Rank #1: Episode 77: Helen Rosner
Helen Rosner is the digital editor at Saveur Magazine, and she’s joining Helen Hollyman in the studio today to talk about food blogs, food science, and web comics. On this week’s installment of U Look Hungry, the Helens talk about their initial interests in food, and how that interest translated into the world of food media. What are some of Helen Rosner’s favorite cookbooks to cook from? Hear about some of Saveur’s new content, including contests, video, and comics. How did Saveur develop their recipe web comics, and how have readers responded to the innovative recipe format? Later, Helen Rosner talks about the dilution of regional cuisine, and how hipster culture has homogenized local food. This program has been brought to you by Tekserve, and today’s music has been provided by Idgy Dean.
“What we’re doing with Recipe Comics is making the recipe itself the end goal.” [25:00] — Helen Rosner on U Look Hungry
Apr 18 2013
Rank #2: Episode 71: Chef Fredrik Berselius
Chef Fredrik Berselius has taken his Nordic culinary roots to Williamsburg as the chef at Aska in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tune in to U Look Hungry as Helen Hollyman chats with Chef Fredrik about his inspirations, passion for foraging and future culinary plans. Find out why New York has more to offer for foragers than most would imagine, and how the landscape is different than Chef Fredrik’s native Sweeden. From travel tips to foraging advice, learn all about the New Nordic movement through a Brooklyn lens. This program was sponsored by Tekserve
“The longer I’ve been in New York the more I’ve looked back at where I’m from – flavor memories, etc. I wanted my food [at Aska] to represent how I think and feel.” [2:15]
“I like being outdoors. I like going out and picking whatever I can find for the restaurant. There are a lot of things growing in New York all over the place.” [9:00]
–Fredrick Berslius, chef at Aska, on U Look Hungry
Feb 21 2013
Rank #3: Episode 69: LaDonna Redmond
LaDonna Redmond is fighting for our food rights at the local, regional, and national level! This week on U Look Hungry, Helen Hollyman is talking with LaDonna about her upcoming speech about food justice for TedX Manhattan. Tune into this episode to hear LaDonna talk about her child’s food allergies, and how that inspired her to promote healthy, organic food. Why is there no national legislation concerning food justice? Listen in to hear LaDonna explain how she started several community grocery stores in Chicago. Who is LaDonna excited to hear at TedX Manhattan this year? Find out on U Look Hungry! This program has been sponsored by Tekserve.
“I’m not mad at the food system, I’m not mad at Monsanto like many activists are…I have to come from a place of love.” [8:10]
— LaDonna Redmond on U Look Hungry
Feb 07 2013
Rank #4: Episode 65: Truffle Dogs with Alana McGee
This week on U Look Hungry, Helen Hollyman is on the phone with Alana McGee: truffle hunter and dog trainer with Toil & Truffle. Alana speaks to the differences between North American and European truffles, and why raking is a undesirable method of harvesting truffles. Truffle hunting has become so competitive, that people actually steal truffle-hunting dogs! What breeds are primed for finding truffles. Alana gives you the step-by-step process on how to train your dog to find truffles underground! Find out about different varieties of truffles that are native to North America. How do truffle cultures differ between the United States and Europe? Find out on this week’s U Look Hungry! This program has been brought to you by Tekserve.
“Native truffles are just as good as the European varieties. It’s just in the harvesting that some of the quality is lost.” [6:40] — Alana McGee on U Look Hungry
Jan 10 2013
Rank #5: Episode 63: Holidays on Ice
Welcome to U Look Hungry’s “Holidays on Ice” special! This week, Helen Hollyman is joined in the studio by Gastronomista‘s Emily Arden Wells and Jennifer Pelka. Jennifer also happens to be tumblr’s Food & Beverage Evangelist, and is here to talk about tumblr’s new “Reblog Gift Guide”. Check out the site to find out some great gift ideas this holiday season! Listen in to hear about Emily and Jennifer’s hometowns, and the local food happenings at home. Listen in to hear Helen, Emily, and Jennifer give their holiday hosting tips. What are some inexpensive ways to “deck the halls”? Hear the ladies talk about catering for parties, the juxtaposition of high and low brow foods, and why a good host keeps the booze flowing. This episode has been brought to you by Tekserve.
“I like giving bottles as presents because I live in a 300 square foot apartment, and I don’t have space for much else!” [7:45] — Emily Arden Wells on U Look Hungry
Dec 13 2012
Rank #6: Episode 56: Andrew Kuo Returns!
