s entrepreneurial journey from announcing lottery winners on TV in Mexico to revolutionizing an industry with gumption and charm.


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Nov 01, 2019
Against All Grain’s Danielle Walker on healing through food
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 22, Danielle Walker was prescribed a cocktail of medicines which came with severe side effects. When faced with the decision of whether to pursue yet another expensive and punishing treatment, she turned to food instead. After only two days on an elimination diet, Danielle's symptoms improved and she set on a journey to heal herself through food. Through trial and error, she taught herself to cook without grains, dairy and legumes, sharing her recipes with a small online community along the way. Her delectable recipes spread like wildfire, igniting a movement. Today, Danielle is a New York Times Best Selling cookbook author who finds purpose in helping others heal through food. Join us for a touching and inspirational chat that will illuminate the power of food and make you rethink what you eat.
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Oct 25, 2019
Baking from Scratch with Brian Hart Hoffman

At the age of 18, Brian Hart Hoffman began his career in the airline industry where he traveled the world, discovering exotic foods and baked goods. Yearning for these delicious discoveries back in Birmingham, he would spend hours in the kitchen making them himself, unknowingly igniting his passion for baking. When Brian joined the family business, Hoffman Media which prints 11 Southern-focused publications, he quickly realized an opportunity to publish a magazine solely dedicated to baking. Four years and four cookbooks later, Brian is now President of Hoffman Media and his brain child Bake from Scratch is thriving at a time when most magazines are struggling to stay afloat. Anyone with a sweet tooth will salivate at Brian’s scrumptious descriptions of scones, brownies and raisin bread. Tune in to learn what white barbecue sauce is, get in the spirit for holiday baking and find out why you need to book trips to Bermuda and Birmingham stat.


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Oct 18, 2019
It’s all Sababa: explore Israeli tastes and flavors with cookbook author Adeena Sussman

Adeena Sussman grew up in a religious Northern California home where cooking and entertaining were constants. As an adult, she immersed herself in the burgeoning food writing world and realized her calling for co-authoring cookbooks. 11 cookbooks later, including my own The Sprinkles Baking Book, Adeena has launched her first solo cookbook. Inspired by her recent move to Israel, Sababa harnesses Israel’s rich history and melting pot of ethnicities to transport you to the Middle East. Combining the familiar with the exciting, Sababa has taken the culinary world by storm, earning a spot on The New York Times’ Fall’s Best Cookbooks list. Tune in for a sensory-filled chat with Adeena’s mouthwatering descriptions of pita, spices and figs, find out why hummus tastes better in Israel and learn which country makes the best sesame seeds in the world.


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Oct 11, 2019
Ep. 16 Hollywood Event Planner Annie Campbell on Faking It 'til You Make It

Annie Campbell is beloved by celebrities for her elegant events brimming with towering “naked” cakes, luxurious grilled cheeses and signature herbaceous cocktails. But her road to coveted event planner almost didn’t happen. When she was approached to cater a large dinner with only 24 hours’ notice, Annie - who had never previously catered an event - fearlessly pulled the gig off, impressing her first clients. Word quickly spread about Annie’s flawless events, effortless style and top tier team. Ten years later, her business is booming as she has her sights set on a cookbook and brick and mortar location. Tune in for a lively chat about building a business grassroots style and to find out why you should incorporate flash mobs and gin & tonics into your next celebration.


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Oct 03, 2019
S1 Ep. 15 Taking the California Lifestyle East: West~bourne Founder Camilla Marcus

Camilla Marcus is redefining restaurant culture with her popular New York restaurant West~bourne which pays homage to her California upbringing. “Accidentally vegetarian, decidedly wholesome,” it is on track to become the first zero waste certified restaurant in Manhattan. A departure from traditional hierarchical restaurant organizations, everyone in West~bourne is cross trained to perform all jobs, including doing the dishes. The result is a culture of passionate employees who subscribe to the company’s tenet of curiosity. Join me for an enlightening chat with Camilla to find out why she believes almond milk is on its way out, why she thinks heirloom mushrooms are the next kale and why you should start carrying a handkerchief.


