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CTF Ep 54 Last Meal

Louisa Chu and Monica Eng dedicate this series finale of Chewing the Fat, Louisa's late dog & companion Kiba Chu, Monica talks pig roasts w/ Jack Hitt and Louisa turns carrots into roast pork-ishness. What? This may be their last CTF meal but find their new "Chewing" podcast at, Thank you!


BONUS White Heat 25, Legendary Chef Marco Pierre White (NEW interview)

A Chewing the Fat BONUS! In an all-new interview, hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to legendary chef Marco Pierre White on the release of "White Heat 25," the 25th anniversary edition of the book that inspired Anthony Bourdain and generations of cooks. Chef White tells all about Gordon Ramsay, Hot Doug’s, and much more. (photo: Marco Pierre White by Bob Carlos Clarke for the book cover of "White Heat 25")


CTF Ep 52 Pleasure: Marco Pierre White, ortolan and eating with your hands

At what price pleasure? On the latest Chewing the Fat, it is the Pleasure episode. Hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to the original so-called bad boy chef Marco Pierre White, about the pain that made him give up his three Michelin stars. And Paris-based correspondent for The New York Times Liz Alderman talks about her story on the attempt to revive the tradition of the ortolan, the tiny songbird eaten with a napkin over the diner’s head, to hide one’s face from God. Plus Maria Rodale...


CTF Ep 46: Drinks, the artistry of cocktails with barman-author Greg Seider, & some rare teas

Happy New Year from Chewing the Fat! Hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk health conscious cocktails with Manhattan Cricket Club owner Greg Seider, author of the new book "Alchemy in a Glass." And Louisa invites Rare Tea Cellar owner Rodrick Markus to mix his take on a classic 50 / 50 Martini for cocktail hater Monica... but Will She Drink It? Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu | 50/50 Martini cocktails by Rare Tea Cellar owner Rodrick Markus)


CTF Ep 45: Alaska, holidays, bears in your garden and other cold-weather food gathering and eats

Chewing the Fat goes north to the future: Alaska! Hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng explore the final frontier of food. Louisa shares a visit to a tiny town CSA farmed by artist Terry Kennedy. Then they talk to Nic Mink, professor and founder of CSF (Community Supported Fishery) Sitka Salmon Shares. And Nerdette podcast co-host and Alaskan Greta Johnsen joins CTF for a surprise ingredient just in time for the holidays... but Will She Eat It? Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo...


CTF Ep 42: Vegging In w/ Mark Bittman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Karen Page

After years of vegging out we think it's time to Veg In on this fresh episode of Chewing the Fat. Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to veggie-loving chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi; Vegetarian Flavor Bible author Karen Page on her veg conversion; plus New York Times food writer and opinion guy Mark Bittman explains why he's a Vegan Before 6pm. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Vegetarian chili with sour cream by Mare Swallow at Soup & Bread &...


CTF Ep 33: Music

Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars want to be chefs? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask the experts in this week’s Music episode. Including Sound Opinions co-hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, backstage at their End of Summer BBQ on the WBEZ terrace. And from epic burger banger Kuma’s Corner, chef David Bacso on what’s metal and not. Plus Will She Eat It? guests Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha, producers of Sound Ops, discuss how to pair food and music, but will...


CTF Ep 26 Cookout

Monica and Louisa speak with experts, and offer some tips on grilling. (Photo: Flickr/Christopher Craig)


CTF Ep 24 Mixed Grill: Is Bill Kurtis’ hot dog really a health food?

This week we mix it up with anchorman, and sometimes judge & scorekeeper of NPR/WBEZ's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" Bill Kurtis. He talks about his delicious and nutritious Tall Grass beef franks. Plus, we grill “Gulp” author Mary Roach about the benefits of juicing and extreme chewing. And we learn the secrets of eating like a movie star with actor John Turturro who wrote, stars and directs the new movie “Fading Gigolo.”


Memories of local sustainable Chicago gefilte fish

WBEZ volunteer Ed Kramer remembers fishing for passover ingredients near Navy Pier as a Chicago kid growing up in the 1930s. The resulting gefilte fish created lasting culinary memories.


CTF Ep 18 SUSTAIN-A-LICIOUS: Can a Chipotle chef really change the world wi

When’s sustainable food delicious — or sustain-alicious, if you will? Chewing the Fat’s Monica Eng and Louisa Chu ask Chipotle chef Nate Appleman, who’s trying to change the world one fast food burrito at a time. Plus Leghorn Chicken chef / partner Jared Van Kamp who just opened his socially conscious chicken sandwich shop. And award-winning veteran sustainable chef Bruce Sherman whose first concern at his restaurant North Pond has always been the delicious. Bonus: Louisa and Monica...


CTF Ep 17 Spring has Sprung (sorta): Georgia Pellegrini on urban gardens; I

We celebrate the first day of spring by talking to chef and author Georgia Pellegrini about why everyone can and must plant their own edible garden now, even if you are crammed in a small apartment. Her new book, "Modern Pioneering," is out now. We also talk to social entrepreneur Narimon Safavi about the foods of the spring festival Nowruz. And we finally settle the argument between Monica and Louisa over the ethics of picking wild garlic in the forest. (Photo: wild garlic / Monica Eng)


CTF Ep 16 The Breakfast Club: South Asian breakfasts, healthy & unhealthy b

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but lots of folks (including Louisa) don't eat it. Monica doesn't approve. The hosts talk to writer Colleen Sen about Indian breakfasts and to Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance Cookbook) about why he thinks food in the National School Breakfast Program is so dangerous. (Photo: Breakfast--congee with youtiao, pork floss, century egg, peanuts, green onions, soy sauce and sesame oil / Louisa Chu--Flickr)


CTF Ep 15 Movies: Chewing the Fat goes to the movies & gets real about smug

Oscars' Ellen selfie? So last week! This week, Chewing the Fat are at the movies! Co-hosts Monica Eng and Louisa Chu talk food IN the movies with Filmspotting co-host Adam Kempenaar, from "Goodfellas" to "Soylent Green." Then, Monica and Louisa get insider tips from their boss Justin Kaufmann on fancy new food and drink AT the movies, and learn how one might smuggle an entire bottle of wine in a Ziploc bag. Plus, Farmer Gene of Tiny But Mighty Foods explains exactly what is the stuff he...