[Photographs, clockwise from top left: Sara Babcock, Simply Recipes, Elizabeth Bick, Andrew Cebulka]
Final 12 months I wrote that asking me to choose my favourite Particular Sauce episodes of the 12 months was like asking a father to decide on his favourite youngster. I am afraid selecting this 12 months’s favorites was, if something, much more troublesome, largely due to the number of storytellers we had on Particular Sauce this 12 months, from Rick Bragg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and New Yorker humor author Jenny Allen to Eater and Resy co-founder Ben Leventhal. And though Jenny and Ben’s episodes might have very simply made the record, they did not. I hope they will nonetheless come again.
I actually do love each episode equally, for a similar causes I like Severe Eats as an entire: I like placing collectively a robust workforce and watching every member do their factor.
Within the case of Particular Sauce, which means the teamwork of our new Affiliate Producer Grace Chen and producer/editor extraordinaire Marty Goldensohn; the editors at Severe Eats; and also you, our listeners. Between choosing and researching friends, structuring and conducting the 90-minute interview, modifying it in post-production, and writing up an article to accompany the audio, every Particular Sauce episode can be a microcosm of Severe Eats as an entire. Each on the positioning and on Particular Sauce we’re attempting to inform the perfect, most well-informed food-related tales in no matter type is acceptable, be it a recipe or approach, a video, a characteristic, or an gear assessment.
All that being stated, after nice deliberation, I’ve chosen 5 Particular Sauce episodes that I believe exemplify the perfect audio storytelling we do. I hope I have never offended my different Particular Sauce “kids,” the opposite 45 we produced this 12 months, as a result of every of these accommodates many unforgettable gems, as nicely.
Particular Sauce is out there on iTunes, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Participant FM, and Stitcher. You may also discover the archive of all our episodes right here on Severe Eats and on this RSS feed.

Rodney Scott
[Photograph: Andrew Cebulka]
Pitmaster Rodney Scott’s path to barbecue superstar is a impossible one, as you may hear. I do not know too many highschool graduates who find yourself coming dwelling to remain up all night time cooking barbecue after their commencement ceremony.
Take heed to half one and half two of Rodney Scott on Particular Sauce.
Rick Bragg
[Photograph: Michael Lionstar]
Rick Bragg is one in all my favourite non-fiction writers. He got here on Particular Sauce to speak about his mother-centric memoir-with-recipes, The Biggest Cook dinner within the World: Tales from My Momma’s Desk. What an exquisite storyteller and raconteur Bragg turned out to be!
Take heed to half one and half two of Rick Bragg on Particular Sauce »
Edward Lee
[Photograph: Sara Babcock]
Chances are you’ll know Edward Lee from his appearances on High Chef and The Thoughts of a Chef, however I really feel like I actually bought to know this hyper-articulate, considerate, Korean-American chef when he got here in to document his episodes of Particular Sauce, and I believe you’ll, too.
Take heed to half one and half two of Edward Lee on Particular Sauce.
Deb Perelman
[Photograph: Christine Han]
Deb Perelman is, in fact, the founding father of Smitten Kitchen, and, as such, she is likely one of the authentic recipe bloggers. There is a purpose why her web site has legions of loyal followers, and though it does not precisely need to do with how fantastic she is to speak to in individual, I consider you may catch a glimpse of it in her dialog with me.
Take heed to half one and half two of Deb Perelman on Particular Sauce.
Elise Bauer
[Photograph: Courtesy of Simply Recipes]
Elise Bauer is the founding father of Merely Recipes, our Fexy stablemate, and like Perelman, she was a pioneer within the recipe running a blog world. Listening to the 2 of them is like taking a category on the historical past of meals running a blog. There’s additionally an unbelievable story behind Elise’s web site, which I’m very glad to have the ability to share with all of our readers.
Take heed to half one and half two of Elise Bauer on Particular Sauce.

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