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Radio Cherry Bombe

Radio Cherry Bombe features interviews with the most interesting people in the world of food. Each week, host Kerry Diamond, founder and editor of the indie magazine Cherry Bombe, talks to the chefs, bakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs making it happen. Follow @cherrybombe on Instagram for show news and more, and visit cherrybombe.com/radio-cherry-bombe for transcripts and past episodes. Thank you to Tralala for our theme song, "All Fired Up." Produced by Cherry Bombe Media.

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Alice Waters and Fanny Singer

Alice Waters is the chef, author, and food activist who founded the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995, she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for school lunch and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She has been a Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002. She conceived and helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project in 2003 and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007. Last month, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Alice is also the author of 14 books, including The New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Fanny Singer is an art historian, curator, and illustrator based in London and Cornwall. The two have collaborated on a new book, My Pantry, a collection of recipes and illustrations. Photo Credit: Eric Wolfinger “My feeling is that we need, as a nation, a cooking lesson.  That’s the first thing, because our fast food culture has told us not to pay any attention, cooking is drudgery, go out and buy and order it in.  If we had any skills before we completely lost them.” “We have to not believe that we can’t find the food… it’s really not true. There are farmers markets popping up all over the place and if you make the effort to go once or twice a week you can really provide the ingredients for cooking for a family.” –Alice Waters on Radio Cherry Bombe

42mins

15 Oct 2015

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Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. Called a “go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients” by the New York Times and “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, she’s been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other places. She lives, cooks, and gardens in Berkeley, California. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is her first book. Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast.

57mins

20 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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Alison Roman

One of the coolest girls in food, Alison Roman has gone from Momofuku Milk Bar to Bon Appétit to The New York Times, cooking up a storm all along the way. She talks to us about her career and her debut cookbook, “Dining In,” which Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat, describes as “a treasure map.” Find out what Roman means by a “highly cookable recipe” and what you can learn from her beautiful book.

40mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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Ina Garten

This week’s guest is Ina Garten In 1978, Ina Garten found herself working in the White House on nuclear energy policy and thinking, “There’s got to be more to life than this!” She saw an ad for a small food store for sale in a place she’d never been: the Hamptons at the end of Long Island. She and her husband drove up to investigate and made the owner an offer on the spot. Two months later she found herself the owner of Barefoot Contessa, a 400-sq. ft. specialty food store. Twenty years later, Barefoot Contessa grew to a 3,000-square-foot food emporium where twenty cooks and bakers prepared the food. Twenty-five more employees worked in the store helping thousands of customers to choose breads, salads, dinners and baked goods to take home. In 1996, Ina sold the store to her employees. In 2003, the new owners of Barefoot Contessa decided to close their doors and go on to new adventures. In 1999, Ina wrote her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which was one of the best-selling cookbooks of the year. The book invites readers into her specialty food store and shares the recipes that made it such a success. In 2001, Ina followed with best-selling Barefoot Contessa Parties! in which she invites readers into her home and shares her ideas and recipes for having parties that are fun for all — including the host. Her follow-up cookbooks, Barefoot Contessa Family Style (2002), Barefoot in Paris (2004), Barefoot Contessa at Home (2006), Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics (2008), Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? (2010) and Barefoot Contessa Foolproof (2012) all continue her style of cooking with easy, delicious, and foolproof recipes that you can make at home. In 2006, Ina and her business partner Frank Newbold started a successful line of Barefoot Contessa Pantry products, comprised of baking mixes and sauces developed from recipes in her cookbooks. Ina has been a columnist for Martha Stewart Living magazine, O, the Oprah magazine and House Beautiful magazine. Ina lives in East Hampton, N.Y., and Southport, Conn., with her husband Jeffrey, who is a professor at the Yale School of Management. Ina currently hosts Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. Photo: Quentin Bacon “I don’t like when things are layered – flavors on top of flavors.” [11:00] “When I bring wine to somebody’s house, I swear I don’t expect people to serve it. I’m bringing it as a gift to them, not me.” [20:00] “If you don’t take care of business you don’t get to do the fun stuff.” [38:00] –Ina Garten on Radio Cherry Bombe

47mins

15 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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Smitten Kitchen Confidential

“I really didn’t know how to cook anything,” swears Deb Perelman, founder of the Smitten Kitchen website. The self-taught home cook and photographer explains how she created one of the most popular food blogs around and talks about her new cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites. We also chat about her most popular recipes, hummus, monetizing a blog, and her kids. (Her son Jacob makes a guest appearance.) It’s the final show of 2017, so tune in! This episode is presented by Le Cordon Bleu. Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast

38mins

21 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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Martha Stewart at Jubilee 2016

Ever wonder how Martha Stewart stays inspired? How she relaxes? And how she enjoys her success? The queen of divine domesticity shares all of this and more in her funny and emotional keynote interview from the 2016 Cherry Bombe Jubilee conference. We're rebroadcasting this special talk in honor of our latest issue of Cherry Bombe, which features Martha on the cover.

