Rank #1: 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 â€” 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
Rank #2: 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.
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Rank #3: 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
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, is the author of nine bestselling cookbooks (Nigellissima, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat), which together have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. These books, her host role on ABC‐TV’s “The Taste,” along with her Quick Collection apps, and her successful television shows have made hers a household name around the world. Her newest book, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed, and always satisfying. She lives in London with her family.
Visit her at www.nigella.com and follow her on Twitter @Nigella_Lawson and @nigellalawson on Instagram.
Rank #8: Ruth Reichl
This week’s guest: Ruth Reichl.
Ruth Reichl is the author of Delicious! a novel published by Random House in May 2014. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times(1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor. As co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. In the years that followed, she served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines.
Ms. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. She is the editor of The Modern Library Food Series, which currently includes ten books. She has also written the introductions to Nancy Silverton’s Breads from the La Brea Bakery: Recipes for the Connoisseur (1996) and The Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader (2000), and the forewords for Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, by Shizuo Tsuji (2007), At Elizabeth David’s Table (2011) and . She is featured on the cover of Dining Out: Secrets from America’s Leading Critics, Chefs and Restaurants, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (1998). She is the editor of Endless Feasts: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet; Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet; The Gourmet Cookbook, released September 2004; History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet, 2006 and Gourmet Today, September 2009. Her lecture “Why Food Matters,” delivered in October 2005, was published in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Volume 27, in 2006. In March 2007, she delivered the J. Edward Farnum Lecture at Princeton University.
Ms. Reichl hosted Eating Out Loud, three specials on Food Network, covering New York (2002), San Francisco (2003), and Miami (2003). She is the executive producer of Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, public television’s 30-episode series, which debuted in October 2006 and Executive Producer and host of Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth, a 10-episode public television series which began airing in October 2009. She is currently a judge on Top Chef Masters.
Ms. Reichl has been honored with 6 James Beard Awards (one for magazine feature writing and one for multimedia food journalism in 2009; two for restaurant criticism, in 1996 and 1998; one for journalism, in 1994; and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, 1984. In 2007, she was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year. She received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, presented by the Missouri School of Journalism, in October 2007. Ms. Reichl received the 2008 Matrix Award for Magazines from New York Women in Communications, Inc., in April 2008. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan and lives in Upstate New York with her husband, Michael Singer, a television news producer.
“I’m very big on using leftovers in useful ways.” [5:44]
“If you’re going to be in food you really have to study your own appetites.” [8:42]
–Ruth Reichl on Radio Cherry Bombe
Rank #9: 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.”
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Rank #10: Bon Appétit Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport and Food52’s Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
What’s going on in the food media today? We talk to three leaders in the space to find out. We’ll chat with Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of the iconic Bon Appétit, about what it’s like to lead the iconic magazine and what chefs and restaurants are on his radar. And Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs stop by to talk about the much-loved website they started from scratch, plus their latest cookbook, A New Way to Dinner, and their NYC holiday pop-up.
Rank #11: 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.
Rank #12: The Modern Vegetarian
Welcome to Season 2 of Radio Cherry Bombe! Julia Turshen is joined by Amanda Cohen, the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, her award-winning vegetable restaurant in New York City. The first vegetarian restaurant in seventeen years to receive two stars from the New York Times, it has been recognized by the Michelin Guide three years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice, and many others. She was the first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America and her comic book cookbook Dirt Candy: A Cookbook is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America. Tune in as they discuss the restaurant, her plans for a new spot and her thoughts on tipping vs all inclusive charge. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
“We don’t have a philosophy behind what we do [at Dirt Candy]. It’s not a lifestyle restaurant. I don’t care what you had for lunch, you don’t have to tell me that you’re a carnivore when you come into the restaurant. I just want you to like the food that I’m serving.” [04:00]
“When you get really successful you have to hire so many more people to do things for you if you want other time.” [17:00]
–Amanda Cohen on Radio Cherry Bombe
Rank #13: 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.
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Rank #14: Bonjour Kale and Great British Baking Show Martha Collison
On this week’s Radio Cherry Bombe, host Kerry Diamond talks with Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale. When Kristen moved to Paris with her husband, she couldn’t find kale or “chou kale” for sale anywhere. Bonjour Kale is a memoir of how Kristen began “The Kale Project” to bring her beloved vegetable back to the country of croissants and cheese. Also on the show, our British #BombeSquad correspondent, Hester Cant, speaks to one of the stars of The Great British Bake Off, Martha Collison. Martha was the youngest ever contestant at age 17 and made it all the way to the quarter finals. Hester talks to her about success since the show, her new book, and using baking to empower women around the world.
Rank #15: 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!
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Rank #16: 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.
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Rank #17: Karma and How To Find A Job In Food
Alice Cheng is the Founder and CEO of Culinary Agents, a professional networking and job matching website designed for current and aspiring professionals in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. Having spent years working in a restaurant and then working for IBM for 13 years in cross-industry innovation, Cheng brings her knowledge of technology into the food and beverage industry to solve inefficiencies and gaps around talent sourcing and career development. Cheng is passionate about helping people build careers and has taken leadership roles in mentoring all levels of talent in the technology, business, and hospitality spaces.
Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, and O, and The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is also the author of the graphic memoir Cancer Vixen, named one of Time’s top 10 graphic memoirs, and a finalist for the National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year. A founder and chair of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai, she lives in New York City. Her newest book, the graphic novel Ann Tenna, is all about karma.
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“Being vocal and going to events and sharing with people what you want to do really keeps you top of mind, especially because this community is so big.” [9:00]
–Alice Cheng on Radio Cherry Bombe
Rank #18: 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.
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This episode’s “Who’s the Bombe?” features illustrator Nancy Pappas and a special shoutout to Watt Sriboonruang.
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Rank #19: You Had Us at Cake and Cocktails
Caroline Schiff (@pastryschiff) is a self-taught pastry pro whipping up gorgeous layer cakes, glazed donuts, countless cookies, and more for The Greene Grape in Brooklyn. She talks to host Kerry Diamond (@kerrybombe) about her mentors, like Chef Sohui Kim of The Good Fork and Insa; why she’s birthday cake obsessed; and what she’s doing with browned butter these days. We also talk about her awesome Instagram account and her equally awesome head of hair, which is part Kate Bush, part Anne of Green Gables. Also stopping by is cocktail authority Maggie Hoffman (@maggiejhoffman). Maggie’s new book, One-Bottle Cocktail, features dozens of recipes for cocktails you can make at home with easy-to-find ingredients. Maggie talks about being a mom and not being a bartender, and she name checks a few of her favorite female mixologists.
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Rank #20: Our Bodies, Our Baked Goods
Today’s Radio Cherry Bombe is a special episode featuring star pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz and Planned Parenthood of New York City CEO Laura McQuade. With reproductive rights and affordable health care under attack in America, so we felt it was important to bring you this conversation between two women who care deeply about those causes. For the past three years, Natasha has organized a bake sale benefiting Planned Parenthood NYC and this year’s sale will take place Sunday, May 19th, at Altro Paradiso in Manhattan. Lots of folks in the Bombesquad will be baking for the cause, including pastry chef Caroline Schiff and the teams from Ovenly, Lalito, and Poppy’s. For tickets, visit www.altrobakesale.com and tune in to our show to learn more.