Food is the New Rock

Ep. 162 - Bob Marley's son Rohan stops by the podcast to tell us his entire life story, from Jamaica to Miami (where he went to the same high school as Zach) to playing football, then back to Jamaica- where he now owns a huge plot of land where coffee is grown.  He has since started Marley Coffee, which he also tells us all about.  

Direct download: Episode_162-Rohan_Marley.mp3
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Ep. 161 - This week's podcast guest is Michael Cimarusti, the chef of Connie & Ted's and Providence (which is widely considered the best restaurant in Los Angeles.) We talk to him about reggae (he did a reggae college radio show) and the Grateful Dead, plus argue about whether or not Miley Cyrus has ruined the Flaming Lips.  He tells us about the time John Paul Jones ate at Providence and about Dock to Dish, the new sustainable seafood CSA for restaurants he helped bring to the west coast.  WARNING: This podcast has some serious man on man bonding between Michael and our guest co-host Jeff Miller (L.A. editor of Thrillist).  

Direct download: Episode_161-Cimarusti.mp3
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Ep. 160 - From A Tribe Called Quest to Chef, Jarobi White returns to the podcast for a second time.  Since we talked to him last year he's started a new company (Eats, Rhymes, Life), was part of the Black Chef Series at BluJeen in Harlem, started a Tribe Taco Tuesday in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, and was back in L.A. for Labor Day Weekend hosting a BBQ w/ Roy Choi at the Line Hotel in Koreatown.  We talk about all that and Star Wars.

Direct download: Episode_160-Jarobi.mp3
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Ep. 159 - On this week's podcast we talk to brothers Keith and Mike Jeffrey from the band Atlas Genius.  Both are avid vegans, so we talk a lot about that, plus Australian fair food, the greatest garlic dip in the entire universe, and the awesomeness of vegemite.  Plus the guys tell us how they got their very own limited edition Atlas Genius donut at DoRite Donuts in Chicago, IL (available until September 11th.)

Their new album Inatimate Objects, featuring the song "Molecules", is out now.  

Direct download: Episode_159-Atlas_Genius.mp3
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Ep. 158 - Singer/Songwriter/Producer/DJ Matthew Koma is this week's podcast guest.  He's worked with Alesso, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tiesto and Zedd (who he co-wrote Clarity with) and has toured all around the world as a singer and DJ.  We talk to him about coffee, his favorite sushi spot for special friends only, and the place he took his Grandma too in NYC before seeing Lady Gaga in concert.  Plus he admits to being an oatmeal fanatic, and teaches us all about overnight oats.  

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Tickets are now onsale for the East Side Food Fest, October 18th at Mack Sennet Studios in Los Angeles.  Get more info at http://eastsidefoodfest.com

Direct download: Episode_158-Matthew_Koma.mp3
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Ep. 157 - This week's we talk to Nic Adler, who not only runs the Roxy and founded the L.A. Vegan Beer Festival but also curates the food and booze at all of Goldenvoice's major festivals- including Coachella and FYF Fest (which is this weekend.)  We talk to him about all extra focus that music festivals are paying to their food nowadays and the thought process that goes into choosing the vendors for massive festivals like Coachella and FYF.  Nic also talks a little about what it was like growing up on the Sunset Strip as the son of legendary club owner/music manager/record producer Lou Adler and how things have changed food wise over the years.

Then, after the podcast, get a sneak peak at our brand new show The Crawl featuring Zach and Jason Stewart (aka DJ Them Jeans) taking you on a dumpling crawl through the San Gabriel Valley.  The full show is available exclusively through HOWL, the brand new premium audio service launched by the people behind Earwolf & Wolfpop.  Get more info at howl.fm and use the promo code CRAWL to get one month free so you can check out the new show we made.  Do it.  Do it.  

Direct download: Episode_157-Nic_Adler.mp3
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Ep. 156 - This past weekend Zach went up to S.F. for Outside Lands, and for the third year in a row we recorded a special podcast from the festival.  This year we were excited to partner with Chefsfeed who let us hang backstage at their GastroMagic stage, eating drinking and interviewing people all weekend long. First we spoke to Chefs Evan & Sara Rich from the excellent S.F. restaurant Rich Table (right after they threw porcini donuts to the crowd while Pat Mahoney from LCD Soundsystem DJ'd).  Then Zach stumbled into former Grateful Dead and Google Chef Charlie Ayers (from Episode 151), followed by the return of Chef Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb) to the show.  Then electronic musician Dan Deacon and artist Emilie Baltz came on to talk about their musical performance involving popsicles as instruments, and the podcast closes out with hilarious Comedian Jon Gabrus (from the High & Mighty podcast). 

