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Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune food critic Louisa Chu and Axios Chicago reporter Monica Eng.

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Episode 112: Summer vacation food, “The Bear” and Italian beef

July 18th, 2022


This week, it's the season finale where Monica Eng and Louisa Chu get Jeremy Allen White, star of the new Chicago-based show "The Bear," to do a Chicago accent. Plus, Louisa shares her list of the best Italian beef to …

Episode 111: James Beard Awards

July 1st, 2022


This week, Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to the big winners of the James Beard Awards...and Louisa has a run-in with security. Plus, Monica finds some delicious treats at a Little Village farmers market, and dares …

Episode 110: Martin Yan, Candy Show

June 8th, 2022


This week, Monica Eng shares the serendipitous story behind how Martin Yan started his cooking show Yan Can Cook. Louisa Chu regales us with the offerings of the Sweets & Snacks Expo, aka The Candy Show, and …

Episode 109: Chop Suey and Mushrooms

May 23rd, 2022


Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk about their trip to the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago, Orange Garden, and reveal who bought their classic old …

Episode 101: The Korean Vegan, Owamni by The Sioux Chef

November 24th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng visits TikTok star The Korean Vegan aka Joanne Lee Molinaro to talk about her debut bestselling cookbook "The …

Episode 98: Steve Dolinsky, Paula Camp, 80s Restaurants

July 3rd, 2021


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to hungry hound Steve Dolinsky, author of the upcoming book “The Ultimate Chicago Pizza …

Episode 97: Steven Raichlen, Top Chef Gregory Gourdet, giardiniera

June 12th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks about chef Gregory Gourdet, author of “Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health.” Then from the live Twitch stream, she and co-host Louisa Chu talk to barbecue guru …

Episode 96: Buona Beefless, Jacoby Cochran, Barry Estabrook, Chicago all-in-one hot dog sauce

May 22nd, 2021


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Jimmy Buona about the new Italian Beefless sandwich, City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran about South Side vegan food, author Barry Estabrook about his new …

Episode 95: Tomato Bliss, Regional hot dogs, Coney sauces

May 1st, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to Tomato Bliss. Then from the Chewing Twitch Monica and co-host Louisa Chu talk hot dogs with Chicago Tribune food reporter Nick Kindelsperger and author / Coney dog expert T.M. …

Episode 93: Crate Free USA, Maui Nui Venison, Brown Sugar Bakery

April 18th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to Crate Free USA founder Jessica Chipkin about reducing the suffering of animals on factory farms. Then Monica talks to Maui Nui Venison founder Jake Muise about wild Hawaiian …

Episode 92: LA’s Friends & Family, Chicago’s Carver 47, CBD ‘Chilli Crisp’

March 28th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to chef Roxana Jullapat, owner of Friends & Family bakery in Los Angeles, about her new book “Mother …

Episode 91: Emily Nunn, Dennis Lee, Oreo Spam burger

March 13th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to author Emily Nunn about her Substack newsletter The Department of Salad. Then Monica talks to food writer Dennis Lee about his Substack newsletter Food is Stupid. Plus Monica …

Episode 90: MacArthur's cafeteria, critic critique, alcohol-free IPA, Korean snack

February 22nd, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks with MacArthur's cafeteria owner Mac Alexander for her Chicago Tribune 8-part series on Black-owned …

Episode 89: Chefs Zoe Schor and Beverly Kim, Flamin' Hot mac and cheese

January 27th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks with chef Zoe Schor about why she has not reopened for indoor or outdoor dining yet in Chicago. Co-host Monica Eng talks with Top Chef Beverly Kim and Asian American …

Episode 88: “Eat Like You Give a Fork,” Village Farmstand, Chinese hot water

January 23rd, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to Mareya Ibrahim, author of “Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive.” Plus Monica checks in with filmmaker / grocer Matt Wechsler of Village Farmstand in …

Episode 87: Tulip Tree Gardens, Sleep Medicine, Hank Shaw, and Ida's Artisan Ice Cream

December 24th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to CBD Tulip Tree Gardens founders Rachael and Jesse Smedberg and tries their CBN oil in her quest for a …

Episode 86: Mockmill, Man in the Kitchen, and Vite Ramen

December 7th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng tries home grain mill Mockmill.

Then Monica talks to Man in the Kitchen founder Steve Katz.

And she dares co-host Louisa Chu to taste self-described "nutritious" Vite Ramen, but Will …

Episode 85: gardening activist Nicole Virgil, Tasting India, and Baiju

November 22nd, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng visits to gardening activist Nicole Virgil.

