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Dave Arnold, chef and inventor, answers listener questions on the latest innovative techniques, equipment, and ingredients in the food world. Each week on Cooking Issues, Dave solves your cooking dilemmas with his mile-a-minute stream of knowledge. G...Show More

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Episode 355: If a Milk Steams in the Forest...

27:56 | Jan 29th

Today Dave and Nastassia discuss Nastassia's evil genius strategy for settling the score with Amazon. They also answer listener questions about sous-vide ice cream, herb infusions in high proof spirits, and coffee options while camping.

Episode 354: Jiro Dreams of Subway Delays

40:36 | Jan 22nd

On this episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia tackle a whole heap of caller questions. They talk emulsified sausages and gumbo, reverse osmosis and milk, and debate the merits of Morrison and Manzarek. Last but certainly not least, Dave sugge...Show More

Episode 353: Hot Rod Flameout

52:44 | Jan 15th

On this episode of Cooking Issues, Dave is joined by extra-special guest-host Jack Schramm of Existing Conditions. Together they discuss pizza-making tips, neonata, and a listener question makes them realize how much they've been missing Steak Au Poi...Show More

Episode 352: A Little Sugar on the Shaft

42:25 | Jan 8th

Today on Cooking Issues Dave and Nastassia talk about shopping cults, a new (and improved) batch of spinzalls, fun ideas for mixing blenders and enzymes, and how NOT to split kindling. Dave also explains how stairs work, and tells a VERY animated sto...Show More

Episode 351: Bojack Lopez goes Baba Deep

46:25 | Dec 18th, 2018

On this episode Dave and Nastassia discuss how the best hickory nuts come from an NYC nursing home, potential methods of growing less stringy celery, and follow-up ideas regarding eggless pecan pie. A helpful caller provides the consumer feedback Na...Show More

Episode 350: The Saga of Wine Santa

47:41 | Dec 11th, 2018

On this week's Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia debrief with HRN's Kat Johnson about the HRN gala and the saga of Wine Santa. They also tackle a bunch of listener questions including: how insects and humans experience poisonous compounds in food, m...Show More

Episode 349: Fruit Loops on Speed feat. David Zilber, Author of The Noma Guide to Fermentation

45:43 | Nov 27th, 2018

Today Dave and Nastassia have a very special guest on the phone - David Zilber, the author of the The Noma Guide to Fermentation. They discuss writing, David Z's favorite strain of aspirgihllus, the do's and don'ts of making Black Garlic, using Koji ...Show More

Episode 348: A Turkey that looks like a Bird

26:45 | Nov 13th, 2018

Today Dave and Nastassia blitz through listener questions! They discuss the basics of fermentation, who makes a good meat grinder, the correct vodka cran ratio, and alternative thanksgiving turkey cooking methods.

Episode 347: One Spinzall, Zero Kitchen Knives.

37:25 | Nov 6th, 2018

On Today's Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia tackle lots of listener questions including: some Red Hot Poker follow-up, knife-sharpening how-to's, bagel deserts, and how to extract that gross Lychee sweat.

Episode 346: The Return of Red Hot Pokers

56:51 | Oct 30th, 2018

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia discuss coconut oil, 19th century cocktails, the mind of a bar owner & pressing nut sacks.

Episode 345: One Petrus and a Million Beta Males

48:59 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Today on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia tackle coffee roasting, cast-iron care, yeast separation and, once again, a spirited discussion of beta males. And Kat Johnson drops by to tell listeners about HRN's fundraising gala on December 3rd, 2018.

Episode 344: Throwback to Robo-sacs

48:31 | Oct 9th, 2018

On this episode of Cooking Issues Dave and Nastassia answer listener questions about how to make clear cold brew coffee, what to do with too much wine, Peychaud's replacements, and old Hearst Ranch jingles. Also, Dave gives multiple Public Service An...Show More

Episode 343: Aquafabah Humbug

48:02 | Oct 2nd, 2018

This week, Dave and Nastassia talk wedding registries, induction stovetops, and Dave tries to rationalize away his disinterest in aquafaba.

Episode 342: Two Switches and a Knob

54:37 | Sep 25th, 2018

This week, we're talking Dave and Nastassia's misadventures in Los Angeles, potential future crimes, the dirty secrets of blender engineers, important differences between Celcius and Farenheit, and more!

Episode 341: Alexa, Pay Me!

33:39 | Sep 4th, 2018

This week, we're talking Amazon's $1 trillion valuation in spite of stiffing Dave and Nastassia on their Searzall costs, the claim that L.A. has better ethnic food than New York, the FDA advisory to avoid food products treated with liquid nitrogen at...Show More

Episode 340: Timing Issues

21:52 | Aug 21st, 2018

On this week's rapid-fire show we're talking Nastassia's trip to Spain, Dave's new hydraulic press, freezing corn on the cob, Malört, rotary evaporators, and...well, that's about it.