All the photos from the weekend can be found at www.foodisthenewrock.com and coming soon you'll be able to find recommendations from Dan Deacon on the Chefsfeed blog. 

Direct download: Episode_156-Outside_Lands.mp3
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Ep. 155 - Rocker and former Runaway Lita Ford is this week's podcast guest, in advance of her appearance on Chopped.  We learn all about her childhood, how she learned to cook Italian from her mom and learned to fish and hunt from her Dad.  She tells us about all the McDonald's she ate as a member of the Runaways, and how she always felt pressure to stay as thin as the rest of the girls in the band.  Then we talk about the Rock Stars episode of Chopped airing August 18th on the Food Network.

 

Direct download: Episode_155-Lita_Ford.mp3
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Ep. 154 - Serious Eats grand poobah Ed Levine is this week's podcast guest.  He recently sold the website to FEXY, and the story of the last 8 years is fascinating.  But even more fascinating was the music career he had before becoming a food writer.  A career which took him from L.A. to Iowa to New York City, and then into the studio with Dr. John.  And we get Ed to tell us the story from the very beginning. It's a must listen for anybody who's ever met Ed (or been obsessed with Serious Eats.) 

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Ep. 153 - Emily Saliers is not only one half of the folk rock duo the Indigo Girls but she's also a longtime restauranteur and a self proclaimed lifelone foodie.  We talk to her about her 18 year old Atlanta restaurant Watershed, its storied history, and its famous fried chicken.  Plus she admits to her love of HoJo's clam strips before Zach comes out at the end of the show as a proud Indigo Girls fan.  

Direct download: Episode_153-Indigo_Girls.mp3
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Ep. 152- Next Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira is this week's podcast guest, but just as a warning- she and Zach spend most of the first half hour of the show talking about a Twitter war Zach got into with another food writer a week and a half ago (a topic Aarti discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast she does with her husband Brendan McNamara called Pass the Salt.)  Once they get through that, Zach asks her what music she listened to growing up in Dubai, what similarities she sees between Next Food Network Star and American Idol, and how these days food personalities are probably criticized more for selling out than musicians. Plus we talked with her about Tori Amos' aura, and the awesomeness of Guy Fieri.  

Direct download: Episode_152-Aarti.mp3
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Ep. 151 - This week's guest is Chef Charlie Ayers, who was not only the original chef at Google but was also one of the Grateful Dead's personal chefs from 1990 to 1995. He sat down with Zach on the Monday after the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara (which Zach went to in search of fatty egg rolls.)  They talked about the shows, the he time spent cooking for the Grateful Dead, and how that prepared him for Google.  He also told us about the time he caught Bono raiding his fridge, shared Jerry's favorite hot dog condiment, and confirmed that fatty egg rolls were a thing on tour and not a figment of Zach's imagination.  

Direct download: Episode_151-Charlie_Ayers.mp3
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Ep. 150 - For our 150th episode we decide to do a little something different... so instead of talking food with a musician or music with a chef we gathered up all of our guest hosts to shoot the shit about food and music.  Tall Tales + The Stew podcast host Jason Stewart (aka DJ Themjeans), Thrillist's Jeff Miller and Producer Chuck P all join Zach over danish.  Among the topics discussed are:

  • Zach's trip to Santa Clara this weekend to see The Grateful Dead and scour the parking lot for fatty egg rolls
  • Alma Restaurant announcing a new crowd funding campaign and what it all means for them and the restaurant business itself
  • What Jason thought of Fuku in New York (David Chang's new fried chicken spot)
  • And Thrillist's recent list of 50 Things You Have to Eat in L.A. Before you Die

And then at the end, we introduce a new feature called "Worst Food Blogger of the Week" where Zach vents about something online that really pissed him off.  

Let us know what you think of the guestless format by tweeting us @foodisnewrock.  If you like it, we'll do of more of these shows!  

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Ep. 149 - Legendary Chicago chef Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Publican, Avec) comes on the podcast this week to shoot the shit about music.  We talk first album, first concert, and a dinner he did with John Cale.  Plus he tells about how his restaurants Big Star and Nico Osteria are both named after musicians.  

Direct download: Episode_149-Paul_Kahan.mp3
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Ep. 148 - AJ and Dak from L.A. indie pop band Saint Motel are this week's guests.  We talk to Dak about his days as a sushi chef, and AJ give us his picks for best restauants in L.A. and on the road.  

