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Chewing

70 EpisodesProduced by Louisa Chu & Monica EngWebsite

Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.

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

November 12th, 2019

1:07:34

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

1:04:41

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

56:10

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

56:36

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

39:30

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

46:22

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

1:02:29

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

31:43

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

44:00

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

1:05:42

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

56:34

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

1:09:03

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

1:03:35

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

33:50

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

45:45

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

49:25

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

56:39

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

46:07

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

35:20

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

50:52

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

50:18

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

34:41

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

30:02

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

46:18

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

1:00:32

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

41:16

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

54:09

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

52:35

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

28:10

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

47:34

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

41:50

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

1:01:18

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

42:21

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

50:21

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

56:11

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

44:28

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 …

Episode 17: Dave Eggers Drive Thru, Dirt Cure, and kid friendly food

October 28th, 2016

53:47

McSweeney's founder and best-selling author Dave Eggers does premiere Drive Thru interview, Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein talks The Dirt Cure, plus Cheetos chicken fries and exotic Midwestern fruit for "Will She Eat It?" but …

Episode 16: Christopher Kimball, balut, and new global food

October 14th, 2016

38:11

Christopher Kimball, best known for America's Test Kitchen talks his new Milk Street Kitchen, and plays Delicious Combo. Plus a visit to a Filipino food festival for balut, duck egg embryo, for "Will She Eat It?"

Episode 15: Unstuffed Pizza, Chinese, and Omnivore

September 30th, 2016

44:05

Pizza, Chinese food, plus vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores get unstuffed. Monica debuts What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go to Chinese Restaurants. And Louisa talks to the Nancy herself of Nancy’s Pizza, …

Episode 14: Achatz at Steppenwolf

September 16th, 2016

46:11

Chef Grant Achatz live on stage at the Steppenwolf Theater, joins Chewing co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng for the inaugural Sounds Like Chicago …

Episode 13: South Side

July 29th, 2016

1:04:23

In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go South Side, to the southside of Chicago. Monica goes on eat-alongs with  author of "The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and …

Episode 12: Animal Style

July 15th, 2016

1:01:39

In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go Animal Style. Monica talks to her former Chicago Tribune …

Episode 11: Fat Books

July 1st, 2016

45:38

In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk Fat Books. Monica talks to The Omnivore’s Dilemma author …

Episode 10: GMO Yo or No

June 17th, 2016

47:17

Episode 10: GMO Yo or No. This week on the Chewing food and health podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Neil Young at Farm Aid about …

Episode 9: Bits, Bites, & BBQ

June 3rd, 2016

48:21

This week on the Chewing food and health podcast, it’s the Bits, Bites, and BBQ episode with co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Monica talks to …

Episode 8: Coffee & Buzz

May 20th, 2016

1:04:43

This week on the Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk Coffee and Buzz. They get a preview of the new Alinea re-boot, and get inside buzz with chef Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas. And guess what …

Episode 7: Mother's Milk

May 6th, 2016

35:41

Is it OK to nurse your friend’s baby—without asking? Monica reveals a dark secret about this—that ended up in a movie. And is it better to drink human milk raw or pasteurized? Plus, what tastes better New York water or …

Episode 6: Nostalgia & Burt’s Pizza

April 22nd, 2016

1:06:25

How does memory affect our relationship with food? Monica chews it over with chefs Sam Kass, Gale Gand, Dave Beran, Ming Tsai,and Nathalie DuPree. Louisa talks pizza memories with Burt’s Pizza founder Burt Katz. And …

Episode 5: "Ethnic" v. "White" Food

April 8th, 2016

51:04

This week on the Chewing podcast, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk “Ethnic” versus “White” food, whatever that means. They discuss with Los …

Episode 4: Behind the Curtain

March 25th, 2016

28:04

This week on Chewing, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go behind the curtain, with the stories behind their own headlines! Seen the Clickhole egg …

Episode 3: Le Doggy Bag

March 11th, 2016

41:47

This week on Chewing, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng DOGGY BAG it! But how safe is it? And why don’t we always do it? What’s the science and …

Episode 2: Crack Some Eggs

February 26th, 2016

43:46

This week on Chewing, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng crack some eggs! Who doesn’t love a runny yolk fried egg? Even newly outed PVPO (Personally …

Episode 1: Coming Out

February 12th, 2016

40:09

Welcome to Chewing! In this premiere episode, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng are Coming Out. Monica talks with Dr. Boyd Eaton, one of the …

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