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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, National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning 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.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lyrics Born, Chicken Katsu and Kimchi

Japanese-born, Berkeley-raised rapper/producer Lyrics Born has been in the music business for 25 years, but just the rich, deep purr of his speaking voice will make you swoon. LB (as his friends call him) is a blend of Asian and Western influences, and so is his last meal! Rachel also talks all things kimchi with four-time James Beard Award nominated Chef Rachel Yang. From the history of "bloody lettuce" to its ubiquity in Korea to tips on improving your store-bought kimchi, the two Rachels explore it all. Oh, and in the process of researching the history of chicken katsu, Rachel falls in love with a tanktasu sauce website. For reals. It's a little weird. Get Lyrics Born's latest album "Quite a Life" and go see him live - he's on tour now. Info at lyricsborn.com. And if you're in the Pacif

Lyrics Born, Chicken Katsu and Kimchi

Japanese-born, Berkeley-raised rapper/producer Lyrics Born has been in the music business for 25 years, but just the rich, deep purr of his speaking voice will make you swoon. LB (as his friends call him) is a blend of Asian and Western influences, and so is his last meal! Rachel also talks all things kimchi with four-time James Beard Award nominated Chef Rachel Yang. From the history of "bloody lettuce" to its ubiquity in Korea to tips on improving your store-bought kimchi, the two Rachels explore it all. Oh, and in the process of researching the history of chicken katsu, Rachel falls in love with a tanktasu sauce website. For reals. It's a little weird. Get Lyrics Born's latest album "Quite a Life" and go see him live - he's on tour now. Info at lyricsborn.com. And if you're in the Pacif

Lyrics Born, Chicken Katsu and Kimchi

Japanese-born, Berkeley-raised rapper/producer Lyrics Born has been in the music business for 25 years, but just the rich, deep purr of his speaking voice will make you swoon. LB (as his friends call him) is a blend of Asian and Western influences, and so is his last meal! Rachel also talks all things kimchi with four-time James Beard Award nominated Chef Rachel Yang. From the history of "bloody lettuce" to its ubiquity in Korea to tips on improving your store-bought kimchi, the two Rachels explore it all. Oh, and in the process of researching the history of chicken katsu, Rachel falls in love with a tanktasu sauce website. For reals. It's a little weird. Get Lyrics Born's latest album "Quite a Life" and go see him live - he's on tour now. Info at lyricsborn.com. And if you're in the Pacif

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tacocat, Cheesesteaks and S'mores

Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes are 50% of the Seattle-based band Tacocat and represent the yin and yang of the food world: one leans sweet, the other savory. Bree and Emily consider each other family, but differ on one thing: Emily is a candy coated, sugar monster and Bree prefers her meals wrapped in pizza. On this episode of YLM, we will coat ourselves in Cheez Whiz and take a trip to Philly to talk to the owners of the country's most famous, and rival, cheesesteak shops: Pat's and Geno's. Rachel chats with Pat's 4th generation owner, Frank E. Olivieri about how his family invented the cheesesteak and how to properly order one, and Geno Vento reveals a fizzy fact about his family's operation. If you've ever wondered how marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate became best friends, we'll

Tacocat, Cheesesteaks and S'mores

Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes are 50% of the Seattle-based band Tacocat and represent the yin and yang of the food world: one leans sweet, the other savory. Bree and Emily consider each other family, but differ on one thing: Emily is a candy coated, sugar monster and Bree prefers her meals wrapped in pizza. On this episode of YLM, we will coat ourselves in Cheez Whiz and take a trip to Philly to talk to the owners of the country's most famous, and rival, cheesesteak shops: Pat's and Geno's. Rachel chats with Pat's 4th generation owner, Frank E. Olivieri about how his family invented the cheesesteak and how to properly order one, and Geno Vento reveals a fizzy fact about his family's operation. If you've ever wondered how marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate became best friends, we'll

