Rank #1: A Good Morning To You!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it means different things to different people. For some, it's a time for peaceful reflection; for others, a moment to bond with family, friends, or community. And, let’s get real–for a lot of us, it’s a frenzied affair that’s eaten in such a rush, more of it ends up on our shirts than in our stomachs! This episode of Burnt Toast explores breakfast trends and traditions around the world to ask: how do you start yours?
Rank #2: Meet the Roto-Broil 400
This countertop rotisserie has a lively cult following for producing the juiciest, spit-roasted birds. Our reason to be suspicious? It was made in the 1950s. We put one to the test to find out if this machine *really* makes the best chicken,
Rank #3: The Kit Kat Jingle That Almost Wasn't
We track down the composer of one of the catchiest jingles of all time—the jingle that opened new factories it was so popular—to learn its surprising origin story.
Rank #4: What We Cook When We Don't Feel Like Cooking
This was the subject of our most popular post on Food52 last year, so we asked more of you for your back-pocket, too-tired-to-cook meals. We all have them—here's what you said, plus our tips for riffing and making them even faster.
Rank #5: Fat Isn’t Bad, Stupid Is Bad
Or so says food writer Michael Ruhlman, who wants to know if you know what’s in your food. He wants to restart the conversation around this—and change the way we talk about what we eat. Today, we hear why he thinks kale isn’t healthy, and what we can do to be better cooks, eaters, and shoppers.
Rank #6: Burnt Toast Ep 02: Cookbooks: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
This episode is a party: We pack the studio with Charlotte Druckman, Kenzi Wilbur, and Marian Bull to talk about something near and dear to our hearts -- cookbooks. We chat about what makes a good one, what makes a bad one, and some of the craziest books ever published.
Rank #7: Simply Nigella Lawson (Rebroadcast)
Nigella Lawson, the domestic goddess herself, on cooking as necessity over therapy, how she doesn't entertain, and about making up her own words. This episode is a rebroadcast from November 5, 2015.
Rank #8: Michael Pollan, Ten Years After the Omnivore’s Dilemma
Does Michael Pollan always follow his own food rules? Does he *truly* believe sustainability is economically feasible? We talk to journalist and one of today's important voices in food about these things—and you tell us how his work has impacted your life.
Rank #9: Why is There No Pie Emoji?
We ask—and then we try to change emoji history. Learn how an emoji gets made as we submit our pie emoji proposal to Unicode.
Rank #10: Ruth Reichl is Coming to Dinner
We invite writer and former editor in chief of the iconic Gourmet Magazine Ruth Reichl to our office for a dinner party in honor of her new book, My Kitchen Year. Learn about her time post-Gourmet, where she thinks she learned to write a lede, and how Twitter helped her tell her stories.
Rank #11: The Worst Food in White House History
One presidential term goes down in history as serving borderline inedible food to the thousands of guests who dined there. What was on the menu, who was responsible, and the revenge theory behind it all.
This episode of Burnt Toast was produced by Gabrielle Lewis and Kenzi Wilbur. Thanks also to Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the founders of Food52— and to Laura Mayer and Andy Bowers at Panoply.
Our ad and theme music is by Joshua Rule Dobson; All other music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions. Our logo is designed by Abbey Lossing.
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Rank #12: Spice Is Nice
Things are about to get hot in here—join us for an exploration of some of the world's spiciest foods. Why is that tingly combination of heat and flavor such a temptress? (Are we addicted to danger? Do we just love sweating while eating?) From spice-infused condiments to the many chilies of Mexico, we'll get to the bottom of that “hurts so good” thrill ride once and for all.
Rank #13: A Seat at Chef's Table
We sit down with David Gelb—director of Netflix's popular Chef's Table and the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi—to talk about what's just off camera: How he selects chefs to feature, what goes into each episode, and what's in store for the new season, launching May 27th.
Rank #14: Always Be Cooking: What I Learned From Cooking 90 Meals in 30 Days
We invite editor and creator of #Cook90 David Tamarkin into the studio to talk about what it's like to cook 3 meals a day for 30 days—and we find out about the things he never expected to learn, and the questions he never intended to raise.
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Rank #15: The Longest Wait
Whether it’s a food fad or a table at the trendiest restaurant in town, there are certain foods that just inspire people to line up and wait. So what makes for a culty bite? Hear stories of triumph and despair, along with tactics to bide the time while you wait to get in the door for that prized morsel. We’ll also touch on the psychology and science behind waiting in line.
Rank #16: Simply Nigella Lawson
We talk with the domestic goddess herself: Listen to Nigella Lawson on cooking as necessity over therapy, how she doesn't entertain, and about making up her own words.
Rank #17: Jolie Laide
In French, "jolie laide" means "pretty and ugly"; it's a way to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful. This homage to jolie laide foods will explore the idea that deliciousness can come where you least expect it, from misshapen fish meatballs to organ meat that only a zombie could love. Some consumers may fall for the illusion of perfection, but companies such as UglyRipe and Imperfect Produce have made a point of promoting flavor over façade. (Bruised tomatoes may not be the most slightly, but they make a great sauce!) We'll examine the notion of perfection of taste vs. perfection of image
Rank #18: What’s Different About Getting a Food Job Now?
We revisit a topic from one of our earliest episodes of Burnt Toast—and the one you’ve listened to most: first food jobs, and advice for future food writers. Listen to how co-founder of Food52 Amanda Hesser and founder of Lucky Peach Peter Meehan got to where they are now, and hear if any of their advice has changed.
Rank #19: The Genius Recipes that Change the Way We Cook
Kristen Miglore—our mighty Creative Director and colleague—has been surfacing recipes from food luminaries that promise to change the way we cook for the past 5 years. She collects them in her James Beard Award-nominated column, Genius Recipes, and also in a New York Times best-selling book by the same name. This episode goes behind the scenes on how she chooses them, those that have taken on a life of their own, and what it is, really, that makes a recipe genius.
Rank #20: Can You *Really* Season Your Food with Sound?
We talk to Professor Charles Spence about the science behind how what you hear when you eat affects the whole multi-sensory experience.