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Chewing the Fat

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Rank #112 in Food category

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From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more.

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From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more.

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149 Ratings
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By vr0n522 - Jul 07 2016
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The show is mostly entertaining and insightful but often times the music is just intrusive to the general feel of the podcast. It's usually in your face and too extended between sets. Also at times the hosts can be a bit much with their strong opinions and banter. Otherwise, it's mostly enjoyable.

Best food podcast !

By Marceemarc - Jan 01 2014
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Funny, informative and mouth watering. These two work well together and are awesome.

iTunes Ratings

149 Ratings
Average Ratings
92
48
3
2
4

Music choices...

By vr0n522 - Jul 07 2016
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The show is mostly entertaining and insightful but often times the music is just intrusive to the general feel of the podcast. It's usually in your face and too extended between sets. Also at times the hosts can be a bit much with their strong opinions and banter. Otherwise, it's mostly enjoyable.

Best food podcast !

By Marceemarc - Jan 01 2014
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Funny, informative and mouth watering. These two work well together and are awesome.
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Chewing the Fat

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #112 in Food category

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From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more.

Rank #1: CTF Ep 49 Ramen: Lucky Peach editor Peter Meehan, Slurping Turtle chef Takashi, and Ramenritto

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Chewing the Fat slurps the fat on this Ramen episode. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Lucky Peach magazine editor and ramen expert Peter Meehan. And they visit Slurping Turtle, where Top Chef Master Takashi Yagihashi makes noodles inspired by his hometown in Japan. Then Louisa surprises Monica with hot and spicy instant ramen in a McDonald’s burrito, aka a public radio budget friendly Ramenrito, but Will She Eat It? Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Pork ramen bowl at Ramen Jiro in Toyko)
Jan 22 2015
47 mins
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Rank #2: CTF Ep 3 - Eat yr veggies, living vegan, The Flavor Bible and remembering Charlie Trotter

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Less fat and more chewing as Monica and Louisa go vegan (this week only). In this vegetarian and vegan-friendly episode, they chat with the wife-and-husband team of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of the revered culinary guide, The Flavor Bible. Page and Dornenburg tell CTF about their new vegetarian diet. Then, Sheila Essig and Rob Gardner of Chicago food blog, the Local Beet, share their experience making the switch from meat-eating omnivores to rockin’ the vegan lifestyle… and it hasn’t always been easy. Also, they'll stomach natto atop microwavable rice, and share their favorite vegan spots in the city, and to make at home. All that, plus a remembrance of Chicago (and, world) food legend, the late Charlie Trotter.
Photo: Flickr/Louisa Chu
Nov 08 2013
56 mins
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Rank #3: CTF Ep 42: Vegging In w/ Mark Bittman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Karen Page

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After years of vegging out we think it's time to Veg In on this fresh episode of Chewing the Fat. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to veggie-loving chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi; Vegetarian Flavor Bible author Karen Page on her veg conversion; plus New York Times food writer and opinion guy Mark Bittman explains why he's a Vegan Before 6pm. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Vegetarian chili with sour cream by Mare Swallow at Soup & Bread & Pie, The Hideout Chicago)
Dec 01 2014
44 mins
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Rank #4: CTF Ep 2: Scary food, grey matter quesadillas, oysters & candy

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Brains! Blood! Intestines! In this week’s Halloween episode, Monica and Louisa try some of the scariest foods in Chicago. Tony Hu, famed chef of the renowned Lao Sze Chuan restaurant, chews the fat about balancing his boundary-pushing authentic Chinese cuisine with the demands of queasy-stomached Americans. Plus, recent Shaw's Crab House Oyster Hall of Fame inductee Bill Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms talks about the delicious creature many are squeamish about, Jonathan Groubert from The State We're In's stops by for the sad and scary story behind one of the dishes at his wedding, and for dessert, Monica and Louisa share their Halloween giveaway do’s and don'ts.
Nov 01 2013
53 mins
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Rank #5: CTF Ep 4 - Into the Wild: Squirrels, fowl and foraging for mushrooms and vegetables