Tacocat, Cheesesteaks and S'mores

Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes are 50% of the Seattle-based band Tacocat and represent the yin and yang of the food world: one leans sweet, the other savory. Bree and Emily consider each other family, but differ on one thing: Emily is a candy coated, sugar monster and Bree prefers her meals wrapped in pizza. On this episode of YLM, we will coat ourselves in Cheez Whiz and take a trip to Philly to talk to the owners of the country's most famous, and rival, cheesesteak shops: Pat's and Geno's. Rachel chats with Pat's 4th generation owner, Frank E. Olivieri about how his family invented the cheesesteak and how to properly order one, and Geno Vento reveals a fizzy fact about his family's operation. If you've ever wondered how marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate became best friends, we'll

Monday, September 17, 2018

Keiko Agena, Hawaiian Food

Honolulu's own Keiko Agena, best known as Rory's BFF Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls (one of Rachel's "comfort food" shows) has inspired a Your Last Meal first - Hawaiian cuisine! Pile your plate with two scoops of rice and one scoop mac salad  as we get the history of two of the islands' staple dishes: plate lunch and loco moco with Hawaiian food experts Hi'ilei Hobart and Ligaya Malones. And then, did you know Hawaii eats more SPAM per capita than any place on Earth? Rachel talks to Hormel's brand manager Brian "Spam Man" Lillis about the disputed history and incredible success of the iconic 81 year-old canned precooked luncheon meat product. Check out Keiko's book "No Mistakes: A Workbook for Imperfect Artists" wherever books are sold. It's an activity book for artists of all types and s

Keiko Agena, Hawaiian Food

Honolulu's own Keiko Agena, best known as Rory's BFF Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls (one of Rachel's "comfort food" shows) has inspired a Your Last Meal first - Hawaiian cuisine! Pile your plate with two scoops of rice and one scoop mac salad  as we get the history of two of the islands' staple dishes: plate lunch and loco moco with Hawaiian food experts Hi'ilei Hobart and Ligaya Malones. And then, did you know Hawaii eats more SPAM per capita than any place on Earth? Rachel talks to Hormel's brand manager Brian "Spam Man" Lillis about the disputed history and incredible success of the iconic 81 year-old canned precooked luncheon meat product. Check out Keiko's book "No Mistakes: A Workbook for Imperfect Artists" wherever books are sold. It's an activity book for artists of all types and s

Friday, August 31, 2018

Dan Pfeiffer, Dim Sum

"Pod Save America" co-host Dan Pfeiffer ate approximately 520 meals inside the White House when he worked 24/7 as President Barack Obama's Senior Advisor. What was the White House menu like? We will explore! Spoiler alert: the butter is molded into the shape of the Great Seal of the United States, and senior White House staff are eating PB&J for lunch. On this week's episode of YLM, we take a deep dive into dim sum with Clarissa Wei, a Hong Kong based food writer and senior reporter for Goldthread. She explains why dim sum carts are going out of vogue and dumpling-obessed Rachel confesses that the carts give her anxiety. Plus, the TV show Dan watches to decompress when news and politics get him down.  Pick up Dan's new book, "Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitt

Dan Pfeiffer, Dim Sum

"Pod Save America" co-host Dan Pfeiffer ate approximately 520 meals inside the White House when he worked 24/7 as President Barack Obama's Senior Advisor. What was the White House menu like? We will explore! Spoiler alert: the butter is molded into the shape of the Great Seal of the United States, and senior White House staff are eating PB&J for lunch. On this week's episode of YLM, we take a deep dive into dim sum with Clarissa Wei, a Hong Kong based food writer and senior reporter for Goldthread. She explains why dim sum carts are going out of vogue and dumpling-obessed Rachel confesses that the carts give her anxiety. Plus, the TV show Dan watches to decompress when news and politics get him down.  Pick up Dan's new book, "Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitt

Friday, August 17, 2018

Allen Stone, Nachos

Allen Stone is an absolute delight! In fact, the only thing that might be more universally beloved than the R&B/Soul singer is what he chose as his last meal: nachos!   On this episode of YLM, Allen tells Rachel about his musical roots, the dish his fiancee cooked that inspired his song VooDoo, and what it's like to tour with an organ player who is also an amateur chef. (Sous-vide steak in the Motel 6 bathtub anyone?)   And in case you didn't know, 'chos aren't just chips and cheese anymore! Rachel chats with former Food and Wine magazine editor Gina Hamadey about some of the genre-defying recipes she compiled from celebrities and chefs in her weird and wonderful cookbook, "Buenos Nachos."   This year also happens to be a big anniversary for nachos! Rachel talks to Derek

