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Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

What would your last meal be? Host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones unturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary...

What would your last meal be? Host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones unturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Twice monthly. Original music by Prom Queen.

What would your last meal be? Host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones unturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Twice monthly. Original music by Prom Queen.
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What would your last meal be? Host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones unturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Twice monthly. Original music by Prom Queen.

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Episodes

Lyrics Born, Chicken Katsu and Kimchi

10/12/2018
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Japanese-born, Berkeley-raised rapper/producer Lyrics Born has been in the music business for 25 years, but just the rich, deep purr of his speaking voice will make you swoon. LB (as his friends call him) is a blend of Asian and Western influences, and so is his last meal! Rachel also talks all things kimchi with four-time James Beard Award nominated Chef Rachel Yang. From the history of "bloody lettuce" to its ubiquity in Korea to tips on improving your store-bought kimchi, the two Rachels...

Duration:00:37:02

Tacocat, Cheesesteaks and S'mores

9/27/2018
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Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes are 50% of the Seattle-based band Tacocat and represent the yin and yang of the food world: one leans sweet, the other savory. Bree and Emily consider each other family, but differ on one thing: Emily is a candy coated, sugar monster and Bree prefers her meals wrapped in pizza. On this episode of YLM, we will coat ourselves in Cheez Whiz and take a trip to Philly to talk to the owners of the country's most famous, and rival, cheesesteak shops: Pat's and Geno's....

Duration:00:40:27

Keiko Agena, Hawaiian Food

9/17/2018
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Honolulu's own Keiko Agena, best known as Rory's BFF Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls (one of Rachel's "comfort food" shows) has inspired a Your Last Meal first - Hawaiian cuisine! Pile your plate with two scoops of rice and one scoop mac salad as we get the history of two of the islands' staple dishes: plate lunch and loco moco with Hawaiian food experts Hi'ilei Hobart and Ligaya Malones. And then, did you know Hawaii eats more SPAM per capita than any place on Earth? Rachel talks to Hormel's...

Duration:00:31:05

Dan Pfeiffer, Dim Sum

8/31/2018
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"Pod Save America" co-host Dan Pfeiffer ate approximately 520 meals inside the White House when he worked 24/7 as President Barack Obama's Senior Advisor. What was the White House menu like? We will explore! Spoiler alert: the butter is molded into the shape of the Great Seal of the United States, and senior White House staff are eating PB&J for lunch. On this week's episode of YLM, we take a deep dive into dim sum with Clarissa Wei, a Hong Kong based food writer and senior reporter for...

Duration:00:27:15

Allen Stone, Nachos

8/17/2018
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Allen Stone is an absolute delight! In fact, the only thing that might be more universally beloved than the R&B/Soul singer is what he chose as his last meal: nachos! On this episode of YLM, Allen tells Rachel about his musical roots, the dish his fiancee cooked that inspired his song VooDoo, and what it's like to tour with an organ player who is also an amateur chef. (Sous-vide steak in the Motel 6 bathtub anyone?) And in case you didn't know, 'chos aren't just chips and cheese...

Duration:00:34:52

Deb Perelman, Artichokes

7/26/2018
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Deb Perelman is the creator of the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen and a New York Times bestselling author whose cookbook holds Rachel's personal record for most recipes used. On this episode of YLM, we find out how Deb turned her 2003 blog into a full-time empire, how she met her husband in the comments section, and of course, her last meal, which happens to be an ancient aphrodisiac enjoyed at Roman orgies (!!). Rachel also talks to Italian travel writer, the absolutely...

Duration:00:31:35

Adam Carolla, Hungarian Goulash and Chicken Paprikash

7/12/2018
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Former radio & TV personality and current host of the most downloaded podcast of all time Adam Carolla has never forgotten where he comes from. On this episode of Your Last Meal, he takes Rachel back to his grandfather's roots in Eastern Europe to explore a type of cuisine that's not all that easy to find in the US: Hungarian. And he shares the origin story behind his sweet, high-octane signature drink Mangria. Rachel also talks to Carolyn Banfalvi, a food writer and food tour operator...

Duration:00:33:05

John Hodgman, Eggs and the Best Pizza in Maine

6/29/2018
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Prepare to fall in (even deeper) love with John Hodgman! Rachel talks with the reliably wry and clever comedian, author, actor, and podcaster about everything from whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich to the dangers of vacationing in Maine to the egg-istentially steadying quality of a hot plate of scrambled eggs. Speaking of a plate of eggs... how many can you hork down? Rachel and Producer Aaron head to Seattle's legendary Beth's Cafe to attempt to conquer their infamous 12-egg omelette,...

Duration:00:45:25

Boots Riley, All-You-Can-Eat Unagi Buffet

6/18/2018
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Boots Riley is a musician, writer, filmmaker, and activist. He's fronted the political hip hop group The Coup since 1991 (a favorite of Rachel's in her 20s), is the vocalist for Street Sweeper Social Club with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and just wrote/directed his first feature film "Sorry to Bother You" which has been receiving rave reviews at festivals and hits theaters nationwide on July 6. But what about the food?? Don't worry. We've literally got as much as you can...

