Radio Cherry Bombe features interviews with the coolest, most creative women in the world of food. Each week, host Kerry Diamond, co-founder and editorial director of the indie magazine Cherry Bombe, talks to the chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, stylists, writers, cookbook authors, and others making it…
Sohui Kim is the chef and co-owner of Gage & Tollner, one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. It's also one of the most historic restaurants, as it dates back to 1892. The legendary Edna Lewis cooked there in the 1980s and ‘90s, the interior and exterior are landmarked, and many New Yorkers marked important moments there. Sohui, her partners, and her team are breathing new life into the space, earning rave reviews and spots on multiple best-of lists. But this latest incarnation of Gage & Tollner almost didn't happen because of the pandemic. Sohui joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about the resilience and community support it took to re-open the restaurant. Don't miss their chat! Thank you to Kerrygold, makers of milk and cheese from Irish grass-fed cows, and to Sir Kensington's and their new Fry Sauce, which you can order here. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City. Our theme song, All Fired Up, is by the band Tralala.
Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito are the chefs and co-owners of Don Angie, one of the hottest restaurants in New York City, and they also happen to be husband and wife and new parents—to a strong-willed 10-month-old. The duo recently collaborated on a cookbook, Italian American: Red Sauce Classics and New Essentials, that's out Oct. 26th and is a nod to their heritage and the food they love to eat and cook. Scott and Angie join host Kerry Diamond to talk about their debut book, plus family, their famous pinwheel lasagna, and how they fell in love. Don't miss their chat.Thank you to Kerrygold, makers of beautiful butter and cheese, and to Ace Hotel Brooklyn for supporting this episode. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Joanne Molinaro and her alter ego, The Korean Vegan, are taking the food world by storm. A lawyer turned blogger turned TikTok star, Joanne has captivated millions of fans with her vegan takes on classic Korean recipes. But Joanne adds a twist in the form of deeply personal stories about her life, her family, and her role as a content creator. Her debut cookbook, The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen, is out Tuesday, Oct. 12th, and it's one of the season's most anticipated cookbooks. Joanne joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her story and her favorite recipes. Joanne will be at Cherry Bombe Cooks & Books celebration on Saturday, Oct. 16th. Tickets and all-access passes are now on sale. Thank you to Kerrygold and Ace Hotel Brooklyn for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Chef Tommi Vincent is a force. As the matriarch behind Vincent Country, the company she and her husband founded to uplift and inspire others, Chef Tommi is all about helping others be their best selves. In addition to being a mom, grandmother, chef, and philanthropist, Tommi is a board member of The National Domestic Violence Hotline and has dedicated her time and resources to helping others affected by domestic violence. Tommi is also a member of Just Call Me Chef, the black female chef collective, and was honored with the organization's Just Call Me Sis sisterhood award earlier this year. If you or anyone you know is affected by domestic violence, you can reach The National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 800-799-7233, by texting the word START to 88788, or visiting thehotline.org.
Stanley Tucci, the food world's favorite actor, stops by Radio Cherry Bombe today and there's a lot to talk about. His memoir, "Taste: My Life Through Food," is out today; "Big Night," the cult film he co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in, just turned 25; and his TV program, "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy," just won an Emmy. Stanley also chats with host Kerry Diamond about his pasta rules, his love for Julia Child, and, of course, timpano. Don't miss this episode! Thank you to Kerrygold, Crate & Barrel, and Ace Hotel Brooklyn for supporting our podcast. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City.
Young Madeline Stuart loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so much, she suggested to her dad that the Roald Dahl classic children's book would make a great movie. Fortunately, for the legions of Willy Wonka fans, Madeline's dad was director and documentarian Mel Stuart… and the rest is Hollywood history. Madeline's dad gave her $50 for the idea and the Stuart family would eventually move to Munich for the making of the movie. Madeline joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about the story behind the movie, the Quaker Oats connection, her father's relationship with Dahl, the casting of Gene Wilder, and more. They also talk about Madeline's career as a celebrated interior designer and her book, No Place Like Home: Interiors by Madeline Stuart. Thank you to Kerrygold, makers of beautiful Irish butter and cheese from grass-fed dairy, and Ace Hotel Brooklyn, for supporting our show. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center. Visit cherrybombe.com/madeline-stuart-transcript later this week for a transcript of this episode.
