Questlove just released his fifth book, Mixtape Potluck, which also happens to be his first cookbook. It's a collection of recipes from his friends—chefs, musicians, entertainers, and artists—and meant to inspire the kind of potluck-style dinner parties he hosts. He swung by to talk about what went into making the book, how food and creativity overlap for him, and, of course, his favorite Philly cheesesteak spots.
Molly Baz is here to help. She shares tips on how to shop for fish (even if you can't make it to speciality market), how to cook fish without stinking up your house, and more. After that, Alex Delany is back with more drinks you should be making now that it's fall. Get the recipes from this episode:Clam Toasts with Pancetta Shrimp Toasts with Sesame Seeds and ScallionsWhole Fried Fish with Tomatillo SauceBA's Best Linguini with ClamsSlow-Roasted Salmon with Harissa Slow-Roasted Cod with Bell PeppersFall Spritz
After living in Japan for nearly two decades, Ivan Orkin is the chef and owner of two ramen shops in NYC and widely (and unusually) considered an American authority on ramen. He enlisted Chris Ying, cofounder and former editor of the late Lucky Peach, to tag team and write The Gaijin Cookbook, their new Japanese cookbook you're truly meant to put to good use. Then, Carla gives us her top 10 cooking rules.
We were at Feast Portland a couple of weekends ago, where Carla Lalli Music and Andy Baraghani talked about the life of a recipe at BA, from development to, ultimately, video. This week, we're airing that conversation. After that, Andy gives us his top 10 cooking rules. Get the recipes from this episode:Gochujang Pork Shoulder SteaksChopstick-Ready RiceCrunchy Baked Saffron Rice with Barberries (Tachin)
Alex Lau is BA's all-star staff photographer. He's been with the brand for going on six years, and this week he's talking about how he got his start and what it's like to travel the world with a camera in hand. After that, it's Molly Baz's turn to tell us her top 10 cooking rules.
It's officially the best time of the year to cook. Chris Morocco and Andy Baraghani talk through the seven recipes they developed for our September issue to make the most of it—we promise these will get you excited for the new season, even if your tan lines are starting to fade. After that, Chris goes through his own top 10 cooking rules. Get the recipes from this episode:Creamy Pasta with Crispy MushroomsSweet-and-Saucy Pork ChopsSheet-Pan Potato Hash with FixinsCoconut Milk-Braised Chicken LegsBraised Short Ribs with Squash and ChileRoast Fish with Curry ButterBeef and Ginger Stir-Fry
A galette is the perfect dessert, according to Carla Lalli Music. She walks us through her fail-proof dough that you can fill with anything—be it end-of-summer stone fruit and berries or fall pears and apples. Then, we're kicking off a new mini series. For the next several weeks, one of our test kitchen editors will be sharing their top 10 cooking rules—the techniques they swear by, the ingredients they can't live without, and the drive that keeps them going. First up: the one and only Brad Leone.Get the recipes from this episode:Peach-Plum GaletteAny Berry GaletteFall Fruit GaletteNaked Apple TartSalted-Butter Apple Galette with Maple Whipped CreamBlueberry-Pecan Galette
This week, chef Nina Compton talks about her journey from her home kitchen in the Caribbean to her incredibly successful restaurants in New Orleans, Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro. After that, Alex Delany tells shares how to make the three cocktails he's got on rotation right now. Get the recipes from this episode:SpaghettSiesta
Wine editor Marissa Ross tells us about what she's most excited for this fall (and also what she's definitely over). Yes to winemakers exploring the world of vermouth, no more to describing wines as "funky." After that, Carla Lalli Music talks about something you should be eating a lot of right now: corn.
Lulu Wang, the director and writer of the"The Farewell," thought a lot about food while making her film. It's based on what happened in her own life: a Chinese family coming together under the guise of a fake wedding to say goodbye to their grandmother—the family matriarch and the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live. Then, Healthyish editor Amanda Shapiro gives us the low down on her favorite recipes from the Farmers Market Challenge. Get the recipes from this episode:Pork Soup DumplingsThe Healthyish 2019 Farmers Market ChallengeSummer Squash and Basil PastaPasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce
Carla Lalli Music and Chris Morocco sing the praises of chopsticks and discuss its versatility in the kitchen. After that, Carla chats with Gaby Melian about what her job as our test kitchen manager entails.P.S. These are the beautiful plating chopsticks Chris talks about.
