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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

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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What would Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings eat for his last meal? Why do Mormons love Jell-O? What does Alex Trebek eat for breakfast? Get the answers to all of these questions and more on this episode of Your Last Meal! Check out Ken's fun and informative books at www.ken-jennings.com and his new podcast OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories with musician John Roderick, at www.omnibusproject.com. Thanks to Jell-O museum curator Lynne Belluscio, executive...

Duration:00:33:44

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:...

Duration:00:36:13

Guillermo del Toro, Mole Poblano

12/28/2017
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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth​, Hellboy) loves monsters, and his movies often use creatures of fantasy to tell stories about what it means to be human. It's no surprise that his choice is for last meal is grounded, complex, and beloved - just like his films. On this week's YLM, Rachel dishes with del Toro about his two homes full of monster memorabilia, his latest Golden Globe nominated project "The Shape of Water," and more! We also learn about the...

Duration:00:32:17

Gail Simmons, Bonoffee Pie

12/7/2017
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Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has one of the best jobs ever. She travels the world eating incredible cuisine made by some of the best chefs on the planet. So what would she choose for her last meal? Bonoffee Pie is a ubiquitous dish in British culture, but Rachel has never even heard of it! So she talks to its creator Ian Dowding to get the scoop on the history and incredible popularity of this delicious dessert. Pick up Gail's beautiful new cookbook "Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes...

Duration:00:20:10

D'Arcy Carden, McDonald's French Fries and Rocky Road Ice Cream

11/16/2017
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D'Arcy Carden is on fire! Best known as Janet, the Siri-esque robot concierge on NBC's hit show "The Good Place," the veteran Upright Citizen's Brigade performer played Gemma on Comedy Central's "Broad City" and just happens to be old pals with our very own Rachel Belle! Join these two friends as they talk about D'Arcy's journey to her recent success, where that apostrophe in her name comes from (fans of 90s rock might be able to guess...) and - of course - her choice for last...

Duration:00:32:56

Paula Deen, Baked Potato

11/2/2017
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There is nothing celebrity chef Paula Deen won't put butter on, and that includes her last meal, which is topped with a big ol' dollop of the stuff. The TV host, restaurant owner and cookbook author chews the fat with host Rachel Belle, revealing that her love of cooking blossomed during the two decades she spent in her house, dealing with agoraphobia. Plus, a little history lesson from the Idaho Potato Commission on how steak became best friends with the baked potato. And Rachel takes us...

Duration:00:25:42

Tom Leykis, Steak & Red Wine

10/19/2017
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Controversial "shock jock" Tom Leykis has been on the air for decades and made his fair share of enemies with his polarizing views on women and relationships. But no one is one-dimensional, and in her effort to get to the bottom of why Tom is the way he is, she discovered a charming man who makes his own wine, loves to experiment in the kitchen, and won't buy meat from a grocery store. On that note, we talk to Tom's butcher Lou DeRosa of Marconda's Meats in LA - where 3 generations of...

Duration:00:33:22

Alicia Silverstone, Vegan Cheese

10/5/2017
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Actor, animal rights activist, author, and the reason everybody was running around in 1995 saying "As if!" Alicia Silverstone joins Rachel on this episode of YLM! The "Clueless" star admits that although she's been vegan since 1998, she's most tempted by a delicious cheese, so we talk to Youssef Fakhouri, owner of Alicia's (and LA's) favorite vegan cheese shop Vromage. And remember that 2012 video of Alicia feeding her child like a baby bird? It caused quite the stir, so Rachel gets to...

Duration:00:27:53

Justin Britt, Pizza

9/8/2017
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Scoop up this slice of Your Last Meal featuring Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt, featuring the food Rachel's been dying to delve into: pizza. You'll learn the history of pizza in the United States with Scott Weiner of New York Scott's Pizza Tours and find out buckets of fascinating food info morsels about the world of Major League Eating with Crazy Legs Conti.

Duration:00:29:47

Mary Lambert, Chicken Fried Steak

8/25/2017
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Singer Mary Lambert, made famous by her stunning vocal accompaniment to the smash hit "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is now a solo star in her own right. Mary brings pure joy and candor to her music and everything she does -- and she is very passionate about food. Tuck into one of the most delightful interviews you'll ever hear, and learn the not-so-true origins of chicken fried steak that no one in Lamesa, Texas will ever complain about.

