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Chewing the Fat

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Rank #145 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

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Rank #145 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 23 The Truth of Ruth and Alice: Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters

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Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters! Chewing the Fat hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng welcome in studio Reichl, former "Gourmet" magazine Editor in Chief, and Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse. They were in town for the Chicago Humanities Festival event, “The Art of Simple Food: Alice Waters in Conversation with Ruth Reichl”. Monica and Louisa learn the the truth about Ruth’s highly anticipated Twitter inspired book, and hear her struggle writing the recently released Delicious!: A Novel. Alice talks about her new book, "The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden." All that and listener mail — finally! (Photo: Monica Eng, Alice waters, Ruth Reichl, Louisa Chu)
May 02 2014
39 mins
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Rank #3: CTF Ep 20 LIVE: How you should eat and drink your wine, cheese and charcuterie

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Live from Chicago, it’s Chewing the Fat! Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng hold their first live event, a podcast recording and WBEZ Chicago Member Meet-Up at City Winery complete with wine, cheese, and charcuterie. Listen as audience contestants play Know Your Sausage with Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn; Will You Eat It? with three stinky cheeses and Pastoral’s Ken Miller and Greg O’Neill; plus Ask the Somms with Tenzing Master Sommelier Fernando Betata, and City Winery’s very own Rachel Driver Speckan.
Apr 11 2014
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #4: CTF Ep 25 Gluten Free: Why all the hate for gluten haters?

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This week we dig into the rising intolerance for the gluten intolerant by talking to celiac scientist Dr. Stefano Guandalini, comedian Brian Babylon, blogger and author April Peveteaux ("Gluten Is My Bitch") and WBEZ COO Alison Scholly. (Photo by Louisa Chu)
May 17 2014
59 mins
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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: CTF Ep 39: Mythbusting the Fat

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Can fat make you sick? One listener listener letter inspires this week’s Chewing the Fat episode of MYTHBUSTING THE FAT. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Nina Teicholz, author of the New York Times best-seller The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And for a dissenting opinion, Tufts University Professor of Medicine Alice Lichtenstein advises Monica to let go of her lard. Plus Louisa and Monica invite tech entrepreneur and chef Kimbal Musk to taste Soylent, but Will He Eat It? All that and fat hate listener mail on this MYTHBUSTING THE FAT episode of Chewing the Fat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Smoked prime rib with black garlic butter; grilled broccoli with smoked cheddar cheese sauce; smoked twice baked potato with bacon and crème fraîche by Pitmaster Gary Wiviott at Barn & Company in Chicago)
Oct 09 2014
50 mins
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Rank #8: 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 #9: CTF Ep 16 The Breakfast Club: South Asian breakfasts, healthy & unhealthy breakfasts

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Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but lots of folks (including Louisa) don't eat it. Monica doesn't approve. The hosts talk to writer Colleen Sen about Indian breakfasts and to Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance Cookbook) about why he thinks food in the National School Breakfast Program is so dangerous. (Photo: Breakfast--congee with youtiao, pork floss, century egg, peanuts, green onions, soy sauce and sesame oil / Louisa Chu--Flickr)
Mar 14 2014
37 mins
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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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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Rank #15: BONUS: Where did Chipotle's sofritas come from? / CTF 18 SUSTAIN-A-LICIOUS

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Chipotle chef Nate Appleman tells the story behind sofritas creation. Hint: They started out as an idea for chorizo.
Apr 03 2014
3 mins
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Rank #16: CTF Ep 29: Halal

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All American halal gyro cheeseburgers and camel milk? YES. This week Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng taste those and more on this Halal episode, exploring food at the end of Ramadan, during the Eid celebration. But what is halal food? Monica and Louisa ask their WBEZ colleague Mariam Sobh, who’s also the founder of the wildly popular lifestyle blog Hijab Trendz, about halal food trends. And they visit a halal Pakistani-Indian restaurant to feast on American fare, including burgers, cheesesteaks, and wings. Plus Will She Eat It? this week is Will He Drink It? featuring camel milk, from Midwestern Amish camel farmers, and podcast intern Patrick Burns. Hear how halal food and drink is not just for religious reasons anymore, but health and ethical too. (Photo by Louisa Chu / Halal gyro cheeseburger at Shahi Nihari Hot N Spicy restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois)
Jul 31 2014
34 mins
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Rank #17: CTF Ep 26 Cookout

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Monica and Louisa speak with experts, and offer some tips on grilling. (Photo: Flickr/Christopher Craig)
May 26 2014
34 mins
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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: CTF Ep 27 Future Food

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On this bonus "Pledge Drive" Chewing the Fat special, hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng are back from tasting the future of food! Monica and Louisa break bread and smoked butter, and sous-vide-cooked steak and eggs, with culinary tech maker Philip Preston, inventor and owner of PolyScience. They flavor trip on miracle berry inspired chocolate and bacon donuts with Moto and Berrista chef and owner Homaro Cantu. Plus US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) CEO Randy Krotz tells us how we as consumers drive meat to the market. And Blue Hill co-owner, chef, and author of The Third Plate Dan Barber describes a multi-course meal of the future, including the Rotation Risotto he’s serving right now.

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(Photo: Louisa Chu/Flickr--Bacon chocolate donut test for Berrista in Chicago)
Jun 27 2014
1 hour
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