EPISODE 89 | June 28, 2020

Alicia Kennedy on the value of white acceptance

A conversation with Alicia Kennedy. Alicia Kennedy wears many hats. A food and drink writer from Long Island—now based in…

EPISODE 88 | June 14, 2020

Heifer International on how agriculture can provide a path out of poverty

A conversation with Donna Kilpatrick and William Matovu. Heifer International works all over the world to use agriculture as a…

EPISODE 87 | June 7, 2020

Andrew Genung on the importance of word choice and what we can learn from H.K.’s reopenings

A conversation with Andrew Genung. Andrew Genung is a Hong-Kong based writer and regular contributor to Eater. He also writes…

EPISODE 86 | May 31, 2020

Esther Kim on Afro-Asian solidarity, Eddie Huang, and how a fistful of rice fuelled a democracy

A conversation with Esther Kim. Esther Kim is a writer and editor of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Transpacific Literary…

EPISODE 85 | May 17, 2020

Lori Flores on farmworkers’ rights amid and beyond the pandemic

A conversation with Lori Flores. Stony Brook University associate professor history Lori Flores’s research and writing focuses on Latino life,…

EPISODE 84 | May 10, 2020

Julia Bainbridge and Malcolm Harris on the antidote to loneliness

Conversations with Malcolm Harris and Julia Bainbridge. This episode, we’re talking about loneliness—versus solitude, versus self-isolation. My first guest, author,…

EPISODE 83 | April 5, 2020

Chhaya Kolavalli on why the local food movement is so white

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal. Melissa Fuster, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 82 | March 29, 2020

Eric Rath on what ancient sushi forms can teach us about sustainability

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal. Melissa Fuster, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 81 | March 22, 2020

Azri Amram on the Jewish-Palestinian conflict, and food tourism as a bridge

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal. Melissa Fuster, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 80 | March 15, 2020

Rose Wellman on the popularity of Jell-O in Tehran, and its challenge to Islamic piety and Iranian citizenship

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal. Bob Valgenti, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 79 | March 8, 2020

Krishnendu Ray on street food—mobility and diversity out in the open

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal. Bob Valgenti, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 78 | March 1, 2020

Laurie Bertram on Iceland’s most reluctantly defended tradition

This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal.  Bob Valgenti, from Gastronomica: The Journal…

EPISODE 77 | February 23, 2020

Why food pantries are unable to combat hunger

A conversation with Rebecca de Souza. Do food pantries completely miss the point? Rebecca de Souza thinks they might. In…

EPISODE 76 | February 9, 2020

Jeff Abella on fostering a sustainble agroeconomy in Cameroon

After a decade of building up sustainable farming, ethical trade, and community development in Africa, Jeff Abella—and his partner, Ishan—founded…

EPISODE 75 | February 2, 2020

Carol Pak on building America’s first craft makgeolli company

A conversation with Carol Pak. Carol Pak is the founder of Makku, America’s first canned craft makgeolli company. We discuss why she…

EPISODE 74 | January 19, 2020

Amy Trubek on how restaurant culture needs to change

A conversation with Amy Trubek. Amy Trubek’s research interests include the history of the culinary profession, globalization of the food…

EPISODE 73 | December 1, 2019

Daniel Bender on saving food… from what?

A conversation with Daniel Bender. We’re all very concerned with saving food–from preservation to curation to nostalgia to archiving to…

EPISODE 72 | November 17, 2019

Amanda Hesser on food media’s effects on “taste”

A conversation with Amanda Hesser. Amanda Hesser is CEO and co-founder of food, home, and lifestyle brand, Food52. Now in its 10th…

EPISODE 71 | November 10, 2019

Sybil Kapoor on innate and learned “taste”

A conversation with Sybil Kapoor. UK food writer Sybil Kapoor’s recently released book, “Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound”, builds on…

EPISODE 70 | November 3, 2019

Mukta Das on “heritage-making” in a divided country

A conversation with Mukta Das. Following her studies of both Chinese and Indian history at SOAS, Mukta Das’s research interests…

EPISODE 69 | October 27, 2019

Kristin and Mark Kimball on the 1% feeding the 99%

A conversation with Kristin and Mark Kimball. Kristin and Mark Kimball are the owners of Essex Farm. Located in Essex,…

EPISODE 68 | October 6, 2019

Korsha Wilson on what inclusivity in the food world would look like

Korsha Wilson is a food writer, culinary school grad, and host of Heritage Radio Network’s “A Hungry Society”– a podcast…

EPISODE 67 | September 29, 2019

Robin Sloan on sourdough and tech bros

Robin Sloan is concerned with the intersection of media and technology. His first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was a…

EPISODE 66 | September 22, 2019

Sonia Chopra on ethnicity as flexible

Eater’s Director of Editorial Strategy, Sonia Chopra, on Mexican-Punjabi cuisine, code switching, and how food helps preserve the intactness of…

