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Hot Grease is a food culture radio show where the American South and your local food intersects. As host, Nicole A. Taylor reminds people what's great about food: reclaiming culinary traditions & celebrations, cooking at home and eating as a political act. Her show highlights the rising leaders in the good food world, from chefs to bloggers to urban gardeners.




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Hot Grease - Episode 162 - Soul Food & de Porres Dinner Series

Nicole Taylor is demystifying soul food on this week's edition of Hot Grease! Nicole is joined via the phone lines by soul food scholar and author Adrian Miller! Learn the etymology of the term "soul food", and what distinguishes the cuisine from others influenced by West African food culture. Why is soul food so disparaged in food media? Learn how Adrian uses food to create dialogues around the issue of race. Later, Danielle Bell of de Porres dinner series stops by the studio to talk...

Duration: 00:34:16

Hot Grease - Episode 161 - The Vendy Awards & Passages Wines

Nicole Taylor previews the upcoming Vendy Awards on this week's edition of Hot Grease. Helena Tubis, Managing Director of The Vendy Awards, stops by to share a little bit of Vendy history and the Street Vendor Project. Food writer Siobhan Wallace joins Nicole and Helena to talk about her catalogue of wonderful street food stories recipes in her book, New York a la Cart. Christine Chebli of NYC's Toum Food Truck talks about the explosion of high quality street food in the city, and how her...

Duration: 00:33:35

Hot Grease - Episode 160 - AFROPUNK Festival & Evan George

The AFROPUNK Festival is coming up very soon here in New York City, and host Nicole Taylor is here in the studio with Lauren Cannon and Jocelyn Cooper to talk about its roots, mission, and life of the festival weekend, filled good music and great vibes. Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture...

Duration: 00:36:03

Hot Grease - Episode 159 - Emily G's Jams

This week on Hot Grease, Nicole digs back into hot summer foods with the return of Hot Grease's "Food Headlines". Nicole is joined by Simone Johnson to get the scoop on s'mores variations and the FDA's recent gluten-free discussions. Tune in and hear more farming headlines, and learn about food security in the Caribbean. Later, Nicole chats with Emily Myers of Emily G's Jams. Find out how some Southern traditions like having "bottles on the table" inspired Emily to make hot pepper sauces...

Duration: 00:25:40

Hot Grease - Episode 158 - Sweet Chick & The New Persian Kitchen

Fried chicken, waffles, and Persian desserts - what a way to celebrate summer! This week on Hot Grease, Nicole Taylor is joined in the studio by Jon Seymour, co-owner of Williamsburg's Sweet Chick. Tune into this episode to hear Nicole and John talk about the origins of chicken and waffles. Is it a Southern dish, or a New York tradition? Learn about some of the vegetarian options on Sweet Chick's menu, and hear John talk about growing up in Yorkville and the life of a native New Yorker....

Duration: 00:32:25

Hot Grease - Episode 157 - Phin & Phebes, Mason Shaker

Nicole Taylor is soaking up the summer with some more ice cream and a little bit of booze. On this week's episode of Hot Grease, Nicole invites Crista Freeman of Phin & Phebes Ice Cream into the studio to talk about her ice cream memories, growing up in Florida, and how Phin & Phebes blends their flavors. Does Crista come from an ice cream-making background? Eric Prum from Mason Shaker is back, and this time he brings along his partner, Josh Williams! Hear about Mason Shaker's newest...

Duration: 00:35:37

Hot Grease - Episode 155 - Malcolm Livingston II & Taharka Brothers

Pastry chef Malcolm Livingston II has been digging dessert since his childhood in the Bronx. This week on Hot Grease, Nicole Taylor invites Malcolm in the studio to share some of his ice cream memories in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Tune in to hear Malcolm recall stories of chasing down Mr. Softee trucks, and the taste of his father's cookies. Hear about the inspiration for his desserts at wd~50, and what tunes he listens to in the kitchen. Learn about Malcolm's collaborative...

Duration: 00:34:21

Hot Grease - Episode 154 - Nicole's Fourth of July Summer Recap

Tune into this "best of" edition of Hot Grease to hear Nicole Taylor talk with some of her favorite summertime food folks! Tune in to hear Curtis Brown talk about North Carolina barbecue, the Asheville food scene, and creasy green salads! Rodney Scott of Scott's Barbecue discusses whole hog barbecue, and why he never gets sick of the grill or the smoker. John Schlimm is here for the vegetarians and vegans; find out what meatless grilling options are available! Nicole wraps up the program...

Duration: 00:23:47

Hot Grease - Episode 153 - The Evolution of The Joy of Cooking

Everybody knows about The Joy Of Cooking, but few know the generational nature of the popular cookbook. Tune in to this week's episode of Hot Grease and hear from the fourth generation of editors for the iconic book, Megan Scott & John Becker. They explain how the nature of publishing has changed over four generations and what they do to continue improving The Joy Of Cooking and introduce it to new audiences far and wide. This program was sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Music provided...

Duration: 00:22:16

Hot Grease - Episode 152 - Pie Corps

You think you know pie? Discover Pie Corps on this week's episode of Hot Grease, as Nicole Taylor is joined by Cheryl Perry and Felipa Lopez, the women behind Pie Corps, a savory & sweet hand made pie company in Brooklyn. Hear what makes their pieunique, as they discuss their savory and sweet pies, and explain why savory sometimes escapes the American palate. Find out how they went from a stand in the New Amsterdam Market to a shop in Greenpoint, and hear about some of the new delicious...