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Sep 26, 2019
S1 Ep. 14 Baking Up the American Dream: Bigger Bolder Baking’s Gemma Stafford
Gemma Stafford grew up cooking and baking as a respite from Ireland’s cold winters, but at the tender age of six, an 80’s movie starring Diane Keaton planted the seed of moving to America.  After training in cookery (that’s the Irish way to say that she attended culinary school), Gemma revisited her American dream and found a job working in a Lake Tahoe casino kitchen. A year later, she was a pastry chef in a Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant and today, her Bigger Bolder Baking community has a worldwide audience of self-proclaimed Bold Bakers. Gemma’s mug cake recipes requiring only a microwave have garnered tens of millions of views and her new cookbook aims to make baking accessible to everyone, regardless of kitchen gadget ownership. Join me for a lively chat with Gemma and find out why she thinks writing a cookbook is like giving birth to a baby and what happens to all her dessert leftovers.
Sep 19, 2019
S1 Ep. 13 Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous of Julie & Jesse Cook
Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has always said that if he hadn’t been an actor, he would have been a chef! But it wasn’t until he met Julie Tanous at a dinner party that he found the perfect partner with whom to explore his culinary side. Julie had left a career in PR to attend culinary school and become a professional chef and also shared Jesse’s passion for food and musical theater! They began cooking together regularly and the Southern and Southwestern-Inspired food they created ultimately led to a popular blog called Julie & Jesse Cook Since then, Jesse has hosted the James Beard Awards twice and Julie and Jesse have landed a big-time cookbook deal. Tune in for a hilarious chat as we discuss Jesse being micro-managed by Martha Stewart, the comical word that is “spatchcock” and how unicorn cakes are so yesterday.
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Sep 12, 2019
S1 Ep.12 Weelicious & One Potato Box founder Catherine McCord on making healthy eating accessible for families
Catherine McCord grew up in a Southern family who farmed, preserved and composted and who instilled in her a deep appreciation for wholesome food. Later as a new mom, she realized the lack of resources available to help parents feed their children healthfully . So she drew on her upbringing, as well as her culinary school pedigree to start Weelicious, a site devoted to nutritious smoothie and meal recipes for kids and families.  Parents responded passionately to Catherine's fast, fresh and healthy recipes and Weelicious was a success. And that was just the beginning. Today, her family-centric food empire includes Weelicious as well as two cookbooks, the One Potato Box organic home kit meal service and a line of dressings and sauces - all with the goal of making healthy eating accessible to families nationwide.  A must-listen for parents and foodies alike, tune in for Catherine’s tips on getting kids to eat well, why you should own an air fryer and the many reasons to add bee pollen to your diet.
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Sep 05, 2019
S1 Ep. 11 Inspired Whole Foods With Cooking Instructor and Author Pamela Salzman

Pamela Salzman’s lifelong penchant for healthy, whole foods turned into a second career after she left her high-powered marketing career to raise a family. When a friend encouraged her to share her knowledge, she began teaching cooking classes and quickly developed a passionate following of avid home cooks around Los Angeles. In addition to teaching her waiting- list - only classes , she has written a beloved cookbook, Kitchen Matters, and launched a series of online courses, all espousing her Eat well, Live well, Be well philosophy. Join us to learn how Pamela turned her passion into a successful business, tips on how to make the best choices in the grocery store and why you should add cauliflower to your oatmeal.


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Aug 29, 2019
S1 Ep. 10 Grain Free Goddess Laurel Gallucci's Journey to Sweet Laurel Bakery

Laurel Gallucci grew up baking for family and friends but when she developed a serious autoimmune disorder she had to remove gluten and dairy from her diet forever.  Longing for the treats she once loved, she began experimenting in the kitchen and developed a line of grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that are just as decadent as their traditional counterparts. Join Laurel and I as we discuss her incredible health journey, how baking 300 banana loaves for her wedding prepared her to open Sweet Laurel Bakery and her mission to make friendly ingredient indulgences accessible to everyone.


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Aug 22, 2019
S1 Ep. 9 Sister Pie Founder Lisa Ludwinski on Building a Sisterhood with Pie
Lisa Ludwinski founded the nationally acclaimed @sisterpiedetroit bakery, which celebrates the seasons and local produce of Michigan through scratch-made pies. Her start-up story is far from traditional, raising funds for a brick and mortar with an all-night dance-a-thon and creating a community-forward business based not just on profits, but planet and people too. The result is a thriving business and unique culture that is deeply woven into the city of Detroit and the agricultural ecosystem of Michigan.  Tune in for Lisa’s tips on how to bake the perfect pie and her sage advice for aspiring bakery owners.
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Aug 15, 2019
S1 Ep. 08 Not Just a Roman Holiday - Award-Winning Food Writer Katie Parla’s Love Affair with Southern Italy
Rome-based journalist and cookbook author Katie Parla was drawn to Southern Italy for its storied art history, but stayed for its remarkable food. In the sixteen years since relocating, Katie has immersed herself in the food and culture of Southern Italy,  earning a masters in Italian gastronomic culture, a sommelier certification and an archaeological certification, and now devotes her life to writing about it and educating others. Her most recent cookbook (she’s written and edited over 20!), Food of the Italian South, spotlights the region's rich cultural food traditions. Join us as Katie dishes on her favorite trattorias and gelaterias in Rome, explains why you should mill your own flour and shares what you should be drinking this summer instead of Aperol Spritzes. A must listen for any Italophile.
Aug 08, 2019
S1 Ep. 7 What’s Gaby Cooking: Gaby Dalkins’ Recipe for Success
As a child, Gaby Dalkin was a picky eater, but today she is one of the internet’s top food bloggers and author of two successful cookbooks.  Though she was pre-med in school,  Gaby happened into a gig as a private chef, simultaneously photographing the recipes she made for her clients.  Gaby's notoriety as a blogger grew and ultimately What’s Gaby Cooking became a full fledged enterprise.  Tune in to hear how “slutty" brownies put Gaby on the map, why Patagonia should be your next food destination , and how Gaby is heating up the world of salsas and sauces.
Aug 01, 2019
S1 Ep. 6 Following Your Rainbow: From Fashion to Rainbow Explosion Cakes with Flour Shop Owner Amirah Kassem