If you're part of the Trader Joe's fan club, you might find it hard to believe that our host, Cherry Bombe founder Kerry Diamond, has never shopped at the famous grocery chain. On this episode, Kerry makes up for lost time and visits her local Trader Joe's in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, along with assistant producer Jenna Sadhu to learn all about the chain's popular mix of product and price point, and why Trader Joe's is so obsessed with pumpkin and snacks. Jenna shares the history of the beloved brand and she and Kerry walkthrough cult-fave products including Speculoos Cookie Butter and Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning. Kerry shares what she tossed in her shopping cart and what gets her thumb's up and thumb's down. Thank you to Kerrygold butter and cheese made with milk from Irish grass-fed cows, and to Ace Hotel Brooklyn. For 15% off your stay, use code cherryb.
Antoni Porowski is back with his latest cookbook, 'Antoni: Let's Do Dinner.' The 'Queer Eye' star's second book is a celebration of his favorite meal, with recipes inspired by everything from his childhood favorites to his love for salads. Antoni joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about 'Let's Do Dinner,' the team that helped him bring the book to life, and his love for everything from rotisserie chicken to eggs to Nigella Lawson. Antoni also shares the work he's been doing in support of Poland's LGBTQ+ community via the Equaversity Foundation. Thank you to Kerrygold, the amazing butter and cheese made with milk from Irish grass-fed cows, for supporting this podcast. Radio Cherry Bombe was recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Edna Lewis might be the most important American chef ever and few people knew her like her niece, Nina Williams-Mbengue. Nina was just 12 years old when she helped her Aunt Edna by typing up the notes for Edna's landmark cookbook, A Taste of Country Cooking. The 1976 book inspired the farm-to-table movement of later years, codified the classics of Southern cuisine, and documented the foodways of Freetown, Virginia, the settlement founded by Edna's grandfather and other individuals who had been freed from chattel slavery. Nina shares what her aunt was really like, her memories of summers spent in Freetown, and what Edna would think of the legacy she left behind. Don't miss this special episode. Thank you to Chronicle Books for supporting our podcast. Chronicle Books is the publisher of Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi's Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients by Christine Sahadi Whelan, out Tuesday, Sept. 7th. Be sure to get a copy from your favorite bookstore. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Visit https://cherrybombe.com/radio-cherry-bombe later this week for a transcript of this episode.
Maybe you're all about ice cream in the summer. Or maybe you're all about ice cream 365 days a year. Whichever side, don't miss today's guest, Hallie Meyer of Caffè Panna. Hallie opened her ice cream shop, modeled on her favorite Italian gelaterias, in 2019 near Gramercy Park in New York City and it's been a cult favorite with ice cream aficionados ever since. Hallie joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about the cool world of ice cream, how she got involved in the industry, plus what's next for her, and she and Kerry share their favorite ice cream flavors. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode. Don't miss the Cherry Bombe x Free People Summer Supper Club. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Visit https://cherrybombe.com/hallie-meyer-transcript for a transcript of this episode.
When Jimmy Buffett penned the song Margaritaville, it was a fun tribute to a laid-back lifestyle and a tequila-based cocktail. Little did he know, 44 years later, there would be an entire chain of Margaritaville resorts, 24 of them, in fact, in 21 cities and seven countries. The newest one opened earlier this summer in midtown Manhattan, “an island oasis amid the bustle of the world's busiest city.” Overseeing all five restaurants at the space is Chef Natalie Cohee and she joins guest host V Spehar to share what life's like at the urban resort. Did we mention there's a rooftop pool? And a statue of the Statue of Liberty drinking a margarita? Join us for this virtual visit to Margaritaville. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode. Check out the Cherry Bombe x Free People Summer Supper Club on YouTube. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. A transcript of this interview will be available later this week on https://cherrybombe.com/radio-cherry-bombe.
The much-loved food TV chef and cookbook author Sara Moulton is back on Radio Cherry Bombe! Sara stopped by to chat with guest host V Spehar about the incredible career that has taken her from culinary school to restaurant kitchens (at a time when women were not welcome) to "Good Morning America," Gourmet magazine, the Food Network, PBS, and Milk Street Radio. Sara also shares how she snagged her job as Julia Child's assistant and what it was like working with the culinary icon. Of course, we couldn't let Sara stop by without getting a few cooking tips and tricks, so she and V talk about her favorite summer produce and just what to do with it. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode and thank you to V Spehar of "Under The Desk News" on TikTok for guest hosting. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.
