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Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

"What would your last meal be?" On this 2018 James Beard Award nominee for Best Podcast, host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Every other Thursday. Original music by Prom Queen.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Boots Riley, All-You-Can-Eat Unagi Buffet

Boots Riley is a musician, writer, filmmaker, and activist. He's fronted the political hip hop group The Coup since 1991 (a favorite of Rachel's in her 20s), is the vocalist for Street Sweeper Social Club with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and just wrote/directed his first feature film "Sorry to Bother You" which has been receiving rave reviews at festivals and hits theaters nationwide on July 6. But what about the food?? Don't worry. We've literally got as much as you can possibly fit in your face hole... That's right! On this episode we celebrate the "all you can eat" buffet - from its humble Scandinavian origins to the gluttonous Las Vegas sized American adaptation we know today. And Taichi Kitamura, chef/owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura - one of Seattle best sushi restaura

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zach Braff, Chicken Parmigiana

Actor, filmmaker and restaurant-owner Zach Braff (Scrubs, Alex Inc, Garden State) was born and raised in New Jersey - home to the highest percentage of Italian Americans in the country. And for his last meal, he's sticking close to his roots!   On this week's YLM, Rachel digs into the cheesy, saucy and fascinating history of Italian food in America with Krishnendu Ray, Department Chair of the Food Studies Program at NYU. Then she talks with cookbook author and Long Island native Amy Pennington about how to make the perfect red-checkered-tablecloth-and-Chianti-bottle-candleholder chicken parm.   Watch Zach in Alex Inc, now streaming at abc.com.   Check out Krishnendu Ray's book "The Ethnic Restaurateur," an academic look at the immigrant perspective of working

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Red Curry and Eating Outdoors

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a long-distance hiker, speaker, and author who's hiked over 14,000 miles on 6 continents. In 2011, she set the Appalachian Trail record by walking the 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine in only 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes - a feat that takes most people 5-6 months! So what does this, as Rachel calls her, "complete badass" want for her last meal? And what does she and her fellow nature enthusiasts eat while conquering the outdoors? Rachel also consults rock climber and James Beard Award winning chef Maria Hines, and "Dirty Gourmet" author Emily Nielson about how to step up your outdoor food game, whether it's hiking, backpacking, or car camping. Check out Jennifer's book "The Pursuit of Endurance" and all of her other projects - including Blue Ridge Hiking Company

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Kenny G, Toro with Balsamic Teriyaki Sauce from Nobu

Kenny G is the most famous saxophonist playing today. He has sold over 75 million albums, tours all over the globe, and holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for holding the longest note on a saxophone. On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets the facts (not the fake news!) behind Kenny's contribution to creating an iconic menu item at the world's most popular coffee chain, learns which supermodel gave him his much-celebrated pie crust recipe, and she ponders a potentially life-changing question: Is Kenny G her real dad? Rachel also talks with the Seattle native about his jazz band days at Franklin High School, his first gig playing with Barry White (and their subsequent meeting in a Soul Train Awards bathroom), and what product he uses to tame those luscious locks! Special thanks to

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Linda Perry, Vegan Donuts and the Science of Sonic Seasoning

You may not recognize Linda Perry by name, but you definitely know her music. She is a singer, songwriter, and producer behind massive hits for Adele, Weezer, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and many more! She's also the writer/singer behind the 90s hit (and solid karaoke jam) "What's Up" by her former band 4 Non Blondes. But what would this musical maestro choose for her last meal? Spoiler alert: She's way more into music than food. Which got us thinking - is there any correlation between music and taste? To get answers, Rachel talks with Professor Charles Spence of The University of Oxford about what he calls "Sonic Seasoning," his 15 year study of how sound and music can affect the enjoyability of food, and why people drink so much tomato juice on airplanes. Linda i

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Lindy West, Smorkage and a Six Course Seattle Feast

Lindy West is an author, activist, and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. On this episode of YLM, Lindy details a six course last meal feast that features smorkage, a flaky, buttery, custardy Danish pastry only available at a single bakery in the United States. Rachel travels to Seattle's Larsen's Bakery (larsensbakery.com) to taste the impossible-to-pronounce Danish pastry. Lindy, a self-described "fat" person, talks about what it's like to eat in public, why she grudgingly ordere honeydew, and shares a humiliating story that involves a personal pan pepperoni pizza and an episode of This American Life. Then things get "hyggely." The Scandinavian concept of "hygge" (pronounced "HOO-guh") is all about coz

