Episode 465: Licorice Adjacent Flavor

Episode 466

6th May 2020

Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week to clear the docket! It’s a docket full of culinary disputes, with guest expert J. Kenji López-Alt!

Episode notes

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Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn to clear the docket! It’s a docket full of culinary disputes, with guest expert J. Kenji López-Alt (Serious Eats, New York Times)! They talk about the opposite of savory, coffee diluting, root vegetables, recipe modifications, Polish street pizza, potatoes, cookies and more! PLUS we have a dispute from a listener against Kenji himself!

Kenji’s Bay Area restaurant WURSTHALL is currently preparing and delivering free meals to hospitals and community centers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to donate towards these meals, visit toasttab.com/wursthall. Kenji also has a children’s book coming out September 1. EVERY NIGHT IS PIZZA NIGHT is available for pre-order now!

Here is Kenji’s recipe for The Best Crispy Roast Potatoes Ever, as mentioned in the episode. Also mentioned is this Wikipedia entry for Zapiekanka!


In this episode...


  • J. Kenji López-Alt

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