Duration:00:35:45

Zach Braff, Chicken Parmigiana

5/31/2018
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Actor, filmmaker and restaurant-owner Zach Braff (Scrubs, Alex Inc, Garden State) was born and raised in New Jersey - home to the highest percentage of Italian Americans in the country. And for his last meal, he's sticking close to his roots! On this week's YLM, Rachel digs into the cheesy, saucy and fascinating history of Italian food in America with Krishnendu Ray, Department Chair of the Food Studies Program at NYU. Then she talks with cookbook author and Long Island native Amy...

Duration:00:32:28

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Red Curry and Eating Outdoors

5/17/2018
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Jennifer Pharr Davis is a long-distance hiker, speaker, and author who's hiked over 14,000 miles on 6 continents. In 2011, she set the Appalachian Trail record by walking the 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine in only 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes - a feat that takes most people 5-6 months! So what does this, as Rachel calls her, "complete badass" want for her last meal? And what does she and her fellow nature enthusiasts eat while conquering the outdoors? Rachel also consults rock...

Duration:00:33:32

Kenny G, Toro with Balsamic Teriyaki Sauce from Nobu

5/3/2018
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Kenny G is the most famous saxophonist playing today. He has sold over 75 million albums, tours all over the globe, and holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for holding the longest note on a saxophone. On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets the facts (not the fake news!) behind Kenny's contribution to creating an iconic menu item at the world's most popular coffee chain, learns which supermodel gave him his much-celebrated pie crust recipe, and she ponders a potentially...

Duration:00:37:09

Linda Perry, Vegan Donuts and the Science of Sonic Seasoning

4/19/2018
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You may not recognize Linda Perry by name, but you definitely know her music. She is a singer, songwriter, and producer behind massive hits for Adele, Weezer, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and many more! She's also the writer/singer behind the 90s hit (and solid karaoke jam) "What's Up" by her former band 4 Non Blondes. But what would this musical maestro choose for her last meal? Spoiler alert: She's way more into music than food. Which got us thinking - is there...

Duration:00:26:30

Lindy West, Smorkage and a Six Course Seattle Feast

4/3/2018
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Lindy West is an author, activist, and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. On this episode of YLM, Lindy details a six course last meal feast that features smorkage, a flaky, buttery, custardy Danish pastry only available at a single bakery in the United States. Rachel travels to Seattle's Larsen's Bakery (larsensbakery.com) to taste the impossible-to-pronounce Danish pastry. Lindy, a self-described "fat"...

Duration:00:37:17

Maria Shriver, Hamburger and Crispy French Fries

3/15/2018
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Maria Shriver has spent a lifetime in the public eye, but there's one thing none of us know about the award-winning journalist and author... until now: What she would eat for her last meal! On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets to the bottom of perhaps the most iconic American food of all - the hamburger. She learns about the earliest origins of the dish from burger authority, documentarian, and tv host George Motz, whose book "The Great American Burger Book" is about to release its 3rd...

Duration:00:31:51

Maria Shriver, Hamburger and Crispy French Fries

3/15/2018
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Maria Shriver has spent a lifetime in the public eye, but there's one thing none of us know about the award-winning journalist and author... until now: What she would eat for her last meal! On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets to the bottom of perhaps the most iconic American food of all - the hamburger. She learns about the earliest origins of the dish from burger authority, documentarian, and tv host George Motz, whose book "The Great American Burger Book" is about to release its 3rd...

Duration:00:31:57

Rick Steves, Chef's Choice

3/1/2018
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Travel expert, TV & radio host, author, and activist Rick Steves has been taking people all around the planet for decades. And his passion for unique and authentic experiences, living in the moment, and trying new things matches perfectly with how Rick chose to have his last meal. Rick has also been a longtime proponent of legalizing marijuana, so Rachel gets to the bottom of how cannabis confections are created with Jody Hill, founder of Seattle cupcake empire Cupcake Royal, as she shares...

Duration:00:38:28

Nicki Bluhm, Steakhouse and Ayurveda

2/16/2018
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Nicki Bluhm is one of Rachel's favorite singer/songwriters, touring with the likes of Josh Ritter and The Wood Brothers. She's also the fourth person to choose steak as their last meal! So on this episode of YLM, Rachel covers something she hasn't in any of the previous beefisodes: the history of the American Steakhouse. But steak isn't usually on the menu for Nicki, who eats according to a 5000 year-old Ayurvedic diet. Rachel's yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner Jodi Boone is here...

Duration:00:30:33

Ken Jennings, BBQ (and Jell-O)

1/25/2018
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In 2004, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings won 74 episodes in a row, making him the record holder for longest winning streak. And 14 years later, host Rachel Belle decided it would finally be a good idea to interview him. Ken shares Alex Trebek's strange and sugary breakfast choice (you'll never guess), he explains why Jeopardy contestants have to eat lunch together and, a huge BBQ lover, tells us why he doesn't want to be known as a "BBQ guy." He also clues us in to the regional food of...

Duration:00:35:59

Greta Gerwig, Funfetti Cake

1/11/2018
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Greta Gerwig, the Golden Globe winning writer/director of "Lady Bird," and star of one of Rachel's all-time favorite films "Francis Ha," is the talk of Hollywood! But one question no one on the red carpet has asked: What would Greta want for her last meal? Speaking of Rachel's favorites, one of her favorite culinary writers, and a Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2017, Molly Yeh shares the secrets behind perfecting her own Funfetti cake - which she makes from scratch. Even the sprinkles! Also: what...

Duration:00:36:13