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This week, Monica and Louisa take a trip into the wild as they explore food that's been hunted and foraged. Our fearless hosts double... or, triple-down on dishes made from the Beast of the Urban (and, Rural) Wild -- the adorable little squirrel. Tim Burton of Burton's Maplewood Farm stops in to help on the squirrel front, and offers up some vegetarian and vegan options. He helps explain the surprises and rewards of foraging for your own food. The Chicago Reader's Mike Sula likewise has an affinity for squirrel meat -- though, his love grew from a mild hatred of the critter that once destroyed his garden. After several *civil* attempts to rid his garden of the fluffy-tailed rodent, he decided to take matters -- and the lives of these squirrels -- into his own hands. But that's just the beginning of his remarkable, award-winning story. Plus, Beard Award-winning blogger (Hunter Angler Gardener Cook) Hank Shaw joins CTF. He's also a duck hunter, and talks about the appeal of hunting, preparing and cooking certain fowl. His book "Duck, Duck, Goose" says it all. That and more on this episode of Chewing the Fat. (Photo: WBEZ/Monica Eng, Louisa Chu and poor little squirrels)
Nov 15 2013
43 mins
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Rank #6: CTF Ep 51 Food and Antibiotics: The butcher, the animal caretaker and the documentary filmmaker

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Hard pill to swallow? Chewing the Fat examines our pairing of food & antibiotics. Hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to "Resistance" filmmaker Michael Graziano about the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, National Pork Producers Council Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom about antibiotics and livestock, and Eataly butcher Daniel Roderfeld on their meat standards. Then Monica brings Louisa a Never Ever wild boar sausage, but what is it, and Will She Eat It? Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Raw Piemontese beef toast with white Alba truffle at Eataly in Chicago)
Feb 06 2015
44 mins
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Rank #7: CTF Ep 35: Raw Dairy

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Got milk? Raw mare’s milk? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng got it, for this week’s Raw Dairy episode. But Will They Drink It? And they get an insider update from Greg O’Neill, American Cheese Society Chair and owner of Pastoral Artisan Cheese in Chicago. Then Andy Hatch explains why he won’t be making his award-winning Vacherin Mont d’Or inspired Rush Creek Reserve cheese this year. Plus Louisa gets into a heated but unpasteurized discussion on Monica’s raw milk story.
Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng
Sep 11 2014
46 mins
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Rank #8: CTF Ep 36: Fermento: Why we love to eat bacteria

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Fermentation is the new pickling! So say food fetishists. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng explore the ancient and bubbling world in this week’s Fermento episode. They talk to FermUp podcaster Branden Byers, author of The Everyday Fermentation Handbook: A Real-Life Guide to Fermenting Food without Losing Your Mind or Your Microbes. And Louisa and Monica invite their WBEZ colleague and reporter Lauren Chooljian to taste fermented veggie kefirs and homemade kraut chi, but Will She Eat It? Plus Monica and Louisa take a factory tour of Lifeway Foods to see how kefir is made, then talk with CEO Julie Smolyansky. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Beet kefir by Lifeway Foods)
Sep 18 2014
54 mins
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Rank #9: CTF Ep 30: Seafood

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So long, and thanks for all the fish? Hold the boat! This week Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng try to stem the tide in the Seafood episode. They ask New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg what are our best sustainable choices. And Jon Rowley, whom Julia Child called “The Fish Missionary”, about how to pick them. Plus a visit to Calumet Fisheries, the James Beard award-winning smoked seafood shack, to eat Gulf shrimp and hear fish stories from manager Carlos Rosas. But aged salmon bottarga? Podcast intern Iris Lin takes the plunge, but Will She Eat It? (Photo by Louisa Chu / Fried smelt at Calumet Fisheries in Chicago, Illinois)
Aug 07 2014
47 mins
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Rank #10: CTF Ep 34: Super Markets