Episode 339: My Name Is Prince

34:53 | Aug 14th, 2018

This week, we're talking Prince lyrics in German, when pistachio nuts used to be red, Nastassia's special farro recipe (using Bob's Red Mill farro, of course!), dihydromyricetin, Paul Adams' recent bender at Existing Conditions, corn starch, and more...Show More

Episode 338: Blame It On the Liquid Nitrogen

40:21 | Aug 7th, 2018

Dave and Nastassia talk meat in vending machines, Cap'n Crunch Berries, liquid nitrogen, New York Post headlines, pickles, thermal death times, Ethiopian restaurants, and more!

Episode 337: Third Steak in the Back

53:33 | Jul 31st, 2018

This week, Dave is joined in studio by Joshua Applestone, founder of Applestone Meat Company, and formerly Fleisher’s. Also joining are Applestone's COO and Creative Director Samantha Gloffke, and communications consultant and Momofuku alum Rebecca P...Show More

Episode 336: Never Touch Another Man's Knives

54:58 | Jul 24th, 2018

This week, we’re talking Nastassia’s customer service skills, the merits of tripod tables, robber barons, Dave’s Uncle Diamond and his safe deposit box, Japanese knives, outdoor fryers, Nastassia’s experiences dealing with sexist BS in the food world...Show More

Episode 335: Asymptotic Openings

55:35 | Jul 10th, 2018

Dave, Nastassia, and everybody’s favorite punching bag dad Peter Kim ruminate over the hectic opening (at last) of Existing Conditions and its POS POS system, carbonated salsa, Montreal-style bagels, amylase, gelato, that time Peter walked in on Dave...Show More

Episode 334: Streaming Issues

39:47 | Jun 26th, 2018

Dave, Nastassia, and Booker cope with the phone and internet outage in the studio, and talk pork chop sandwiches, agar, the sociopathy of Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka, fermentation, the perks of eating your own foot, and more!

Episode 333: The Legend of Shiny's Severed Leg

49:36 | Jun 12th, 2018

On todays episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia talk lobster butter, the mechanics of making sorbet, and how to go about cooking your own amputated leg.

Episode 332: Air is the Enemy of Carbonation

45:36 | Jun 5th, 2018

It’s Take Your Child to Work Life again this week, with Booker Arnold joining Dave and Nastassia in the studio. They’re’ talking industrial chicken farming, the specs for the gone-but-not-forgotten Thundernut cocktail from Booker & Dax, corny kegs, a...Show More

Episode 331: Issues

48:33 | May 22nd, 2018

This week, Dave and Nastassia are joined by habitual line stepper Peter Kim. Tune in to hear about Nastassia’s distaste for social interactions, the MOFAD annual gala, carbonating cocktails inside a bottle, Jim Lahey’s bizarre method of scrambling eg...Show More

Episode 330: Keep Plucking That Chicken

47:40 | May 15th, 2018

This week, evil cocktail overlord of the universe Don Lee joins Dave and Nastassia to talk music licensing in NYC establishments, the rules of the road, chicken adhesion, rock and roll movies, cabbage, and more!

Episode 329: Booker and Dax Reunion!

57:25 | May 8th, 2018

This week, the BDX crew is in the house (plus Nastassia "The Hammer" Lopez, and Dave in the booth)!!! They're talking cocktail specs, Dave's soon-to-open new bar Existing Conditions, and more!

Episode 328: Seeds Don't Stress Me Out

55:23 | May 1st, 2018

Nastassia is absent this week, but we're joined by masterbaker Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery, and first-time father Peter Kim! We're talking bread, bicycles, jerk chicken, being called a jerk by your kids, and more!

Episode 327: A Tongue-Driven Response

48:29 | Apr 17th, 2018

This week, we’re joined by James Briscione, author of The Flavor Matrix, to talk fear of flying, Watson, zucchini, flavor pairings, and all things taste! James's new restaurant, Angelena’s, will be opening in Pensacola, Florida this fall.

Episode 326: Renting Issues

53:29 | Apr 10th, 2018

This week, we’re talking about Dave’s first trip to Charleston, his new sous vide book, the ethics of not paying your last month’s rent, cooking at high temperatures without setting off the smoke alarm, using fermented orange juice in cocktails, clam...Show More

Episode 325: Love and Bitters and Juice

36:21 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Sother Teague of the venerable Manhattan bitters bar Amor Y Amargo joins us in the studio today to talk all things bitters, cocktails, the changing of the Zucca recipe, and more! Meanwhile, Booker is working his first shift at Pasta Flyer without Na...Show More

Episode 324: The Flop Is Your Enemy

38:47 | Mar 27th, 2018

This week we're talking NYC subway nightmares, Booker's second training session at Pasta Flyer, making cheese out of ashwagandha, pizza, whether or not you can make a fruit katsuobushi for use in cocktails, building your own outdoor rotisserie, why m...Show More

Episode 323: Dave Got Wood

58:08 | Mar 13th, 2018

This week, we're talking about Booker’s new job at Pasta Flyer, Nastassia’s newly discovered skill at “portraiture,” Blue Curaçao, recipe testing for a new food business, sourcing mahogany for the new Booker & Dax bar, kielbasa, how Nastassia single-...Show More

