Kwame Onwuachi on Special Sauce: Notes From a Youn...

Kwame Onwuachi on Special Sauce: Notes From a Youn…

[Kwame Onwuachi photograph: Rey Lopez. Shrimp étouffée photograph: Vicky Wasik] This week’s Special Sauce guest, chef-restaurateur (Kith/Kin in Washington, DC) and memoirist (Notes From a Young Black Chef) Kwame Onwuachi, has led an interesting life, to say the least. How interesting? By the time he was 21, the now-29-year-old had already started a catering business […]

Special Sauce: Allison and Matt Robicelli on Movin...

Special Sauce: Allison and Matt Robicelli on Movin…

[Robicellis photograph: Corey Stith. Nutella cheesecake photograph: Nila Jones] When we last left the irreverent Robicellis in the first part of their Special Sauce interview, they had decided to leave Brooklyn, their beloved hometown. I wondered why Allison and Matt decided on on Baltimore. “It feels like the New York I grew up in,” Allison […]

Special Sauce: Matt and Allison Robicelli on Cupca...

Special Sauce: Matt and Allison Robicelli on Cupca…

[Robicellis photograph: Corey Stith. Cupcake photograph: Vicky Wasik] Sometimes our Special Sauce guests are just so idiosyncratic, so entertaining, so thoughtful, and so zany, I find myself alternately laughing and near tears for an hour and a half straight. That’s what happened when I had Matt and Allison Robicelli on the podcast. Allison is a […]

Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Asking for Help ...

Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Asking for Help …

[Broccoli photograph: Vicky Wasik. Photograph: Jeff Cravotta.] In part two of my wonderful conversation with Tommy Tomlinson, author of the impossible-to-put-down book The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America, we talk about how he decided he was going to have to do more than just diet […]

Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Untangling Food,...

Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Untangling Food,…

[Photograph: Jeff Cravotta. Burger photograph: Emily and Matt Clifton.] It’s pretty rare for a Special Sauce interview to speak so directly to me that it feels like I’ve been hit in the gut. But that’s exactly what happened when I talked with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Tommy Tomlinson, whose book The Elephant in the Room: One […]

Special Sauce: Osayi Endolyn on the Legacy of Sout...

Special Sauce: Osayi Endolyn on the Legacy of Sout…

[Photographs: Andrew Thomas Lee and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] The superb young food and culture writer Osayi Endolyn is back again for this week’s episode of Special Sauce. This time our far-reaching conversation includes a discussion of a brilliant piece on fried chicken Endolyn wrote for You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways […]

Special Sauce: Bill Yosses on White House Dirt and...

Special Sauce: Bill Yosses on White House Dirt and…

[Photograph: Mr. Yoshi Kametani. Apple pie photograph: Vicky Wasik] If you interview someone like Bill Yosses, who was the White House pastry chef for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, you hope and pray that you can shake loose some dirt to titillate your listeners. But when you listen to part 2 of my interview […]

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