Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Michael Pollan, Ten Years After the Omnivore’s Dilemma (Rebroadcast)
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. This episode was originally released on August 11, 2016.
Rank #9: 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 #10: That Vegan Life: Free to Be Me and You, Cashews
We talk to Food52 contributor and author of our forthcoming vegan cookbook Gena Hamshaw all about veganism: her favorite dishes, what you should never try to make vegan, and why our Managing Editor Kenzi should give cashew cheese another go. This episode was sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. For $50 toward any purchase, go to Casper.com/TOAST.
Rank #11: Till Dinner Do Us Part
This week we find out what it's like to cook the food for your entire wedding. Food writer Jill Santopietro walks us through how she did it—right down to showing us how to make the 3,428 gnocchi she rolled for that day, 8 years ago. Plus we hear some wedding food advice from some of our friends in the food world.
Rank #12: Fat Isn’t Bad, Stupid Is Bad (Rebroadcast)
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. This episode was originally released on February 11, 2016.
Rank #13: Burnt Toast Ep 05: What We Talk About When We Talk About Coffee
We invite food writer and coffee expert Oliver Strand—and our very own Michael Hoffman—into the studio to talk coffee. After we make sure we’re caffeinated, we discuss specialty coffee, coffee snobbery, and cup some McCafe, just for fun.
Rank #14: Burnt Toast Ep 09: My New Eggs for Dinner
Today we dedicate our whole episode to a roundtable on meal planning: Amanda, Merrill, and Kenzi answer questions from our staff and community about how to cook smarter every week. Highlights include refrigerator graveyards, condiment guilt, and why avocado toast is a little like comfortable underwear. This episode of Burnt Toast is sponsored by Casper. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/TOAST, and using promo code TOAST.
Rank #15: Burnt Toast Ep 03: Food Didn’t Mean Anything to Me Then
Today’s episode covers the topic of first food jobs—we chat with Lucky Peach co-founder Peter Meehan about how he got his start, how aspiring food writers might get theirs, and just how scrappy Amanda was before The New York Times.
Rank #16: Myths and Magic of Milk
Throughout history, the same thing we eat with our morning cereal has inspired myth, magic, and superstition—like the fact that if you don't sit still after drinking a glass, it'll turn to cheese in your stomach. We speak with historian Deborah Valenze to dig into our complicated relationship with milk, sparing none of the strangest misconceptions.
Rank #17: 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 #18: Food Swindle, or Absolute Genius? The Margarine Story
We speak with Bee Wilson to follow the curious, contentious history of margarine back to its first invention. Turns out, we have Napoleon III to thank.
Rank #19: Burnt Toast Ep 04: Dinner Between Two People
For this episode all about food on early dates, we talk to Saveur Editor in Chief Adam Sachs about confessions, rules, and everything in between. And we do it all completely sober, in a brightly lit room—just as no early date should ever be.
Rank #20: His Name is Garrett Oliver and He Hates Crappy Beer
Over a few PBRs, we talk to the head brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery about all things beer: Big breweries and their craft offshoots, the differences between East and West Coast styles, and where polka music comes into play (hint: it does). This episode of Burnt Toast is sponsored by Casper.com. Right now get $50 towards any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/TOAST This episode is also sponsored by Audible.com. To get a free audiobook of your choice go to Audible.com/TOAST