During the height of Popeyes Chicken Sandwichmania, we were burying our friend James who was skipping dialysis because, as an hourly food service worker, he couldn't afford to miss work. Luckily, this week we had booked social justice journalist Lisa McCray, the perfect guest for our "very special episode".
There's a lot to learn about race, equity, and how utterly f***ed food capitalism is. We learn about what actually happened during The Baltimore Uprising (known as "The Baltimore Riots" to the national media). We talk about the inherent flaws of our institutions, and how in many ways there are no solutions. There is no easy right or wrong in James' tragedy, nor can we say if you should or shouldn't eat the chicken sandwich. We can't save the world, but we can talk about hard things, listen to others, and learn a lot. We can try to be more compassionate and understanding, and look for little things we can do that make a huge difference. Plus Noah tells us what it's like to fry bacon in the nude, because even in tough times The Robicelli Argument Clinic always stays on brand.
Damian Higgins - aka Dieselboy - has been one of the coolest people on earth since birth: he's the son of yacht rock royalty, a super-famous drum and bass DJ, and a frequent artistic collaborator with some of the world's hottest chefs and mixologists. And, for some reason he enjoys Allison & Matt's company, so here we all are! We argue about food tattoos, Noah makes us discuss Komodo dragons, and then we all force Evan to explain how snakes "do it". We'll probably make that last part a recurring segment.
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Once you're done listening to the podcast, check out his latest mix. It's great background music for when you're working out, vacuuming, or smashing things with a hammer after reading the news.
This week we welcome James Beard nominated cookbook author, Washington Post columnist and pie KWEEN Cathy Barrow to experience this audible crapshow live and in person! Outside of pies we discuss dump cakes, aquatic taxidermy, Dump Cakes, and whether astrology applies to cats. All of these are very important topics, and we're happy to help you stay on top of them.
Grab the recipe for the cake we ate on air. You definitely need this cake. We made it twice in the week we recorded this episode.
Check out Cathy's website for recipes, book tour info, and lots of other good stuff.
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Preorder WHEN PIES FLY to fulfill all your handpie needs.
The James Beard nominated PIE SQUARED is the definitive guide to slab pies that can feed a crowd (or just you).
MRS. WHEELBARROW'S PRACTICAL PANTRY is an essential book for any cookbook library. You probably already have it. If you don't, fix that immediately.