The Food52 Podcast: Episode 2!

March 26, 2015

We're on to episode 2! (In case you missed our inaugural podcast episode, find it here. We'll wait.) 

This week, with our friends Charlotte Druckman, co-founder of the Piglet, and Marian Bull, Digital Editor at Saveur and former editor here at Food52, we discuss cookbooks. In Cookbooks: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, we talk about what makes a good one, what makes a bad one, and some of the craziest books ever published. 

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And since we cover a lot of books, we've made a list for your reference, below. 


The cookbooks discussed in this podcast

And just in case you want to see the famed Banana Candle, from the end of the episode, you can find it here

You can also stream the episode here, or download and subscribe to Burnt Toast on iTunes.

Tell us about your favorite (or least favorite) cookbooks -- Tweet or Instagram with the hashtag #BurntToast -- we'll be re-sharing our favorites. 

Burnt Toast is part of the Panoply Network; check out the entire roster of podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply. Have something you’re itching for us to talk about? Let us know in the comments! 

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Victoria August 19, 2015
I usually pretend to host a cooking show while in the kitchen, but recently i started listening to food podcasts like yours. I was only disappointed by episode two's lack of kids cook books. I urge you to check out the gem "Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual" which urges kids to "Create wonderful things. Be good. Have fun." They do this while using the included color-coded measuring spoons to make pigs in a blanket, baked open faced green apple/cheddar sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies. There is even a play dough recipe and one for doggie treats. Twenty-five years later, the spoons have an almost time machine quality when i measure out something for my grandmothers sweet hot mustard or her strawberry rhubarb pie or my mother's chicken salad or my sautéed onion and layered grilled cheese sandwich. This book was the gateway drug to my addiction to all things kitchen. You chatted a lot about books that gave you the feels and this one battles for first prize in that division against the family cookbook but it certainly was the place it all started and for that, deserves at least honorable mention here among all us food nerds. peace & rice, T.
M H. May 18, 2015
Great podcast but was hoping for a serious answer to one of the last questions about great cookbooks for new cooks. Any tips?
Gwen May 13, 2015
This is my favorite show so far, listening to the first 5. Question - could you post links when you mention articles as well as books? Would love easy links to the Gourmet photo essay & Melissa Clark article.
kasia S. April 13, 2015
When is the 3rd podcast coming out? I hate to rush you ladies but this is so good, I could listen to them all day long.
Tim April 1, 2015
Did you ever post that horrible banana-pineapple thing? Sounded hideous. On topic... One of the things I loved about Julia Child Mastering the Art... was she seemed more interested in the Why more than the How. That gave me the courage to find my way through a recipe, rather than worry too much about cooking something for 2 minutes, as you discussed on the podcast. I like cookbooks like that.
Sarah S. March 30, 2015
Absolutely loved this episode! Cookbooks are a love for me and so I of course had to add a few to my wishlist, and went ahead and ordered Chez Panisse Vegetables. Truly enjoying this podcast.