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Easy Cook Bear

Easy Cook Bear

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Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more.
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Gary Jaffe makes movies and muses on pleasure, pain, and persimmons
Gary Jaffe is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and persimmon lover. He recently participated as a fellow in the 2020 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, a screenwriting contest and mentoring program to advance the visibility of LGBTQIA+ storytelling. He earned his BA in Theater Studies from Yale University. Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more. Links to people/things referenced in the episode: Japanese Dried Persimmon https://amzn.to/2KH1SiK  Shishito Pepper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishito  Sectumsempra curse from Harry Potter https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Sectumsempra#:~:text=Sectumsempra%20was%20a%20curse%20invented,became%20one%20of%20his%20specialities  Persimmon Video by Li Ziqi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKIXHn3kDL0  Richard Linklater https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Linklater  Kairos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairos  Ichi-go ichi-e https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichi-go_ichi-e  Eminem, Lose Yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yhyp-_hX2s  Yugen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_aesthetics#Y%C5%ABgen  Nesby Phips https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nesby_Phips Torimono http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=1024  Yasujiro Ozu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasujir%C5%8D_Ozu Kakiage https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakiage  Jiro Dreams of Sushi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiro_Dreams_of_Sushi  The Long Christmas Ride Home https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Christmas_Ride_Home  Joe Hisaishi https://open.spotify.com/artist/7nzSoJISlVJsn7O0yTeMOB  Uchiko https://uchikoaustin.com/  Omakase https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omakase  Betsubara https://jpninfo.com/50578 Ursula K. Le Guin https://amzn.to/2KRghJ9 Gary on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/garysjaffe/ Gary's IMDB profile and list of films: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8464073/
01:02:07
December 30, 2020
Jen Shoemaker turned a passion for cheese into a business to help her survive the pandemic
Artist and activist Jen Shoemaker started Krewe de Fromage, a cheese and charcuterie board and box delivery service in New York City, after she lost her union bartending job at a hotel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jen shares her story of growing up in New Orleans with Midwestern and Jamaican parents, leaving New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and trying to find her way in New York. In her journey, she made it to the top 10 in one of Chrissy Teigen's food art contests and also appeared on CNN to advocate for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs in the pandemic.   Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more. Links to people and things mentioned in the episode: Krewe de Fromage: https://www.instagram.com/krewedefromage/ Theodore Roosevelt quote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/theodore_roosevelt_100965 The Roosevelt Hotel in New York Closes: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/roosevelt-hotel-new-york-closing-trnd/index.html Transcript of Jen’s interview with Poppy Harlow on CNN: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2003/20/cnr.02.html Tony Chachere’s Red Beans and Rice: https://www.tonychachere.com/Red-Beans-and-Rice-P197.aspx Basin Street Records: https://www.basinstreetrecords.com/ What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton: https://amzn.to/3mGueXj
46:41
December 23, 2020
Kate Ray quit a career in tech to become a plant-based chef
Kate Ray (@kraykray) is a plant-based cook and former computer programmer based in Brooklyn. In this episode of Easy Cook Bear, Kate shares her story of how she got into the New York tech scene after college, and why she left to go to culinary school. She also shares her tips for making oatmeal and granola, and gives a gift suggestion for spicing up the holidays.  Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more. Links to people and things referenced in the episode: Kate Ray on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kraykray Kate Ray on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kraykray/ Exposé on Cloud Kitchens: https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/28/a-rare-glimpse-into-the-sweeping-and-potentially-troubling-cloud-kitchens-trend/ Archestratus Books + Foods: https://archestrat.us/ More about Lee-Sean futurecasting practice: https://foossa.com/future Kate’s Holiday Gift Guide: https://tinyletter.com/kateray/letters/excellent-holiday-gift-guide Fly By Jing: https://flybyjing.com/ Sze Daddy Chili Sauce: https://www.eighteightsix.com/shop/szedaddy-chili-sauce Lao Gan Ma: https://amzn.to/3mqwtO5 Kate’s Lao Gan Ma Zine: http://lgm.kateray.net/ Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking: https://amzn.to/38akoHQ
42:30
December 18, 2020
Dylan Uscher bakes, knits, tells jokes, does UX design, and got called fat by Whitney Houston when he had cancer as a child