Direct download: Episode_148-Saint_Motel.mp3
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Ep. 147 - Our podcast guest this week is Philadelphia Chef Marc Vetri, owner of the Vetri Family of restaurants and the guy who Tom Colicchio called the best chef guitarist he knows.  We talk about the bands he was in before becoming a chef, the music and food series he does with musician Phil Roy, and his new cookbook "Mastering Pasta".  

 

Direct download: Episode_147-Mark_Vetri.mp3
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Ep. 146 - Murph from the UK band The Wombats joins us on the show this week to talk food.  He tells us about the time the band made pate on Sunday Brunch w/ the Saturdays, how one of the tracks on their new album features a drum loop made from a burp, and the time his dog got into the fridge and ate everything.  And then at the very end, Sam joins the podcast to tell us what barnacles taste like.  

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Ep. 145 - Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck return to the podcast this week.  We talk to them about last week's podcast guest Stephen Merritt (from the Magnetic Fields), jerking off bulls, and some of the various easter eggs that can be found in their new cookbook "Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats".   Plus Doug talks shit about "Zephyros Winds", the chamber quintet that replaced him without telling him shortly after the ice cream truck took off.  

Direct download: 145-Big_Gay_Ice_Cream.mp3
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Ep. 144 - On this week's podcast Zach meets up with Stephen Merritt (and Sam Davol) from the Magnetic Fields at Doomie's, a vegan restaurant in Hollywood, CA.  Over vegan fried chicken and ham and cheese croissants they talk about Stephin's friendship with Doug Quint from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, why he became Vegan, and how much better it's gotten over the years for touring musicians who don't eat meat (and he makes it clear it has nothing to do with the hummus.) Plus Stephin teaches us about the vomit fruit al, which is also one of the subjects of his new Scrabble inspired book of mnemonic poems, "101 Two Letter Words".  We were warned that Stephin is a notoriously interesting interviewee and to be ready for awkward pauses. He didn't disappoint.  

Direct download: Episode_144-Stephin_Merritt.mp3
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Ep. 143 - Guns N Roses might not be the topic you'd expect us to spend over an hour talking about with the owner of Canter's, the famous Jewish deli in L.A.'s Fairfax district.  But that's exactly what we did w/ Marc Canter last week, who not only grew up with Slash but has documented practically his entire career.  He was there when Guns N Roses was formed, and his book "Reckless Road" is full of stories and pictures from that time.  Recently he was the subject of an Uproxx documentary about G'nR, prompting us to sit down with the 3rd generation deli owner.  We talk Guns N Roses, the Sunset Strip, and (of course) pastrami.  

Direct download: Episode_143-Mark_Canter.mp3
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Ep. 142 - Momofuku Milk Bar chef Christina Tosi is this week's podcast guest.  Zach welcomed her to our Bronson Island studio, where they exchanged sweets and then talked about their mutual love of R. Kelly. Christina also talked about her childhood cassette collection, her Dad's hatred of the Beach Boys, and her completely shocking very first concert- which we won't ruin by telling you about here.  We then asked her what it's like working with David Chang, and hatched a plan to make Questlove the cereal milk of his dreams (don't tell him about it.)  

Christina Tosi's new cookbook "Milk Bar Life" is out now.  

Direct download: Episode_142-Tosi.mp3
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Ep. 141 - Chef Jenn Louis from Lincoln in Portland, OR is this week's podcast guest. She has a brand new cookbook out called "Pasta By Hand", so we sat down with her when she was in town for the L.A. Chef Classic last month.  Jenn told us about how she became a drummer, her friendship with M. Ward, and what it was like to sing along with the Von Trapp family at a cookie party for Food & Wine Magazine.  

Direct download: Episode_141-Jenn_Louis.mp3
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Ep. 140 - This week's podcast is the final episode we recorded live at SxSw's Southbites, and features Brian Harding, one half of the indie rock duo Ex-Cops.  They're the band who created the huge uproar just before SxSw by posting a letter on their Facebook page condemning McDonald's for offering to pay any of the bands who were asked to play their showcase.  We talk to Brian about that as well as what him and Amelie like to eat on tour, his brief stint working at Fatty Crab in NYC, and the fantastic L.A. restaurant "Night of Song and Joy".  

Then as a bonus we tacked on the Southbites panel we did about how to build a restaurant playlist with Adam Kinane from Supper., Andrew Wintner from Music Styling, and Chad Gluckson from Easy Tiger in Austin.  Enjoy this rare two for one special!