Molly Baz chats with Carla Lalli Music about what is debatably the most epic recipe she has developed for Basically: the Big Ass Beach Hoagie. Yep, that is the real recipe name, and yep, there’s a lot to say about how to construct this perfect sandwich. After that, Andy Baraghani talks about the tomato recipes he developed for our August issue, out now.Get the recipes from this episode:Big Ass Beach HoagieTomato GaletteTomatoes with Fig and ProsciuttoSpaghetti with No-Cook PuttanescaTomato Salad with Warm Basil DressingCheesy Stuffed TomatoesTomato and Parmesan Risotto
We’re about halfway through the summer, a.k.a. halfway through the best time of the year to cook. The days are long, the produce is peak, and we’ve got Carla Lalli Music and friend of the podcast Gabe T. back to talk about what they’re cooking right now. We’ll also be answering some cooking questions from you!
Picnics are great in theory, but in reality they can be tough. Nobody wants warm wine and food that doesn't mix well with the sun, so you have to come prepared. Molly Baz and Alex Delany share with Adam Rapoport their tips and tricks for pulling off a highly successful, actually delicious picnic. After that, Andy Baraghani takes us through his recipe for Frozen Margarita Pie.
We now have three pesto recipes on our website: classic green, spicy red, and creamy white. (You're welcome.) Andy Baraghani, Molly Baz, and Carla Lalli Music explain the process behind each version they developed and even get a little existential (what even is pesto?).Get the recipes from this episode:BA's Best PestoRed Pesto PastaWhite Pesto
Adam Rapoport sits down with chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson to talk about Frenchette, their new-wave French brasserie that's become one of the hardest reservations to get in New York City. After cooking together for decades at local institutions, Nasr and Hanson finally decided to open up a place of their own. Little did they knew how long Frenchette would take—and how much of a hit it would be.
Conventional wisdom holds that marinating and grilling are always to be done in that order: the former before the latter. But why, really, when the moisture and sugar in most marinades can actually cause a protein to simultaneously steam and burn without ever truly searing? Adam Rapoport and Carla Lalli Music discuss recipes that flip the script. After that, Amiel Stanek goes over the basics of charcoal grilling.Get the recipes from this episode:Grilled Swordfish with Tomatoes and OreganoGrilled Summer Squash and Red Onion with FetaGrilled Chicken with Lemon and ThymeSoy Sauce-Marinated Grilled Flank Steak and ScallionsJalapeño-Marinated Grilled Pork ChopsGrilled Red Snapper with Green Beans and Lime
Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery are the chef/owners of Konbi, a tiny Japanese sandwich shop in Los Angeles. Maybe you’ve seen the cross-section of their now-famous egg salad sandwich on Instagram. Deputy editor Julia Kramer chats with the team behind the hit restaurant to get their sandwich secrets.
Stella Bugbee is the editor in chief and president of New York Magazine’s The Cut. Aside from running the most whip-smart site about women and culture out there, Stella is an avid home cook. Here Adam Rapoport talks to her about how—in The Cut’s words—she gets it done.
Back by popular demand yet again, the Rice Wizards™ swing by for the fourth installment of their rice podcast. This time, Carla Lalli Music and Amiel Stanek talk about rice beverages, and then sidetrack into tempura, and then, well, you’ll see.
It turns out that Dave Grohl—yes, that Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana—is really good at barbecue. Like, owns-a-giant-smoker-and-barbecues-for-hundreds-of-people good. Adam Rapoport talks to Dave about how he got into the craft and how it expanded to Backbeat BBQ, his one-man catering company.One warning: This episode contains quite a bit of profanity, so you may want to save it for later if you’re listening with kids.
Gabriela Camara opened Contramar in Mexico City when she was only 21-years-old. The landmark restaurant still serves the same super-fresh seafood-forward food it did when it first opened its doors—only now Camara also runs Cala in San Francisco, just published a cookbook, and has a new spot in the works in Los Angeles. Adam Rapoport chats with her about how her career has grown (and, of course, how she makes her guacamole).