Artist/superfan Andrew Kuo re-joins Helen Hollyman for another interview on U Look Hungry. Andrew writes for the New York Times Art Beat Blog and is an expert on everything from R&B to basketball. Tune in to hear what he’s been up to lately, including home cooking ventures, late night shame-filled food shopping sprees and his thoughts on the R Kelly cruise ship tour. Learn how Andrew freezes food, pretends to be mellow and comes up with beautiful charts like this. This program was sponsored by Tekserve
“I’m a hoarder – so I like to make things in big big batches, portion them out and then freeze them. I have a mini timeline in my freezer [to keep track]. It’s weird, I know.” [9:00]
–writer/blogger Andrew Kuo on U Look Hungry
Oct 11 2012
Rank #7: Episode 52: Celestine Maddy of Wilder Quarterly
Helen Hollyman is talking about urban cultivation on this week’s episode of U Look Hungry. Helen is joined by Celestine Maddy, the founder and publisher of Wilder Quarterly. Wilder Quarterly is a magazine that focuses on cultivating, gardening, and growing in an urban setting. Tune in to learn about Celestine’s initial inspirations for the publication, and how she turned a party house into a beautiful urban garden. Hear about the role of art direction and design in the magazine, as well as the breadth of content and coverage. Wilder Quarterly is published seasonally; hear about the summer issue, as well as what is to come for the fall! Listen to Helen and Celestine talk about urban gardening as a trend, and as part of our generation’s growing history. This program has been sponsored by Tekserve.
“Growing is just entering the consciousness of most Americans. It’s no longer this nerdy thing, but it’s becoming a part of life… If you care about your body, you care about growing.” — Celestine Maddy on U Look Hungry
Sep 06 2012
Rank #8: Episode 50: Tristan Willey of Booker and Dax
We’re talking science and booze on this week’s episode of U Look Hungry. Helen Hollyman is joined by Tristan Willey, the bar manager of Booker and Dax in the Momofuku Ssam Bar. Tune in to learn why Tristan initially moved to New York City, and why he was called back to the food service industry. Hear about some of the techniques and technologies that Tristan uses at Booker and Dax to create a unique brand of cocktails. Learn about Tristan’s introduction to the world of spirits with Kings County distillery, and his opinions about coopers. Hear about the state of the cocktail scene in New York City, and hear as Helen and Tristan taste bourbon and moonshine on air! Today’s episode has been brought to you by Tekserve.
“We’re trying to identify where we can make the process easier, better, more efficient, create better ingredients… rather than re-invent the wheel of cocktails.”
“There’s a terroir to spirits, which has been wildly debated before because you’re not talking earth tones and grapes. But considering how much the process of aging spirits flavors them- we’re talking 80 to 90% of the flavor coming from the barrel and how everything sits it- environment plays a big role.”
— Tristan Willey on U Look Hungry
Aug 16 2012
Rank #9: Episode 44: The New Orleans Sessions: Lolis Elie and Treme
On this week’s installment of U Look Hungry: The New Orleans sessions, Helen Hollyman is in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans talking with Lolis Elie. Lolis is a writer for the HBO series Tremé, writer for the documentary Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, and a writer for the Times-Picayune. Naturally, Helen and Lolis are talking about Tremé – the neighborhood, the documentary, the television series, and the history. Tune in to hear Lolis recount some of his memories of Willie Mae of the famous Willie Mae’s Scotch House, as well as his opinions of barbecue and culture. Hear about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and how its reconstruction did not include the former local populations. Finally, Lolis discusses the growing food scene in New Orleans, and some of his favorite new restaurants. This episode has been brought to you by Whole Foods.
“In New Orleans, you always have options with pronunciations – it could be French, it could be American, it could be Creole, and it could be New Orleanian.”
“People had not realized the extent to which the struggle for democracy in this nation began not after the Civil War, or not with Martin Luther King, but in the 1820s and 1830s with these people. They were fighting until the 1890s when they brought Plessy vs. Ferguson into the courts.” — Lolis Elie on U Look Hungry
Jun 28 2012
Rank #10: Episode 39: Awesome Tapes from Africa
This week on U Look Hungry, host Helen Hollyman sits and chats with Brian Shimkovitz, the man behind the rare African music influenced blog/record label “Awesome Tapes from Africa”. Brian explains what brought him to Ghana and compelled him to chronicle, document and share the lo-fi music he found (mostly on cassette tapes) online with music lovers and crate digging junkies. Hear about some of the interesting foods and drinks he came across in his travels and hear what plans are ahead for the record label component of his successful ethnomusical experiment. This program was sponsored by Tekserve.
