Rank #1: Adam Conover Ruins Food
Since he was a kid, comedian Adam Conover has always had an intense desire to find the truth – and to tell everyone about it – whether or not they asked. He also has A LOT of opinions about food. In other words, Dan may have found his soul mate. Adam's approach is the basis for his TV show, Adam Ruins Everything, in which he debunks myths about everything from vitamin supplements to bacon. But do people really want to know the truth? Or are we happier with our myths?
Rank #2: Going Undercover With NY Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells
NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells has been called the most read and most feared food writer in the US. He can make or break a restaurant with one review. How does he feel about wielding so much power? Has the job changed him, or his approach to food? And does he ever have to abandon a review mission because he burned his tongue? We discuss, and Dan joins Pete on an undercover trip to a New York eatery.
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Rank #3: Why Hibachi is Complicated
The hibachi restaurant was created in America in 1964 by a savvy showman and Japanese immigrant named Rocky Aoki, who observed that "Americans enjoy eating in exotic surroundings, but are deeply mistrustful of exotic foods." This week, we see the skill it takes to be a great hibachi chef, and look at what happens when the performance becomes problematic.
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Rank #4: Live: When Will Indian Food Be American?
In 1973, Madhur Jaffrey penned "An Invitation to Indian Cooking” and introduced many Americans to Indian cuisine. Over 45 years later, Priya Krishna defies the notion that Indian food is anything but American with her new cookbook, "Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics From A Modern American Family." How does an immigrant cuisine assimilate? What compromises are made along the way? And where does the cuisine go from here? Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna join us live on stage to discuss.
Rank #5: Should You Tip For Takeout?
By The Book co-hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg join Dan to answer listener questions about tipping, who owns leftovers, and what to do with dinner guests who arrive very early.
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Rank #6: In Defense of Picky Eaters
Why do picky eaters face so much judgment? Is picky eating even actually a problem? We talk with two twins who grew up in a family of proud picky eaters, and an expert who treats picky eating kids, to find out. This is part one of a two-part series on picky eating.
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Rank #7: The First Time I Ate My Feelings
Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe love food, but they've also struggled over the years with disordered eating. Last year they had a baby, which brings new opportunities for food joy, and stress. The comedians join Dan to talk about trying to share their passion for food with their daughter, while leaving out the parts they’re determined not to pass down.
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Rank #8: Comic Phoebe Robinson Stress Eats Vegetables
The comedian and podcast host tells us how to navigate a big meal in tight jeans, who should pay on a first date, and what it’s like to go out to eat when you’re in an interracial relationship.