Duration:00:25:59

Jenny Slate, Cherry Pie

8/10/2017
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Jenny Slate (Landline, Obvious Child, Parks & Rec,) exposes her sweet tooth on this edition of YLM! The super-delightful actor & comedian goes full-cherry as her last meal includes cherry pie and a Shirley Temple. What comes to mind when you think of cherry pie? If you're like Rachel, 2 things: that Warrant song, and Twin Peaks. So we've got both! Rachel talks to Warrant's guitar player Joey Allen about the history behind their iconic song and why he can no longer eat cherry pie. Then...

Duration:00:34:25

Mary Roach, Oysters

7/27/2017
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Mary Roach is one of Rachel's favorite authors. She writes brilliant nonfiction books about science and the human body that are gripping, hilarious, and usually really gross. On this episode of YLM, Mary explains her reasons behind choosing this delicious bivalve for her final feast, Rachel digs into the myths behind oysters with Rowan Jacobsen, author of "The Essential Oyster," and food & science collide as we meet Tom Ryan: CEO of Smashburger, and the man behind legendary fast-food...

Duration:00:32:06

Jackson Galaxy, Vegan NYC Smorgasbord

7/13/2017
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Cat expert Jackson Galaxy (Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell) is basically the male version of Rachel. On this episode of YLM, these two feline-obsessed friends discuss Jackson's rise to animal-expertise, his roots as a Jewish New Yorker, and why cats are so different from dogs. Also, we explore the next level in vegan food science with Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown whose company is making plant-based meat that bleeds. And David Sax, author of "Save the Deli" tells us about the slow death of...

Duration:00:31:44

Fran Drescher, Pasta & Fresh Italian Vegetables

6/27/2017
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Fran Drescher (The Nanny) is an actor, cancer survivor, and LGBTQ activist. On this episode of YLM, Rachel dishes with the New York native about being a gay icon, how she uses her celebrity to advocate for important causes - like curing cancer, and why Fran was the first guest to object to the titular question. We also dig into the habits of picky eaters. Fran is very careful about what she eats, but Rachel talks to a woman who may be the pickiest eater of all time, and Stephanie...

Duration:00:32:09

Kevin Allison, Rare Steak and a Martini

6/14/2017
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Kevin Allison (Risk!, MTV's The State) is a freaking delight. Whether it's his infectious laughter, his willingness to be honest no matter the cost, or a shared love of eating Doritos with milk, Rachel may have found her new best friend. And we think you will too! Exclamation point! On the latest YLM, we learn about Kevin's early life as a gay kid in Ohio, explore his imperfect veganism, and in honor of Risk!, Rachel and Producer Aaron share stories about some of the weird & risky foods...

Duration:00:35:15

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lobster

6/1/2017
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a celebrity astrophysicist (yes - that's a thing!), author, Director of The Hayden Planetarium in NYC, host of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Fox and the "Star Talk" radio show, and the guy we love to blame for Pluto not being a planet anymore. On this episode of YLM, Rachel talks with one of the greatest scientific voices of our time about his love of melted butter, the time he almost became a stripper, and what foods Neil would take with him if he...

Duration:00:36:23

Mother's Day Special

5/16/2017
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Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate, we took a little time to talk to the woman responsible for bringing our beloved Rachel Belle into the world: her mom Barbara. From the streets of Brooklyn, to digging through another Barbra (Streisand)'s garbage in LA, Barbara's life has never been boring. And speaking of moms, how 'bout that placenta?! Rachel talks to Heather Woskey of seattleplacentaencapsulation.com about the practice of mothers eating their placenta. (It's put into pills, so it's not...

Duration:00:24:53

Author Augusten Burroughs, Brunswick Stew

5/3/2017
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New York Times Bestselling author Augusten Burroughs has written several deeply personal memoirs including "Running with Scissors," "Dry," and his newest "Lust & Wonder." From his messed up childhood, to alcohol addiction, to his obsession with infomercials, there's one thing we still don't know about Augusten: What would his last meal be? On this episode of YLM, Rachel also talks with the extraordinarily delightful "Queen of the Cooking Infomercial" Cathy Mitchell, and gets stuck between...

Duration:00:35:45

Heart's Ann Wilson, KFC

4/18/2017
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Ann Wilson, lead singer of the band Heart, is widely considered one of the best vocalists in rock and roll history. On this week's YLM, the "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda" singer (and Seattle native) dishes about being a "blue stater living in the red X of Trump Country" in rural Florida, her favorite karaoke jams, and the delicious glory that is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Rachel also talks with Lori Eberenz at KFC HQ in Kentucky to learn the incredible true story of Colonel Sanders: how he...

Duration:00:26:53

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