Radio Cherry Bombe features interviews with the coolest, most creative women in the world of food. Each week, host Kerry Diamond, co-founder and editorial director of the indie magazine Cherry Bombe, talks to the chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, stylists, writers, cookbook authors, and others making it happen. Follow @cherrybombe on Instagram for show news, giveaways, and more. Thank you to Tralala for our theme song, "All Fired Up."
Hosted and Produced by Kerry Diamond / Associate Producer Jess Zeidman
One of our favorite Australian exports? Hetty McKinnon! She’s a champion of salads, an indie magazine publisher, and one of the nicest people in Cherry Bombe’s hood. She’s also written and produced three cookbooks that beautifully illustrate what’s important to her: Community, Neighborhood, and her newest one, Family. Tune in and hear about Hetty’s early years in Australia as the daughter of immigrants, the journey that led her to Brooklyn, and some easy salad dressing recipes.
What’s better than enjoying produce when it’s meant to be enjoyed. Today’s guest totally agrees. It’s Anna Jones, the London-based champion of farmers markets and seasonal eats. Her beautiful new book, The Modern Cook’s Year, walks us through more than 100 recipes that highlight ingredients at their peak. We’re excited to welcome this British Bombesquad member back to Radio Cherry Bombe. Tune in to hear about everything from rhubarb to the unlikely way her brilliant career got off the ground.
What’s the scoop on Coolhaus? It’s the largest female-founded and -fueled ice cream brand in America. CEO and co-founder Natasha Case stopped by Cherry Bombe HQ to take host Kerry Diamond from origin story to today. Who ever thought a brand launched in a busted-up postal truck at Coachella offering ice cream sandwiches inspired by architects (Mies Vanilla Roh, anyone?) would be a contender for supermarket domination. Watch out, Häagen-Dazs. Natasha says the journey has required conviction, confidence, and a love of change. Tune in to hear how one of the coolest execs around makes it happen.
Today’s Radio Cherry Bombe is a special episode featuring star pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz and Planned Parenthood of New York City CEO Laura McQuade. With reproductive rights and affordable health care under attack in America, so we felt it was important to bring you this conversation between two women who care deeply about those causes. For the past three years, Natasha has organized a bake sale benefiting Planned Parenthood NYC and this year’s sale will take place Sunday, May 19th, at Altro Paradiso in Manhattan. Lots of folks in the Bombesquad will be baking for the cause, including Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff and the teams from Ovenly, Lalito, and Poppy’s. For tickets, visit www.altrobakesale.com and tune in to our show to learn more.
When Carla Hall first appeared on Top Chef, it was clear she was a star in the making. An accountant and model turned caterer, Carla stole the show, even though she ultimately had to pack her knives and go. Today, Carla is a force in the industry with TV gigs and multiple cookbooks, including her latest, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. We talk highs and lows with Carla, from interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama onstage in Cleveland for the Becoming tour to opening and closing her Brooklyn restaurant. Carla’s “six-word novel”? “Say yes, adventure follows, then growth.”
How do you save family recipes when your grandmother never writes them down? Anna Francese Gass tackles this culinary conundrum in her new cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. Anna spent time cooking with matriarchs who immigrated to America and learned the secrets behind their greatest hits. The cookbook is based on Anna’s blog, which she launched after years of testing recipes for the likes of Martha Stewart and Food52. We talk everything from her mother’s meatballs (the best we’ve ever had) to getting stranded on a desert island with Oprah.
In honor of Passover, we’re talking everything from matzo to schmaltz. Alana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet, stops by to discuss her new book, The 100 Most Jewish Foods, with Cherry Bombe Special Projects Director (and matzo ball soup aficionado) Lauren Goldstein. In the second half of the show, Radio Cherry Bombe Associate Producer Jess Zeidman talks to Liz Alpern of Queer Soup Night and The Gefilteria about all things gefilte fish and why she’d invite Oprah to her seder.
A special episode featuring a conversation between Nigella Lawson and Salt Fat Acid Heat’s Samin Nosrat taped in 2018 at the 5th annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee NYC. These culinary game-changers discuss everything from what it means to be a home cook, the differences between American and British desserts, and which women in the culinary world inspire them. Plus, Radio Cherry Bombe Associate Producer Jess Zeidman guest hosts and we get to find out who Kerry Diamond thinks is the bombe!
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Joey Wölffer did not want to join the family business. Her father had founded Wölffer Estate Vineyard, the pioneering winery located in the Hamptons, but Joey was interested in the world of fashion. After tragedy struck, she changed course and has been a big part of the brand’s evolution, from the new label design to the expansion into non-alcoholic options.
In the second half of our show, we’re joined by Adele Nelson, director of Chefs Cycle, the annual 300-mile endurance ride benefitting No Kid Hungry, and Chef Elizabeth Falkner, one of this year’s cyclists. Chefs Cycle will take place May 14th through 16th in Santa Rosa, California.
Jessica Siskin has one of the most unlikely careers in the food world. She is a Rice Krispies artist. Working under the name Mister Krisp, she makes lifelike portraits of people like Oprah and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, fake fast food, and store window displays using the basic Rice Krispies Treats recipe and a few add-ins.