“I never imagined there would be a way to go on dad’s computer and hear so much crazy art and see so many interesting things.”
–Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes of Africa on U Look Hungry
May 17 2012
Rank #11: Episode 32: Victoria Yee Howe
On today’s episode of U Look Hungry, Helen Hollyman is joined by writer and artist and pastry chef Victoria Yee Howe. A multi-faceted artist, Victoria churns out gorgeous art, from zines to photo books (watch out for the second edition of a train hopping zine and CD she recently whipped up), to working with organizations like Kreemart. Tune in to hear Helen chat with Victoria about Kreemart, food as a burgeoning art medium, and so much more. This program was sponsored by Hearst Ranch.
“I’m fascinated by train hopping because it’s a hidden culture. It’s become romanticized in American culture, but it’s still something that not many people do.”
“Part of my interest with food is the gluttony and sexual overtones of it.”
–writer and artist Victoria Yee Howe on U Look Hungry
Mar 15 2012
Rank #12: Episode 29: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
This week on U Look Hungry the South Dakotan sister duo of Ellen and Melissa Elsen come into the studio and they’ve brought pie! The two are the bakers and owners of Gowanus’s Four and Twenty Black Birds. They chat with host Helen Hollyman about their roots growing up in their mother’s restaurant kitchen, their inspiration and process for coming up with new seasonal pie recipes as well as what the essential ingredients are for a perfect pie crust. This episode is sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
“We love all-butter crust, the flavor of butter, you can’t get much better than that.”
Feb 09 2012
Rank #13: Episode 28: Chris Hanna of French 75 Bar
U Look Hungry is here this week to drop some knowledge about Mardi Gras, and no it’s not just one day long! Host Helen Hollyman is joined by renown New Orleans bartender Chris Hannah who works at the legendary French 75 bar at Arnaud’s Restaurant. He gives us the scoop on all the classic Mardi Gras cocktails–from the Suissesse to the Bacchanalian– to hangover helpers and digestifs. Tune in and by the end of this episode you’ll be ready to pass for a native and even get invited into New Orleans crew. This episode is sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
“In order to storytell you need to have a couple facts and then you embellish your story, so reading old books is a fantastic way to get facts . . I keep about 8 cocktail books behind the bar and I love to serve a guest, make them a drink, and then hand them a book so they can read about it, it enhances the experience.”
–Chris Hannah on U Look Hungry
Feb 02 2012
Rank #14: Episode 18: Julia Turshen
This week U Look Hungry welcomes food polymath Julia Turshen who has done everything from working on Mario Batali’s TV show Spain: On The Road Again, food writing, producing, as well as being Gwyeneth Paltrow’s personal chef. They talk Kimchi Chronicles and trying bizzare eats on the road in Korea such as raw sea squirt, guilty foods, and roadtripping with Mario in Spain. Learn what some of Julia’s favorite new cookbooks are, her rediscovery of cream cheese, and what she would cook and eat as a last meal. This episode is sponsored by Whole Foods Market
Nov 03 2011
Rank #15: Episode 17: Truffles w/ Ian Purkayastha
This week U Look Hungry goes truffle hunting with young entrepreneur (he’s 19!) and truffle tycoon Ian Purkayastha who founded Tartufi Unlimited and PAQ Importers. Ian talks to host Helen Hollyman about how he got the collecting bug at a young age– first with gems and then importing truffles from Europe at age 15. Tune in to learn about what it is exactly about truffles that makes people go crazy and why chefs will spend up to $5000 for a pound for them. Find out how truffles are foraged, and the complex process that it takes to get them from Europe to New York given that they only have a shelf life of four days. For any person who wants to start their own business or has an entrepreneurial spirit this episode is not to miss! This episode is sponsored by Hearst Ranch.
Oct 27 2011
Rank #16: Episode 16: Kings County Distillery
This week U Look Hungry gets drunk on moonshine, or, rather, drunk on talking about moonshine. Host Helen Hollyman (alliteration anyone?) is joined by Colin Spoelman of Brooklyn’s own Kings County Distillery who talks about the colorful history of illegally making spirits here in New York and the renaissance that craft distilling is now enjoying. Learn what exactly separates moonshine from other grain spirits, the importance of distilling equipment and barreling, and how some so-called “small batch” distilleries aren’t what they seem. The episode is sponsored by Hearst Ranch.