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Maria Shriver, Hamburger and Crispy French Fries

Maria Shriver has spent a lifetime in the public eye, but there's one thing none of us know about the award-winning journalist and author... until now: What she would eat for her last meal! On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets to the bottom of perhaps the most iconic American food of all - the hamburger. She learns about the earliest origins of the dish from burger authority, documentarian, and tv host George Motz, whose book "The Great American Burger Book" is about to release its 3rd edition. Thrillest writer Kevin Alexander traveled the USA and ate 330 burgers in a year, then compiled a list of the 100 best burgers in the country. Which burger is best? You'll have to listen to find out! Buy Maria's new book "I've Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful L

Maria Shriver, Hamburger and Crispy French Fries

Maria Shriver has spent a lifetime in the public eye, but there's one thing none of us know about the award-winning journalist and author... until now: What she would eat for her last meal! On this episode of YLM, Rachel gets to the bottom of perhaps the most iconic American food of all - the hamburger. She learns about the earliest origins of the dish from burger authority, documentarian, and tv host George Motz (georgemotz.com), whose book "Hamburger America" is about to release its 3rd edition. Thrillest writer Kevin Alexander traveled the USA and ate 330 burgers in a year, then compiled a list of the 100 best burgers in the country. Which burger is best? You'll have to listen to find out! Buy Maria's new book "I've Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful L

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Rick Steves, Chef's Choice

Travel expert, TV & radio host, author, and activist Rick Steves has been taking people all around the planet for decades. And his passion for unique and authentic experiences, living in the moment, and trying new things matches perfectly with how Rick chose to have his last meal. Rick has also been a longtime proponent of legalizing marijuana, so Rachel gets to the bottom of how cannabis confections are created with Jody Hill, founder of Seattle cupcake empire Cupcake Royal, as she shares how they do things at her edibles company The Goodship. And finally, Rachel talks with her co-worker, KIRO Radio host John Curley, about his menuless 2017, and a few of John's more... let's call them "idiosyncratic" food habits. Buy any of Rick Steves' fantastic videos and books, including the brand new

Friday, February 16, 2018

Nicki Bluhm, Steakhouse and Ayurveda

Nicki Bluhm is one of Rachel's favorite singer/songwriters, touring with the likes of Josh Ritter and The Wood Brothers. She's also the fourth person to choose steak as their last meal! So on this episode of YLM, Rachel covers something she hasn't in any of the previous beefisodes: the history of the American Steakhouse. But steak isn't usually on the menu for Nicki, who eats according to a 5000 year-old Ayurvedic diet. Rachel's yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner Jodi Boone is here to explain way of eating that's believed to be the most ancient healing system in the world. Nicki is going on tour in April. Find her schedule at nickibluhm.com. And keep up with Jodi at jodiboone.com.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ken Jennings, BBQ (and Jell-O)

In 2004, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings won 74 episodes in a row, making him the record holder for longest winning streak. And 14 years later, host Rachel Belle decided it would finally be a good idea to interview him. Ken shares Alex Trebek's strange and sugary breakfast choice (you'll never guess), he explains why Jeopardy contestants have to eat lunch together and, a huge BBQ lover, tells us why he doesn't want to be known as a "BBQ guy." He also clues us in to the regional food of Utah: Jell-O! Ken's last meal is not Jell-O, but the jiggly dessert was too iconic to pass up. We learn the history of Jell-O with Lynne Belluscio, executive director of the Jell-O Gallery in LeRoy, NY, who tells us that Mormons in Utah eat more of it than anyone else in the country. Check out Ken's fun and i

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Greta Gerwig, Funfetti Cake

Greta Gerwig, the Golden Globe winning writer/director of "Lady Bird," and star of one of Rachel's all-time favorite films "Francis Ha," is the talk of Hollywood! But one question no one on the red carpet has asked: What would Greta want for her last meal? Speaking of Rachel's favorites, one of her favorite culinary writers, and a Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2017, Molly Yeh shares the secrets behind perfecting her own Funfetti cake - which she makes from scratch. Even the sprinkles! Also: what it's like to meet Justin Timberlake, the surprising origins of the "You Are Special" plate, and we hear what YOU would have as your last meal. Go see "Lady Bird" in theaters now. If you don't like it, you'll literally be the only one. Visit Molly Yeh's website mynameisyeh.com and order her cookbook "Molly

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Guillermo del Toro, Mole Poblano