Episode 322: Keep Your Special Instructions To Yourself

38:24 | Feb 27th, 2018

On this week's show, we get into the insidious Seamless ads on the New York subways, the importance of using safety goggles, Nastassia’s anger therapy, Dave’s aborted “Time Machine Chef” television show, knife sharpening stones, fermenting in vacuum ...Show More

Episode 321: A Baby in Every Slice

35:38 | Feb 13th, 2018

It’s Fat Tuesday, and Dave has pretty much lost his voice from partying at The Dead Rabbit, but that doesn’t stop him and Nastassia from talking king cakes, fungus, highballs, carbonation, knives, fermented orange juice, and more!

Episode 320: Meat Cure-All

43:31 | Feb 6th, 2018

This week, we tackle Dave’s love/Nastassia’s hatred of country music story songs, Nastassia’s Super Bowl chili, Tom Brady's burgeoning anti-science lifestyle brand, the SpaceX launch, the Searzall being out of stock AGAIN, puffing noodles, fermented ...Show More

Episode 319: Hookered-Up Drinks

52:49 | Jan 30th, 2018

Sitting in for Nastassia this week is Jack Schramm, veteran bartender of Momofuku, Nomad, and Booker & Dax. Tune in to hear them talk drink specs, making your own hot sauces, Kosher vermouth alternatives, tree exudates, AirPods, and more!

Episode 318: Bitchin' Camaro

49:16 | Jan 23rd, 2018

On this week's show, Dave and Nastassia get into late 80s comedy hardcore bands, Dave’s college band Bluto, how many Roberta’s employees it takes to change a lightbulb, the continuing saga of no gas at Dave’s apartment, breaking into the food scene i...Show More

Episode 317: Out of Hibernation

53:35 | Jan 16th, 2018

After an extended (and forced) winter vacation, Dave and Nastassia are back to discuss genetic testing services, loud chewing and the irrational rage it produces, music in bars, cocktails, ginger, carbonation, cachaça, uni, and more!

Episode 316: God is in the Deep Fryer

52:47 | Dec 19th, 2017

On today's season finale, Dave and Nastassia talk ROM hacking, cold brew coffee, wine zombies, low temperature cooking, pre-batched cocktails, the divinity of deep frying, and more! Also calling in is Karen Bornarth, Program Director of Bakers in Tra...Show More

Episode 315: Holiday Meat Curing Meat-tacular

1:05:01 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week, Nastassia is off living out her dreams, and Dave is joined by Jonny Hunter of the Underground Food Collective in Madison, Wisconsin. Tune in to hear them talk homicidal tendencies toward geese, uncontrolled intersections in Bushwick, cook...Show More

Episode 314: I Like Big Bundts

55:53 | Dec 5th, 2017

This week, Dave and Nastassia talk the Searzall, the apparently high turnover rate of Amazon employees, Pez dispensers, cocktail gift ideas, rancidity in nuts, methocel meringues, bundt cakes, and more!

Episode 313: Duck Minus

53:09 | Nov 28th, 2017

Paul Adams is back on the show this week, and he, Dave, and Nastassia discuss what to do if you find a bat in your toilet, Blue Laws, the intelligence of turkeys, “party mode” on dishwashers, Carthusian Monks, outdoor cooking in cold weather, roastin...Show More

Episode 312: Infinite Pounds of Butter

1:02:01 | Nov 21st, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia discuss their love of Christmas music, whales, cannibalism and how Dave would cook his own arm, making two turkeys for Thanksgiving, turducken, and more! Plus, Heritage Radio Network founder Patrick Mar...Show More

Episode 311: Fully Firm

53:11 | Nov 14th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Nastassia is away fulfilling "family obligations," and Dave is joined in studio by Jack Schramm, former head bartender of Booker & Dax. Tune in to hear them talk Booker & Dax drink specs, browning meat before you (pressur...Show More

Episode 310: "Negroni" Is Singular

56:34 | Nov 7th, 2017

Full house this week on Cooking Issues, as Dave and Nastassia are joined by Booker, Matthew from Booker & Dax customer service, and Arielle Johnson from MIT (the one in Cambridge). Tune in to hear them talk Booker's independence, Nastassia's anger ha...Show More

Episode 309: Sometimes Dead Is Better

48:57 | Oct 31st, 2017

It’s Halloween this week on Cooking Issues, and Dave and Nastassia are joined by friend of the show Paul Adams, who is dressed as a “test kitten.” Tune in to hear them talk about freezing juice, finishing meats cooked at low temperature, charcoal, bo...Show More

Episode 308: Never Rub Another Man's Rhubarb

53:48 | Oct 24th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia discuss the shortcomings of New York’s subway system, Peter Kim’s nervous habit of eating sandwiches, Dave’s trip to China, and answer questions about rhubarb, getting good lift in sourdough bread, redu...Show More