There's nothing more contentious than the criteria for the ideal chocolate chip cookie—which is why Chris Morocco spent two months conceptualizing, researching, developing, and testing his new recipe for our BA's Best collection. This week, Adam Rapoport talks with Chris about what went into each decision he made. After that, we air a conversation from our live show a few weeks back where Chris and Claire Saffitz debate the merits and pitfalls of Tiramisú.Get the recipes from this episode:BA's Best Chocolate Chip CookiesOld-School Tiramisú
Recently at BA, we noticed all the times we’d go out to dinner and leave talking about...the salad. Just what were chefs doing to make their salads so multi-layered, interesting, and surprising? Turns out, a lot. Here Carla Lalli Music and Molly Baz share tips on how to up your salad-making game to the level of the pros. After that, Adam Rapoport chats with Andy Baraghani about how to buy, wash, store, and cook with herbs.Get the recipes from this episode:Everyday Greens SaladDinner Salad with Radicchio and Roasted Sweet PotatoesScrunched Grapefruit Salad with Grapefruit and ChilesLittle Wedge Salad with Sour Cream DressingIce Water SaladSpicy Cashew Dressing
BA contributing writer Priya Krishna just released her first cookbook, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family. Priya collaborated with her mother, Ritu, whose recipes combine Indian dishes and techniques with ingredients from all over (like roti pizza!). Senior staff writer Alex Beggs talks to Priya about testing those recipes in her childhood kitchen and how the book is one piece of a bigger conversation about the landscape of Indian food.
"Best of" lists are everywhere, but with so many, how much value should we actually give them? Brett Martin, reports and writes GQ's Best New Restaurants list, which came out earlier this week. Deputy editor Julia Kramer puts together BonApp's list. Technically, they work towards the same same goal. But each list comes together in a different way, on a different timeline, and with a different result. Adam Rapoport talks to them about their processes and what a “best” list even means.
Kwame Onwuachi is the chef of Kith and Kin in Washington D.C. He is also the author of the recently-published Notes From a Young Black Chef, which is just as much a memoir about growing up as it is about being a chef. Today, Adam Rapoport talks with him about his story.
When senior associate food editor Molly Baz set out to develop BA's Best Matzo Ball Soup, she not only solicited input from highly-opinionated BA staffers, but she also reached out to Mitchell Davis, chief strategy officer for the James Beard Foundation and matzo ball soup expert. Adam Rapoport chats with both of them. After that, associate editor Hilary Cadigan reads her essay from our recent Red Sauce America package, The Best Worst Take-Out Counter Employee Suburban Boston Has Ever Seen.Get the recipe from this episode:BA's Best Matzo Ball Soup
Around here, we really like carrot cake, so much so that we have three (!) different recipes for it. There’s BA’s Best Carrot Cake, Healthyish's Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, and Basically's Carrot Loaf Cake. Adam talks with senior food editors Claire Saffitz, Chris Morocco, and Molly Baz, who each developed one, about what makes their cake unique. After that, he sits down with senior editor Amiel Stanek to chat about the importance of the freezer clean out, how to organize the fridge, what to do about the junk drawer, and more.Get the recipes from this episode:BA's Best Carrot CakeGluten-Free Carrot CakeBasically Carrot Loaf Cake
Angela Dimayuga, the former executive chef of NYC’s Mission Chinese Food, became the Creative Director of Food and Culture at The Standard where she now oversees the hotels’ restaurants and programming. Adam Rapoport chats with her about what it's been like going from cooking on the line to developing and executing a whole host of other projects.
Missy Robbins is the chef-owner of two acclaimed Italian restaurants in Brooklyn. In 2016, she opened Lilia—it's still one of the hardest reservations in town. Then, last year, she opened the handmade pasta-focused Misi (well, pasta and super delicious veg sides). Adam Rapoport chats with Missy about how she got where she is, her menus, and her affinity for jumpsuits.Also, we're putting on another live show! It's on Wednesday, April 17th at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. You can find more details and purchase tickets here.
Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon are two of the three hosts of the weekly Showtime documentary series, The Circus. Alex and Mark, plus their third counterpart, John Heilemann, travel around talking to key political players and—this is where our podcast comes in—eating at restaurants all across the country. We chat about how food became part of the premise of the show, what role it plays in politics, and get the insider scoop about the eating habits of some of our former presidents.