*"Top Chef" Season 18 Spoilers Ahead!* Chef Dawn Burrell is no stranger to pressure. Turns out that Dawn, the runner-up on the recent season of "Top Chef," was also in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney! She joins guest host Vitus Spehar of TikTok's "Under The Desk News" to talk about her track & field days; cooking for Padma, Gail, and Tom; and Late August, the Houston restaurant she'll be opening soon that draws on the flavors and foods of the African diaspora. We also learn who her "Top Chef" bestie was and why she's passionate about Lucille's 1913, the Houston-based non-profit that provides meals to those in need, culinary training, and more. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Our theme song is by the band Tra La La. Visit cherrybombe.com/dawn-burrell-transcript for a transcript of this episode.
When it comes to the marriage of food and fashion, there's no one like Rachel Antonoff. Prawns, pasta, bagels, and ice cream sundaes are just some of the deliciousness that's made its way onto Rachel's skirts, sweaters, dresses, and pajamas. The Brooklyn-based indie fashion designer joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her family, business, and creative process. Learn why she loves a conversation print and what she calls “the internal giggle,” and how she's responding to changes in the fashion industry. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Our theme song is by the band Tra La La.
Every year, thousands of people clamor to eat at The Lost Kitchen, Erin French's restaurant in Freedom, Maine, population 722. Don't visit your favorite reservations app. The only way to snag a seat is by mailing in a postcard, and needless to say, a lot of folks come up empty-handed. Fortunately, the disappointed now have a way to console themselves, as Erin and her crew are the subjects of a new show on the Magnolia Network. Erin also penned a bestselling memoir, "Finding Freedom," that came out earlier this spring and detailed the adversity and addiction she struggled with over the years on the road to opening her restaurant. Erin took a break from her kitchen duties to talk with host Kerry Diamond about freedom, Freedom, and the resilience that fuels everything she does. Thank you to Cypress Grove, the makers of award-winning goat cheese, for supporting this episode! Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Our theme song is by Tra La La.
Being on TV was never a goal for Jamila Norman, aka Farmer J. As the founder of Patchwork City Farms in Atlanta, she was looking to connect with the land and provide produce for her family and local residents. But now a decade later, she's the star of 'Homegrown,' a brand new show from Joanna and Chip Gaines' Magnolia Network. In each episode, Jamila helps families transform their outdoor spaces and grow their own food, and she's thrilled to have a larger platform where she can spread the word about farming. “I couldn't have written this journey at all,” Jamila told Radio Cherry Bombe host Kerry Diamond. “I'm excited to have the opportunity to live it.” Tune in for their conversation about 'Homegrown,' what Jamila is harvesting and loving this summer, the impact of climate change on small farmers, and more. Thank you to Free People for supporting this episode! Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Our theme song is by Tra La La.
Few people knew the world of Anthony Bourdain as well as writer Laurie Woolever. As his longtime assistant (or lieutenant, as he called her), Laurie was enmeshed in the details of his life and work. When the beloved chef and journalist died in 2018, Laurie lost a boss, a friend, and a trusted collaborator. As she grieved with the rest of the world, Laurie set about finishing a project she and Anthony had just barely kicked off, a book called "World Travel" that would share inside details on the places he had loved and visited over the years. Laurie joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her life, "World Travel," and of course, Anthony Bourdain. Today's show is presented by Cakebread Cellars and Homemade, the podcast from the publishers of Allrecipes. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Our theme song is by the band Tra La La. Subscribe to our newsletter at https://cherrybombe.com/newsletter-signup.
It's "Salt Fat Acid Heat" star and author Samin Nosrat in conversation with The New Yorker's Helen Rosner. We dipped into our archives for this one! Samin and Helen's chat was recorded live at Jubilee, our annual conference that's become the biggest gathering of women in the food and beverage space in the U.S., and this is the first time we're broadcasting their conversation on Radio Cherry Bombe. Introducing Samin and Helen is Aran Goyoaga, the chef, author, and photographer behind the Cannelle et Vanille cookbooks and website. Thank you to Zwilling and Sequoia Grove Winery for supporting this episode.