Episode 307: Overcooked and Underseasoned

52:56 | Oct 10th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Peter Kim is in studio taking punches and talking about upcoming events at the Museum of Food and Drink! Plus, questions about dry-aged beef, making labneh with the Spinzall, end of the world plans, getting more lift from...Show More

Episode 306: The Art of Flavor

54:07 | Oct 3rd, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Michelin two-star chef Daniel Patterson and celebrated natural perfumer Mandy Aftel, co-authors of the new book The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delic...Show More

Episode 305: All Things Should Produce Juice

55:09 | Sep 26th, 2017

Dave and Nastassia answer questions about Spinzalls lost in the mail, foot massages, Booker and Dax cocktail specs, guitar pedals, whole fruit juicing, curing meats, vacuum chambers, DIY contraband cocktails on international flights, the indignity of...Show More

Episode 304: Carbonated Cocktails and Vile Flavored Waters

43:39 | Sep 19th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Don Lee, Evil Cocktail Overlord of the Universe. Tune in to hear the about the latest Spinzall news, Dave's aversion to exposed wires, pectinex, amylase, agar, carbonated coc...Show More

Episode 303: Any Issues

54:30 | Sep 12th, 2017

On the season premiere of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Paul Adams from Cooks Illustrated magazine, and Chef Lauren Resler of Empellón to talk baby DJs, smash cakes, fondant, butter cream, sheet cakes, raisins, crepes...Show More

Episode 302: A/S/L?

1:00:04 | Aug 29th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Nastassia puts out a call for demographic info from Spinzall customers/Cooking Issues listeners. Plus, Booker's visceral hatred of the happy birthday song, Saratoga Spring Water, false generalizations, clarifying beer, ca...Show More

Episode 301: The Cream Also Rises

53:45 | Aug 22nd, 2017

On a brand new episode of Cooking Issues, we dive int0 Booker's newfound vegetarianism, all you can eat crab legs, steamed cheeseburgers, cooking with MSG, dinosaurs, humidity, suckling pigs, sardines packed in oil, cooling sous vide proteins, mockta...Show More

Episode 300: 300

1:04:16 | Aug 1st, 2017

Cooking Issues turns 300! Tune in to hear Dave, Nastassia, and everyone's favorite punching bag Peter Kim discuss The Mooch, powdered tahini, green eggs, dehydrators, ultrasounds, and more! Plus, a special guest appearance by Jackie Molecules!

Episode 299: Smoky-Wan Kenobi

55:01 | Jul 25th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Dave's son Booker, Nick Wong, auction winner Tim to talk about The Little Mermaid, Peter Kim's embarrassing head-to-head with an emcee at a charity event, plumbing, patenting...Show More

Episode 298: Gaming Issues

51:32 | Jul 18th, 2017

Dave and Nastassia are back! This week on Cooking Issues they discuss the merits (or demerits) of having old-school arcade games in bars, "alternative" ketchups, xanthan gum, adding habanero peppers to butter cream frosting, the dress code at Roberta...Show More

Episode 297: Velveting, Fish Sauce, Copying Recipes, and More

1:00:24 | Jun 27th, 2017

Coconut oil used to be good for you now it is bad. Can you copy recipes from chain restaurants? How is tonkotsu broth made? On this week's episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in studio by Momofuku's former Chef de Cuisine Nick Wo...Show More

Episode 296: Ideas in Food

51:06 | Jun 20th, 2017

Dave and Nastassia are back in the studio, along with Alex Talbot of Ideas in Food, to talk pasta extruders, bag juice, mayonnaise, powdered egg whites, mint, and more!

Episode 295: BACON, pt. 2

1:22:12 | Jun 13th, 2017

On another preee-recorded episode of Cooking Issues, Dave is still on the road with The Bartender Advocacy Convention. This week, he's in Pittsburgh with Don Lee, evil (or benevolent, perhaps) cocktail overlord of the universe, Kevin Denton, national...Show More

Episode 294: BACON

57:01 | Jun 6th, 2017

This week, Cooking Issues is coming to you...PRE-RECORDED from the Manchester Grand Hyatt (or possibly Hilton, either way) in San Diego, where Dave is attending The Bartender Advocacy Convention (BACON), hosted by Pernod Ricard. It’s a day of spiri...Show More

Episode 293: Everybody's Favorite Punching Bag

1:00:05 | May 30th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Nastassia is on the road again, but Dave is joined in the studio by "everybody's favorite punching bag" Peter Kim! Tune in to hear about the finest in American cuisine (Applebee's, Golden Corral, etc.), Dave's recent trip...Show More

Episode 292: Chef Richard Blais

1:00:26 | May 16th, 2017

On an all new Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Chef Richard Blais, a restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, and winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars. Chef Blais has also written a new cookbook, So Goo...Show More

Episode 291: Salumist Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions

54:38 | May 9th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Olympia Provisions Chef/Owner/Salumist Elias Cairo, a first generation Greek-American who grew up learning the craft of charcuterie from his father, who cured the family's me...Show More

