Season 4

David Lebovitz on Renovating His Home in Paris [1/2]

My guest on this week's Special Sauce is the extraordinary blogger, author, and pastry chef David Lebovitz, whose latest book is . David and I started off our conversation with the early days of blogging, and I asked him about whether he had ever...

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David Lebovitz on Blogging, Cookbooks, and Moving to Paris [2/2]

On this week's Special Sauce, seminal food blogger, pastry chef, and author David Lebovitz and I took a trip back into the past. And we had a blast. David worked in the Chez Panisse kitchen for 13 years before he realized it was time to leave. "I left...

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Rodney Scott Was Born and Raised to Be a Pitmaster [1/2]

Barbecue pitmasters are amongst our nation's greatest storytellers—they learn that all-important skill tending to their 'cue all night. But Rodney Scott, South Carolina pitmaster and James Beard Award...

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Rodney Scott on Bourdain and Letting the Barbecue Speak for Itself [2/2]

In part two of my terrific conversation with James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott, we discuss the fact that barbecue, like jazz, was developed by African-Americans, and yet most well-known pitmasters are white.   "I respect any human...

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Author Rick Bragg on His Mom, the Best Cook in the World [1/2]

We don't often get a chance to have a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on Special Sauce– was the first–so I jumped at the chance to have Rick Bragg, one of my favorite writers of all time, on the podcast. Of course, Rick isn't known as a food or...

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Rick Bragg on Why Cooks Are the High Priests of Good Living [2/2]

On this week's episode of Special Sauce, the Pulitzer Prize–winning but ridiculously down-to-earth Rick Bragg digs deep into his mom, the subject of his latest book, . For one thing, Bragg's mother was not in the least interested in...

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Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas [1/2]

All right, I admit it: I've always fantasized about having one of the Obamas as a guest on Special Sauce. And while I haven't given up hope entirely, I realize that Sam Kass, my guest on Special Sauce this week, might be as close as I get to that...

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Sam Kass on How What You See Shapes What You Eat [2/2]

In part two of my interview with former Obama personal chef and Obama White House food activist Sam Kass, I got schooled big-time about the role visuals play in how you eat at home. "The first lesson that I learned, that I think is maybe most helpful...

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