Revered Pastry Chef Claudia Fleming made her name at Gramercy Tavern, the landmark New York City restaurant, in the 1990s with her stripped-down, seasonal desserts. Her cookbook, "The Last Course," was published in 2001 and it became such a cult classic, it was reprinted in 2019. Fans could later find Claudia at the North Fork Table & Inn, which she opened with her husband Gerry Hayden in the heart of Long Island farm and wine country. She sold the inn last year. Now, Claudia is back in New York City with an exciting job: corporate pastry director of Union Square Hospitality Group. She is in charge of mentoring and hiring the next generation of pastry chefs at the organization, which includes The Modern, Maialino, Daily Provisions, and her original home, Gramercy Tavern. Claudia joins us to tell us all about her new gig, what she's looking for in a pastry chef, the ingredients she's loving, and her thoughts on today's pastry scene. Don't miss her chat with host Kerry Diamond. Thank you to Bouvet Ladubay sparkling wine for supporting this episode. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center.
Meet Samah Dada, the home cook who's enthusiasm for plant-based recipes earned her a food correspondent gig with The Today Show and her own show on Peacock called "#Cooking." Her debut cookbook, "Dada Eats: Love to Cook It," was just released and it's packed with modern twists on classic baked goods, family favorites, and lots of yummy vegan and vegetarian dishes, plus glimpses into Samah's personal and professional journey. She and host Kerry Diamond talk about everything from Trader Joe's to gluten-free pasta to their favorite plant-based restaurants in New York City. Thanks to Bouvet Ladubay sparkling wine and HOMEMADE, the podcast from the publishers of Allrecipes, for supporting today's episode. Radio Cherry Bombe is recorded at Newsstand Studio in Rockefeller Center, New York City.
Slow down, says Alice Waters, the food-world force behind the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard organization. As Alice explains in her latest book, "We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto," the world of fast food and disposable everything is not the way forward for mankind or the planet. Alice joins us from her home in Berkeley, California, to share her point of view, reminisce about the 50th anniversary of Chez Panisse, and reveal a few details about the restaurant project she's working on in Los Angeles. It's not Chez 2.0, she stresses. Fanny Singer, Alice's daughter, author of the memoir "Always Home," and co-founder of the design brand Permanent Collection, joins host Kerry Diamond for the second part of the show. Fanny talks about her lovingly written book and the project she's curated for Absolut Art that celebrates her favorite room in any house—the kitchen. Thank you to AIX Rosé for supporting this episode!
Mariana Velásquez's keen eye for detail has made her one of the most in-demand food stylists around, and her personal style—from her signature red lipstick to her favorite flowy aprons—has earned her a reputation as the most stylish. Her professional accomplishments are impressive. Mariana has worked on cookbook projects with the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, was the food stylist on Lin-Manuel Miranda's highly anticipated new film "In The Heights," and has brought her talents to magazines from Vogue to Saveur. After working on more than 20 cookbooks, Mariana finally has her own. "Colombiana" is a love letter to Mariana's native Colombia and celebrates her country's cuisines, women, traditions, and ingredients. There's more! She also has her own apron line, Limonarium. Mariana joins host Kerry Diamond to talk all about her line, her book, and the conversation that changed her life. This episode was recorded at Newstand Studios at Rockefeller Center. Thank you to Loeffler Randall for supporting today's show!
Start-ups come in all shapes and sizes, but they are similar in that they take a lot of grit and tenacity to get them off the ground. Despite all the love and hard work that goes into start-ups, about 90 percent of them fail. Still, that did not deter today’s guests, Krystle Mobayeni of BentoBox and Julia Joseph of Maple Hill Creamery. Their companies went from start-ups to success and they’re here to tell host Kerry Diamond about everything from the bumps to the triumphs. Thank you to Schmaltzy, the podcast of the Jewish Food Society, for partnering with us on this episode.
