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Podcast Episode 26: Growing Up in the Kitchen with Melissa Clark

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Join our editors as they discuss their favorite childhood food memories. Later in the episode, New York Times food reporter and author Melissa Clark joins us to talk about her childhood vacations in France and her new cookbook!

Childhood Food Memories

Before talking to Melissa Clark, we chatted about our favorite childhood food memories. We’d love to hear yours too! Please share anything comic, tragic, or tragicomic in our Fine Cooking Podcast Facebook Group.

Interview with Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is a New York Times food reporter and author of the column A Good Appetite as well as author of several cookbooks, including her latest, Dinner: Changing the Game.

One of her greatest influences was MFK Fisher. Some favorite books of hers are:

How to Cook a Wolf

The Gastronomical Me

and Consider the Oyster

Melissa mentions her sheet-pan ratatouille that appears in Dinner in French; this version in the NY Times is similar, though doesn’t include chicken.

She also discusses her love for the Instant Pot, especially for cooking beans. See her guide to cooking with the Instant Pot in the Times.

One of Melissa’s New Year’s Resolutions is to eat less meat, but she talks about how she’s adapted meat-centric recipes to be more plant-based, like her Mushroom Bourguignon. (We have a few ideas about that too). Chris’s favorite example of this is Melissa’s Spiced Chickpeas with Cauliflower and Roasted Lemon.

Follow Melissa Clark on Instagram and Twitter.


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