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) loves monsters, and his movies often use creatures of fantasy to tell stories about what it means to be human. It's no surprise that his choice is for last meal is grounded, complex, and beloved - just like his films. On this week's YLM, Rachel dishes with del Toro about his two homes full of monster memorabilia, his latest Golden Globe nominated project "The Shape of Water," and more! We also learn about the fairy tail-esque origin and incredibly complicated process of making mole from Iliana de la Vega, a Mexican-born chef, restaurateur and former Mexican/Latin Cuisines Specialist for The Culinary Institute of America. Many of us have a disgusting creature in our daily lives: the office fridge! So King County Hea

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Gail Simmons, Banoffee Pie

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has one of the best jobs ever. She travels the world eating incredible cuisine made by some of the best chefs on the planet. So what would she choose for her last meal? Banoffee Pie is a ubiquitous dish in British culture, but Rachel has never even heard of it! So she talks to its creator Ian Dowding to get the scoop on the history and incredible popularity of this delicious dessert. Pick up Gail's beautiful new cookbook "Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating" wherever beautiful new cookbooks are sold.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

D'Arcy Carden, McDonald's French Fries and Rocky Road Ice Cream

D'Arcy Carden is on fire! Best known as Janet, the Siri-esque robot concierge on NBC's hit show "The Good Place," the veteran Upright Citizen's Brigade performer played Gemma on Comedy Central's "Broad City" and just happens to be old pals with our very own Rachel Belle! Join these two friends as they talk about D'Arcy's journey to her recent success, where that apostrophe in her name comes from (fans of 90s rock might be able to guess...) and - of course - her choice for last meal. Speaking of which, Rachel talks to Alan Finklestein, McDonalds owner and American success story, about one of the world's most perfect foods: The McDonald's french fry. And, things get real sweet with Lauren Wilson, owner of Sweet Lo's Ice Cream, who gives us the scoop on Rocky Road.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Paula Deen, Baked Potato

There is nothing celebrity chef Paula Deen won't put butter on, and that includes her last meal, which is topped with a big ol' dollop of the stuff. The TV host, restaurant owner and cookbook author chews the fat with host Rachel Belle, revealing that her love of cooking blossomed during the two decades she spent in her house, dealing with agoraphobia. Plus, a little history lesson from the Idaho Potato Commission on how steak became best friends with the baked potato. And Rachel takes us on a field trip to Seattle's Wedgwood Broiler, her favorite place in the world to get a fully loaded spud. But the thing you really don't want to miss is Paula's signature cackle, which is liberally sprinkled across the episode like bacon bits on a baked potato.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tom Leykis, Steak & Red Wine

Controversial "shock jock" Tom Leykis has been on the air for decades and made his fair share of enemies with his polarizing views on women and relationships. But nobody is one-dimensional, and in her effort to get to the bottom of why Tom is the way he is, Rachel discovered a charming man who makes his own wine, loves to experiment in the kitchen, and refuses to buy meat from a grocery store. On that note, we talk to Tom's butcher Lou DeRosa of Marconda's Meats, the oldest standing meat market in Los Angeles - where 3 generations of DeRosa butchers have been working since 1941.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Alicia Silverstone, Vegan Cheese

Actor, animal rights activist, author, and the reason everybody was running around in 1995 saying "As if!" Alicia Silverstone joins Rachel on this episode of YLM! The "Clueless" star admits that although she's been vegan since 1998, she's most tempted by a delicious cheese, so we talk to Youssef Fakhouri, owner of Alicia's (and LA's) favorite vegan cheese shop Vromage. And remember that 2012 video of Alicia feeding her child like a baby bird? It caused quite the stir, so Rachel gets to the bottom of "premastication" with Melanie Martin, post-doctoral associate at Yale University in the field of Biological Anthropology. Check out Alicia's books at thekindlife.com. And order Youssef's "cheeses" to try yourself at vromage.com.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Justin Britt, Pizza

Scoop up this slice of Your Last Meal featuring Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt, featuring the food Rachel's been dying to delve into: pizza. You'll learn the history of pizza in the United States with Scott Weiner of New York Scott's Pizza Tours and find out buckets of fascinating food info morsels about the world of Major League Eating with Crazy Legs Conti.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mary Lambert, Chicken Fried Steak

Singer Mary Lambert, made famous by her stunning vocal accompaniment to the smash hit "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is now a solo star in her own right. Mary brings pure joy and candor to her music and everything she does -- and she is very passionate about food. Tuck into one of the most delightful interviews you'll ever hear, and learn the not-so-true origins of chicken fried steak that no one in Lamesa, Texas will ever complain about.