Andy Young is a winemaker based in Oregon. This week, he explains how he got into the industry and how he makes his relatively small batch natural bottles. After that, we talk about our new recipe for Spicy-Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles.Get the recipe from this episode:Spicy-Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles
Soup can be tricky to make at home. It often doesn’t turn out quite as rich and flavorful and dynamic as you want, especially if you’re not working with homemade stock. This week we give some tips and techniques (and recipes!) that will help convince you you can, indeed, do it.Get the recipes from this episode:Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese ToastiesBeef and Bacon StewQuite Possibly the Best ChickpeasChicken and Rice Soup with Garlicky Chile OilKale Minestrone with PistouVegan Butternut Squash SoupChile Crisp
Sohui Kim is the chef of The Good Fork and Insa in Brooklyn. This week, she and associate editor Christina Chaey talk about re-embracing the Korean comfort food of their childhoods.Get the recipes from this episode:Kimchi JigaeSpicy Soft Tofu and Seafood StewRed Wine and Soy-Braised Short RibsSoy-Marinated EggsDashi-Steamed Egg CustardCrunchy Gochujang FennelQuick-Cooked Kale
A great bolognese is easy—it just takes a handful of tried and true techniques and some patience. This week, we talk through the recipe for BA's Best Bolognese, as well as a vegetarian spin, Cauliflower Bolognese. After that, we run through a beginner's guide to buying better wine.Get the recipes from this episode:BA's Best BologneseCauliflower Bolognese
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi are the owners and chefs of Buvette, I Sodi, Via Carota, and the forthcoming Bar Pisellino in Manhattan. They are also masters of running restaurants that feel inviting, with beautiful food and excellent service every single time—the kinds of places you return to again and again. This week, we talk to them about how they do what they do.
We tell you how to improve your morning (or afternoon, or evening) caffeine routine because, let's be honest, you can brew better than that. Then, from our live show back in November, Brad Leone talks fermentation and his YouTube show "It's Alive."
Back by popular demand, Carla Lalli Music and Amiel Stanek dive deep into rice. It will never get old. This week, they focus on recipes that transform rice into something more than a side dish (and, you know, why this series should keep on keeping on).P.S. This is our 200th episode!! Thank you, listeners, for keeping us going this long. We love making the show and we can't wait to continue to bring you more.
Andrew Knowlton, BA's editor at large, recently started a new career phase: He opened a restaurant! We catch up with him about that process, as well as get some behind-the-scenes details about hosting Netflix's new cooking competition show, The Final Table. Then, David Tamarkin, the digital director of Epicurious, talks about about his new cookbook, Cook90.
It's 2019, people. We've stuffed our faces and now it's time for a reset, Healthyish style. We're talking about the second annual Feel Good Food Plan, two weeks of dinner recipes and lunch inspiration to start the new year right. Then associate editor Hilary Cadigan talks to Kerry Brodie and Alex Harris of Emma’s Torch, a restaurant in Brooklyn that doubles as a culinary job training program for refugees.
As part of our second live podcast event, Adam Rapoport and Carla Lalli Music talk about the development of BA's Best Spaghetti and Meatballs—how the recipe was tested more than seven times, and what they learned along the way.
Whether you’re throwing an open-house Christmas soiree or an intimate New Year’s Eve dinner, you need a centerpiece dish. But that doesn’t mean you should be stressed out, pulling something out of the oven as your guests linger around you, starving. This week we’re talking about spotlight-worthy mains that will seriously impress while you sit back, relax, and enjoy your own party.
Every year, a Test Kitchen editor develops a bunch of new and totally delicious holiday cookie recipes—the kind you want to bring to a cookie swap, or set out at your holiday party, or gift to someone when they invite you to their holiday party. This week, Chris Morocco talks about his awesome creations.
BA contributor and cookbook author Alison Roman knows how to host a killer party. This week, we talk to her about everything from how to make a shrimp cocktail to where to put the booze (it's in the bathtub).
Senior food editor Andy Baraghani talks to Naz Deravian about growing up with her parents’ Persian cooking, how she decided to start a cooking blog, and how that blog turned into her first cookbook, Bottom of the Pot.
You all know that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist. But what you maybe didn't know is that he makes the best french toast ever—and refuses to eat anyone else's. This week, we talk to Neil about everything from said breakfast to thunder and lightning.