Join us for this warm and wonderful conversation between two icons, Ina Garten and Stanley Tucci. The two got together for the very first time, via Zoom, Ina from the Hamptons and Stanley from London, for a talk to kick off The Julia Jubilee, Cherry Bombe’s celebration of the life and legacy of Julia Child. Ina, star of The Barefoot Contessa and author of 12 bestselling cookbooks, and Stanley, the celebrated actor-director-writer and star of the new CNN series, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, talk about the making of the much-loved film Julie & Julia, their relationship with writer-director Nora Eprhon, and what they’d make if Julia Child came by for dinner. Don’t miss this special chat! Thank you to Crate & Barrel for supporting The Julia Jubilee and this episode of Radio Cherry Bombe.
Today marks the debut of a groundbreaking Netflix series based on Dr. Jessica B. Harris’s book, 'High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.' Published 10 years ago, the book was optioned by Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback, two friends who could see Dr. Harris’s story about African American food culture, traditions, and ingredients living beyond the printed page. The result is the four-part 'High on the Hog,' which takes viewers on an emotional and lushly visual journey from Benin in West Africa to cities and counties across the United States. Dr. Harris, a historian, retired professor, and author of more than a dozen books joins us to talk about 'High on the Hog' and what it means to see her work both transformed and celebrated. In the second half of the show, we’re joined by the executive producers of the show, Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback of Hey Sistah.
Are you a dreamer? Overthinker? Would-be entrepreneur? This one's for you. Ellen Bennett made a name for herself in the restaurant industry as a scrappy entrepreneur with great aprons and a lot of hustle. Nine years later, as the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, she’s accumulated a lot of wisdom and she shares it all in her new book, "Dream First, Details Later: How to Quit Overthinking and Make it Happen." Ellen joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her colorful new business book, the lessons she’s learned over the years, and how she and her company have evolved.
Grab your passports and get ready for Chef Deborah VanTrece’s very unique take on Southern cuisine. The owner and creative director of Atlanta’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours and author of 'The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors,' Deborah has created a cuisine that’s all her own—one that’s reflective of her life, loves, appetites, and adventures. She joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her debut cookbook, life during the pandemic, and the secret behind her praline mac & cheese. Thank you to Talea Beer Co. of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for supporting today’s show.
Author Yasmin Khan has carved out a very specific space for herself in the world of cookbooks and produced a body of work that goes well beyond the sharing of recipes. Thanks to her intrepid nature and in-person reporting, Yasmin’s books are culinary and cultural postcards from parts of the world shaped by history, politics, and strife—but lots of humanity. Her latest book is 'Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus' and it’s a heartfelt follow-up to her first two books, 'The Saffron Tales' and 'Zaitoun.' Yasmin joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about 'Ripe Figs,' the recipes she loves from the book, and the work that went into producing it. Yasmin also discusses the recent Vogue.com article she wrote about miscarriage, and her experience with miscarriage while working on her book.
Some might know Anne Willan as the doyenne of La Varenne, the influential culinary school she ran in Paris and Burgundy, but she’s also the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including her latest, 'Women in the Kitchen,' '12 Essential Cookbook Writers who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today.' Anne joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about everything from the early days of La Varenne to her friend Julia Child and the antiquarian cookbook collection that Anne and her husband, the late Mark Cherniavsky, donated to the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Anne reflects on her life as an author, historian, and teacher and you don’t want to miss it. Today’s show is supported by the sponsors of The Julia Jubilee: Kerrygold, Crate&Barrel, Whole Foods Market, Le Creuset, San Pellegrino, and Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits.
Stephanie Hersh dreamed of a job in the culinary world, but she never imagined she would have a front-row seat to the life of the biggest culinary icon around, Julia Child. Stephanie became Julia’s executive assistant in the most unlikely of ways, when a chance phone call came into the secretarial school she was attending after time at the Culinary Institute of America. The only catch? Julia wanted an office assistant, not a starry-eyed culinary school grad. Stephanie talked her way into the job and wound up becoming Julia’s right hand for almost 16 years. Today, Stephanie is a chef instructor with Oceania Cruises and is based in New Zealand. She joins host Kerry Diamond to share some of her memories, her thoughts on the film 'Julie & Julia,' and what Julia was like as a boss. Thank you to Chronicle Books, publisher of the upcoming 'Tables & Spreads,' for supporting this episode.
