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In a cooking dilemma? Have a burning question? Host Esther Choi solves your kitchen mysteries with the help of a few food friends. Food52's 10-year-strong Hotline is now coming at you offline—call in your question to (518) 291-9877.
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A musical dive into the cultural identities behind the plate. Hosted by Peter J. Kim, Counterjam is an auditory feast of songs and interviews with musicians, chefs, and celebrities.
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My Family Recipe

Arati Menon, Food52, Heritage Radio Network

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From the Food52 Podcast Network and Heritage Radio Network, My Family Recipe shares cherished heirloom recipes, and the stories behind them, from voices across the world of food. Explore experiences of loss and remembering accompanied by homemade baked ziti, to chronicles of comfort and celebration paired with the perfect chocolate cake. Enjoy interviews with writers and chefs, parents and children about what is passed down along with the foods we know and love.
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Either Side Eaters

Food52, Katie Quinn, Jen Phanomrat

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"Two Dope Queens meets Home Cooking" — Jen Phanomrat and Katie Quinn compare notes on everything from John Cena's influence on the chili crisp craze to ketchup's surprising origin, from either side of the Atlantic.
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The Sandwich Universe

Declan Bond, Food52, Molly Baz

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Molly Baz (Professional Chef) and Declan Bond (Professional Eater) are on a mission to uncover the far side of 10 iconic deli sandwiches. Expect otherworldly philosophical debate, beamed-in listeners, and physical exploration in the kitchen.
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A weekly show from Food52's new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly "Genius Recipes" column and video series. Host Kristen Miglore speaks to the geniuses behind iconic recipes, and uncovers the recipes that changed the way we cook.
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There are so many recipes out there to make granola, but then there are recipes that are Simply Genius. Jenné Claiborne's recipe bakes up faster and easier than any recipe out there by thoughtfully omitting what you may have thought was a crucial ingredient. Referenced in this episode Why Jenné Claiborne's Tahini Granola is Genius (Article) Jenné C…
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Referenced in this episode Ali Slagle's Not Just Another Chicken Caesar Salad Ali's Book, I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) Ali's Biscotti Recipe Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Kristen's OG fried toast inspiration: Borlotti Beans on Toast with Greens (Food52) Follow Ali on Instagram @itsalislagle Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me…
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There're enough stressors around the holidays to let your dessert be one of them, so we sat down with Erin Jeanne McDowell to get some tips on ways to bring flawless pies to the table. Referenced in this episode Savory Baking Cookbook Clover Rolls Pâte Brisée Double crust chicken pot pie Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Erin Jean McDowell's Bake It Up A …
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Anna Sulan Masing, host of Whetstone Radio's Taste of Place podcast cooks her way through Mandy Yin's incredible Sarawak Chicken recipe Recipe Marinate 6 skinless chicken thighs, with the bone-in just with salt, leave for 1/2hour on the kitchen bench to get it to room temperature Blitz up spice paste: 200g roughly chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2.…
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On Play Me a Recipe, your favorite cooks will walk you through their most treasured recipes, offering all the insider tips, stories, and tricks you won't get from a written recipe—and you'll be right alongside them, every step of the way. If you're cooking along, here's the recipe we're making today. Go ahead and grab the ingredients below before s…
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Self-proclaimed fufu-head Peter J. Kim sits down with comedian Ego Nwodim and Afrobeat pioneers Femi and Made Kuti to discuss ultimate jollof, Nigerian religi-pop, and the beloved ball of cooked starch that goes by many names. Find more Counterjam episodes here; season 2 will look at Mexican, Jewish, Ethiopian, and French food and music; featuring …
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Subscribe to The Genius Recipe Tapes here. Referenced in this episode: Toni Tipton-Martin's Louisiana Barbecued Shrimp recipe Toni's non-profit, The SANDE Youth Project Toni Tipton-Martin named 2021 Julia Child Award recipient (The Julia Child Award) Genius-Hunter Extra Credit: Check out Toni's cookbooks, Jubilee and The Jemima Code For more recipe…