Then Monica talks to James Beard grant winning chef Jasmine Sheth …

Episode 84: Leptospirosis, Pizza, and White Rabbit Lay's

October 26th, 2020


Chewing co-host Monica Eng shares her story about leptospirosis on the food and health podcast, the deadly disease that killed Louisa Chu's beloved dog Kiba.

Then Monica explains why her favorite pizza was a New York …

Chewing Extra: Sleep remedies and CBD honey

September 28th, 2020


In between seasons we're releasing a few bonus interviews. This one deals with Monica's search for a good night sleep. She hopes to find it in the …

Chewing Extra: Harold's Fried Chicken Shack #55 Owner Percy Billings

August 29th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk about the importance of Harold's Chicken Shack and mild sauce, then Louisa talks to Harold's …

Episode 83: Farm to Endangered Table, Season Finale

August 12th, 2020


Chef Rick Bayless shares how he and his teams are doing during the coronavirus pandemic with some heartbreaking details. Then Chewing co-host Monica …

Episode 82: Chinatown and Pizza Puffs

August 1st, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu visits an influential Chinatown basement food court during the pandemic. Co-host Monica Eng uncovers the origin story of the iconic Chicago-invented pizza puff. Then Louisa dares …

Episode 81: Campy Broccoli and Pasta

July 13th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng details a lost interview with broccoli scientist Elizabeth Jeffery. Then Monica talks with fellow watchdog …

Episode 80: Reopening Your Mouth

June 25th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks to chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés during his visit to Chicago about feeding people worldwide during disasters, the pandemic included. Co-host Monica Eng talks to …

Episode 79: Flour Power

June 12th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks to Old Fashioned Donuts owner Buritt Bulloch about the Chicago pastry institution. Co-host Monica Eng talks …

Episode 78: Great Memorial Day Escape

May 22nd, 2020


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk about the future of restaurants and getting away from it all. First, Monica talks to Chicago chef Carrie Nahabedian, who shares the challenges facing …

Episode 77: Potato and sourdough discard recipes plus sustainable seafood

May 8th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks sustainable seafood with Walton Family Foundation environment program officer Teresa Ish. Then Eng and co-host Louisa Chu talk home cooking recipes including pandemic pantry …

Episode 76: Farmers Markets & Tortillas

April 24th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks about farmers markets, essential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, with Evanston parks and rec director Lawrence Hemingway. Co-host Louisa Chu reveals why El Milagro …

Episode 75: Podcast Pantry

April 10th, 2020


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica clean out the quarantine pantry with producer Iris Lin. They talk about what they are eating, and Monica reveals the danger of overeating her homemade artisan breads these …

Episode 74: Pandemic Pantry, Dan Weissmann

March 27th, 2020


Louisa Chu and Monica Eng report from the midst of the coronavirus crisis in Chicago on what to eat and how to eat it. Plus how to deal with health …

Episode 73: Michael Pollan, David Lebovitz, caffeine and cocktails

February 28th, 2020


Michael Pollan talks to old pal Monica about and his new audiobook "Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World." Then David Lebovitz talks to …

The Legitimacy of Chinese American food extra

January 24th, 2020


Here's an bonus track while we are on break. Enjoy!

Episode 72: Uncle Remus, Chinatown Museum, jook recipes

January 10th, 2020


Louisa Chu talks to 93 year old Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken founder Gus Rickette and daughter / CEO Charmaine Rickette. Monica Eng talks to 85 …

Episode 71: Holiday Feasts and Drink

December 21st, 2019


Monica Eng talks about surprising American story behind Italian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes with filmmaker Robert Tinnell. Louisa Chu talks about best new book "Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the …

Episode 69: Ramen, okonomiyaki, how to shop for Japanese groceries

November 12th, 2019


Monica Eng visits Mitsuwa Marketplace to learn how to shop for Japanese groceries. Yoshi's Cafe owner Nobuko Katsumura teaches her how to eat ramen. Louisa Chu talks to Gaijin owners about okonomiyaki. Monica dares …

Episode 68: Episode 68: Patel Brothers, Superkhana, Thattu, best sustainable diet

October 28th, 2019


Louisa Chu visits newest Patel Brothers, the largest Indian grocery chain in North America. Monica Eng talks to a Johns Hopkins researcher about the best diet to save the planet. Louisa learns sweet loves stories behind …

