Special Sauce: Author Rick Bragg on His Mom, the B...

Special Sauce: Author Rick Bragg on His Mom, the B…

[Photograph: Michael Lionstar. Cornbread photograph: Vicky Wasik] We don’t often get a chance to have a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on Special Sauce—Jonathan Gold was the first—so I jumped at the chance to have Rick Bragg, one of my favorite writers of all time, on the podcast. Of course, Rick isn’t known as a food or […]

Special Sauce: Roads & Kingdoms' Matt Goulding On ...

Special Sauce: Roads & Kingdoms’ Matt Goulding On …

[Photograph: Laura Pérez. Soft shell crab photograph: Vicky Wasik] As you can probably tell, I love interviewing people for Special Sauce. That’s because we book guests who have compelling food-related stories to share with us. But Roads & Kingdoms co-founder and author Matt Goulding had so many interesting things to say about food and life […]

Vegan Alfredo Sauce Is All About the Cauliflower a...

Vegan Alfredo Sauce Is All About the Cauliflower a…

[Photographs: Kristin Donnelly] My childhood motto was: Bring on the cream sauce. No surprise, fettuccine Alfredo was a favorite dish of mine. And I’m not talking about the original, slightly more elegant version, which was made tableside with a server tossing pasta with copious amounts of butter and cheese. I mean the sturdier, Olive Garden-style […]

Special Sauce: The Knife Skills Team and Life Afte...

Special Sauce: The Knife Skills Team and Life Afte…

[Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Lennon and Brandon Chrostowski. Photograph of Darwin Hailey in Edwins Restaurant: Lara Talevski] It’s been five days since the Oscars, and I’ll admit it: I was keenly disappointed when Knife Skills didn’t win for Best Documentary Short. But now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on the Oscars as […]

Special Sauce: The Team Behind Knife Skills, the O...

Special Sauce: The Team Behind Knife Skills, the O…

[Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Lennon and Brandon Chrostowski. Salade Niçoise photograph: Vicky Wasik] We don’t usually make a big deal about the Oscars on Special Sauce, but when I saw the brilliant Oscar-nominated documentary short Knife Skills, I knew I wanted to talk about it. The film shows what happens when Cleveland chef/restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski […]

Special Sauce: JJ Johnson on Hoops With Steph Curr...

Special Sauce: JJ Johnson on Hoops With Steph Curr…

[Photograph: Eliesa Johnson. Rice photograph: Vicky Wasik] In part 2 of my interview with JJ Johnson, the charismatic chef and co-author of Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, I had to ask him to explain the book’s lengthy subtitle word by word, and to explain what he and […]

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