Episode 290: Nitrogen and Old Eggs

49:28 | May 2nd, 2017

On an all-new episode of Cooking Issues, we tackle Nastassia’s unconventional way of eating Milano cookies, airline brawls, the untimely demise of Simon the giant bunny, the lost art of de-boning shad, salsa, ice, slushy machines, home carbonation, w...Show More

Episode 289: Canon Fodder

57:56 | Apr 25th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, sitting in for Nastassia is evil cocktail overlord Don Lee. He and Dave talk revisionism in the Star Wars universe and The Bible, owning a combi oven but not an immersion circulator, the status of Cooking Issues as a “fam...Show More

Episode 288: Bag Juice Blunders

57:32 | Apr 18th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by Arielle Johnson of the MIT Media Lab, and food media impresario Peter Meehan to talk Lucky Peach's impending lethal injection, Dave’s forays into bagpipery, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, foam, so...Show More

Episode 287: We're Not in Western Beetville Anymore

58:59 | Apr 11th, 2017

It's a banner day here on Cooking Issues, with Dave and Nastassia joined in the studio by the famous Peter Kim, and koji experts Rich Shih and J.W. Rogers III. Plus, toast, daiquiris, Glengarry Glen Ross, alkaline noodles, and more!

Episode 286: Wrapped in Plastic

56:30 | Mar 28th, 2017

Full house this week on Cooking Issues, as Dave and Nastassia are joined by "the person everyone loves to hate" Peter Kim of MOFAD, Nick Wong, Chef de Cuisine at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, and Chris Young of ChefSteps. Tune in to hear them discuss Lebanese f...Show More

Episode 285: Calling Issues

51:16 | Mar 21st, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia answer several call-in questions about aluminum cookware, storing chicken pot pies, cocktails, baking soda, ice cream, and more!

Episode 284: Clumping Issues

57:25 | Mar 7th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia answer questions about homemade ramen noodles, pre-searing meat, fish sauce, slushy machines, immersion circulators, pizza ovens, and more!

Episode 283: Milk the Way God Wanted It

55:09 | Feb 28th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave pays tribute to his recently deceased grandfather, and shares some food-related memories of him. Plus, he and Nastassia discuss his forthcoming book on low temperature cooking, why he always ends up in the middle sea...Show More

Episode 282: Omelettes So White

1:00:12 | Feb 14th, 2017

On this Valentine's Day edition of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia talk crab legs, iSi whippers, ice cubes, the definition of paleo, how one acquires the nickname "The Hammer," lying to picky eaters, home-canned tuna, and more!

Episode 281: The Day After Tomorrow

51:37 | Feb 7th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia sift through the detritus of the Roberta’s staff party, and talk homemade disco balls, how New York City community boards try to make opening a new bar or restaurant impossible, thermodynamics in souffl...Show More

Episode 280: Steaks and Tortilla Chips

46:55 | Jan 31st, 2017

Tune in to hear Dave and Nastassia discuss vacuum packing meat, myoglobin, and the perfect temperature for cooking steaks. Dave also explains the process of corn nixtamalization, the chemistry that distinguishes the taste of a tortilla from that of c...Show More

Episode 279: Deez Glassy Nuts

54:05 | Jan 24th, 2017

This week on Cooking Issues, bartender Don Lee is sitting in for Nastassia, and he and Dave discuss the squalor of New York airports, the Star Wars prequels, truffles, the ChefSteps recipe for deep-fried glassy nuts, the status of the Spinzall, cockt...Show More

Episode 278: Drums for Daves

31:43 | Jan 17th, 2017

This week on a short edition of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia discuss the Houseguest Olympics, jam band radio airplay, the closing of Barnum & Bailey circus, steel drums, and answer questions about salting meats, coffee-infused booze, pressure c...Show More

Episode 277: The Trouble with Truffles

54:56 | Jan 10th, 2017

On the season premiere of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by Dr. Charles Lefevre, a noted mycologist and truffle expert, as well as president and founder of New World Truffieres, Inc., a company specializing in truffle cultivation and t...Show More

Episode 276: Quality for the Holidays

54:40 | Dec 20th, 2016

On the season finale/holiday edition of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia talk railfans, vegetarianism ruining holiday parties, salt cod and why cheese and fish belong together, carbonated cocktails, braising meat, pine nuts, guanciale and other fat...Show More

Episode 275: Precious Abalone Flesh

49:39 | Dec 13th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Paul Adams and the one and only Harold McGee to discuss why Pyrex is the devil, people who don't like crema (Anti-Cremists), taking the wind out of sunchokes, French fries an...Show More

Episode 274: Food Mill Regrets

53:36 | Dec 6th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave, Nastassia and Peter Kim debate the merits of responding to emails and talk about the Spinzall centrifuge (not to be confused with the Spinn coffee maker), sous vide sauces, Christmas trees, cocktails that are easy o...Show More

