Series: Season 2

Alex Guarnaschelli on Cooking for Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Prince

This week’s guest on Special Sauce, Alex Guarnaschelli, is constantly juggling the roles of TV chef (she’s a regular judge on Chopped), working chef (at the two Butter locations in Manhattan), and mom (to one beautiful daughter). When you’re faced…

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Jane and Michael Stern on the Origins of Roadfood

Serious eaters who have been around awhile, like me, know that the idea of driving across America in search of the best regional food originated with Roadfood authors Jane and Michael Stern, not Guy Fieri: They published their first edition of…

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Paulie Gee on the Fear and Joy of Quitting Your Day Job

Pizza lovers know Paulie Gee, a.k.a. Paul Giannone, this week’s Special Sauce guest, as the owner of the  founded in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. But as good as his pies are, and they’re damn good, his unlikely path to pizza entrepreneur–there are now…

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Call Special Sauce: “Taste Is Fabricated In Our Brain”

In our latest call-in episode of Special Sauce, Kenji and Ed address listener concerns over how to rebuild a pantry and how a food’s appearance affects taste. And, of course, we make some time for good-natured ribbing, too.

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Kenji and Ed Tackle Listener Questions of Authenticity and More

In this third episode of Call Special Sauce, Kenji and Ed wrestle with tricky questions from Serious Eaters on food allergies, electric stovetops, and authenticity.

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Brian Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman on Why Failure Is the Key to Success

The arts of making French charcuterie and its Italian cousin, salumi, are two of the highest forms of the craft of cooking. So when I heard that chef and cooking teacher Brian Polcyn and journalist Michael Ruhlman, the authors of…

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Dinosaur BBQ’s John Stage on His Unlikely Path to Pitmaster

On this week’s Special Sauce, John Stage, founder of the insanely popular barbecue mini-chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, reveals the unusual way he discovered his calling. Growing up, Stage had a soft spot for his mother’s Italian-American cooking,…

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Pastry Wizard Stella Parks (BraveTart) on Iconic American Desserts

Serious Eats’ pastry expert, Stella Parks, a.k.a. BraveTart, is so disarmingly charming as our guest on Special Sauce, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with her the way all of us have. After attending the Culinary Institute of America, working in…

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Danny Meyer Tells the Shake Shack Origin Story

In the middle of part 2 of Danny Meyer’s interview on Special Sauce comes a shocking admission. In 2001 the first incarnation of the enterprise that became the global phenomenon Shake Shack was a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park that was part of an…

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Danny Meyer Talks Hospitality and Comfort Food

In this week’s episode of Special Sauce-the first of two parts-we talk about how Meyer came to see the pursuit of restaurant-experience perfection as anathema to his own business, and take a look at his five founding principles of hospitality. I could…

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