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Referenced in this episode: Sweet Corn Butter recipe How to Magically Turn Corn Into Butter (Food52) Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: The jewelry company Whitney founded to connect and empower women Check out Lukas Volger's corn tofu: Butter It, Tofu It, Dip It. But Don’t Boil It. (Taste) View transcript Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me…
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Host Peter J. Kim is joined by content creator Carolina Gelen and author Irina Georgescu to talk about mamaliga, pickles, and Romania's super juicy sausages, as well as how communism shaped the family dinner table. Peter also discusses the musical influence of Romania's Romani people with Henry Ernst, manager of the energetic brass band Fanfare Cio…
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Catch up on the rest of the incredible conversations we had with the guests featured on this episode Ali Slagle's Episode Jesse Spark's Episode Cheryl Day's Episode Brian Hogan Stewart's Episode Eric Kim's Episode Kristina Cho's Episode Roxana Jullapat's Episode Esther Choi's Episode Julie Sahni's Episode Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? T…
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Referenced in this episode Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies (Bon Appétit) Kristen's (other!) One Recipe Melissa Clark’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese (Food52) Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Listen to Jesse on The One Recipe Podcast (The Splendid Table) Follow Jesse on Instagram Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at genius@…
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Referenced in this episode: Stop Calling Food Exotic (The Washington Post) Reader commentary to Daniela's 'Exotic' recipes? Let's talk about why there's really no such thing Pantry Ramen Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: Subscribe to Daniela's Eat Voraciously Newsletter Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell us all about it at genius@food52.com.…
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Host Peter J Kim takes a trip to the United Kingdom to explore puddings, PFCs, and the mysterious saveloy dip. Food Network host Mary McCartney invites us into her home to talk about the importance of Sunday roasts, and food and music memories with her father Paul McCartney. Jonathan Nunn, the founder of Vittles, guides us through the most importan…
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Host Peter J. Kim will get into sinigang, adobo, lechon, and all that good stuff, but we’ll also explore the interplay of names, language, menus, and the immigrant experience with chef and author Dale Talde, filmmaker and educator Evelyn Obamos, and hip-hop artist Ruby Ibarra, whose bangin’ album Circa91 will be the soundtrack to this episode. For …
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Co-hosts Katie (@QKatie) and Jen (@JenEatsLife) discuss the transformation of the modern-day kitchen as we know it: from the Industrial Revolution's impact on the woman's "place" in the kitchen, to how domestic duties have evolved over time. They also discuss their shared adoration for cooking infomercials with YouTuber Emmy Cho (@EmmyMade). Refere…
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A few years ago, Katie got cancelled over a video on mango con chile. Why? Katie and Jen talk about the cultural appropriation in food; how to share excitement over "discovery" of new foods sensitively; and the importance of better, more diverse representation in media. They're later joined by pastry chef and The Pastry Chef's Guide author Ravneet …
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Referenced in this episode: The Silkiest Pasta Sauce From Any Veg You've Got (Food52) Pasta With Silkiest Eggplant Sauce from Francis Lam Genius Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: Tune into Francis' various episodes on The Splendid Table Podcast Special thanks to listeners Devangi and Ka…
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Referenced in this episode: Salsa Guille recipe from Andrea Aliseda on Food52 Additional writings by Andrea Aliseda Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: Unlocking Nixtamal for Epicurious Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell us all about it at genius@food52.com. Ode to Mexico by Andrea Aliseda (English Version) I close my eyes and see myself perche…
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Host Peter J. Kim looks at the beauty and energy of Brazil, and reflects on issues related to home and scarcity with musician Bebel Gilberto, and Woodspoon chef Natalia Pereira. Music is by the rapper Kunumi MC. Check out Counterjam on Spotify for more tracks to groove along to.By Bebel Gilberto, Natalia Pereira, Peter J. Kim