Episode 273: Stassenfreude

1:03:53 | Nov 29th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by Mark Ladner of Del Posto and Michael R. Wilson to talk about their co-authored Del Posto Cookbook, the Spinzall centrifuge, temperament in a restaurant kitchen, Thanksgiving dinner, and mo...Show More

Episode 272: Clean & Sterilized

40:44 | Nov 22nd, 2016

On the Thanksgiving 2016 edition of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by Paul Adams, formerly of Popular Science, to talk about the new Booker and Dax centrifuge: the Spinzall! Plus, a listener question about cured meats, and Dave rails a...Show More

Episode 271: Robot Butchers

53:11 | Nov 8th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Paul Adams, former editor of Popular Science. Tune in to hear them talk robot butchers, canning and preservation, the nearly-completed Booker and Dax centrifuge, chicken stoc...Show More

Episode 270: Goin' Straight Leatherman

50:59 | Nov 1st, 2016

Dave is back from Barcelona! Tune in to hear him and Nastassia discuss New York's hipster enclaves, trains, hickory nut syrup, whether or not to add a PID controller to a deep fryer, the closing of Booker and Dax, home brewing with a circulator, smok...Show More

Episode 269: Vegettified Garbage

56:27 | Oct 18th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Nastassia and Jackie Molecules are on the line from D.C., while Dave talks about the closing night of Booker and Dax (while lamenting the poor quality of modern piñatas), and answers questions about vegettis, zucchini (an...Show More

Episode 268: The Miracle of Moisture Management

51:43 | Oct 11th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave talks about the closure of his East Village staple Booker and Dax, why no sane person should ever live above a bar, the issue of drift in food and drink, a visit from the ghost of Steve Jobs, and moisture management ...Show More

Episode 267: Chow Bella

46:42 | Oct 4th, 2016

This week on Cooking issues, Dave and Nastassia speak to Peter Kim from New York’s Museum of Food and Drink about their upcoming exhibition Chow: The Making of Chinese American Cuisine, and what is behind the egg roll, chop suey, and other dishes we ...Show More

Episode 266: Dr. Arielle Johnson

1:04:27 | Sep 27th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Dr. Arielle Johnson, a flavor scientist at the MIT Media Lab and former head of research at Noma's food think tank, MAD. Tune in to hear them discuss clearing and staining, b...Show More

Episode 265: DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT!

55:27 | Sep 20th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Kalle Freese, co-founder and CEO of Sudden Coffee, "ready-to-brew instant coffee made from awesome beans." Kalle is two-time Finnish Barista Champion and was ranked as the 9t...Show More

Episode 264: Cookie Monsters

54:12 | Sep 13th, 2016

On the fall season premiere of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia take listener questions about sugar, white zinfandel, truffles, pectin, NYC restaurant recommendations, confit, induction ovens, smoking jerky, and more. Plus, a live on-air cookie tas...Show More

Episode 263: Lost in Mianus

55:02 | Aug 30th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave is joined in the studio by Nick Wong, chef de cuisine at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, and Esther Ha of Cafe Boulud to talk cookies, plums, pumpkin bread, olives, seasoning sticks, shrimp, and the correct pronunciation of "Mian...Show More

Episode 262: In the Pocket of Big Dump Meal

47:59 | Aug 16th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia field questions on cookie economics, carrageenans, coffee, and more. Plus, the latest dump meal report from Special Auxiliary Assistant to the Chief National Dump Meal Correspondent, J.R.! It's a doozy...Show More

Episode 261: Rockstar Wines

1:11:31 | Aug 9th, 2016

On this week's special episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Jordana Rothman, Anthony Bozza, Clifton Hyde, and Daniel Gritzer for a tasting and judging of "rockstar" wines, i.e. wines created in collaboration with ...Show More

Episode 260: McGeez Nuts

53:43 | Aug 2nd, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, the Curious Cook Harold McGee joins Dave and Nastassia in the studio to talk cocktail sauce, the Impossible Burger, the New York Botanical Garden's Amorphophallus titanum or "corpse flower," to wash or not to wash chicken...Show More

Episode 259: Who's Got Spirits?

51:27 | Jul 26th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues – Dave just got back from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans with advice on how to make a proper cordial and bar/restaurant recommendations. Plus, questions about distilling your own liquors, searing on a low temperature...Show More

Episode 258: Clay in Your Crème Brûlée

1:00:09 | Jul 19th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia have an update on their centrifuge, plus questions about slow cooker techniques, curing fish, vacuum-sealing chicken, bean-t0-bar chocolate-making, preparing crème brûlée for Burning Man (you read that ...Show More

Episode 257: Enlightenment Wines with Raphael Lyon

57:34 | Jul 12th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Raphael Lyon of Enlightenment Wines, the first meadery in New York City. Operating from a family farmstead in the Hudson Valley, this cult winery focuses on unfiltered dry me...Show More

Episode 256: Firewoks

50:00 | Jul 5th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia talk fireworks, woks, truffles, fruit trimmings, hams, induction ovens, pressure cookers, and more. Also, we're happy to report that our listener and his friends who got sick foraging for wild carrots a...Show More