Molly Baz did not grow up in a foodie family. As a teen, she realized “food could be delicious,” as she describes it. For Molly, learning how to cook became a passion that took her from her own supper club to the kitchens of several restaurants, and to a job at Bon Appétit. Now, teaching others how to cook is what drives her. She’s been sharing recipes with fans via Patreon and on April 20, her debut cookbook drops. Titled 'Cook This Book,' it’s a brightly designed collection of signature Molly recipes, from roast chicken to jammy eggs to Caesar salad. Learn how the cookbook came together, why Molly moved to L.A., and whether she’ll return to YouTube any time soon. Thank you to Crate & Barrel and Sitka Salmon Shares for supporting this episode!
Who would have thought that a lousy turmeric latte would lead Sana Javeri Kadri to launch a game-changing spice company that’s causing the big players in the industry to sit up and take notice? The founder and CEO of Diaspora Co. is disrupting the spice industry one product at a time and fans can’t get enough of its sustainably-sourced saffron, nutmeg, peppercorns, chilies, cacao, and more. Learn how Sana started the brand with a small tax refund, and how she’s grown the privately-held Diaspora Co. over the past four years with no outside investment. Also, learn about her recent sourcing trip to India and beyond and what new products will be launching soon. Thank you to Sitka Salmon Shares for supporting this episode.
From her Top Chef debut in 2006 to today, Padma Lakshmi has never wavered on the things that matter to her: women’s issues, immigrants’ rights, and global food and flavors. That’s why her cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, reissued last week in paperback, feels as relevant today as it did in 2007. The book is a celebration of Padma’s love for all cuisines and the people behind them, shaped by her travels around the world. Padma talks with host Kerry Diamond about favorite recipes from the book, her Hulu series Taste The Nation and what it took to get the show made, and the upcoming season of Top Chef. Thank you to Crate & Barrel and Sitka Salmon Shares for supporting this episode.
An exciting new Netflix series debuts today, starring Michelle Obama and two special creatures from the land of frozen food, Waffles and her friend Mochi, who embark on adventures across the globe. The idea for the show has traveled its own 16-year journey from the brain of co-creator Erika Thormahlen to the screen, with lots of ups and downs in between. Learn about the inspiration behind Waffles + Mochi, how Michelle Obama got involved, and how Samin Nosrat of Salt Fat Acid Heat served as the show’s North Star. Erika’s story is all about perseverance, creativity, and dreaming big! Thank you to Cypress Grove Cheese for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe.
When Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the Modern Family star, and Julie Tanous, a recipe developer and culinary school grad get together, you’re in for good eats and a great time. The two met at a dinner party they both reluctantly attended and sparks flew. Their culinary chemistry was apparent when they got in the kitchen and fast forward, now they’re the best of pals and co-authors of the new cookbook, Food Between Friends. Tune in to hear about their favorite recipes, making a turkey with Martha Stewart, Jesse’s love for Hatch chiles, and Julie’s flair with frosting and pie crust. Thank you to Crate & Barrel for supporting this episode and our upcoming Julia Jubilee conference.
Valerie Wilson of VALINC PR is a brand-building pro who has advised countless chefs, companies, corporations, and what she likes to call “culture-shifting brands” on getting their messages to the public. She has also been a champion of the Harlem hospitality scene, working with the likes of Ruby’s Vintage, Melba’s, and Fieldtrip, and on major projects including Harlem Park to Park, Harlem EatUp!, Harlem Restaurant Week, and the brand new Renaissance Pavilion, supported by Uber Eats. Stay tuned to learn about Valerie’s inspiring journey and get some of her PR advice! And don’t miss Callie Flynn, dietetic intern and graduate student at the University of Vermont, share why she thinks Tove Ohlander of Tove by design and AO Glass is the Bombe. Today’s show is supported by A Table: Recipes for Cooking and Eating the French Way, out April 6th from Chronicle Books.
Why have famous folks including Maria Carey, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri jumped on the ghost kitchen trend? Is this pandemic-era phenomenon here to stay? Joining us to talk about these virtual restaurants and what they’re all about is Florence Fabricant, the legendary food columnist from The New York Times. Florence also shares the best ways for publicists and entrepreneurs to pitch her and how she got her start in food media. Also, find out why Lia Ballentine of the Yum Day snack company thinks Kaitlin Mogentale of Pulp Pantry is the Bombe. Today’s show is supported by Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, An Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen and Katherine Manning, out March 16th from Chronicle Books.