Dylan Uscher is a UX designer based in Boston, who previously ran a fashion business. He's also a baker, stand-up comedian, and cancer survivor. Dylan opened up about how he turned his passions into a decade-long career, which he ultimately left to pursue a new career in UX design. Besides cooking, baking, and career transition stuff, Dylan also shared his trick for chocolate chip cookies and opened up about his love for Maangchi, Margaret Cho, and Helena Bonham Carter. Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more.  Links to people and things referenced in the episode: Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi: https://www.maangchi.com/ Croquembouche: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquembouche The Great American Baking Show: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_American_Baking_Show Meet Carmen Keels, Music Teacher and Home Baker Extraordinaire in West Harlem: https://www.thekitchn.com/the-way-we-eat-music-teacher-carmen-keels-22987497 Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/brown-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies The Crown: https://www.netflix.com/title/80025678 Dylan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dylanjuscher/
44:13
December 16, 2020
Jaime Sunwoo's play about SPAM uncovered family stories from North Korea
Jaime Sunwoo wrote a play about SPAM. Yes, the canned meat product that brings out all kinds of conflicted, polarizing reactions in people. Specially Processed American Me, Jaime's play, helped open up conversations about her own family's escape from North Korea during the Korea War. Jaime also talks to Lee-Sean abut her new audio piece about Q-Anon, shares her simple family recipe for spicy soy chicken, and more.   Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. Host Lee-Sean Huang and guests share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more. Jaime Sunwoo is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She creates multimedia performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works connect personal narratives to global histories through surreal storytelling. She studied art at Yale University, and is an alumni of The Laundromat Project for socially engaged art. She is currently a Ping Chong & Company Creative Fellow. Links to people and things referenced in the episode: Jaime Sunwoo: https://jaimesunwoo.com/ You Are The News Now by Jaime Sunwoo and Matt Chilton: http://www.pingchong.org/nocturnein2020/infamy-artists-js.html Specially Processed American Me: http://speciallyprocessed.com/
49:57
December 11, 2020
Richard Morgan shares how he writes stories about food
Richard Morgan chats with host Lee-Sean Huang about growing up in a British Palestinian immigrant family in Washington DC, the opportunities and challenges of our current cosmopolitan food moment, recovering from COVID-19, how he approaches food writing, and more.  Richard Morgan is the author of the memoir Born in Bedlam and a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York magazine, AFAR, The Awl, BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bon Appétit, CNN, Condé Nast Traveler, The Economist, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Los Angeles magazine, National Geographic, NBC, NPR, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Slate, Travel + Leisure, Vice, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, and others. His assignments have sent him to a research station in the Arctic, wool farms in Australia, gay bars in Cuba, pizza contests in Italy, the refugee camps of Palestine, a rainforest treehouse in Peru, the foodie capital of South Korea, the oldest magic shop in Spain, foraging forests in Sweden, olive oil wrestling matches in Turkey, the Royal Family’s hatters, and Brooklyn. As much as he can, he lives in New York. Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. We share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more. Links to things referenced in this episode: Gather Journal: https://gatherjournal.com/ Why are we so bad at imagining the food of the future? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-are-we-so-bad-at-imagining-the-food-of-the-future/2015/04/17/deb2d296-e3ef-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html Tomato Ramen Is the Noodle Innovation We Need Now: https://www.grubstreet.com/2019/08/where-to-find-tomato-ramen-in-nyc.html David Chang's Domino's Pizza Order: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/david-chang-stephen-colbert-favorite-dominos-pizza Inside New York City’s Chinese restaurant crisis: https://fortune.com/longform/lunar-new-year-nyc-chinese-restaurants/ In This Dinner Series, Chinese Food Is at Home Worldwide: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/dining/chinese-food-lucas-sin-junzi-kitchen.html   New York City’s First Cheesecake Factory Is the Slice of Suburban Bliss We’ve Been Missing: https://www.grubstreet.com/2016/10/new-york-citys-first-cheesecake-factory-is-open-in-queens.html 
01:10:43
December 7, 2020
Antonius Wiriadjaja makes meals into face masks
Lee-Sean interviews Antonius Wiriadjaja, an artist and educator who cooks meals and turns them into face masks for his Instagram project @foodmasku. Antonius was born in Jakarta, raised in Boston, and is currently based in New York City.  Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. We share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more.  Links to people and things referenced in the episode: FoodMasku: https://www.instagram.com/foodmasku/ NY Times "5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now": https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/arts/design/instagram-art-accounts.html  Antonius's personal website: https://resume.antoni.us/ ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU: https://tisch.nyu.edu/itp How I Survived a Gunshot to the Gut: https://gunsurvivor.antoni.us/ Merche Blasco: https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/mercheblasco/ Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: https://www.gabebc.com/  Krewe de Fromage: https://www.instagram.com/krewedefromage/ Julie & Julia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_%26_Julia  Baldor Food: https://www.baldorfood.com/ Seamore's: https://www.seamores.com/
49:13
November 30, 2020