EPISODE 65 | September 15, 2019

Jen Monroe on why we should care about bees

Jen Monroe returns to the show to discuss her recent dinner series concerning bees. We discuss a brief history of…

EPISODE 64 | August 11, 2019

Elizabeth Minchilli on the intersection of architecture, dining, and taste

Elizabeth Minchilli is an ex-art-historian turned lifestyle and travel writer, turned food writer. She is the author of multiple books, including Eating…

EPISODE 63 | August 4, 2019

Francesca Vaghi and Brandi Miller on defining “good” food

What makes good food, good? PhD students at SOAS University of London Francesca Vaghi and Brandi Miller join Coral to…

EPISODE 62 | July 28, 2019

John T. Edge on the cultural narrative of food, gatekeepers, and unreliable narrators

A conversation with John T. Edge. John T’s work examining, documenting, and exploring the diverse food cultures of the American…

EPISODE 61 | July 14, 2019

Leslie Bow on how Asians navigated the racially segregated south

A conversation with Leslie Bow. Leslie Bow is the author of Partly Colored – a book that look at 1954…

EPISODE 60 | July 7, 2019

Dave Haeselin on the inauthenticity of food, our selves, and communication in the digital age

A few years ago, Dave Haeselin, an English professor at the University of North Dakota, moonlighted as a sugar beet truck driver…and…

EPISODE 59 | June 23, 2019

Katie Rue on opening a Korean-American cocktail bar

Katie Rue is the owner of Reception Bar – a self-proclaimed Korean-American bar in the Lower East Side. The cocktails…

EPISODE 58 | June 16, 2019

Jack Tchen on the history of Chinatown and yellow peril

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a facilitator, teacher, historian, curator, re-organizer, and dumpster diver. He co-founded the Museum of…

EPISODE 57 | June 9, 2019

Maggie Gray, Sarah Horton, Vanesa Ribas, and Angela Stuesse on the contested and changing roles of immigrant farmworkers in the U.S.

A Conversation with Maggie Gray, Sarah Horton, Vanesa Ribas, and Angela Stuesse. A forum of four authors of books on…

EPISODE 56 | June 2, 2019

Merry White on Japan’s long-standing coffee culture

Cafes offer up this unique third space – not home, nor work – for people to be private in a…

EPISODE 55 | May 19, 2019

Chris Cheung on Lucky Cricket, Lucky Lee’s, and other unlucky openings

A conversation with Chris Cheung. Google today’s guest, and immediately pops up the article titled, “Chris Cheung respects tradition, by breaking…

EPISODE 54 | May 12, 2019

Gaik Cheng Khoo on eating together

Gaik Cheng Khoo‘s (author of Eating Together) research exists at the intersection of food and race, culture, and identity. In…

EPISODE 53 | May 5, 2019

Takeyuki Tsuda on Japanese-American immigrants and defending “Americanness”

Takeyuki Tsuda (Gaku) has been researching the ethnic minority status of Japanese Americans across generations, and the extent to which…

EPISODE 52 | April 14, 2019

Sarita See on the lasting effects of colonialism, and how to critique diasporic art

Sarita See is author of The Decolonized Eye and The Filipino Primitive, Media and Cultural Studies professor at UC Riverside,…

EPISODE 51 | April 7, 2019

Mark Padoongpatt on the rise of Asian-dominated suburban neighborhoods

Mark Padoongpatt has written on Thai-American foodways, Asian-American Suburbia, and is currently researching the history of Asian restaurant health inspections…

EPISODE 50 | March 31, 2019

Michael Kideckel on “folk” and Matthew Mickler’s “White Trash” cookbook

A conversation with Michael Kideckel. Today we’re talking about capital W capital T white trash. Deemed the “most intriguing book…

EPISODE 49 | March 24, 2019

Andrew Tam on Singaporean hawker centers—from nuisance to “culinary heritage”

Andrew Tam’s research on Singapore Hawker Centers (Gastronomica Spring 2017) reworks what food reveals about multiculturalism, capital-A Authenticity, and socio-economic…

EPISODE 48 | March 17, 2019

Kate Young on food and fiction

Kate Young is the author of the book, The Little Library Cookbook, and the brains behind @BakingFiction. Tantalized by Bruce’s…

EPISODE 47 | March 3, 2019

Allen Weiss on the French gastronomic meal as “immaterial heritage”

Producer of what may be the majority of scholarship on chou farci in existence on this planet, Allen Weiss is the author…

EPISODE 46 | February 24, 2019

Alan Warde on the sociology of dining out

Sociologist of food, Alan Warde is the author of Eating Out (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and more recently The Practice…

EPISODE 45 | February 17, 2019

Matt Garcia, E. Melanie Dupuis, and Don Mitchell on nourishment, territory, and belonging as afforded by food

A Conversation with editors of Food Across Borders (Rutgers University Press, 2017): Matt Garcia, E. Melanie DuPuis, and Don Mitchell. Food Across Borders…