Do you know the minimum wage in your state? Saru Jayaraman does. As co-founder and president of One Fair Wage and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, Saru and her team are fighting in support of the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and get rid of the $2.13 minimum wage for tipped workers. Saru joins us to talk about the ongoing campaign. She also explains the connection between wages, food stamps and sexual harassment and why a higher minimum wage is better for everyone. Plus, find out why Callie Flynn thinks Tove Ohlander of Tove by Design is the Bombe. Thank you to Käserei Champignon, the makers of Cambozola cheese, for supporting this episode.
Jasmine Cho has one of the most unconventional jobs in the food world: She’s a cookie activist. What began as a way to spotlight overlooked trailblazers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has expanded to include people of color making a difference in the world, from poet Amanda Gorman to organizer Stacey Abrams to first responders in Jasmine’s hometown of Pittsburgh. She painstakingly recreates their images in royal icing and shares her creations on everything from social media to exhibitions organized by the Smithsonian. Jasmine joins us to talk about her activism, her book, Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Made History, and how it feels to have the mayor name a day for her. Thank you to Cypress Grove, the makers of Humboldt Fog and Little Giant goat cheese, for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe.
When rent negotiations with her landlord were going south, Chef/owner Angie Mar knew it might be time to say goodbye to the historic New York City restaurant space that changed her life. So what did she do? She returned the keys, walked away, and rented the space right next door. Angie joins us to discuss her decision to close The Beatrice Inn, the challenges of 2020, the future of fine dining, and more. As Chef Angie’s fans know, she’s a bit of a glamour puss, so we also asked her a few questions about her fashion faves and her beauty routine. Tune in to learn more about this colorful and creative personality.Thank you to Catbird, the finest fine jewelry, for supporting this episode.
Eden Grinshpan is the author of Eating Out Loud: Bold Middle Eastern Flavors for All Day, Every Day, a spirited cookbook that captures her appetite for life and great food. The always lively Eden joins us to talk about her book, plus the journey that took from high school in Toronto to culinary school in London to hosting Top Chef Canada, with stops in India, Israel, and NYC along the way. Get ready to be inspired by Eden’s adventurous spirit, and get her take on tahini, homemade versus store-bought pita, shakshuka, and more.Thank you to Catbird for supporting today’s show. Catbird’s mission is to make beautiful, sparkling jewelry that will bring you joy now through forever. Visit catbirdnyc.com for more. At the end of the show, learn why Cherry Bombe intern Grace Reynoso thinks Shirley Raines of Beauty 2 the Streetz is the Bombe.
Mashama Bailey is the chef and co-owner of The Grey, one of the most important restaurants in America today. Located in Savannah, Georgia, in what was once a segregated Greyhound bus station, The Grey is the subject of a new book written by Mashama and her business partner, John Morisano. Titled Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant, it is a unique memoir that came about after tough conversations concerning racism, life, and the real meaning of partnership. Mashama joins us to talk about her book, as well as a new virtual restaurant project with Intersect by Lexus, which brings Mashama’s signature dishes to New York City.Thank you to Catbird for supporting today’s show. Catbird’s mission is to make beautiful, sparkling jewelry that will bring you joy now through forever. Visit catbirdnyc.com for more.
For our final podcast of 2020, we thought it would be nice to speak with the most positive entrepreneur we know, Emshika Alberini. Driven by her sense of adventure and curiosity, Emshika left her family in Bangkok and struck out on her own in the U.S., journeying from au pair to celebrated restaurateur. She’s faced heartbreak and unspeakable loss, yet she has never lost her belief in the power of love and kindness. Today, Emshika is the owner of Chang Thai Cafe in Littleton, New Hampshire, and the creative force behind the By Emshika beverage line. She was named to the Cherry Bombe 100 in 2018, and has won numerous accolades for her work on behalf of the New Hampshire business and restaurant community. Emshika joins us to talk about her family, her 2021 resolutions, and the power of positivity. Thank you to Kerrygold for supporting Radio Cherry Bombe.
