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Special Sauce: A Restaurateur’s Harrowing Yet Hopeful Covid-19 Story

On this week’s Special Sauce, host Ed Levine talks to Brooklyn restaurateur (BK Jani) Sibte Hassan. Hassan contracted the Coronavirus in April, and his long road (including a 12 day stint in the hospital) to recovery and redemption takes him through…

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Special Sauce: Two Food Writers on Surviving Covid & Kenji Offers a Comfort Soup Recipe

On this week’s episode, we talked with Washington Post food writer Tim Carman and his wife, spirits writer Carrie Allen, about their scary battle with the Coronavirus and the lasting impact it has had on them. Later in the episode, Kenji stops in to…

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Special Sauce: Kenji on His Children’s Book, Cookbook, and Gift Giving This Year

Kenji Lopez-Alt tells all about his new New York Times best seller children’s book Every Night is Pizza Night on this week’s episode of Special Sauce.  It turns out that for Kenji writing a 48 page picture book for his daughter was in many ways…

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Special Sauce: Kenji, Jamelle Bouie on Thanksgiving vs. the Pandemic

Special Sauce, Serious Eats founder Ed Levine’s podcast, is back to stay (with new theme music, no less) with a Thanksgiving episode that explores the seemingly antithetical nature of the pandemic and Turkey Day. After all, Thanksgiving is all about…

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Special Sauce: Kenji on Salting Vegetables; Farmer Maggie Cheney on CSAs and Social Justice

Much has been written during the pandemic about the increased popularity of community supported agriculture, commonly referred to as CSA. On this week’s Special Sauce, we had a far-reaching conversation with Maggie Cheney, one of the owners of , which…

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Special Sauce: Kenji on Smashed Burgers; Susan Spungen on Sprezzatura [2/2]

On this week’s Special Sauce, Susan Spungen, author of  and other books, regales us with her experiences in Hollywood as a food stylist and culinary consultant for movies like Julie and Julia and Eat, Pray, Love. What’s it…

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Special Sauce: Kenji on Dried Herbs; Dan Barber on the Outlook for Small Farmers

On this week’s Special Sauce we talk to Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner of , about the huge changes being brought about in the food culture by the Covid-19 pandemic. The startling conclusions he’s come to are the result of . The farmers’…

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Special Sauce: Kenji on Butter; Anne Saxelby and Sheila Flanagan on Being Optimistic [2/2]

On this week’s Special Sauce we’re once again talking about selling cheese during the pandemic with cheesemonger Anne Saxelby of and cheesemaker Sheila Flanagan of . Without a hint of self-pity, Anne and Sheila talk about the nimbleness and the…

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Special Sauce: “Ask Kenji” Is Back! And Anne Saxelby and Sheila Flanagan on Selling Cheese During the Pandemic [1/2]

This week on Special Sauce we are returning to the topic of the horrendous toll the pandemic has taken on the food culture. Today, we’re talking cheese. In the first of two far-ranging interviews, I spoke to cheesemaker Sheila Flanagan, co-owner of…

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Special Sauce: Alexander Smalls on How Food and Music Nurture Hope and Connection [2/2]

“A jukebox is the musical equivalent of a well-stocked pantry,” says Alexander Smalls. Poetic riffs on the relationship between food and music are just par for the course with Smalls, who’s both a Grammy and a James Beard Award winner (not to…

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