EPISODE 30 | August 12, 2018

100% Natural, 50% of the Time

Michael S. Kideckel is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University. His dissertation “uses the breakfast cereal industry’s advocacy…

EPISODE 29 | August 5, 2018

Asian-Americans in Media, and Pixar’s Bao, Explained

“Twitter Roaster”, and author of Reel Inequality – a book that examine the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina/o…

EPISODE 28 | July 22, 2018

What’s for Dinner?

What’s in your grocery basket, and what does it reveal about you– your economic bracket, most personal food memories, current…

EPISODE 27 | July 15, 2018

How to Umeboshi Anything

An engineer by day, Rich Shih moonlights as Jean Dough, Koji Extraordinaire, by night. We’ll be talking about his hugely…

EPISODE 26 | July 8, 2018

America’s Next Top Model Minority

Chef and fellow Heritage Radio Network radio host Jenny Dorsey’s culinary mission is grand– to cook food and create environments…

EPISODE 25 | July 1, 2018

How to Consume Food Media

Today’s guest is Rupa Bhattacharya— the newly-appointed EIC of VICE’s food website and digital channel, MUNCHIES. We discuss the responsibility…

EPISODE 24 | June 17, 2018

Mouthfeel and Carnal Perception

Joining me today is artist Rosemary Liss; food is her medium. Eloquently put, her website states: “Rosemary Liss (b. 1988)…

EPISODE 23 | June 3, 2018

Resistance, Re-appropriation, Reaffirmation

Born in New Orleans, Lolis Eric Elie is now a Los Angeles based writer and filmmaker. A prolific writer, Elie…

EPISODE 22 | May 15, 2018

Visual Food Anthropology

Why and how do we gather around food? Food photographer, Penny de Los Santos, discusses her “anthropologic findings” while shooting…

EPISODE 21 | May 8, 2018

You are What you Eat: The History of “Terroir”

Kicking off MTBE’s 3rd season, is author and professor Thomas Parker. His most recent book, Tasting French Terroir: The History…

EPISODE 20 | April 17, 2018

Tall, Dark, and Highly Hydrated

Josey Baker of The Mill SF on how industrialization has led to false expectations as to how much a loaf…

EPISODE 19 | April 3, 2018

Californio/a Cuisine

Maria Zizka has cooked and written with numerous authorities on California cuisine– co-authoring with Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow, Tartine’s Elisabeth Prueitt,…

EPISODE 18 | March 20, 2018

The Price of Your Morning Coffee

Coffee is a complex subject within the greater culinary landscape. Parlor Coffee’s founder, Dillon Edwards, speaks on the cross-cultural journey…

EPISODE 17 | March 6, 2018

Decolonizing the Food System

The I-Collective is a group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers. Indigenous communities have been wild-foraging, cooking…

EPISODE 16 | February 27, 2018

Love Yourself Shamelessly

Sarahlynn Pablo and Natalia Roxas are the founders of Filipino Kitchen. Pushing past questions of appropriation and authenticity, provenance and…

EPISODE 15 | February 19, 2018

Old School vs. New School

Andrea Fazzari is the author of Tokyo New Wave: 31 Chefs Defining Japan’s Next Generation, out mid-March from Ten Speed…

EPISODE 14 | February 6, 2018

What Eating Looks Like Today

Jen Monroe is the founder of Bad Taste, a Brooklyn-based project committed to exploring new ways of thinking about food…

EPISODE 13 | January 23, 2018

What Happens When Instagram Influencers Storm Your “Pink As F*ck” Restaurant

Pietro Quaglia owns Pietro Nolita, an all pink (some would call it “Millennial Pink”) restaurant in NYC. His aesthetic has…

EPISODE 12 | January 18, 2018

When Cornbread Meets Banh Mi

Chef Rob Newton was born and raised in Arkansas before joining the army, kicking college to the curb for culinary…

EPISODE 11 | December 6, 2017

Has the Conversation Around Appropriation Made Any Difference?

Has the first mainstream wave of cultural appropriation activism achieved its goals? Andrea Wien talks to Soleil Ho, writer, chef…

EPISODE 10 | November 21, 2017

A White Dude On The Wok

When Josh Grinker, chef and co-owner of Kings Co. Imperial started out, he first fell in love with the technique…

EPISODE 9 | November 14, 2017

Sarah Lohman on The Eight Flavors that Changed the Way We Eat

Author Sarah Lohman joins us today to talk about how 8 flavors–from black pepper to sriracha — have shaped and…

EPISODE 8 | November 7, 2017

The Price of Immigrant Foods in America with Krishnendu Ray

Oft-quoted and well-loved by the MTBE team, Krishnendu Ray–NYU Food Studies Professor and author of two books on immigrant foods…

EPISODE 7 | October 31, 2017

Bringing A Taste Of Taiwan To Brooklyn At Win Son

Trigg Brown and Joshua Ku of East Wililamsburg’s well-loved (and only) Taiwanese-American joint, Win Son, talk about Taiwan’s complicated history,…

EPISODE 6 | October 24, 2017

I Scream, You Scream: Ben Van Leeuwen on Designing Ice Cream and Cooking Indonesian Food

Ben Van Leeuwen on the Van Leeuwen’s ice cream empire and his side project— the Balinese-inspired restaurant, Selamat Pagi, in…

EPISODE 5 | October 17, 2017

Is Even Soul Food Gentrifying?

On this episode of Meant To Be Eaten, Fred Opie, professor of foodways and history at Babson College and author…

EPISODE 4 | October 10, 2017

An Exploration on the True Meaning of Tea

Tea culture spans thousands of years, from India and China to Japan and Britain. But what exactly is tea? And…

EPISODE 3 | October 3, 2017

“What’s for Dinner?”: Navigating Food Tension with Dan Pashman

At the end of a long work week, there’s nothing more we love than breaking bread with good company. But…

EPISODE 2 | September 26, 2017

Beyond Sushi: Is Bacon and Egg Ramen Japanese?

Today’s episode of Meant to be Eaten follows a conversation between Coral (MTBE’s producer, in for Andrea) and JT Vuong–head…

EPISODE 1 | September 12, 2017

How a Japanese Mold Inoculated the Modern Jewish Deli

Who and what define authenticity? Can shopping in the “ethnic” aisle ever become more than “ethnic tourism?” Is cultural appropriation…

Culinary | October 26, 2017

Food for Every Mood

| September 6, 2017

Trailer: Meant To Be Eaten