Episode 255: Safety Day with Paul Adams from Popular Science

53:07 | Jun 28th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave's got Paul Adams, editor of Popular Science, in the studio. Tune in to hear them talk celery, tandoor ovens, kale, chilled monkey brains, and why you should be careful foraging for wild carrots (ps - caller, please l...Show More

Episode 254: Meet Meathead

57:30 | Jun 14th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by barbecue whisperer, hedonism evangelist, and culinary mythbuster Meathead Goldwyn. He runs the website AmazingRibs.com, and is the author of Meathead: The Science of Great Ba...Show More

Episode 253: One for the Road with Jackie Molecules

49:16 | Jun 7th, 2016

It's the last episode of Cooking Issues with Jackie Molecules in the studio! Tune in for a fond farewell and champagne toast, as well as some listener questions.

Episode 252: Deez Rancid Nuts

50:13 | May 31st, 2016

Dave is back from Memorial Day weekend and he’s tackling questions on limequats, outdoor cooking setups and rancid nuts.

Episode 251: Masterbaking with Jim Lahey

48:07 | May 24th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave is joined by HRN founder Patrick Martins and no-knead bread originator Jim Lahey. Tune in to hear them talk about the inferiority of Tuscan bread, and hear Jim answer some listener questions about how to be a masterb...Show More

Episode 250: The Curious Cook, Harold McGee

49:49 | May 17th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by "The Curious Cook" Harold McGee, an author who writes about the chemistry and history of food science, cooking and molecular gastronomy. He is best known for his seminal book On Food and C...Show More

Episode 249: Catching Fire with Professor Richard Wrangham

56:14 | May 3rd, 2016

On this week's episode of Cooking Issues, Dave speaks with Richard Wrangham, a British primatologist. Wrangham is co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, the long-term study of the Kanyawara chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda. He is kn...Show More

Episode 248: Creaming Issues

53:19 | Apr 26th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave kicks off the show by giving Nastassia some belated birthday gifts, before diving into box of ice cream sandwiches and a listener question on how to keep cream fresh for longer. After the break, Peter Kim talks about...Show More

Episode 247: Dave's Playboy Debut

53:06 | Apr 19th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, we tackle Dave's upcoming spread in Playboy, Nastassia's ongoing hatred of biscuits, how to make your own baby food, using a tandoor without starting a fire, battered cheese sticks, consistent carbonation techniques, and ...Show More

Episode 246: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Sandwiches

42:27 | Apr 12th, 2016

Dave Arnold returns for another hilarious episode of Cooking Issues in which he admits that there is no limit to the number of ice cream sandwiches he could eat. He's joined by the regular crew plus some surprise guests.

Episode 245: Dirtbag Buddies

43:44 | Apr 5th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave complains about his torn arm and his son's dirtbag buddies, before taking some listener questions about Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread Recipe, home kitchen design, controlling bubble size in carbonated cocktails, and the...Show More

Episode 244: Torta is a Freakin' Sandwich!

53:13 | Mar 29th, 2016

On this week's episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by Peter Kim of the Museum of Food and Drink to chat about disappointing your parents with your career choices, Nastassia's recent five-hour trip to Mexico, housegu...Show More

Episode 243: Pirate Dave

48:19 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Dave Arnold is back from Milan with lots to share on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues. He shares his latest favorite quick dish to make at home, talks about tortillas, expresses some disdain for whole-hog cooking and more.

Episode 242: J. Kenji López-Alt

45:40 | Mar 8th, 2016

On this week's episode of Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by J. Kenji López-Alt, chef and author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. They chat about early adopters ...Show More

Episode 241: Jackweeds and Nannypoos

53:58 | Mar 1st, 2016

On this week's Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined in the studio by colleague Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink, and tackle deli slicers, the peculiarities of pectin and pepper, disputed ratios in simple syrup recipes, the Tokyo T...Show More

Episode 240: Rutabagas vs. Turnips – The Eternal Struggle

45:09 | Feb 23rd, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, we celebrate the return of sidekick Jackie Molecules, and talk getting food poisoning from supermarket sushi, making tinctures with orris root, cocktail cubes, rutabagas vs. turnips, Long Island iced teas, and the abomina...Show More

Episode 239: RED PEPPER-POCALYPSE

50:20 | Feb 17th, 2016

This week on Cooking Issues, host Dave Arnold and Nastassia sit down with David’s son, Dax Arnold. Together they discuss Ivy League hokey, pressure cookers, swallowing gum, and carbonara…with crushed red pepper, of course.

Episode 238: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes...?

44:30 | Feb 9th, 2016

On an energetic episode of Cooking Issues, Dave jumps into a myriad of topics including egg nog, marriage problems and more.

Episode 237: Jonny Hunter Comes to Town

45:33 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Madison culinary madman Jonny Hunter of the Underground Food Collective visits the studio with some MOFAD friends for a show full of information and entertainment.

Episode 236: Buskers & Turtles and Hams, Oh My!

