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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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February 22nd, 2024


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Episode 128: Maxwells Trading, Feld, next gen chefs

January 22nd, 2024


This week, Monica and Louisa talk about the next gen of chefs and King Cake season. Monica interviews chef Erling Wu-Bower who just opened Maxwell Trading, plus chef and TikTok star Jacob Potashnick who’s planning to …

Episode 127: Zooey Deschanel, Mike Sula, Malört

December 25th, 2023


This week, Monica and Louisa talk about the holidays, health, and drinks! Monica interviews Zooey Deschanel about her health app. Monica attends …

Episode 126: Kevin Pang, Michele Norris, power foods

December 4th, 2023


This week, Monica and Louisa catch up after getting stuffed at Thanksgiving. Monica talks to America’s Test Kitchen’s Kevin Pang about his new book co-written with his dad, “A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes From …

Episode 125: Migrants, Immigrants and Spirits

November 5th, 2023


This week, Monica and Louisa talk about migrants, immigrants, and spirits. Monica talks to Laura Tillman about her experience writing her latest book “The Migrant Chef: The Life and Times of Lalo García.” Plus, Monica …

Episode 124: Italian Village, Austin neighborhood, bone conduction lollipops

October 9th, 2023


The ladies are back from summer break and ready for autumn! This week, Monica and Louisa share their Midwestern Adventures. Monica visits a South Side baseball chef, a Michigan jerky butcher, and a legendary Italian …

Episode 123: Beard drama, France mama, “The Bear” trauma

July 17th, 2023


This week, we talk about the big drama behind the scenes of the James Beard awards, and if Monica won after SIX nominations this year! Then, she goes back to France to visit her football player son and brings back an …

Episode 122: Top chef Stephanie Izard, puppy chow cake, viral Costco casserole

May 1st, 2023


This week, Monica tells us about her whirlwind trip to Europe. Back in Chicago, Monica and Louisa visit Stephanie Izard’s new Little Goat Diner. Then, Monica learns about puppy chow cake from pastry chef Leigh …

Episode 121: Al’s Beef Chicago cheesesteak, spring break food

March 20th, 2023


This week, we talk spring break and Chicago cheesesteaks. Louisa talks to Al’s Beef owner Chris Pacelli about Chicago cheesesteaks. Then, Monica shares her plans to visit her son in France, and our producer Iris …

Episode 120: American French food, Korean Chinese restaurants, expiration dates

February 27th, 2023


This week, Monica and Louisa talk about Americans abroad! First, Monica has a conversation with her son about what he’s eating in France. In contrast, she talks to restaurateur Kevin Boehm about bringing French food …

Episode 119: Monica’s new book, Do Good Chicken, Niman Ranch

February 6th, 2023


This week, Monica tells us about her new book, "Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites," co-written with David Hammond. Then Monica interviews former Obama White House and Chicago restaurant chef Sam …

Episode 118: Lunar New Year food and Lexington Betty Smokehouse

January 16th, 2023


This week, we're celebrating Lunar New Year and talking BBQ. We start off by giving some updates on holiday health scares. Then Louisa gets the story …

Episode 117: Christkindlmarket, Feld restaurant, Omarcito’s Latin Café

December 19th, 2022


This week, we're talking about holiday foods and new chefs. Monica visits the Christkindlmarket to find some fishy treats. Then she talks to TikTok …

Episode 116: Thanksgiving, Little Fat Boy, Loaf Lounge

November 21st, 2022


This week, we're gearing up for Thanksgiving by sharing our traditions (and disasters). Monica talks to Frankie Gaw, aka Little Fat Boy, about his first generation Taiwanese-American cookbook. Plus, she checks in with …

Episode 115: Grocery Stores, Beer and Bratwurst Potato Chips

October 31st, 2022


This week, Monica explains the big news about the Jewel and Mariano's grocery store merger. She also shares the new grocery report card on antibiotic …

Episode 114: Publican Quality Bread, Historic Pot Pies and Oil-Fried Ghosts

October 17th, 2022


This week, Monica concludes her conversation with Oprah’s former personal chef Art Smith. Plus, she talks to James Beard award-winning chef Greg Wade about his debut cookbook. Louisa tells us about her search for the …

Chewing Extra: Clyde's at Goodman Theater

October 8th, 2022


This week, Monica talks to production director Tyler Jacobson about sandwiches and the behind-the-scenes of the play Clyde's now showing at the Goodman Theater.

Episode 113: Reunion, Art Smith, Maa Maa Dei mooncakes

October 1st, 2022


Louisa and Monica are back to report on their summer vacations. Monica talks to Oprah’s former personal chef Art Smith, plus, Louisa picks up some street corner mooncakes for the ladies to try.

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 108: Beards, Bakeries, and Backyard Gardens

May 9th, 2022


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu got her first James Beard award nomination, so co-host Monica Eng reveals secrets as a five-time nominee and formers Beards judge. Then Louisa shares behind the scenes moments on the …

Episode 107: Cheesy and Jelly

April 25th, 2022


Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu went to Philadelphia so talks Philly cheesesteaks, and the cherry pepper bars at Pat's and Geno's. Then she dares co-host Monica Eng and producer Iris Lin to taste taco truck …

Episode 106: Covid and Spice Bags

April 11th, 2022


Chewing podcast co-host talks about her trip to Ireland, where she got unlucky with COVID-19. Then co-host Louisa Chu explains how to have The Talk, and set boundaries with COVID prevention. And Monica shares her visits …

Episode 105: Pie, Women’s History and Future

March 21st, 2022


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk favorite pies, including Mrs. Hering's 1890 chicken pot pie at The Walnut Room in Chicago for Women's History Month. Then Louisa dares Monica and their producer …

Episode 104: Pandemic-versary Number Two

March 7th, 2022


Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk about what they're doing, or not doing, anymore when it comes to eating out on the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then Louisa dares Monica and their …

Episode 103: Nom Nom New Year Food

February 7th, 2022


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to New York Times best-selling cookbook author Michelle Tam about "Nom Nom Paleo," co-written with Henry …

Episode 102: How To Eat Like A Better Human

December 20th, 2021


Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to archaeologist, chef, and author Dr. Bill Schindler about his new book “Eat Like a Human." Then co-host …

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 …

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