Adam, Carla, and Gabe T. are back to talk about what is arguably the best part of Thanksgiving—the leftovers. Then, novelist Emma Straub reads an essay she wrote for our November issue, The Higgledy Piggledy Thanksgivings.
We’re one week away from the most exciting food holiday of the year, so we’re talking turkey, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and more. We’ve got a ton of new and beautiful recipes from our November issue and we’re diving deep on some favorites. After that, we answer Thanksgiving-related questions that you guys—our listeners—sent to us.
Steaming gets a bad rep. It’s a technique associated with forsaking flavor for health, resulting in bad, bland food. This week, food director Carla Lalli Music and associate editor Christina Chaey tell you why that simply isn’t true. After that, cookbook author Cal Peternell talks about his latest release, Almonds, Anchovies and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of.
Rene Redzepi, owner and chef of the famed Noma in Copenhagen, just published his third cookbook, The Noma Guide to Fermentation, along with the head of Noma's fermentation lab, David Zilber. Rene talks about why it was so important to him to write something approachable while still staying true to the restaurant. After that, Molly Baz tells us all about the recipe you should be making on repeat right now: Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter.
Orenda Hale is the owner and manager of Drifters Wife, which clinched the number nine spot on our Hot 10 list this year. Julia Kramer sits down with Orenda to chat about how her move from NYC to Portland, ME. Then, Hilary Cadigan talks to Nite Yun, owner and chef of Nyum Bai, the number five spot that serves the Cambodian food of Yun's childhood in Oakland, CA.
Nik Sharma is the writer behind A Brown Table, a website he started seven years ago to record the dishes he was cooking inspired by his childhood in Mumbai. He just published his first cookbook, Season. This week we talk to him about what it was like to develop recipes, write, and photograph the whole work, as well as some of the standout recipes.
Did you know that garlic has a season? And that that season is right now? This week Amiel Stanek and Andy Baraghani tell you why and how you should, in fact, be incorporating as much garlic as possible into all of your meals. We've got advice, techniques, and recipes, bad breath be damned.
Carla Lalli Music talks with author Jessica Battilana, whose latest cookbook, Repertoire, is all about finding those recipes that you turn to again and again, especially when cooking with kids. After that, Amiel Stanek hosts two very special guests—Adam's son, Marlon Rapoport and Carla's son, Cosmo Music.
Bonnie Morales is the first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants and the chef and co-owner of Kachka in Portland, OR. We talk to Morales about what drew her to dumplings and cabbage rolls and how a proper vodka-filled feast is supposed to go down. After that, we take you through the best method for crispy-skinned chicken thighs.
"Burger Expert" is an actual job—and George Motz is the man who claims the title. We chat with Motz about what exactly that means, and how he makes his onion-laced smash burgers. Later, senior food editor Chris Morocco talks about how he developed his Easiest-Ever Grilled Veggie Burgers.
Chrissy Teigen's second cookbook, Cravings: Hungry for More, is out next week. We talk to her about what it was like to create recipes for this book, why cheesy chicken milanese is better than regular chicken milanese, and how she worked with her mom to develop the Thai dishes she grew up eating.
This time of year, every tomato variety, from super sweet sungolds to juicy heirlooms, taste like the most delicious things you’ve ever eaten. We're talking about our favorite tomato-heavy recipes, from a yellow tomato bloody mary to buttery, ginger-and-garlic-spiked tomatoes on toast.
Jimmy O. Yang is a stand-up comedian and actor who plays Jian-Yang on Silicon Valley and the ridiculously over-the-top Bernard Tai in Crazy Rich Asians. This week, he talks about the fast food he loved after immigrating to the U.S. from Hong Kong at 13, what the cast of the film ate while filming in Singapore, and making wontons at home.
It's still summer, which means there's still time to hang out in your backyard and grill lots of things. Cookbook author and teacher Samin Nosrat, and chef of Reynard in NYC, Christina Lecki, share how they got into cooking over live fire and give some advice for starting out.
Yesterday we launched our annual Hot 10 list, the best new restaurants in America. Deputy editor Julia Kramer talks to editor at large Andrew Knowlton—who compiled the list—about how he approached his months-long journey to find the most delicious, exciting places to eat right now.