Allen Stone, Nachos

Allen Stone is an absolute delight! In fact, the only thing that might be more universally beloved than the R&B/Soul singer is what he chose as his last meal: nachos!   On this episode of YLM, Allen tells Rachel about his musical roots, the dish his fiancee cooked that inspired his song VooDoo, and what it's like to tour with an organ player who is also an amateur chef. (Sous-vide steak in the Motel 6 bathtub anyone?)   And in case you didn't know, 'chos aren't just chips and cheese anymore! Rachel chats with former Food and Wine magazine editor Gina Hamadey about some of the genre-defying recipes she compiled from celebrities and chefs in her weird and wonderful cookbook, "Buenos Nachos."   This year also happens to be a big anniversary for nachos! Rachel talks to Derek

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Deb Perelman, Artichokes

Deb Perelman is the creator of the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen and a New York Times bestselling author whose cookbook holds Rachel's personal record for most recipes used. On this episode of YLM, we find out how Deb turned her 2003 blog into a full-time empire, how she met her husband in the comments section, and of course, her last meal, which happens to be an ancient aphrodisiac enjoyed at Roman orgies (!!). Rachel also talks to Italian travel writer, the absolutely delightful Susan Van Allen about an overly dramatic Rabbi who caused an artichoke controversy that rocked the Jewish/Italian food world only a few months ago. Bonus: hear Susan's beautiful pronunciation of "carciofi alla giudia!" Support your favorite neighborhood bookstore and pick one up Deb's books, "Smitten Ki

Deb Perelman, Artichokes

Deb Perelman is the creator of the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen and a New York Times bestselling author whose cookbook holds Rachel's personal record for most recipes used. On this episode of YLM, we find out how Deb turned her 2003 blog into a full-time empire, how she met her husband in the comments section, and of course, her last meal, which happens to be an ancient aphrodisiac enjoyed at Roman orgies (!!). Rachel also talks to Italian travel writer, the absolutely delightful Susan Van Allen about an overly dramatic Rabbi who caused an artichoke controversy that rocked the Jewish/Italian food world only a few months ago. Bonus: hear Susan's beautiful pronunciation of "carciofi alla giudia!" Support your favorite neighborhood bookstore and pick one up Deb's books, "Smitten Ki

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Adam Carolla, Hungarian Goulash and Chicken Paprikash

Former radio & TV personality and current host of the most downloaded podcast of all time Adam Carolla has never forgotten where he comes from. On this episode of Your Last Meal, he takes Rachel back to his grandfather's roots in Eastern Europe to explore a type of cuisine that's not all that easy to find in the US: Hungarian. And he shares the origin story behind his sweet, high-octane signature drink Mangria. Rachel also talks to Carolyn Banfalvi, a food writer and food tour operator living in Budapest, Hungary, about some of the country's most classic dishes like Goulash, Chicken Paprikash and sweet dessert wine Tokaju Aszu. And the traditional goulash of Hungary is nothing like the goulash Rachel ate in 90s, hanging out at her middle school best friend's house. Rachel reconnects wi

Friday, June 29, 2018

John Hodgman, Eggs and the Best Pizza in Maine

Prepare to fall in (even deeper) love with John Hodgman! Rachel talks with the reliably wry and clever comedian, author, actor, and podcaster about everything from whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich to the dangers of vacationing in Maine to the egg-istentially steadying quality of a hot plate of scrambled eggs. Speaking of a plate of eggs... how many can you hork down? Rachel and Producer Aaron head to Seattle's legendary Beth's Cafe to attempt to conquer their infamous 12-egg omelette, and they chat with owner Chris Dalton about owning one of the last 24 hour greasy spoon diners in the city. And when egg-xactly did everyone starting eating eggs for breakfast? And why? Rachel Khong, author of "All About Eggs" has the answers. Pick up John's book "Vacationland: True Stories from Painful

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