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 […]

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 […]

14 Showstopping Cakes to Make Any Occasion Special

14 Showstopping Cakes to Make Any Occasion Special

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Yvonne Ruperti, J. Kenji López-Alt] When it comes to dessert you have no shortage of options—cupcakes, brownies, pies, and more—but for a celebration you just can’t beat a cake. A towering layer cake like our devil’s food or coconut varieties will always impress, but that’s just the start. Whether you’re celebrating a […]

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 […]

Special Sauce: JJ Johnson on Embracing the Food of...

Special Sauce: JJ Johnson on Embracing the Food of…

[Photograph: Eliesa Johnson. Squash photograph: Vicky Wasik] My guest this week on Special Sauce is chef and cookbook author JJ Johnson. When I say he gravitated to kitchen work at an early age, I mean really early. He started cooking with his grandmother when he was four: “I didn’t really watch cartoons…I’d step on like […]

Special Sauce: Jenny Allen on the Joy of Eating a ...

Special Sauce: Jenny Allen on the Joy of Eating a …

[Photograph: David Welch. Corn casserole photograph: Vicky Wasik] Here’s how the delightful and brave Jenny Allen describes the food at her family table in Part 2 of her Special Sauce interview: “Such bad food…and so little of it.” As that quote can attest, you can be sure there’s no shortage of pithy insights or jokes […]

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