Inspired by her piñata-filled childhood in Mexico, Amirah Kassem created the now iconic rainbow explosion cake. But her road to success did not come the traditional way. Amirah attended fashion school instead of culinary school, and her baking side hustle took the fashion and art world by storm. Now, with the success of her first Flour Shop Bakery in NYC, the recently released "The Power of Sprinkles" cake book, and a new kitchen line at William Sonoma, this fanciful baker will move you to embrace your inner child and follow your personal rainbow. 


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Jul 25, 2019
S1 Ep. 5 From the Commune to Cookbook Stardom: Sweet Success with Zoe Francois of @zoebakes

With a fanatical following for her show-stopping desserts on Instagram and as the coauthor of a best selling series of artisan bread baking books, Zoe Francois is a veritable pastry superstar.  Yet, having been raised on communes throughout her childhood the only sugar she had access to was the honey from the bees her community raised. This unique upbringing shaped Zoe’s love of dessert as well as her fascination for the science of baking.  Join us for this fascinating conversation about Zoe’s culinary journey to baking stardom and learn what you can look forward to next from this talented baker (spoiler alert: cake!).

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Jul 18, 2019
S1 Ep. 4 Molly Sims: Lifestyle guru, Super mama, Supermodel, Actress, Philanthropist and Foodie

This supermodel stays true to her Southern roots with her passion for red velvet cake, themed parties and stunning tabletops.  Yet her SoCal lifestyle keeps her on the cutting edge of health, fitness and lifestyle trends.  Tune in to hear this fashionable foodie chat about everything from her experience at French Laundry to her recent stay at WeCare detox spa. Molly also shares the honest scoop on her recent diet change that led to losing 16 pounds in 2 months and dishes on her favorite secret sushi spot where you might just bump into George Clooney.

Keep up with Molly on social @mollybsims and catch all the behind the scenes footage @candacenelson


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Jul 11, 2019
S1 Ep. 3 Sugar Rush Host Hunter March on Breakfast Skillets, Going Gluten Free and Dating in the Instagram Age
Are you curious what goes on at the Sugar Rush judge’s table when the cameras aren’t rolling? This intimate and irreverent chat with host Hunter March will give you a taste of the hilarity on set, and answer your most pressing personal questions like why is Hunter licking the icing off of cakes, what are his favorite date spots, and why is breakfast his favorite meal of the day. Listen in for lots of laughs with this funny man.
Jun 27, 2019
S1 Ep. 2 Reinventing Neapolitan pizza with Pizzana executive chef Daniele Uditi
Daniele Uditi grew up in a small town outside Naples, learning the art of bread making at the hand of his aunt. Today he helms Pizzana, our Michelin Bib Gourmand- rated restaurant here in Los Angeles. Daniele and I chat about his rebellious new style of “Neo” Neapolitan pizza, marrying his Southern Italian heritage with a Southern California philosophy, and what it’s like to achieve the American dream.
Jun 20, 2019
S1 Ep. 1 Katie Lee: Food Network star and cookbook author shares her greatest food passions
Katie Lee grew up in a tightly knit, food-loving family in West Virginia, which instilled in her a lifelong passion for good food. Join me for an intimate chat with this culinary star about her penchant for cooking and entertaining.
Jun 20, 2019
Live to Eat with Candace Nelson- Coming June 20th!

Get a sneak peek of Live to Eat with Candace Nelson! Don't forget to subscribe so you do not miss the premiere episodes on June 20!

Jun 13, 2019