Oct 20 2011
Rank #17: Episode 85: Casa Blanco with Courtney McBroom
Courtney McBroom is serving up Tex Mex at Res’s Le Gouter in Red Hook, Brooklyn! Helen Hollyman is back in Brooklyn for this week’s installment of U Look Hungry, and she’s chatting with Courtney about her Texas roots and the pop-up phenomenon. How does Tex Mex differ from traditional Mexican food? Find out why Patrick Swayze is a perfect muse for Tex Mex dishes, and learn what other famous Texans inspire Courtney and Helen. So grab a Dr. Pepper and a big plate of chicken fried steak and find out more about Courtney’s pop-up, Casa Blanco, on this week’s edition of U Look Hungry! Thanks to our sponsor, Tekserve. Today’s music has been provided by takstar.
“For me, the food is based on drawing from memories from eating in restaurants as a child in Texas, or recipes that our families made.” [23:00]
— Courtney McBroom on U Look Hungry
Jul 18 2013
Rank #18: Episode 84: Ashley Hansen
This week on U Look Hungry, host Helen Hollyman is in New Olreans with Ashley Hansen of Hansen’s Sno Bliz! Started in 1939 by Ashley’s grandparents, Ernest and Mary Hansen, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz specializes in shaved ice, offering a variety of flavors that are sure to please everyone. These unique flavors include cream of almond, blueberry, coconut, cardamom, nectar, and ginger, and also the favorites – banana, orange, pineapple, chocolate, strawberry, and more. Decades later, Hansen’s still makes its own flavors every day, from Mary’s secret recipes, and creates snoballs from the original machine. Tune-in to learn more about the history behind the world famous Sno-Bliz, and learn which secret flavors to order when at the store. The combination of fluffy ice and homemade syrups demand that each Sno-Bliz be made in layers – ice, syrup, ice, syrup, and so forth. The Hansen’s motto is stated simply to uphold their high standard: “There are no shortcuts to quality.”
This program has been sponsored by Tekserve.
“In the back of my head I’m always brainstorming – what new flavors to do this year. My mind is never too far from the business.” [23:03]
— Ashley Hansen on U Look Hungry
Jul 11 2013
Rank #19: Episode 83: The Dinner Lab
Today on U Look Hungry, host Helen Hollyman is in New Orleans to talk with Brian Bordainick about The Dinner Lab, a consumer dining experience that brings together up and coming chefs, and an exclusive membership for those interested in exploring innovative ideas in food to unique spaces that would never otherwise be known to the public. Officially launched in three cites, Nashville, Austin, and New Orleans, the goal of The Dinner Lab is to serve as a culinary and social experiment, and create a singular event that only exists for one evening, combined with the best culinary talent and the most diverse guests possible. With a completely unique idea that combines the playful idea of “people meeting new people,” The Dinner Lab inevitably encourages those who attend to speak with their table mates, talk, and get to know one another. Bringing together people of all ages, The Dinner Lab is an interesting concept that ties all members through one aspect – great food, and good company. To join and learn more about future events, visit the Dinnerlab.com. This program has been sponsored by Tekserve.
“The people that come out to our experiences are looking for something different.” [13:20]
“At the end of the day, we provide an amazing customer experience – listen to our users or you have none.” [40:02]
— Brian Bordainick on U Look Hungry
Jun 20 2013
Rank #20: Episode 82: Dry Creek Saloon
Today, Helen Hollyman is on a quest to pay tribute to a space that has nurtured the souls of many an Austin character, one beer at a time. This magical place is known as Dry Creek Saloon, a spot where you can still manage to buy a $2 Pearl beer and catch the sunset over Lake Austin as George Jones croons on the jukebox. Tune in and sit down with Helen as she chats with Dry Creek owner and Austin native, Jay Reynolds, about how this place got it’s start, the tales that have taken place here, and so much more. Helen also talks with a few of the characters that have graced the bar stools of Dry Creek over the past fifty years and hear their stories involving Willie Nelson; Texas shoot outs; the late and great Dry Creek owner, Sarah, who was known as “the meanest bartender in Austin, Texas”; what it means to be a Texan; and so much more. This episode has been brought to you by Tekserve. Thanks to Knifeshow for today’s music.
“If you want to be a Texan, all you have to do is brag about it.” [37:00]
— Jay Reynolds on U Look Hungry
Jun 06 2013