EPISODE 44 | February 10, 2019

Paul Freedman on the ten restaurants that changed American dining

Professor of History at Yale University, Paul Freedman, is also the author of Ten Restaurants that Changed America (W.W. Norton, 2016). We discuss the…

EPISODE 43 | February 3, 2019

Michelle Bloom on food and cinema’s role in preserving cultural memory

Professor of French & Comparative Literature at University of California Riverside, Michelle Bloom’s work shows how cinema – like the culinary arts, both…

EPISODE 42 | January 27, 2019

Megan Elias on cookbooks and TV’s influence on gender expectations

Megan Elias’s work and research explores the history of food and culture through food writing, markets, and home economics. Elias is…

EPISODE 41 | January 20, 2019

Jennifer LeMesurier on MSG, xenophobia, and mainstream rhetoric

A Conversation with Jennifer LeMesurier. Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University, Jennifer LeMesurier is interested in how terminology…

EPISODE 40 | November 25, 2018

Meredith Leigh on the ethics of meat consumption

A conversation with Meredith Leigh. Currently based in Asheville, NC Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, chef, educator, and author of…

EPISODE 39 | November 18, 2018

Kimberly Chou and Kimberly Jenkins on food’s role in fashioning the self

A Conversation with Kimberly Chou and Kimberly Jenkins. Fashion historian and lecturer/professor at Pratt Institute and the New School, Kimberly Jenkins discusses the…

EPISODE 38 | November 11, 2018

Chris Ying and Melinna Shannon-DiPietro on “You and I Eat the Same”

A conversation with Melina Shannon-DiPietro and Chris Ying. MAD, the danish word for “food” – is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing together a…

EPISODE 37 | October 28, 2018

Suzy Spence and Irina Mihalache on feminism and food in museum spaces

Suzy Spence – Artist and Curator and the creator of The Online Archive for Womanhouse – and Irina Milahache, Author…

EPISODE 36 | October 21, 2018

Rachel Laudan on culinary Luddism and the inaccessbility of slow food

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “It seems like every time you hear someone mention processed food, it’s accompanied with the…

EPISODE 35 | October 14, 2018

Natalie Doonan on the fiction of “wild” cuisine

Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist, writer, and educator with a PhD in humanities (specializing in sensory studies,…

EPISODE 34 | October 7, 2018

Sarah Fouts on loncheras in NOLA

Sarah Fouts wears many hats; a writer and professor; she’s taught at Tulane and is now at the University of…

EPISODE 33 | September 30, 2018

Mallory O’Donnell on foraging and food access

Today’s episode will be the first of a two-part series, exploring the politics and current state and culture of “professional”…

EPISODE 32 | September 16, 2018

Suzanne Cope on immigrant labor and “American” cuisine

Suzanne Cope, PhD is an educator, narrative journalist, and scholar. She’s written on food near and far: from small-batch cheesemakers…

EPISODE 31 | September 9, 2018

Nancy Hachisu on appropriation, cultural hierarchies, and authenticity

The late, LA Times critic, Jonathan Gold, so describes today’s MTBE guest. An author of 3 (soon to be 4)…

EPISODE 30 | August 12, 2018

Michael Kideckel on the inaccessibility of “good” food, and power of branding

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

Nancy Yuen on the lack of Asian-Americans in media and Pixar’s Bao

“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

Aimee Brodeur on what our groceries reveal about us

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

Rich Shih on koji and community

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

Jenny Dorsey on the model minority myth

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

Rupa Bhattacharya on 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

Rosemary Liss on food as an artistic medium

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

Lolis Eric Elie on resistance, re-appropriation, and 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

Penny de los Santos on what food photography has taught her about humanity

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

Thomas Parker on 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

Josey Baker on bread’s real cost, changing aesthetics, and capacity to serve a community

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

Maria Zizka on ghostwriting numerous California cuisine cookbooks

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

Dillon Edwards on the true price of a cup of 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

Members of I-Collective on the state of Indigenous cuisine

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

Sarahlynn Pablo and Natalia Roxas on pushing past the stinky food narrative

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

Andrea Fazzari on new-school Tokyo cuisine

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

Jen Monroe on digital food and consumption, and food porn as a signifier

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

Pietro Quaglia on his millenial pink, accidentally Instagrammable 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

Rob Newton on being a southern chef inspired by Vietnamese cooking

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

Soleil Ho and Kimberly Chou on appropriation in media

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

Josh Grinker on being 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

Krishnendu Ray on the price of immigrant foods in America

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

Joshua Ku and Trigg Brown on Taiwan, America, Taiwan-Americana

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

Ben Van Leeuwen on ice cream, his Indonesian restaurant, and cooking without borders

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

Adedoyin Teriba and Fred Opie on the origins of soul food

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

Timothy Hsu and Zach Mangan on who owns 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

Dan Pashman on heritage, nostalgia, and navigating food tensions

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

JT Vuong on cooking another’s cuisine

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

Jeremy Umansky on his koji-fueled Jewish deli

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

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