I had so much fun last week talking to Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan from Go Fug Yourself about throwing an Oscar bash at home that I wanted to have them back on to give their thoughts about the fashions at Sunday night’s ceremonies. We discussed whether or not fashion is “back with a vengeance,” surprise fashion winners, and why after the bonanza of Oscar-related free stuff I got last week this week so far I’ve received nothing. (Perhaps that portion of the segment was slightly self-indulgent.)Follow @bigwakeupcall
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan from “Go Fug Yourself” called in to offer their helpful hints on throwing a red carpet-style Oscar party at home. Along with party drinks and snacks, discussion topics included everyone being an hour late, Canadian Tuxedos, amateur Project Runway competitions, and floating heads.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Johnathan Kauffman is a James Beard Award-winning writer. His new book is “Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers. Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changes the Way We Eat.” We discussed the rebellious nature of the original organic food movement, why things like hummus and whole grains were considered exotic and extraordinary, and why the “farm-to-table” movement likely would never exist if not for the original hippie food co-ops.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Daniel Shumski is the best-selling author of “Will It Waffle?” His new book, “How to Instant Pot,” is full of great tips and recipes for using the hottest kitchen gadget in recent memory. At our house, we are obsessed with the Instant Pot. It’s like playing mad scientist with food every night! Dan offered some advice on Instant Pot techniques and shared his favorite Instant Pot eats.
Joey Chestnut is the World Champion of the World when it comes to competitive eating. He recently set the record for most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes (70!) at the July 4th Nathan’s competition, and now he’s participating with Nathan’s in another Guinness World Record attempt. We discussed how he keeps getting better with age, how his training style has evolved as he’s gotten older, and the best way someone seeking to follow in his footsteps should start out.
We always have fun when Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen calls in, and this time we talked about smoking, especially the recipes in his new book “Planet Smoke” like smoked nachos, smoked cheesecake and smoked bourbon-bacon apple crisp. Yes, please.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Emily Paster is a food writer and blogger who is also the author of a terrific new book, “Food Swap,” filled with recipes and ideas for making your own pickles, jams, and bread and sharing with a local food community in the form of a “food swap.” We discussed how to get involved in a food swap, how to successfully host a food swap event, and how the DIY canning/jarring movement has participants of all ages (and isn’t the exclusive domain of Logan Square hipsters).
Russell Simmons called into the show to talk about his new book, “The Happy Vegan,” and how small changes in our thoughts and behavior, including a more mindful approach to what we eat, can have both short and long term positive effects on our health, our mood and our planet.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Steve Schirripa of course played Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos.” He’s also a best-selling author, and his latest venture is “Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties.” We talked about the amount of eating that went on during “Sopranos” scenes, how important Sunday dinners were in his Italian household, and why this isn’t just another celebrity pasta sauce.
Steve’s sauces are available in the Chicago area at Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods locations, and nationwide at unclestevesny.com.