45mins

25 May 2017

Rank #6

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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart joins us for this episode of Radio Cherry Bombe. The show was recorded at our Jubilee conference this past spring when Martha sat down with Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond for the keynote conversation. As only Martha can be, she was wise, emotional, honest, and hilarious. We're honored that she joined us and hope you enjoy this big moment as much as we did. Today’s outro is read by Grace Ramirez, author of the cookbook La Latina.

46mins

25 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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Samin Nosrat & Nigella Lawson

A special episode featuring a conversation between Nigella Lawson and Salt Fat Acid Heat’s Samin Nosrat taped in 2018 at the 5th annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee NYC. These culinary game-changers discuss everything from what it means to be a home cook, the differences between American and British desserts, and which women in the culinary world inspire them. Plus, Radio Cherry Bombe Associate Producer Jess Zeidman guest hosts and we get to find out who Kerry Diamond thinks is the bombe! Thank you to Handsome Brook Farm Pasture Raised Organic Eggs for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe!

41mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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Alison Roman At Home

Alison Roman’s bestselling books aren’t about entertaining. They’re “having people over” books, as she explains. So, what better way to celebrate the release of her new book Nothing Fancy than by stopping by her Brooklyn apartment for a chat. She and host Kerry Diamond talk about what’s in her pantry, what’s in her future, and what’s on her mind. Get your tinned fish, chickpeas, and natural wine and get ready. Stay tuned to hear who writer Ashley Elizabeth of Sweet Pea Lifestyle in Asheville, North Carolina, thinks is the bombe!Thank you to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Schools and Emmi Cheese from Switzerland for supporting our show.

40mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Ina Garten: The Jubilee Q&A

“The Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten speaks with writer Julia Turshen about her amazing career, her passions, and the motivating forces that have guided her along the way. Ina is introduced by Bobbi Brown, the beauty industry pioneer and editor in chief of Yahoo Beauty. This talk was recorded at the Cherry Bombe Jubilee conference in March 2015.

39mins

21 Jun 2015

Rank #10

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Food for Thought with Claire Saffitz

Claire Saffitz fans, you’re in for a treat. We’re excited to bring you one of the most in-depth interviews that the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen star has ever done. Host Kerry Diamond sat down with Claire at the Bon Appétit offices in New York City to talk about her wildly popular videos, her upcoming cookbook, and life with her test kitchen colleagues. Claire also answers questions from the Bombesquad about her biggest inspirations, videos on her wish list, and what baking rules you can break. Thank you to Kerrygold, the makers of beautiful butter and cheese, from Ireland for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe.

41mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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How to Eat Like a French Girl

Two of our favorite Parisiennes stop by the studio to talk about France, feminism, the environment, and… granola? Agathe Lerolle is the founder of She is French, a line of delicious, nutritious granolas. (She’s also the founder of Sur Mesure Search, a boutique executive search firm focused on the fashion and luxury industries.) She’s joined by her friend, Chloe Vichot, the founder of Ancolie, the environmentally-minded eatery in Greenwich Village in New York City. Everything at Ancolie is packaged in glass jars (even the beverages) and Vichot has become a quiet force in the greening of the restaurant industry, showing that not everything has to be packaged in disposables. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education and worked at Eleven Madison Park. She’s a successful career switcher, too, having worked in finance for a decade. Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast

47mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Katy Sparks, Anna Hieronimus & Elise Kornack

It’s a packed house for another star-studded episode of Radio Cherry Bombe. Host Julia Turshen is chatting with three incredibly talented chefs – Katy Sparks, Executive Chef at Tavern on the Green as well as Elise Kornack and Anna Hieronimus of Take Root. First – we hear from Katy, who’s background includes cooking at NYC institutions like The Quilted Giraffe and Mesa Grill. Find out what it’s like cooking at a restaurant that seats 700(!!) and comes with a storied reputation that rivals any other dining establishment in the country. Later – Julia chats with the team at Take Root, a celebrated Brooklyn restaurant featuring a tasting menu in a very unique setting. They discuss operating a business as a couple and the debate surrounding tasting menus in modern dining. This program was sponsored by The International Culinary Center.   #### “The A-hah moment for me was dropping out of college and having no skill set – being 19 years old and landing in a restaurant. What I liked about it so much was the camaraderie in the kitchen.” [04:00] “I’m just doing what I do which is largely seasonal/local as a foundation. I create a kitchen that has a lot of direct heat elements. I organized the menu around the cooking medium and designed it to be quick.” [11:00] –Katy Sparks on Radio Cherry Bombe “We get to do something together that’s extremely rewarding and have experiences that other couples don’t get to have. It can be stressful but overall it’s great.” [20:00] –Anna Hieronimus on Radio Cherry Bombe “I like to take humble ingredients and introduce them to people in a way they haven’t seen.” [22:00] –Elise Kornack on Radio Cherry Bombe