We're right in between the start and end of summer, the time when every moment of late-night light feels precious, and produce is produce is at its peak. Adam, Carla, and Gabe T. discuss all the hits they've already cooked and all the dishes the're dying to make before the season comes to a close.
Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer helm the all-day cafe, Botanica, in Los Angeles. They talk about their transition from working in food media to starting and maintaining a successful restaurant—and what, in a male-dominated industry, makes the mostly women-run Botanica different. After that, it's peak farmers' market season and we've got all the do's and dont's to make sure you're on your best behavior while shopping for your weekly haul.
Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky run MP Shift, a design studio behind some of our favorite restaurants. But what does that mean exactly? They turn restaurant owners' imaginations into reality when it comes to everything from the layout of a space to the graphics on their menus and matchbooks.
The best NYC slice is a highly contested topic. Everyone has their favorite. Associate editor Alex Delany went to 30 pizza joints in 36 hours to find out which one (you know, in his opinion) reigned supreme. Then, Scarr Pimentel, the owner and chef of the Lower East Side pizza joint, Scarr's (probably the place you are most likely to run into a BA editor), talks about what makes his pies different.
Tyler Malek is the founder and head ice cream maker at Salt & Straw, the now-famous scoop shop that started in Portland, Oregon and has since grown into a mini West Coast empire. Tyler talks about how his collaborations with chefs keeps him on the cutting edge of ice cream innovation. After that, pitmaster Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott's BBQ in Charleston, SC tells us how he cooks whole hogs, smoked turkey, and more.
Two-time James Beard nominee, chef Todd Richards recently came out with his first cookbook, Soul. Editor at large Andrew Knowlton talks with Todd about the importance of history in influencing his approach to food, including, of course, pimiento cheese. After that, we've got four recipes for updated takes on classic side dishes.Get the recipes from this episode:Romesco Pasta Salad with Basil and ParmesanCharred Bean and Pea SaladSpicy Kimchi SlawWilted Greens in Tomato-Bacon Broth
Last week, the annual list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants was announced... immediately followed by criticism that the spots chosen were almost exclusively male-run, Euro-centric, and inaccessible to a lot of the dining public. So, is the list fixable, and is it worth fixing?
A few weeks ago, we hosted a live recording (!!!) at The Bell House in Brooklyn with cookbook author and BonApp contributor Alison Roman. We chatted about how she (unintentionally) created a viral sensation around chocolate chip cookies. Plus, we discuss her writing process, and what she has planned for next.
Big Chicks is a queer bar in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Barney Greengrass is an old-school Jewish deli on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. What do these places have in common? They're the neighborhood spots that we return to again and again. David Tamarkin, digital director of Epicurious, talks to Michelle Fire, the owner of Big Chicks, about what has kept her going all these years. Then, David Remnick, editor in chief of The New Yorker, lets us in on his Sunday morning smoked fish ritual.This episode is part of our America's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants package, featuring 80 of the most interesting people we know—chefs, novelists, activists, comedians, NBA players, and more. Find the full thing here.
You know what goes well with grilled meats? Lots and lots of summery vegetables. Carla, Adam, and Gabe T. are talking blistered cabbage, a charred snap pea salad, a go-on-anything tahini ranch dressing, and more.Get the recipes from this episode:Celery Salad with Dates, Almonds, and ParmesanRoasted Sweet Potatoes with Chile Yogurt and MintFarro with Pistachios, Mixed Herbs, and Golden RaisinsCharred Sugar Snap Peas with Buttermilk AioliCharred Cabbage with Goat Cheese Raita and CucumbersOrecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas, and PistachiosTahini-Ranch Dressing
Nic Jammet, co-founder and co-owner of Sweetgreen, is on to talk about the evolution of his fast-casual chain, from the one tiny shop he opened right after graduating college to the nearly 100 across the country that he operates now. After that, Pete Meehan, writer and former editor of the late Lucky Peach reads an essay he wrote for our June/July issue called The Barbecue Pit.
Jeff Goldblum calls in from his bed in Los Angeles to talk about his oatmeal breakfast routine, his childhood summer barbecues, and how one of his favorite meals involves sushi followed by every flavor of frozen yogurt. After that, we take you through our recipe for Easy Sheet Cake with Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting (yes, there are rainbow sprinkles on top).