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Co-hosts Katie (@QKatie) and Jen (@JenEatsLife) talk all things spice—and the not-so-nice. They trace peppers' trade routes and WWE professional wrestler John Cena's contribution to the chile crisp trend. Later in the episode, they dissect the anatomy of a perfect chili oil with Eater's social media manager James Park (@jamesyworld). Special thanks…
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Referenced in this episode: What's the Difference?: Recreational Culinary Reference for the Curious and Confused Genius-Hunter Extra Credit: Sign up to receive Brette's newsletter each week Read more by Brette on Food52 Shout out Erin McDowell - Food52's Resident Baking BFF! Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at genius@f…
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Host Peter J. Kim looks at Ethiopian culture with chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Serkaddis Alemu, and spins a few tracks by Kibrom Birhane. Here's Marcus's wife's sister's recipe for Kitfo on Food52—one he's, as you'll learn in the episode, not allowed to prepare himself. Thanks for tuning into season 2; we'll be back with season 3 in a bit! In the me…
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Host Peter J. Kim digs into French culture with three phenomenal guests: pastry genius Dominique Ansel, Top Chef France star Mory Sacko, and one of the most distinguished individuals in Peter's life, Stéphanie Jacquemont (aka his wife). Check out the accompanying Counterjam playlist on Spotify for more from Lindigo, and other wonderful French artis…
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It's a nutty episode: co-hosts Katie and Jen talk about Americans' obsession with peanut butter (plus Italians' indifference to the stuff), Haiti's "spicy peanut butter," and the various peanut "seasonings" in south Asian cuisines. Later on Food52 resident and Great British Bake-Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan joins to talk about her later-in-life a…
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Co-hosts Jen Phanomrat and Katie Quinn discuss the history and concept of "cucina povera" (making the most from simple, seasonal ingredients); Anna Maggio's Under the Olive Tree; and how we can see hints of this "poor cooking" approach in viral food trends today. Later on, chef and VICE Counter Space's Sophia Roe shares why equal access greater rep…
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Referenced in this episode: Mayukh's new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America Genius-Hunter Extra Credit: This piece, written by Mayukh, is what encouraged Coconut & Sambal author Lara Lee to seek out Sri, and ask her to be her culinary mentor She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared…
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As someone who has tried (and oftentimes failed) to record and preserve her own family recipes, Kristen really connected with chefarmer-turned-author Matthew Raiford's mission to document the dishes and stories from his. For this week's Genius Session, Kristen goes behind the scenes with Matthew, as he shares his process of writing Bress 'n' Nyam: …
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This episode, Peter speaks with 19-year-old food whiz and social media sensation Eitan Bernath; actress, comedienne, and Broad City creator Ilana Glazer; and renowned chef and author Einat Admony on Jewish holiday foods: there's the seder plate, matzah and maror, and of course, grandma's chicken matzo ball soup. All music is by Gitkin. As always, k…
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Self-proclaimed fufu-head Peter J. Kim sits down with comedian Ego Nwodim and Afrobeat pioneers Femi and Made Kuti to discuss ultimate jollof, Nigerian religi-pop, and the beloved ball of cooked starch that goes by many names. That's a wrap on season 1 of Counterjam. We'll be back in May with season 2. In the meantime—follow Counterjam on Spotify f…
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Jen Phanomrat and Katie Quinn talk about the happiest hour, aka aperitivo, apéritif, and fika. They also talk about airplane food, ice cubes in wine, and how Apéritif author Rebekah Peppler and Food Network TV personality Rachel Khoo craft Friday coziness affordably. Special thanks to our listeners for your questions and Brian Quinn (@bqfunk) for o…
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Who knew ketchup could be so controversial? Co-hosts Katie Quinn and Jen Phanomrat are joined by Tastemade's Frankie Celenza to discuss which foods are OK to smother in the stuff, catsup's surprising original formula (hint: no tomato), banana ketchup (!), homemade ketchup (!!), and why Heinz has remained king. You can find Frankie's Tastemade show,…