Direct download: Episode_140-Ex_Cops.Restaurant_Panel.mp3
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Ep. 139 - Momofuku Chef and Lucky Peach Editor David Chang returns to the podcast this week to talk food, music, and a little bit of basketball.  Recorded at SxSw, we talk to David about his love of Phish and the death of Rock N Roll, plus we go deep about the big Jeremy Fox article in Lucky Peach.  Zach also brings up how Dave may or may not have promised him free Momofuku Ssam Bar for life from a SxSw stage two days earlier.   

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Direct download: Episode_139-David_Chang.mp3
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Ep. 138 - Pulitzer Prize winning food writer (and our very first official podcast guest) Jonathan Gold returns to the show as part of our slate of live SxSw programming. He's the subject of a great new documentary called "City of Gold" which premiered at Sundance this year, so we talked to him about that (naturally).  Plus we asked him about the new NWA movie, his first concert experiences as an 11 year old kid in L.A., and the whole Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke thing- since he wrote about the landmark Gilbert O'Sullivan vs Biz Markie sampling case back in the 90s. Jonathan also admits that he is trying to train himself to appreciate Taylor Swift. 

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Ep. 137 - Famed producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek joined us at The Driskill Hotel in Austin TX last week for SxSw Southbites, where we recorded podcasts all day long on Monday. Dave told us about all the cooking he does at his home studio, the places he likes to eat when he's out on tour w/ TVOTR, and his secret to making a delicious blueberry pie.  He also talks to us about producing the album FOOD w/ Kelis, an album he is widely credited with naming.  

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This week's podcast is sponsored by Musicstyling, the premier provider of customized music content for the luxury hospitality and retail industries. Let Musicstyling help develop your company’s sonic identity. Find out more at www.musicstyling.com

Direct download: Episode_136-Dave_Sitek.mp3
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Ep. 136 - Del Posto pastry chef and former Born Against drummer Brooks Headley is our podcast guest this week. His cookbook "Fancy Desserts" just won Food 52's Piglet Tournament so we flip through it and cover the important topics, like "there's no such thing as selling", "how Ian McKaye is like sbrisolona" and "why music and cooking do not mix".  Plus Brooks tells us the best vegetarian touring band story we've ever heard, and opens up about the tour food diary he kept secret from his band.  

Direct download: Episode_135-Brooks_Headley.mp3
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Ep. 135 - This week we go to hang out with the band Midlake just before they screened their brand new 90 minute documentary concert video "Midlake: Live in Denton, TX" at the Sonos Studio in L.A.  The film was produced and directed by Eric Noren and actor Jason Lee who joined us for a little bit at the beginning of the podcast.  We talked about the bar the band owns in Denton, plus the restaurants that singer Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith plan on opening this year.  They tell us about Denton's best sushi restaurant (yes, there is good sushi in Denton!) and at the end they give us their food picks for SxSw... where we'll be podcasting live on Monday as part of Southbites.  

Direct download: Episode_134-Midlake.mp3
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Ep. 134 - Mad Decent beat maker/producer/dj Toy Selectah and dj/producer Camilo Lara (aka Mexican Institute of Sound) are this week's podcast guests, talking food to us in advance of the release of their massive new collaborative project "Compass".  They take us on a food journey through most of the countries they recorded in, including Jamaica, the U.S., Brazil, and their home country- Mexico.  And for the 2nd time in 3 podcasts Zach gets told the Mexican food in Los Angeles sucks by two guys who know way more about than he does.  

Recorded in 9 countries with the help of Red Bull Sounds Studios and over 90 musical collaborators, like Boy George, Sly & Robbie, Toots & the Maytals, Gogol Bordello and more, Compass will be released in June.  Get more details at www.compassalbum.com

Direct download: Episode_133-Compass.mp3
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Ep. 132 - On the podcast this week we talk music with acclaimed chef Jeremy Fox, who exorcised his demons this month in an article you can find in the latest issue of Lucky Peach (The Obsession Issue.) We talk to him about the article, as well as where he finds inspiration,  and the similarities between what he does and what a musician does. We also talk first album and first concert (spoiler: Michael Jackson is involved) and he lets us know what kind of music he's been listening to, from his early days at Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, through his time at the helm of Ubuntu (the Michelin starred vegetarian restaurant in Napa) up to his current post at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, CA. 

Direct download: Episode_132-Jeremy_Fox.mp3
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Ep. 131 - Epitaph Records Owner and Bad Religion's founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz is this week's podcast guest.  We talk about his stints on Esquire TV's Knife Fight and how it led to him becoming a part owner in Kris Morningstar's restaurant Terrine. He tells us about all the chefs who are Bad Religion fans, admits that the entire Epitaph office is on a diet, and then drops where to find the best hot dog in the world. Towards the end Brett tells us where he's eaten with Tom Waits, and how picky his kids are with food.  