33mins

21 May 2014

Rank #13

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Dreaming of Italy

Gelato, risotto, pistachio butter, anchovies, Prosecco… ? Welcome to the life (and grocery list) of Skye McAlpine, who has called Venice home since the age of 6. She joins us to talk about Venetian cuisine, her love for this magical city, and her first cookbook, A Table in Venice, which is out now. Skye shares her typical food day and walks us through the delicious customs of her city, from gelato time to the tradition of getting a late afternoon spritz with your friends. Our second guest is Cha McCoy, wine expert, globetrotter, and creator of Cha Squared Hospitality, a lifestyle company with a focus on tourism and gastronomy. Cha, who hails from Harlem, had an Eat Pray Love moment and got her MBA in Italy, which led to her collecting drinking and eating experiences in close to 20 countries. Today, she runs a number of wine education and appreciation programs, including The Communion and Sunday School Series, and joins us to talk about her passions. Thank you to Emmi cheeses from Switzerland and Le Cordon Bleu for supporting this episode! Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast

1hr 1min

26 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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The Future of Food: Detroit

Radio Cherry Bombe stopped in Detroit last year as part of its Future of Food Tour for a live episode at Good Cakes and Bakes. Amanda Saab, owner and baker at the Butter Bear Shop in Livonia, Michigan, and the co-founder of My Muslim Neighbor, speaks to us about her vision for the future. Amanda’s talk is followed by a panel featuring baker Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie; Molly Mitchell, owner of Rose’s Fine Food; Dorothy Hernandez, the writer, editor, and founder of Sarap; April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes; Kimberly Chou of the Food Book Fair and Allied Media Projects; and Radio Cherry Bombe host Kerry Diamond. Thank you to Kerrygold for supporting our tour! Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast.

34mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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Food & Feelings With Sophia Roe

“When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a resource,” says Sophia Roe, the wellness advocate, personal chef, and newest Cherry Bombe cover girl who joins us for today’s show. Sophia, who has done a lot of living in her 30 years, shares the challenges that have shaped her and how she faces adversity head-on. We talk everything from resolutions to stress solutions to her favorite pantry items. If you’re looking to reset, restart, or re-evaluate, we have you covered. “All that I’ve been through,” she says. “I’m still here. I’m still Soph.” Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast.

47mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Happy Birthday, Ina Garten!

It’s the Barefoot Contessa’s birthday and we have a present for you! We dipped into the Radio Cherry Bombe archive for this funny and insightful interview with Ina from the 2015 Jubilee conference in New York. Author and activist Julia Turshen talks to the food world icon about luck, dinner party advice, and what she looks for in members of Team Ina. “You can teach people about cheese,” she says. “But you can’t teach them how to be happy.” Tune in for more Ina wisdom! And be sure to check out her new book, Cook Like a Pro: Recipes & Tips for Home Cooks. Thank you to Handsome Brook Farm Pasture Organic Pasture Raised Eggs for supporting our show. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Livingston Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast

38mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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The Thanksgiving Episode with Joy the Baker and Chef Nancy Silverton

It’s our Thanksgiving show! We talk to Joy Wilson, aka Joy the Baker, the popular blogger and cookbook author based in New Orleans, and Nancy Silverton, the acclaimed chef behind the Mozza restaurant empire in Los Angeles and Singapore. Joy tells us about the “Friendsgiving” that she’s hosting and her newly formed cookbook club, while Nancy shares the story behind her new cookbook, “Mozza at Home,” and what’s on her Thanksgiving table.

57mins

24 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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It Ain't Easy Being A Small Business Owner

Entrepreneur is a glamorous occupation these days, so it’s easy to forget the blood, sweat, and tears that go into running a small business. Michelle Mannix is on her third round of entrepreneurship and she joins us to shed some light on the process. Today, Michelle is the creative force behind a unique culinary studio in Brooklyn called Cook Space that features classes, events, and more. She is also the author of a workbook called Seize Your Days that is designed to help people become the fullest expression of themselves. In the second half of the show, she takes host Kerry Diamond through some of the workbook exercises. Follow along and see how you would answer. Thank you to Handsome Brook Farm Pasture Raised Organic Eggs for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe. This episode’s “Who’s the Bombe?” features illustrator Nancy Pappas and a special shoutout to Watt Sriboonruang. Radio Cherry Bombe is powered by Simplecast.

43mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi is the chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar, called “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by Bon Appétit magazine. Christina founded the dessert programs at Momofuku restaurant in New York and went on to build a culinary empire of her own from the ground up. She opened Milk Bar’s doors in 2008 and since then, hundreds of people flock to her stores daily to try one of her highly addictive and genius creations, including Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. Christina also started the trend for “naked cakes,” popular for their unfrosted sides. The culinary trendsetter and sugar genius is the recipient of two James Beard awards, including Outstanding Pastry Chef, author of two acclaimed cookbooks, Momofuku Milk Bar and Milk Bar Life, and a judge on the hit cooking competition series MasterChef and MasterChef Junior on the Fox Network. In addition to being a role model to her staff of over 200, this highly motivated and down home lady boss serves on the Board of Directors for Hot Bread Kitchen and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and on the advisory boards for the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) and Journee.

50mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #20