The Feed Podcast

Chef, Restaurateur and TV Host Rick Bayless joins forces with James Beard Award-winning food journalist Steve Dolinsky, to bring the world of food and drink into your ears and have a little fun in the process.

The Podcasts

Despite the consolidation and downturn in newsprint, it seems like cookbooks proliferate like potholes in Chicago. On today’s show, our third annual Cookbooks Show, just in time for any last-minute holiday shopping. We’ll talk with cookbook authors, Paul Kahan and Gail Simmons, then Rick and Steve recommend a few others worth your time.

Direct download: Annual_Cookbook_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

A very specific ingredient challenge against the Chef and owner of O Ya in Boston, as both he and I attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using just a bottle of beer, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere. Tim Cushman accepted our challenge, using Negro Modelo as the main ingredient.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Classical Guitar from the city’s renowned Berklee School of Music, Tim Cushman moved to California in search of musical success. As many aspiring musicians do, Cushman took a job in a restaurant. That was the start of what would become a culinary adventure around the world.

He spent the next 30 years cooking around the world in Japan, France, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwan. In that time, he also served for seven years as a Corporate Chef with Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago, where he developed menus for the group’s new concepts.

Direct download: IC_Modelo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

On this week’s show, a chat with the one person who has been raising the flag and telling us all how important it is to work with local farmers for the past 46 years. Her love of the French lifestyle, culture, food traditions and wine, led Alice Waters, at the age of 27, to open Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where it has remained a force in the food world for the past 46 years. She joins Rick and Steve to talk about food and her new book: “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.”

Direct download: Alice_Waters_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

We’re talking about the basis of any good bowl of soup by digging down to the bones, that is, the broth they create. From the basics to making one, to a Japanese icon, even a pair of entrepreneurs who are making bone broth the basis of their business.

We start in Portland, Oregon with Tressa Yellig’s business called Broth Bar, by Salt, Fire & Time. Then Steve heads the chef at Strings Ramen in Chicago, about how the magical tonkotsu broth is made for her bowl of ramen, then later in the show, the Chicago Bone Broth team Dan and Kassie Houlihan, founders of Chicago Bone Broth, stop by for a tasting. Their mission: To provide the most nutrient dense, best tasting broths to fuel life's adventures.

Direct download: Bone_Broth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm CST

Coming up on this week’s show, a black bean challenge with the Chef and owner of May Street Café & Steakhouse here in Chicago. Chef Mario Santiago joins Rick in the Test Kitchen to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less using a can of black beans, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Black_Beans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

So many cookbooks hit our desks each month, it’s a little mindboggling to think about all of the trees that were sacrificed. But a recent cookbook, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand stood out because of its thoroughness and vivid representation of what eating and cooking in Thailand is really like. If you’ve ever been curious about how the Thais truly eat, this is the book for you.

Coming up on this week’s show, a chat with the author, Leela Punyaratabandhu, of a stunningly gorgeous new book about the food of Bangkok that makes you want to cook, or at the very least, go to your favorite Thai joint after reading through its pages.

Direct download: Bangkok_Cookbook.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

On this week’s show, a chat with the force behind the Momofuku restaurants that have seemingly opened all over the world. David Chang joins Steve and Rick for a wide-ranging conversation, including what happened to Lucky Peach?

Direct download: David_Chang.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

It seems like there is a podcast these days for pretty much every niche interest. We realize we’re not the only game in town, so this week we’re introducing you to some other food-focused podcasts you might want to keep on your radar, including a pair of James Beard Award-winners.

Direct download: Food_Podcasts_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

Coming up on this week’s show, an apple challenge against the Chef and owner of Belly Q and Urban Belly here in Chicago, Bill Kim, as both he and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using just a few apples, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.

Direct download: IC_-_Apple_Challenge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

This week Steve and Rick venture out of the Test Kitchen for a LIVE Broadcast at the Chicago Podcast Festival. They invite 3 people to join them to look at the Chicago Food Scene.

Iconic Chicago encased-meats maven, "Hot" Doug Sohn hops up on stage to talk about Chicago Style hot dogs, Darryl Townson of Dat Donut or Uncle John’s Barbecue shares his southside pride and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks Chicago’s food scene, food tourism and the James Beard Awards. Plus there will be treats.

Direct download: LIVE_BROADCAST_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST