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 […]

Special Sauce: Author and Playwright Jenny Allen o...

Special Sauce: Author and Playwright Jenny Allen o…

[Photograph: David Welch. Cookie photograph: Vicky Wasik] Jenny Allen, the humorist and author of the guffaw-inducing new book Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas, derives as much pleasure from eating as anyone I know. Consider this anecdote she shared with me about her food-loving stepmother: “One day she said, ‘I […]

Special Sauce: Resy’s Ben Leventhal on the Growing...

Special Sauce: Resy’s Ben Leventhal on the Growing…

[Photograph: Courtesy of Resy. Spicy Spring pizza photograph: Vicky Wasik] When Resy‘s Ben Leventhal, who has been involved in at least five food-related start-ups, speaks about entrepreneurship, I am all ears. Here are just a couple of the pearls of wisdom that came out of our in-depth conversation: “What I do try to say to […]

Special Sauce: Eater Cofounder Ben Leventhal on th...

Special Sauce: Eater Cofounder Ben Leventhal on th…

[Photograph: Courtesy of Resy. Chicken soup photograph: Vicky Wasik] The members list of the non-existent Digital Food Entrepreneur’s Club would be quite small, but it would have to include Ben Leventhal, who is both this and next week’s guest on Special Sauce. Ben cofounded Eater in 2005 and is now one of the cofounders of […]

Ask Special Sauce, The Holiday Edition: Kenji and ...

Ask Special Sauce, The Holiday Edition: Kenji and …

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] This week we’ve got a special holiday episode of Ask Special Sauce. With Kenji and Stella serving as my co-pilots from the comforts of their own homes, we endeavored to answer some of the questions Serious Eaters and Special Sauce devotees have about holiday cooking and baking. Though we were thousands of […]

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