Episode 67: Carlos Gaytan, Micki Maynard, Penny Pollack

October 12th, 2019


Memories and the Way We Ate: Mexican-American Top Chef Carlos Gaytan reveals story behind new French-Mexican restaurant Tzuco in Chicago. NPR / NYT alum journalist Micki Maynard shares over dim sum how to interview …

Episode 66: Mushrooms, Mooncakes, and Nightcaps

September 13th, 2019


Chicago woodsman Brendan Fox talks organic gardening and mushrooms. The Violet Hour owner and mixologist Toby Maloney and cocktails author Kara …

Episode 65: Carb-O-Rama with bread, ramen, and chips

August 26th, 2019


James Beard award winning baker Greg Wade at Publican Quality Bread. "Let's Make Ramen" authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. Monica offers Louisa cucumber flavor potato chips, but Will She Eat It?

Episode 63: Meat, Mead, and a West Side Licking Story

July 22nd, 2019


Louisa talks to The Licking restaurant co-founder Elric "E-Class" Prince on the West Side of Chicago. Monica learns about a modern meat raffle and visits an award-winning meadery.

Episode 61: Korean chefs Beverly Kim, Bill Kim, and more

June 10th, 2019


Louisa visits award-winning Korean restaurant San Soo Gab San to talk to restaurateur Christopher Kim. Monica talks to James Beard winning chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute restaurant. Plus chef and author …

Episode 60: Ruth Reichl, easy weeknight dinners, bibimbap pie

May 24th, 2019


Louisa talks to Gourmet editor and author Ruth Reichl. Monica gets easy weeknight dinners ideas on James Beard red carpet. Bibimbap pie, but Will She Eat It?

Episode 58: Notes From Abroad...Or Two Broads!

February 1st, 2019


Louisa visits iconic Italian-American restaurant Sabatino's on their last night. Monica learns about a dinner called La Bestia, bringing awareness to contributions of immigrants. Plus she talks to a German woman living …

Episode 53: All Chefs Great and Small

October 31st, 2018


Louisa sits down with Noma chefs Rene Redzepi and David Zilber about “The Noma Guide to Fermentation." Then Monica chats up chef Marcus Samuelsson about cooking for presidents, and MasterChef Junior chef Evan Robinson …

Episode 52: Bao and Boom

October 15th, 2018


Pixar "Bao" director Domee Shi and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb talk about the story behind the dark dumpling short film. Monica investigates an exploding watermelon gene, then breast milk with "Like a Mother" author …

Episode 47: Real Men and Food

June 11th, 2018


Monica talks to Real Men Cook about their legendary Father's Day event in Chicago's black community. Then she and Louisa talk to Obama chef and food …

Episode 44: Kimbal Musk, Beyond Meat, Lifeway Kefir

April 30th, 2018


Louisa talks to tech and food entrepreneur Kimbal Musk. Then she and Monica talk to Lifeway CEO and "The Kefir Cookbook" author Julie Smolansky. Plus …

Episode 42: Cheezborgers and Makeovers

March 30th, 2018


Louisa talks to Billy Goat Tavern owner about secret menu cheezborger. Monica talks to Hon Kee BBQ owner about extreme glamour makeover. Then back to the Goat for an Obama burger tasting plus a surprise fried wiener …

Episode 41: What's old is good again

March 19th, 2018


Monica talks to three super seniors on their food and health secrets. Then she and Louisa welcome a longtime listener who brings a spicy rabbit head but Will They Eat It?

Episode 39: Lunar New Year

February 17th, 2018


Happy Year of the Dog! Monica investigates shocking immigration history behind Chinese chop suey restaurants plus dine and dance cafes. Louisa offers Chinese New Year Kitchen God food and drink, plus treats for furry …

Episode 38: Cleaning Out the Cupboards

February 3rd, 2018


Chewing is back for its Season 4 premiere! Cleaver Quarterly creators talk about new art / cookbook "The Illustrated Wok." Louisa and Monica talk about their biggest food and health news stories, on gentrification and …

Episode 37 Thanks and Giving, Moto cookbook, Sioux Chef Sean Sherman

November 20th, 2017


This week Louisa and Monica discuss the new Moto Cookbook with the late Homaro Cantu's wife Katie McGowan. She shares sweet and sad memories of the famed chef, including an incredible Thanksgiving story. Then Sioux Chef …

EPISODE 36: Life Liberty & Gentrification: W/ Alpana Singh and Thai & Danielle Dang.