If we had to pick a person of the year for Cherry Bombe, it would definitely be Paola Velez. She is the co-founder of Bakers against Racism, a global bake sale that raised almost $2 million this year for causes related to Black Lives Matter. It was a tremendous feat that galvanized the baking community around the world. For her day job, Paola is the executive pastry chef at Compass Rose, Maydan, and La Bodega Bakery in Washington, D.C. She is also the cover girl of the most recent issue of Cherry Bombe Magazine. Paola joined us earlier this summer when Bakers Against Racism had first launched and she was still working at Kith/Kin restaurant in D.C. She was candid about her journey through the industry and the challenges she has faced along the way. Tune in to hear how her passion, drive, and sense of self-worth have won out time and time again. Thank you to Kerrygold for supporting this episode. Stay tuned to hear why baker Abena Anim-Somuah (@baking_beanss) thinks Adrianna Adarme, the blogger behind A Cozy Kitchen, is the Bombe.
Let’s raise a glass because today’s guest is a world-renowned wine expert—the trailblazing Jancis Robinson. A wine critic, correspondent, and columnist with more than 100 awards to her name, Jancis is the author of the Oxford Companion to Wine and the force behind Jancis Robinson.com, an online resource about all things wine that she launched 20 years ago. Jancis joins host Kerry Diamond to talk about her remarkable life and career, from her time at Oxford to helping select wine for the Queen of England to her recent glassware collaboration. They also talk about how issues such as sexism and sustainability are changing the world of wine.Thank you to Kerrygold and the Wines of Sicily for supporting today’s episode of Radio Cherry Bombe.Plus, find out why Anna Goldberg, the co-founder of Dough Dealer, thinks Abena Anim-Somuah (@bakingbeanss), baker and founder of the #5BlackBakers hashtag, is the Bombe!
Jenna Lyons is joining us to help bring a little style and flair to your holidays. One of the most influential women in fashion in the 21st century, Jenna was the creative director and president of J. Crew, dressing everyone from Michelle Obama to movie stars. Today, she’s the star of a brand new HBO Max series, Stylish With Jenna Lyons, and she launched her own beauty line, Love Seen. Jenna and host Kerry Diamond talk Christmas trees, holiday movies and music, and Jenna shares her advice on pivoting, picking yourself up, and believing in yourself. Tune in to hear more!Thank you to @WinesOfSicily for supporting our miniseries. Ask for Sicilia DOC at your favorite local wine shop.
Sarah Kieffer is the baking talent behind the viral pan-banging cookie recipe and author of the brand new bestseller, 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen, with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More. Not sure what this pan-banging is all about? You’re in luck, because Sarah breaks it down for us. She also talks about some of the popular recipes in her book, from the tri-colored Neapolitan Cookies to the classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and shares her journey from teenage baker to blogger in search of a subject to celebrated baker and cookbook author. Thank you to Kerrygold for supporting today’s episode of Radio Cherry Bombe.Plus, find out why Van Nguyen, founder and personal empowerment coach at Revival You, thinks Linh Kieu, founder of YEM Home, is the Bombe!
Need some December decorating ideas? Or creative ways to make your virtual celebrations memorable? Darcy Miller, party expert, illustrator, and author of “Celebrate Everything: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Party to Life,” has you covered. Don’t miss our interview with Darcy on “New Ways for the Holidays,” our Radio Cherry Bombe miniseries about helping you make the season special. Darcy is one of the most creative entertaining experts around and she chats with host Kerry Diamond about great, and affordable, ideas for making everyday moments extraordinary. Tune in to hear more!Thank you to Wines of Sicily for supporting our miniseries. Ask for Sicilia DOC at your favorite local wine shop.
It’s always cause for celebration when there’s a new Yotam Ottolenghi book! His latest, Ottolenghi Flavor, was recently released in the U.S., and Yotam and his co-author, Ixta Belfrage, join us from the Ottolenghi test kitchen to talk about this love letter to vegetables. Yotam considers Flavor part of a trilogy, along with his two previous bestsellers, Plenty and Plenty More, and he explains why. He and Ixta share the recipes they love, weigh in on the book’s most popular recipe, and explain what each of them brought to the collaboration. Host Kerry Diamond also chats with Yotam about his recent documentary, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles.Thank you to Kerrygold and 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer for sponsoring today’s episode.Plus, find out why Alaina Chou, host of the Gourmand podcast, thinks pastry chef Caroline Schiff is the Bombe!