Series: Season 5

Special Sauce: Alvin Cailan on What “American Food” Means in 2019 [2/2]

In part 2 of my extraordinary chat with chef-restaurateur-activist Alvin Cailan, we delved deeply into his socio-political motivations, but we still managed to fit in some laughs. Cailan says he’s always been motivated to confound the pessimism he…

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Special Sauce: Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan on Ruckus-Causing as a Career Path [1/2]

Every now and then on Special Sauce, I just hit it off with a guest, feeling immediately as if I’ve known them all my life. That’s what happened when I talked with  founder, chef-restaurateur, and ruckus-causer Alvin Cailan. Cailan, who grew up…

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Special Sauce Live, Ed Levine Edition: Serious Eats Lives! [2/2]

Welcome back for the second part of Special Sauce with Ed Levine, featuring Ed Levine! This week we pick up where we left off, with Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and Ed’s longtime friend, serving as a special guest host, asking Ed…

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Special Sauce Live, Ed Levine Edition: A Serious Eater Is Born! [1/2]

At the end of every week, Ed Levine- a.k.a. Serious Eats founder, a.k.a. Serious Eats overlord, a.k.a. “missionary of the delicious,” a.k.a. Ed “The Good Ones Eat Through the Pain” Levine- , diving deep into the ways in which eating and sharing meals…

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Special Sauce: Nik Sharma on the Kitchen as Laboratory [2/2]

This week, in part two of my conversation with chef and food writer Nik Sharma, we dug into the science-based approach to cooking that informs his terrific new cookbook, .  Given Nik’s background in medical research, it made sense to learn that…

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Special Sauce: Nik Sharma on the Stories Told by Seasoning [1/2]

Cookbook author (), blogger (), and newspaper columnist () Nik Sharma made the perfect Special Sauce guest. Why? He has a great, dramatic story, and he isn’t afraid to tell it like it is (or was). Sharma grew up in India, and as a man who recognized…

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Special Sauce: Priya Krishna on Cooking and Being “Indian-ish” [2/2]

In part two of my delightful conversation with Priya Krishna, she delves into her book : Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family in so many unexpected and revealing ways. “Indian-ish” is not just the name of the book; it also describes…

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Priya Krishna on Special Sauce: How Indian-ish Came to Be [1/2]

I knew that Priya Krishna, author of Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics From a Modern American Family (I am predisposed to like any book with the word antics in the title), was smart and funny and focused, since I’d read her book. But I still wasn’t…

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Special Sauce: Joe Yonan on Charting Your Own Path [2/2]

In part two of my far-ranging interview with Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan, we talked about his career in journalism and the ever-evolving world of food media. Joe told me about his winding path to food journalism. After years of reporting…

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Special Sauce: Food Editor Joe Yonan on Finding the Color of His Parachute [1/2]

It’s always fun to have a longtime friend on Special Sauce because I always learn so much about the person sitting across from me, no matter how long I’ve known them. And that’s just what happened when I sat down with Washington Post Food Editor…

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