November 4th, 2017


This week Monica and Louisa talk to restaurateur Alpana Singh about some big life changes--including the moment Seth Kunin (Monica's just departed brother-in-law) changed the trajectory of her life with one act of …

Episode 35: Happy and Italian

October 20th, 2017


This week Monica and Louisa serve up recipes for happiness. Louisa tries to coax well-loved recipes out of Italian cooks at Taste of Melrose Park, while Monica talks to beloved Chicago restaurateur Jason Chan about …

Episode 34: Moon Cakes, Soda Tax, Curtis Stone, Carla Hall, Marion Nestle, Paul Kahan & more!

October 8th, 2017


Louisa and Monica talk to chefs Curtis Stone, Carla Hall and Paul Kahan about Marco Pierre White, work lunches and school food. Plus Monica talks to …

Episode 33: Trash Tiki Drinks & Hong Kong Foodie Customs

September 22nd, 2017


Monica talks strange Hong Kong food customs and craft beer pairings. Louisa talks low-waste Trash Tiki. Then smoking tiki cocktails, but Will They Drink It?

Episode 32: Despacito Jibarito, Michelin Hong Kong Dive

August 25th, 2017


Monica takes us to Hong Kong’s Michelin starred dive Tim Ho Wan. Louisa invites her to surprisingly popular Chicago shop Jibaritos y Mas. Then they …

Episode 31: Restaurant critic Phil Vettel, plus world’s healthiest and worst foods?

August 4th, 2017


Monica learns all about lentils, world’s healthiest food? She and Louisa lunch with veteran Chicago Tribune restaurant critic and pal Phil Vettel. Dessert is 7-Eleven 90th anniversary Birthday Cake Snack Pie, but Will …

Episode 29: Lit Fest & Tea Girls

July 1st, 2017


Monica talks pu-erh tea, dim sum, and "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" with best-selling author Lisa See.  Then Monica and Louisa talk to microbiome scientist and author of "Dirt is Good" Jack Gilbert at Lit Fest. …

Episode 28: Potsticker Dating Game, Mayo and Mild Sauce

June 23rd, 2017


In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Bill Daley, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, welcome back Monica Eng (who’s finished writing her debut book on magical …

Episode 27: Aviary Cocktail Cookbook & The Onion Mystery Bar Challenge

June 2nd, 2017


In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Joseph Hernandez, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, toast cocktails (while Monica Eng finishes her debut book on …

Episode 26: Food Trucks, Immigrant Food, and a Sandwich Surprise

May 19th, 2017


In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu welcomes fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, aka Taco Nick, as a guest co-host, while Monica Eng is off writing her …

Episode 25: Magical dumplings and dill pickles on peppermint sticks

May 5th, 2017


In this season three premiere episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and WBEZ Curious City reporter Monica Eng reveals she’s going to China to research magical dumplings for her debut book. Then Monica …

Episode 24: Season Finale, Lidia Bastianich, Dumplingfest, and more

February 3rd, 2017


In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and Chicago Tribune food reporter Louisa Chu talks to Emmy Award winning chef and author Lidia Bastianich. Plus Louisa visits Chinatown with Dumpling and …

Episode 23: Girl Scout cookies, Chinese-American food, and s'more

January 20th, 2017


In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and WBEZ food and health reporter Monica Eng visits Chinese-American restaurant DanDan in Milwaukee, named not for the Sichuan noodle dish, but two guys …

Episode 22: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Mexico, Foreign and Familiar

January 6th, 2017


Monica reports from Mexico with foreign correspondent friends who do a pulque (fermented maguey sap) tasting but Will They Drink It? Plus an insider …

Episode 21: Dorie Greenspan cookies and year in review

December 23rd, 2016


Bestselling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan talks cookies, holiday and more, plus her new sweet revolution #cookiesandkindness. Then the Curious City …

Episode 20: Dave Matthews, rockstars, and recipes

December 9th, 2016


Monica Eng talks to singer, songwriter, and musician Dave Matthews about food including his favorite home recipe, hot dish. Then she talks to photographer and blogger Monica Kass Rogers about Lost Recipes Found …

Episode 19: Dr. Andrew Weil, Upton's Naturals food, and eating your feelings

November 24th, 2016


Louisa and Monica talk to Dr. Andrew Weil and Upton’s Naturals founder Dan Staackmann about healing and navigating sensitive feelings at the gathering table this season. Plus a vegan BBQ jackfruit sandwich and al pastor …

Episode 18: Episode 18: Maria Rodale, Chinese food court, and giving thanks

November 11th, 2016


Monica Eng and Louisa Chu talk home cooking with Rodale CEO and blogger Maria Rodale about her new book Scratch; plus go to a Chinatown basement food court for WCPEWCPGTCR (What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go …

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