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Chef Wides, along with esteemed guests from the culinary world, dissect topics that range from the complex (the nature of cooking itself) to the deceptively simple (eggplants!). Combining classic culinary know-how, personal experiences, and the occasional victual history lesson, Why We Cook is a great listen for culinary vets and rookies alike.




Episode 164: Color Me Freaked Out...

There’s nothing left to say. I’ve read every editorial, every FaceBook post, every HuffPo screaming front page rant. I’m done. I’m done with the election, and I’m done even discussing it, or him. He who shall not be named. I had been calling him the apricot barbarian, but you know what? I love apricots, they’re delicious and pretty and when they’re ripe, they smell how I imagine Eden might have smelled, if Eden had been a real place and not just a setting for a fairy tale. Apricots are an...

Duration: 00:31:49

Episode 163: Scary Clowns, Apricot-Faced Barbarians, and Gluten; Who Ya Gonna Call?

We're all really, really scared these days. Scared for the future, scared for the planet (well, some of us), scared of scary scaring clowns scaring kids, scared of scary clowns pretending to be legit candidates...OMG, so much scariness! And it's not even Halloween yet! But even worse than all that scary stuff...is GLUTEN! Oh no, GLUTEN! The big scary monster lurking in all our most delicious foods, like bread! Well, you all know how I feel about this, that unless you are straight-up legit...

Duration: 00:39:40

Episode 162: Let's Get Real...And Sharp. And Blunt!

It's special guest day here in the Foodiness Fallout Shelter! My new, once-in-a-while co-host, Emily Peterson, has taken time out from her busy life of cheffing, motherhood, chicken raising and occasional taxidermy to join us down here. You may know Emily from her HRN show, Sharp and Hot, but today we're doing a mini-series within my show, called Sharp and Blunt. Guess who's Blunt? Ha. We have lots of stuff in common and lots of similar food issues, so we're gonna kinda free-form it today,...

Duration: 00:40:53

Episode 156: We Hold These Foodiness Truths to be Self-Evident...

Here, in corporate Big Food America, we apparently hold certain Foodiness truths to be self-evident, which is that all industrially produced foods are created Equal, that they are endowed by their corporate Creators with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are potentially destroying Life, crushing the Liberty of the small farmer and the pursuit of profitable Happiness for those running the corporations.- Sorry, I’ve been thinking about American holidays, and the 4th is right...

Duration: 00:30:31

Episode 155: Babies & Cake

So I’ve got babies on the brain. Everywhere I go, everyone I know and see is breeding, birthing, being fruitful and multiplying as if babies were going out of style or were about to be banned or rationed by the government. Brooklyn is baby-breeding central. I miss the old NYC where once you had kids you moved out, fearing for their lives. Not me, of course, I’m too old, that ship has sailed and there’s no turning back into the wind now. Oh sure, so-called well-meaning people say to me, “Oh...

Duration: 00:33:48

Episode 153: Cod Worms

I like to write, and I like to talk into a microphone. And I also like to talk in front of a live audience, I’ve discovered. Teaching all those years gave me the confidence to stand up in front of a group and tell a story, even if that story was about kitchen sanitation or pork butchering. I have a lot of stories, after being in this crazy industry for over 20 years, and I wanted to turn them into something entertaining and live, much like this very show, but in front of a live audience....

Duration: 00:22:15

Episode 151: Go West, Young Man, But Don’t Forget to Bring Your Insulin

On this week’s episode ofLet’s Get Real, Erica waxes nostalgic aboutthe classic filmAnnie Hall,andits derisive depiction of California health food...

Duration: 00:32:29

Episode 150: We’re 150, But We Don’t Look a Day Over 100!

On this 15oth episode ofLet’s Get Real, host Erica Wides opens with arevelation she had about cooking while swimming, before...

Duration: 00:34:03

Episode 149: One of These Things Does Not Belong

On this week’s Let’s Get Real, the theme is “one of these things does not belong.” Chef Erica Wides reminisces...

Duration: 00:33:52

Episode 147: A Holiday Card Against Humanity

Today is February 9, 2016. We are now 39 days into the year. At the end of this week, on...

Duration: 00:33:09

Episode 146: What’s On Your Plate?

Erica Wides is back for a brand new episode ofLet’s Get Realwith hergood friendKristin Wartman; Let’s Get Real’s resident nutrition...

Duration: 00:38:21

Episode 145: You Can’t Make Soup Dumplings with Blue Raspberry Flavored Jello…

From Erica Wides: So I had to go to Whole Foods a few days ago, to buy unflavored gelatin. You...

Duration: 00:31:56

Episode 144: These Foolish Things…Remind Me of U..tah.

From Erica Wides herself: Speaking of soda, and Mormons, (we are, in today’s show) in yesterday’s edition of the paper...

Duration: 00:33:15

Episode 143: There’s no Crying over Spilled Green Juice

This week’s episode ofLet’s Get Real, as explained by host Erica Wides herself: So just imagine my joy and happiness...

Duration: 00:34:23

Episode 142: La Dolce Vita Snickerdoodle

Today, on a new Let’s Get Real! Erica Wides: “In Italy, in 1984 I drank my first cappuccino, I’d never...

Duration: 00:31:47

Episode 141: The 2nd (or 3rd) Annual Golden Uncrustables!

Live from the Foodiness Fallout Shelter…It’s the 2nd or 3rd annual (I can’t remember) Golden Uncrustables awards show! Starring….your host,...

Duration: 00:30:26

Episode 140: Does Foodiness cause wrinkles?

Does Foodiness cause wrinkles? Erica Wides is back with a heartfelt episode on apples, aging, Laura Ingalls,Ira Apfel and .....

Duration: 00:31:22

Episode 139: I Can’t Hear You, There’s Too Much Foodiness In My Ears!

How does Erica Wides come up with thetopics featured on Let’s Get Real? Usually during a hike or at the...

Duration: 00:28:03

Episode 138: Got Breast Cancer Awareness Donuts?

Erica Wides is not happy. Pumpkin spice is everywhere, Burger King is making black buns, foodiness has taken over and...

Duration: 00:29:24

Episode 137: “Why did the bear sh*t in the woods? To cover up all the Foodiness trash”

How does foodiness trash find its way to the woods? Erica Wides shakes her head at diapers on the hike...

Duration: 00:35:12

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