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Yes, there’s destination dining, but destination markets? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng shop the aisles in this week’s Super Markets episode. Monica goes behind the scenes at ALDI US HQ. And they visit Louisa’s own local small but super market, The Dill Pickle, surprisingly Chicago’s only food co-op to date. Plus they talk favorite markets worldwide with expert Robyn Eckhardt, the blogger behind Eating Asia, on location in Turkey researching her upcoming book. Plus the tables turn this week when Monica challenges Louisa with bird’s nest white fungus drink, but Will She Eat It? — or drink it?! (Photo by Louisa Chu / Super market bags and basket at The Dill Pickle Food Co-op in Chicago)
Sep 04 2014
42 mins
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Rank #11: CTF Ep 13 - Chinese Food and the Lunar New Year, Ming Tsai (01/31/14)

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Chewing the Fat comes out of polar vortex hibernation for a special Chinese Food episode timed to the Lunar New Year. We chat with chef and TV personality Ming Tsai about growing up in a Chinese restaurant family, celebrating the new year and the future of Asian food. We visit acclaimed Chinese American author Wen Huang to learn how to make jiaozi, the New Year’s dumplings of his Xian youth. And we travel back to mid-Century Chinese-American chop suey houses with a woman who grew up in one, an avid patron and an author who’s written a book on this American culinary phenomenon. (Photo: Dumpling from Katie's Dumpling House/Louisa Chu--Flickr)
Jan 31 2014
57 mins
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Rank #12: CTF Ep 6 - Leftovers: The Land of Unwanted Food with Chefs René Redzepi & Phillip Foss

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Waste-not, want-not. EL ideas chef/owner Phillip Foss gives his thoughts on doggy-bagging his Michelin-starred restaurant's food. Plus, Rene Redzepi's Noma restaurant has been named best in the world. Some of Noma's meals that are well regarded came from once under-appreciated veggies. He tells how he took produce that sat in the ground far-too-long, and turned them into delectable "vintage" offerings. Plus, Ken Dunn has taken waste and discarded land and more, and turned it into culinary gold.
Nov 28 2013
47 mins
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Rank #13: CTF Ep 38: Food as Medicine: Organic gardening DJ, a wonder spice & food instead of meds

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Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go off their meds in this week’s Food as Medicine episode. Monica talks to hip hop artist and OG, as in organic gardener, DJ Cavem, and author of "Turmeric: Great Recipes Featuring the Wonder Spice that Fights Inflammation and Protects Against Disease," Colleen Sen. Sen then challenges Louisa to taste raw turmeric, but Will She Eat It? Plus modern day medicine woman Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark pays a house call, bearing roasted broccoli and raw collards. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Roasted broccoli and raw collards by Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark)
Oct 02 2014
51 mins
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Rank #14: CTF Ep 7 - Italian-American in one fell swoop: Mario Batali, Lidia & Joe Bastianich, Eataly & pizza

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The recent opening of the massive Italian marketplace Eataly Chicago inspires this episode of Chewing the Fat. Louisa and Monica speak with principal partners and master chefs Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich (*of* MasterChef) about how their one-stop-super-shop of high quality (if highly-priced) Italian food, dining, teaching and more can compete in Chicago without trampling the smaller shops. They also talk about the Sicilian roots of Chicago's deep dish pizza, and though Jon Stewart may think Chicago pizza sucks, Monica and Louisa give you their top places to catch a delicious slice -- New York *and* Windy City style! Plus, will she eat tripe? The ladies bring in some offal done Italian style -- tripe Florentine from Riccardo Trattoria, to be exact. It’s a plate for which the Chicago restaurant has received great accolades but... hey... it’s still a stomach! Will Monica and Louisa measure up to the Italian Challenge? That and more on this episode of Chewing the Fat. (Photo: Flickr/Louisa Chu)
Dec 06 2013
39 mins
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Rank #15: CTF Ep 47: Diet

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Happy New Year from Chewing the Fat! In this Diet episode hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng disagree on a few new trends, and discuss fads and facts. They talk alkaline diet with Donald Hayes; and the new book Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog with author Grant Petersen. Then Louisa surprises Monica with the new White Castle Veggie Slider, but Will She Eat It? Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / New Veggie Slider with Ranch dressing, honey mustard, and “sweet Thai” sauces at White Castle by Dr. Praeger’s)
Jan 06 2015
47 mins
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Rank #16: CTF Ep 14 Fat: How to eat two lard-fried eggs every day, and influence people