Duration: 00:21:28

Hot Grease - Episode 151 - RVA with Nicole Lang & Janine Bell

We're taking a trip to RVA (that's Richmond, Virginia) on today's episode of Hot Grease. Nicole chats up food blogger, event planner, baker, and cheesemonger Nicole Lang about Richmond's burgeoning food scene. Hear about Nicole's first experiences with pimento cheese, and the camaraderie between Richmond and Brooklyn. Find out some of the best places to grab a beer or buy a record in RVA! Later, Nicole calls food historian and President of the Elegba Folklore Society Janine Bell to talk...

Duration: 00:36:52

Hot Grease - Episode 150 - Smithfield, Jack From Brooklyn, & Tomatoes

Get some Caribbean flavors in your summer cocktails! This week on Hot Grease, Nicole Taylor starts off the show by calling Ulla Kjarval to talk about the recent acquisition of Smithfield Foods. How will the company change now that the owners are based in China? Jackie Summers, better known as Jack From Brooklyn, stops by the studio to talk about the origins of his liqueur, Sorel. Learn about its ingredients, and its history in the Caribbean and beyond. Find out how you can mix Sorel into...

Duration: 00:31:51

Hot Grease - Episode 149 - Generous Table & the Unofficial Start or Summer

Learn the 'ins and outs' of hosting on this week's episode of Hot Grease. Nicole Taylor is joined in the studio by Heather Christos, author of the recent Heather Christo's Generous Table. Tune into this episode to learn how to host a fabulous dinner with limited resources. Hear about Heather's life in Seattle, and why the climate provides such a bountiful harvest. Nicole heads South with Heather to talk bourbon and liquor tastings; hear what cocktails Heather suggests in her book! Later,...

Duration: 00:29:54

Hot Grease - Episode 148 - Vegetable Literacy

Nicole Taylor digs into vegetables with Deborah Madison on this week's installment of Hot Grease. Deborah recently authored the veggie-focused cookbook Vegetable Literacy, and is here to share some great recipes with Nicole's listeners! Tune in to hear why vegetables are a huge part of every diet, whether or not you are a vegan or vegetarian. Hear about corn's versatility, and how you can incorporate different corn varieties into your kitchen. Later, Nicole and Deborah touch on Southern...

Duration: 00:24:13

Hot Grease - Episode 147 - The Letterbox Farm Collective & Bacchanal Sauce

It's spring- celebrate with Nicole Taylor and Hot Grease! Nicole is joined in the studio by Faith Gilbert of The Letterbox Farm Collective. Hear how five friends joined up to create a community farming effort that crosses state lines. What tips does Faith have for New Yorkers who want to grow some of their own food and herbs? Later, Nicole sits down with Sonya Samuel from Bacchanal Sauce. Hear about Sonya's Caribbean roots, and how her sauce reflects her heritage and her neighborhood of...

Duration: 00:29:00

Hot Grease - Episode 146 - Type & Tell with George Motz

Tune in for this "Type & Tell" Segment with Nicole Taylor and George Motz.

Duration: 00:06:10

Hot Grease - Episode 145 - Noah Arenstein & Addie Broyles

Noah Arenstein is highlighting Jewish food with sandwiches with Scharf and Zoyer. This week on Hot Grease, Nicole Taylor sits down with Noah to talk about the definition of 'global Jewish sandwiches' and his obsession with burgers. Find out how Scharf and Zoyer differs from other Jewish delicatessen food, and why Noah intends to focus less on meat in his sandwiches. How is Noah adapting Thomas Keller recipes at Smorgasburg? Later, Nicole digs through the Hot Grease vaults and shares an...

Duration: 00:32:26

Hot Grease - Episode 144 - The Way to Fry with Norman King

Norman King, Test Kitchen Professional for Southern Living Magazine, joins Nicole Taylor on this week's Hot Grease to teach her listeners how to fry. Tune into this episode to hear Norman and Nicole talk about Southern Living's place in Southern food culture. Listen in to learn about Birmingham as a growing food destination in the South. What's a typical day like for a test kitchen professional? Listen in to hear about Norman's new book, The Way to Fry, and how it combines Southern heritage...

Duration: 00:31:57

Hot Grease - Episode 143 - Slow Food NYC & Joe Dobias

Slow it down, and tune into this week's episode of Hot Grease! Nicole Taylor starts off the show by talking about some recent articles that feature women in the kitchen. Are women underrepresented in the restaurant world? Later, Nicole talks with Anthony Fassio, Board Chair of Slow Food NYC. Tune in and find out Slow Food's focus in the city, and how they're supporting gardens and restaurants citywide! Joe Dobias of Snail of Approval restaurants Joe Doe and Joe Dough joins in on the...

Duration: 00:35:34

Hot Grease - Episode 142 - Indian Cuisine with Peter Beck

Nicole Taylor explores Indian cuisine with chef Peter Beck of Benares on this week's episode of Hot Grease! Nicole starts off the show talking about foodie April Fool's jokes, as well as her recent recipe featured on Design*Sponge. Later, Nicole and Peter talk about different regions in India, and how the cuisines are affected by geography. How does religion also influence Indian food? Hear how Peter uses spices in his cooking to differentiate it from 'fast food' Indian. Peter has cooked all...

Duration: 00:30:31

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