Nancy Singleton Hachisu traveled to Japan for a stint abroad 30 years ago, fell in love with a Japanese farmer, and never left. We take a look at her latest book, Japan: The Cookbook, a compilation of over 400 recipes, and talk about how to build a Japanese pantry (it all starts with really good soy sauce).
Eater's national restaurant editor, Bill Addison, and our own deputy editor, Julia Kramer, discuss what it's like to be a restaurant critic in 2018. The landscape is vastly different than it was even 5 years ago with more "best of" lists than ever, diminishing local platforms, and a political climate that can't be ignored. There's a lot to be celebrated out there in a country that cares more about food than ever before, so how do they do it?
Update 6/13/18: This article was published prior to the AP investigation alleging Sea to Table's dishonest business practices. We had no knowledge of these practices at that time.Sean Dimin, founder and CEO of Sea to Table, talks about all those confusing terms surrounding seafood. Do you want wild caught? Domestic? Fresh? Frozen? And how do you find a source you trust? After that, Carla Lalli Music convinces Adam Rapoport that he needs to start cooking fish at home.Get the recipes from this episode:Slow-Cooked White Fish with Charred CabbageGreen Posole with Cod and CilantroHerby Napa Cabbage Salad with LimeSlow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and ChilesSlow-Roasted Salmon with HarissaCrispy-Skinned Fish with Herb Sauce
Food director Carla Lalli Music and senior editor Amiel Stanek are back by popular demand, talking about rice again. This time around they cover everything from how to cook brown rice to different methods of making crispy rice. It's just as... entertaining as part one. After that, Rumaan Alam, author and special projects editor of the New York Times books section, reads an essay he wrote for our May issue, Drinking in Dhaka.Get the recipes from this episode:Crunchy Baked Saffron Rice with BarberriesChicken with Crispy Rice
Ruth Rogers opened London's The River Cafe with her partner, the late Rose Gray, 30 years ago. When they started, they were two women already with families and virtually no professional training. This week we talk to Ruth about what it took to see through her vision and create such a dynamic, successful, and enduring restaurant.
Salt is the most important ingredient in your kitchen—it can make or break your food. We talk through different varieties, the importance of seasoning as you go, and how other ingredients can bring saltiness to a dish. Then, we chat about our new Salted Caramel-Chocolate Tart recipe. It's a good one.
This week we're telling you how to care for and cook with the hardest-working pan in your kitchen: the cast-iron skillet. After that, Natasha Pickowicz, pastry chef at NYC's Cafe Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar, talks about how she develops her food, the importance of collaboration in the kitchen, and making dinner for herself every night when she gets home.
We don’t cook like we used to. Our pantries, our techniques, and our cravings take us on new culinary adventures. It’s hard to pin down the exact moment we noticed things had changed—we might not have been making these dishes a decade ago but we can’t imagine our lives without today. This week we delve into the 29 recipes that define the way we cook now.Get the recipes:The New Essentials: 29 Recipes That Define the Way We Cook Now
Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the “Shib Sibs,” stick to a pretty regimented diet while training—but it turns out they’re actually as food-obsessed as we are. This week we talk to the ice dancing duo about beignets, egg McMuffins, and their dad’s famous eggplant Parm. After that, with wedding season around the corner, we go deep on the dos and don’ts of registries. (Unsurprisingly, we've got lots of opinions on platters, wine glasses, sheets, and more.)
After 18 years at Bon Appétit, deputy editor Andrew Knowlton is becoming our editor-at-large. This week, we're saying goodbye by asking him to reflect on everything from the best meal he ever ate, to how he's feeling about his move to Austin. Later, senior food editor Andy Baraghani reads an essay he wrote in our April issue about how cooking helped him accept his cultural and sexual identities.
We have strong opinions about pretty much everything food-related—but perhaps nothing more than sandwiches. In our March magazine, our do's and don'ts of sandwich building made their way into 26 A-to-Z rules for ultimate sandwich satisfaction. This week, we're talking about some of our favorites. (For the full alphabet, pick up a copy or head here.)
Rice is seemingly simple, and yet even experienced cooks can find it daunting. Do you rinse? Do you add salt? What's your ratio of water to grain? This week, we're here to answer those questions. After that, we're talking the Oscars with Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson because food and movies go together like popcorn and peanut M&Ms.