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Lard and butter and oil — as in olive — oh my! Chewing the Fat is back, with fat! No, co-hosts Monica Eng and Louisa Chu haven’t packed on the Freshman 15, perhaps because they’re eating full fat foods, that they say are actually good for you. Just in time for Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), Monica and Louisa talk to Weston A. Price Foundation President Sally Fallon about the science behind these claims. Yeah, science! They taste luminescent olive oil pressed by restaurateur Paul Boundas himself, direct from his family olive tree grove in Greece. And loyal listeners, Louisa finally gets up close and personal with Monica’s daily breakfast of two eggs fried in lard. All that and much more, including a phat Mystery Food Sound! (Photo: Louisa Chu/Flickr)
Feb 27 2014
32 mins
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Rank #17: CTF Ep 15 Movies: Chewing the Fat goes to the movies & gets real about smuggling in food & drink!

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Oscars' Ellen selfie? So last week! This week, Chewing the Fat are at the movies! Co-hosts Monica Eng and Louisa Chu talk food IN the movies with Filmspotting co-host Adam Kempenaar, from "Goodfellas" to "Soylent Green." Then, Monica and Louisa get insider tips from their boss Justin Kaufmann on fancy new food and drink AT the movies, and learn how one might smuggle an entire bottle of wine in a Ziploc bag. Plus, Farmer Gene of Tiny But Mighty Foods explains exactly what is the stuff he calls "ancient heirloom popcorn." . All that and much more, on this week’s Chewing the Fat! (Photo: Flickr/ScypaxPictures)
Mar 07 2014
35 mins
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Rank #18: CTF Ep 41: Thanksgiving with Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, Dorie Greenspan, Sporkful & more

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Chewing the Fat family, and we’re bringing our Season Four premiere episode! Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng serve main dish conversations with chef Marcus Samuelsson, The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman, plus FOCTF Brian Babylon makes us his new crockpot creation but... Will She Eat It?! Plus a celebrity chef Friendsgiving with Mario Batali, Dorie Greenspan, Prune chef / owner Gabrielle Hamilton, and best-selling Vegetarian Flavor Bible author Karen Page! Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Marcus Samuelsson | Photo by Staffan Johansson)
Nov 21 2014
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #19: CTF Ep 11 - Diets: How to eat and drink healthier in 2014, and why

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Happy New Year from Chewing the Fat! Monica and Louisa made their new year’s resolution: Eat the best food, not less food. But even they have traded New Year’s Eve champagne for “Primal Egg Coffee,” what paleo experts say is the best, easy, healthy, low carb breakfast, and talk to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. Then, is the Chicago Diner’s vegetarian pierogi quesadilla a dumpling? They ask Kat Barry, author of "The New Chicago Diner Cookbook.” Plus, what is The Daniel Plan? Dr. Mark Hyman, co-founder along with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Oz, explains. And, an amazing, hand-crafted salad from a vending machine? No joke. CTF speaks with a Chicago company offering up the next generation of what you might call a “healthy” snack machine. (Photo: The Cheater salad from Farmer's Fridge vending machine/Louisa Chu--Flickr)
Jan 03 2014
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #20: CTF Ep 44: Manners

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This week on Chewing the Fat, let’s mind our Manners. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng hear how Michelin starred chef / partner Bruce Sherman of North Pond restaurant gives and takes complaints. Then Monica and Louisa dine with Chicago’s legendary Breakfast Queen, chef / author Ina Pinkney and restaurateur Dan Rosenthal who share their expert etiquette tips. Plus Vietnamese-American chef / partner Thai Dang of Embeya restaurant shares his most shocking manners moment. Plus Louisa and Monica tell some delicate delicacy stories, but Did They Eat It? On this Manners episode of Chewing the Fat! Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Chef Thai Dang’s pickled grilled short rib with pickled green mango, lettuce, and herbs at Embeya restaurant in Chicago)
Dec 18 2014
39 mins
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