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Referenced in this episode: Cooking for Your Kids Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: Can I Eat That? Children's book (by Joshua David Stein) Dive into Joshua's stories on literally anybody and anything Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell us all about it at genius@food52.com.By Kristen Miglore, Joshua David Stein
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Relationships with teriyaki, sushi stereotypes, and the immigrant hustle—host Peter J. Kim looks at Japanese-American cultural identity with comedian Yumi Nagashima, rapper G Yamazawa, and producer Dan the Automator. Check out Counterjam on Spotify for bonus playlists featuring tracks from Yumi, G, Dan and so many other wonderful Japanese-American …
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This episode is all about the city that never sleeps and always eats. Host Peter J. Kim looks at the undefinable cuisine of New York City, with the help of A Tribe Called Quest founding member Jarobi White and multiplatinum artist, chef, and fashion icon Kelis. Referenced in this episode: Are you, too, a sauce person? Check out Kelis's Skillshare o…
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Quick: are you a pancakes or eggs benny person? Congee or oats? Filipino-Thai New Yorker Jen Phanomrat grew up with silog for breakfast; Katie Quinn's Midwestern household usually had cereal. On this episode, they discuss breakfast traditions across the world, and discover many surprising universalities. They're joined by Chef and Founder of Little…
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New-Yorker-for-life Jen keeps her eggs in her fridge; Katie, who's now in Puglia, used to but now doesn't—as per her Egg Guy's (yup) recommendation. We look at which cultures chill vs. not, what makes an egg brown or white (and orange-yolked!), if a "proper" omelet even exists, and consult very special guest, Canadian actress and comedian Julie Nol…
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Referenced in this episode Sarsoon ka Saag (Fragrant Butter-Laced Pureed Mustard Greens) From Julie Sahni Watch this recipe (food52) Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Julie Sahni's Curried Avocado with Garlic and Green Chiles Learn Indian cooking from the master herself - Take a cooking class with Julie Have a g…
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Referenced in this episode Epic Snickerdoodles for Stephanie Recipe Snackable Bakes: 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Jessie Sheehan's Instagram Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at genius@food52.com. Theme Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions…
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Referenced in this episode Get your culinary questions answered - listen to Esther on the Hotline Offline Podcast Esther's White Kimchi Recipe Kristen gushes about THIS Sheet Pan Pierogies with Brussels Sprouts and Kimchi recipe (New York Times) Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Follow Esther on her Instagram page Wanna taste? Check out and try out Mokbar…
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Special thanks to listeners Kayla (@kaylacalbano), Rachel (@craftsandcrumbs), and Oumaima (@lemonshmallow) for your potato-tales. Referenced in this episode: Ultra-Crispy Roast Potatoes From a Secret Indonesian Cooking Club—Plus 20 Beginner Recipes I’m Still Hunting (Food52) Crispy Soy & Ginger Roast Potatoes recipe and of course, Lara's stunning b…
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Referenced in this episode: Whipped Hummus With Roasted Carrots & Za'atar Oil recipe Dreamy-Smooth Hummus From a Kitchen Oops (Food52) Genius-Hunter Extra Credit: Everything you ever wanted to know about magical bean water, aquafaba Hetty's podcast, The House Specials View transcript Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it! I…
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Kristen Miglore, lifelong Genius hunter, speaks with chef, cookbook author, and TV personality Carla Hall. Of Top Chef and Carla Hall's Soul Food fame, Carla talks about the genius buttermilk biscuit recipe she's spent decades perfecting. Referenced in this episode: The Genius Secrets to Carla Hall’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits (Food52) Flaky Butterm…
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Referenced in this episode: Sweet Corn Butter recipe How to Magically Turn Corn Into Butter (Food52) Genius-Hunter Extra-Credit: The jewelry company Whitney founded to connect and empower women Check out Lukas Volger's corn tofu: Butter It, Tofu It, Dip It. But Don’t Boil It. (Taste) View transcript Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me…
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Referenced in this episode Citrus Cake From Yasmin Khan (Recipe) Yasmin's book, Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus Genius-Hunter Extra Credit Follow Yasmin on Instagram More backstory, The story behind Ripe Figs Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at genius@food52.com.…
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