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Episode 42: Well-"Season"-ed with Nik Sharma

On today's episode, we welcome Nik Sharma -- photographer and writer behind the acclaimed blog A Brown Table, and new author of the cookbook "Season." We talk identity, bicultural living, and beautifully seasoned — and seasonal — food.


Episode 41: The Art of Gay Cooking with Daniel Isengart

Performer, Director and Writer Daniel Isengart is in the studio! We'll chat about his books, "Queering the Kitchen: A Manifesto" and "The Art of Gay Cooking", an adaptation of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook. Plus, his side hustle as an aura consultant and the best tips for a successful dinner party no matter what you serve.


Episode 40: Talking shop — and books — with chefs and new authors Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske

This week, we welcome Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske — gentlemen who have been described as a "wunderkind New York chef duo" for their first two restaurants, the tasting menu joint Contra and its more casual sister Wildair; partners in the rebooted Una Pizza Napoletana; and most recently, new authors. We chop it up in preview for their first book, "A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair," out next month.


Episode 39: Talking food, empowerment and for-us, by-us media with BLK PALATE's Cleopatra Zuli

This week we're very happy to be chopping it up with Cleopatra Zuli, educator, events curator, chef and one of the creative minds behind BLK PALATE, a production company and collective. Tune in as we talk about BLK PALATE's work to empower black queer folks through food and gathering, and the exciting new media project they're cooking up next.


Episode 38: Recommended Reading Returns with 10 Years of Put A Egg On It

We love Put A Egg On It. (Note the "a," not "an," and say that ten times fast). This indie publication is one the OG food zines of this generation, inaugurators of Food Book Fair's signature magazine-festival-within-the-fair, and as of this year, celebrating a decade printing stories, photographs, comics and recipes on green paper. Sarah Forbes Keough and Ralph McGinnis join us in the studio to talk publishing, friendship, storytelling and good design — and of course, what they're reading,...


Episode 37: We ALL Pull Up a Seat at the Table with the Organizers of EATT

Okay, okay, ladies, now let's talk representation: Hello, world! We're especially excited to host Julia Turshen, celebrated cookbook author and founder of Equity at the Table — a new professional community and directory by and for queer and of color women and gender non-conforming folks in the food world. Described as "a practical and proactive response to the blatant gender and racial discrimination that plagues the food industry," EATT is inspired by the aphorism that it’s better to “build...


Episode 36: Mac Malikowski & Mouthfeel

This week, we welcome the creative mind and handsome human behind pioneering gay food magazine Mouthfeel. Tune in as Mac Malikowski gives us the download on the new Mexico City issue of the mag — which includes "chef porn, furry graffiti, chilangos, drag tourism, dick tacos" and much more — plus what else he's consuming, reading, watching and listening wise.


Episode 35: Taylor Chapman of NationSwell Council

We’re honored to welcome our dear friend, Be Kind Be Fierce founder — and former executive director of Heritage Radio Network! — Erin Fairbanks back into our cozy shipping container behind Roberta’s. She sits down with Taylor Chapman, Senior Vice President of NationSwell Council on this week's episode of Recommended Reading. Stay tuned as they discuss all the things they are reading, eating and listening to.


Episode 34: At the Table with Culinary Jill-of-all-Trades Mira Evnine

Multi-hyphenate culinary and design talent Mira Evnine joins us in the booth to chat all things around the table, plus her latest take on the community dinner party right here in Brooklyn.


Episode 33: Sweet Heat with Casey Elsass and Bushwick Kitchen

This week on Recommended Reading, we are joined by Casey Elsass, founder of Bushwick Kitchen and creator of our favorite sweet heat Bees Knees Spicy Honey! We discuss all things Bushwick Kitchen, what’s next for Casey and some surprising facts like his obsession with opera (!!). Tune in to hear more and to see what else we’re reading, eating and listening to.


Episode 32: We say cin cin with Glou Glou's Jennifer Green

You say glou glou, I say glug glug: We say, YES to more natural, low-intervention wines with Jennifer Green, co-founder of Glou Glou Magazine (that's French, pronounced "glu glu" for utterly delectable, chuggable wines). On the list this week: What is natural wine anyway, and what we're reading — and what she's reading.


Episode 31: Book Club with Glory Edim from Well Read Black Girl

On this week's show, we're thrilled to welcome Glory Edim, the founder of the coolest book club (and festival) we know: Well Read Black Girl, "dedicated to the phenomenal Black women on our bookshelves–past, present, & the 'beautyful' ones not yet born." We talk about the pleasure and magic of book clubs, online and IRL, #wellreadblackgirl book selfies, and much more.


Episode 30: We Go "Between Harlem & Heaven" with Alexander Smalls

We welcome the inimitable Alexander Smalls: self-described "social minister," chef, restaurateur, opera singer, and creator of Minton's Supper Club and The Cecil in Harlem. Most recently, alongside JJ Johnson and Veronica Chambers, he's the co-author of "Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights and Every Day." Perhaps the only guest we'll ever welcome who is a winner of both a Grammy and Tony Award (for a cast recording of "Porgy and Bess" with the...


Episode 29: We Are All In This Together with Pineapple Collaborative and Be Kind Be Fierce

Inspired, Ignited and Inclusive: We break bread (well, Roberta's pizza) with Atara Bernstein of Pineapple Collaborative and Erin Fairbanks of Be Kind Be Fierce — two initiatives that support, empower and create a safe community space for women in hospitality.


Episode 28: Recommended Reading, Tres Leches edition, with Gerardo Gonzalez and Carla Holguin of Lalito

We talk to Gerardo Gonzalez and Carla Hougin, respectively the chef-owner and assistant general manager of Lalito, a crazy, sexy, cool lodestar of goodness in Chinatown that serves not only delicious food but events and vibes that celebrate uniqueness and doing your own thing. In the mix: Tres Leches (Lalito's popular all-you-can-eat buffet slash dope party), making and holding space for other POCs and queer folks, "being brown in the industry," and of course, what Gerardo and Carla are...


Episode 27: Going All In with Alison Roman, Author of the New Cookbook "Dining In"

Alison Roman — cook, writer and author of Dining In, joins us in the booth to dish on dinner parties (it's just having people over!), what makes a "highly cookable recipe", #SaltedChocolateChip ShortbreadCookies and more.


Episode 26: Talking Shop with Author, New #Foodieodical Publisher Hetty McKinnon

We kick off the winter season with special guest Hetty McKinnon, cookbook author and founder of the gorgeous new food magazine Peddler.


Episode 25: Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson talk "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen"

We're grateful to have hosted Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, co-owners of The Sioux Chef, while they were on a whirlwind book tour earlier this fall for the best-selling — and beautiful, engaging, and vital — new cookbook, "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen." Listen in as they discuss indigenous foods in North America, food sovereignty, and much more.


Episode 24: Real Food Heals with chef/author Seamus Mullen

On today's episode of Recommended Reading with Food Book Fair, we're joined in the studio by chef, restaurateur, and author Seamus Mullen. We dive into his latest book "Real Food Heals" and talk all things health, healing and jamón!


Episode 23: Beyond "Sweetbitter" with Stephanie Danler

Bestselling author and #FBF2016 speaker Stephanie "Sweetbitter" Danler is in the HRN house! We're big fans of her debut novel — coming soon to a Starz channel near you in TV form — but we also can't get enough of her poetry, essay and fiction picks on Instagram. (Peep @smdanler for her #recommendedreading.) Listen in as we dish book stuff, TV stuff, that LA-to-NY life, and more.