Special Sauce: Kenji on Pizza Dough; Amy Scherber ...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Pizza Dough; Amy Scherber …

[Amy Scherber photograph: Buck Ennis. Melissa Weller photograph: Courtesy to High Street on Hudson. Bread photograph: Vicky Wasik.] This week’s Special Sauce episode unintentionally turned into a carb fest. Although I knew I was having on a couple of the finest bakers in the land—Amy Scherber, the founder of Amy’s Bread, and Melissa Weller, a […]

Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Answer Your Th...

Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Answer Your Th…

[Thanksgiving photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Pumpkin pie photograph: Vicky Wasik] I don’t know about the rest of you Thanksgiving hosts out there, but my wife and I tend to become increasingly stressed as the holiday approaches each year. On more than one occasion, I’ve reached out to Kenji and Stella to help relieve my cooking-related […]

Special Sauce: Kenji on Competitive Cooking; Ivan ...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Competitive Cooking; Ivan …

[Ivan Orkin photograph: Aubrie Pick. Chris Ying photograph: Jami Witek. Curry photograph: Vicky Wasik] On this week’s Special Sauce, we take a deep dive into The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider, the new cookbook from Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying. We pick up where we left off in […]

Special Sauce: Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying on The Ga...

Special Sauce: Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying on The Ga…

[Ivan Orkin photograph: Aubrie Pick. Chris Ying photograph: Jami Witek. Ramen photograph: Vicky Wasik] Sometimes, my Special Sauce interviews are the best way to catch up with old friends and colleagues. I was reminded of that when Chris Ying and Ivan Orkin, co-authors of The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and […]

Special Sauce: Kenji on Browning Meat, Adam Chandl...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Browning Meat, Adam Chandl…

[Adam Chandler photograph: Katie Basile. Burger photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt] On Special Sauce this week, I had the pleasure of continuing my deep dive into the history of fast food with Adam Chandler, the author of Drive-Thru Dreams. But before I tell you more about that conversation, we kicked off this episode, as we always […]

Special Sauce: Kenji on Cooking With Fish Sauce an...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Cooking With Fish Sauce an…

[Adam Chandler photograph: Katie Basile. Fries photograph: Vicky Wasik] This week’s Special Sauce episode kicks off with Serious Eater Marc Lampert asking Kenji about the process of cooking with ingredients packed with umami. “Does umami cook out like an acid would?” Marc asked. Here’s part of Kenji’s response: “A general rule of thumb for cooking […]

Special Sauce: Kenji on Freezing Chicken, Simone T...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Freezing Chicken, Simone T…

[Simone Tong photograph: Afra Lu. Mixian photograph: Vivian Kong] This week’s episode of Special Sauce kicks off with our new culinary Q&A segment, “Ask Kenji.” At the behest of listener Dave Shorr, Kenji lays down the law on the best way to freeze chicken. It’s a simple process that includes placing chicken pieces into a […]

Special Sauce: Kenji on Cooking With Starch, Simon...

Special Sauce: Kenji on Cooking With Starch, Simon…

[Simone Tong photograph: Courtesy of Little Tong Noodle Shop. Mixian photograph: Vivian Kong] This week’s Special Sauce kicks off with our new culinary Q&A segment, “Ask Kenji.” This time around, Kenji schools us and serious eater Paul Anderson on the differences between cornstarch and flour when used as thickeners. Among them: Unlike flour, “cornstarch tends […]

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