JJ Johnson was the chef at Harlem's sister restaurants, The Cecil and Minton's, where he honed his point of view in the kitchen, inspired by the African diaspora. He recently left to find his own footing in the culinary world. We talk to JJ about what to expect from his forthcoming restaurant, his recently-published cookbook, and his love of 90’s hip hop and R&B.
Olive oil is one of the most-used ingredients in our kitchens, but do you really know what to look for when buying a bottle, or how best to store it? This week, we make sure you do. Then, senior food editor Andy Baraghani talks about how his upbringing in a Persian-American household and his travels around the Middle East have influenced his cooking.
It took a lot of trials and tribulations to create BA's Best Lasagna. Test kitchen editor Chris Morocco tells the tale of perfect bolognese sauce, the creamiest bechamel, and more. Then, we go deep on sous vide cooking at home. We promise it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.Get the recipes from this episode:BA's Best LasagnaSimple Sous Vide SteakSous Vide Chicken with PestoSous Vide Sweet and Spicy Pork BellySous Vide Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi went from college math major to culinary school to working in some of the best fine-dining restaurants in NYC. This week, she talks about her nontraditional path into the kitchen, what it's like to run a booming business, and just how much she loves cake.
What are the absolute best foods to eat while watching the Super Bowl? We pit them against each other—think chips & guac, cheesesteaks, chili, wings, and a whole lot more. The end result is a menu that might be as close to perfection as possible.Get the recipes from this episode:Bob Armstrong's Chili con QuesoGrandma Knowlton's Pimiento CheeseFully Loaded Black Bean Nachos with Red and Green SalsasBA's Best GuacamoleBA's Best Buffalo WingsSausage Meatball SandwichesCheesesteaksBeef Picadillo Puffy TacosParty-Ready Italian HerosBeef ChiliMargaritaNew-New Bloody MaryCocoa BrowniesGooey Brown Butter Blondies with PecansBanana Meringue PuddingBA's Best Key Lime Pie
This week, food director Carla Lalli Music, who spent a decade working in restaurants, is joined by New York Times staff reporter Julia Moskin, as well as Genevieve Villamora, co-owner and general manager of the Filipino restaurant Bad Saint in Washington D.C. They discuss the problematic gender, operational, and power dynamics that are deeply embedded in restaurant culture, and ways to change and improve the restaurant industry for the better.
It's all about organization this week. Julie Carlson, the founder and editor of the home site Remodelista, shares tips, hacks, and design ideas for making the most out of your kitchen. Then, senior editor Amiel Stanek goes deep on cleaning your freezer, and tackling your cluttered drawers and cabinets.
So, we ate a lot of holiday cookies. But now it's a new year and we're trying to feel good. Enter the Feel Good Food Plan, two weeks of dinner recipes, lunch prep, mindfulness ideas, and more. This week we're talking all about it. After that, we go deep on how to make chicken breasts delicious.Get the recipes from this episode:Feel Good Food PlanMaster Poached ChickenChicken with Crispy Rice12-Minute Saucy Chicken Breasts with LimesKids' Chicken KatsuPietro's Chicken Parmesan
Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer talk about what they'd like to see more of in 2018 (tinned fish and Detroit-style pizza, please!), as well as what trends they're so over (goodbye to sunchokes and weird desserts).
Carla Lalli Music talks about the Feast of the Seven Fishes—both the rather complicated menu her family has been making every year since she was a kid, and the pared down version we developed here in the BA test kitchen. Then, it's Claire Saffitz on warm, buttery, cinnamon-y, pull-apart monkey bread.Get the recipes from this episode:Feast of the Seven FishesMonkey Bread
First, we go through a couple of methods for getting that big piece of brisket just right—one from Adam Rapoport's mom, and one from Mamaleh's deli in Cambridge, Mass. Then, Missy Robbins, chef at Lilia in Brooklyn, talks latkes. We've got a couple of methods here, too. Again, one from Adam's mom (are you sensing a theme?), and the other, a slightly less traditional, Italian-leaning recipe from Missy.Get the recipes from this episode:Mamaleh's BrisketAdam and Maxine's Famous LatkesLemony Latkes
Claire Saffitz calls up baking legend Dorie Greenspan to chat about butter, the subject of her latest Short Stack cookbook. Then, Marissa Ross gives her recommendations for the wines to drink this holiday season.