Al Roker cooks for Daniel Boulud, talks about on-set disasters at the “Today” show, explains why sandwiches are his go-to conversation starter and wonders why Goofy wears pants but Pluto doesn’t. Plus, we dive into the world of pies and baking competitions with Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin; we get a lesson in the language of leftovers from Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, and we present a recipe for a sweet and tangy Austrian Plum Cake.
Hollywood star and restaurateur Danny Trejo shares his culinary inspirations and his most memorable stories—for example, how he used to act out “The Wizard of Oz” to help him stay sane in solitary confinement. Plus, Gena Renaud of Yume Confections teaches us about the art of wagashi; Alex Aïnouz dives into the world of meatballs; and we roast a chicken the Nigella Lawson way.
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Comedian and “Nailed It!” host Nicole Byer breaks down the art of improv, making it in the world of comedy and how to host a baking competition show when you know nothing about baking. Plus, we chat with Karl De Smedt, manager of the world’s only international sourdough library; J. Kenji López-Alt gives us a crash course on the best homemade fried rice, and we learn how to get a good char on Catalonian-inspired grilled vegetables.
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This week, we chat with Mike Wiley of Eventide in Portland, Maine, who tells us how to shuck an oyster, the rules for the perfect clambake and his favorite often-ignored fish. Plus, we talk with chef and poet Omar Tate, who explores Black American culture and literature through food; Dan Pashman explains why he thinks grilling is overrated; and we find a fix for flavorless tomatoes.