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This week's podcast is sponsored by Panda Express.  Check out The G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Combo Zach put together for them in honor of Chinese New Year on our website, www.foodisthenewrock.com.  Then go to pandaexpress.com and download a coupon for a free chicken egg roll on Chinese New Year (Feb. 19th).

Direct download: Episode_131-Brett_Gurewitz.mp3
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Ep. 130 - Ulises Lozano and Carlos Chairez from the Mexican electro-rock band Kinky are this week's podcast guests. They tell us about the food they grew up eating in Monterrey Mexico, their favorite cities to tour in for the food, and what they think about Mexican food in L.A.  Then at the end, Uli gives us his recipe for uliquiles.  

 

Their newest album, MTV Unplugged, is out now on Nacional Records.  

Direct download: Episode_130-Kinky.mp3
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Ep. 129 -  Iconic Chef Wolfgang Puck is this week's guest on the Food is the New Rock podcast.  Zach met him at CUT in Beverly Hills to talk about the music he listened to as a child, the music he plays in his restaurants, and the musicians he's gotten to cook for over the years. (Warning: There's a a lot of name dropping in this podcast.) We also ask him whether or not inspiration is a young person's game, and he tells us about the time that he saw Louie Armstrong as a kid in Austria. 

We're dropping our episode a little early this week because... we're featured on iTunes!  So if you want to thank somebody for getting this podcast 12 hours early this week, you can thank them.  

Direct download: Episode_129-Wolfgang_Puck.mp3
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Ep. 128 - Comedian and podcast impressario Doug Benson comes on the show this week to talk about food.  He tells us about the worst episode of Dining With Doug & Karen (spoiler: it was the one with Wayne Federman), his love of chain restaurants, and why he doesn't like eating food with his hands at restaurants.  Our pal Jeff Miller (from the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids) is the guest host, with beads in his beard. And you'll be excited to know that after the podcast we did do a slo-mo shakey face video of the bead beard.

Also, after the show Doug suggested that after 128 episodes we should probably get a theme song for the show... so, we're doing it!  Want to make us a theme song? Put it together and send it to foodisthenewrock@gmail.com.  We'll post the best ones and have people vote on it.  

Direct download: Episode_127_-_Doug_Benson.mp3
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Ep. 127 - Electronic music pioneer Daedelus is our guest this week.  He's a coffee fanatic, so we spend a good amount of time nerding out with him about that before moving onto other topics like the VIP plaque at Sqirl, going gluten free, and shit pig.  His latest album is called The Light Brigade.  Get more info at http://daedelusmusic.com

Direct download: Episode_126-Daedelus.mp3
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Ep. 126 - This week's guest practically invented the pop up restaurant in Los Angeles with his LudoBites dinner series, before opening Trois Mec last year with former podcast guests Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.  Since then Trois Mec has been named Best Restaurant in Los Angeles for two years running by L.A. Weekly, and was just named one of the 38 Best Restaurants in America by Eater. He's also one of the mentors on ABC's The Taste alongisde Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samulesson and Nigella Lawson. We talk to Ludo about the music he listened to growing up in France, the great musicians he's gotten to cook for, and the guitar lessons he got from Michelle Branch.  And of course we ask him about the foie gras ban that was just lifted in California.  

A limited edition 10th Anniversary Edition of his first cookbook CRAVE was just released. Get more details at  www.ludolefebvre.com

Direct download: Episode_125-Chef_Ludo.mp3
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Ep. 125 - Normally on the podcast we talk to a chef just about music or a musician just about food... but this week we're breaking format for something we've never done before.  A crossover spectacular (!!!) with another podcast.  Dan Pashman is our guest the week, host of The Sporkful podcast on WNYC and the author of "Eat More Better" a great new book that helps you... wait for it... wait for it... Eat. More. Better.  We caught up with Dan last month here in L.A. when he was on his book tour, and had a great conversation about food and music, an excerpt of which appears on this week's episode of The Sporkful featuring The Two Man Gentlemen Band.  If you're a fan of Food is the New Rock but always wondered what Zach would sound like with some of that quality public radio editing, then you'll want to go download that episode immediately.   And if you're a Sporkful fan, here for the first time, enjoy hearing what Dan sounds like unabridged!

Direct download: Episode_124-Sporkful_rev1.mp3
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