45:29 | Jan 26th, 2016

It's blizzard season here in NYC, but the crew is back in the studio and ready for some Cooking Issues. Tune in for some turtle decapitation stories, ham curing advice, hilarious stories and more!

Episode 235: Pots are Female, Pans are Male

46:19 | Jan 19th, 2016

What is Dave's least favorite vegetable? What are Dave's weeknight staples for the dinner table? Does he like haggis? Should you freeze french fries prior to frying? Tune in for answers and more as Nastassia and Peter Kim from MOFAD join in studio ...Show More

Episode 234: 808's & Weddings

45:57 | Jan 12th, 2016

DON'T TRY TO CATER YOUR OWN WEDDING! This is one of the many pieces of advice Dave Arnold has for you on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues. Peter Kim from the Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD) is in the studio again for a wildly fun show.

Episode 233: You Can't Carbonate That On Radio!

46:59 | Jan 5th, 2016

Things get crazy on the first Cooking Issues of 2016. Dave Arnold is back and he is upset at you for blasting music on the subway car. He's also upset at Peter Kim from the Museum of Food & Drink for not being patient. Sure, some questions are answer...Show More

Episode 232: The Holiday Show

54:43 | Dec 21st, 2015

Say goodbye to 2015 with Dave Arnold, Nastassia Lopez and Jackie Molecules as they chat about everything from Christmas cookies to pot pie. Lots of laughs in this one, happy holidays everybody!

Episode 231: Harold McGee Returns

55:12 | Dec 1st, 2015

The inimitable Curious Cook Harold McGee rejoins Cooking Issues to tackle questions on everything from egg nogg to aquafaba. Dave Arnold breaks down the differences between canned and fresh sardines and talks more turkey.  andnbsp; andnbsp;

Episode 230: Run the Joules!

47:56 | Nov 24th, 2015

On a Thanksgiving themed episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is joined by friend Chris Young of ChefSteps to talk about their latest product, Joule. Joule is, according to ChefSteps, the most powerful sous vide tool you can buy. But it’s also the ...Show More

Episode 229: LIVE From Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, CT

41:18 | Nov 19th, 2015

On a very special bonus episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is LIVE from Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, CT! Its as crazy as it sounds. Enjoy!

Episode 228: The Best Part of Waking Up…

56:17 | Nov 17th, 2015

This one gets weird, and youll have to tune in to find out why. Dave, Nastassia and Jack talk about everything from catheters to centrifuges on a holiday themed episode of COOKING ISSUES!

Episode 227: Cider Week Takeover!

48:37 | Nov 10th, 2015

Its Cider Issues on Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold is joined by two bad-ass cider makers, Leif Sundström of Sundström Cider andamp; John Reynolds of Blackduck Cidery. Together, they talk about some cider history and solve some listener questions related...Show More

Episode 226: What Dave is Thinking About

44:28 | Nov 3rd, 2015

When Dave Arnold was in art school, all he could think about was an assembly line of elves jumping into a wood chipping machine with marching band music in the background. Yes, thats how this episode of Cooking Issues starts. Is bacon killing us? Wha...Show More

Episode 225: Dave Hates Everclear & Bad Pistachios But Loves Cider!

48:54 | Oct 27th, 2015

Tune in to this weeks Cooking Issues as host Dave Arnold is talking stabilizing simple syrups, why he hates Everclear (the alcohol, not the band... maybe the band?) and bad pistachios but loves cider! Topics of conversation also include deer ball but...Show More

Episode 224: Turducken, Sweet Potato Frieds & Christmas Lists

55:34 | Oct 20th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave answered questions about Turducken, sweet potato fries, and egg drinks. Nastassia re-announced The Cube andamp; The Centrifuge with glorious attitude for grown male Christmas lists everywhere. Jack recapped a trip to...Show More

Episode 223: Pressure Cooking, Deep Frying, & Pink Drinks, Oh My!

34:13 | Oct 13th, 2015

This week Cooking Issues is worth the wait!  Dave sweeps in the studio taking questions from topics ranging from chick peas in the pressure cooker, deep frying in an NYC apartment, frozen duck confit woes (featuring great news about botulism), and mo...Show More

Episode 222: You Don’t Have a Circulator?

43:32 | Oct 6th, 2015

The Cooking Issues team is charged up this week! The chatroom is alive and full of comments and Dave is plowing through listener questions. Find out which Cooking Issues faithful listener doesnt have a circulator, learn about dry rubs, infusions and ...Show More

Episode 221: Gualolololote

41:44 | Sep 29th, 2015

The chat room explodes with enthusiasm, Dave skirts a question about placenta, we learn that headshots are needed to kill wild turkeys and Nastassia pretends to be Christina Tossi. Its a fun one. Welcome to Cooking Issues.

Episode 220: Enemy of Train Quality

39:11 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Daves train breaks down, but he triumphantly calls in to Cooking Issues to dutifully answer your questions as he walks to the studio. Reductions, wood and french fries get the Dave treatment on another hilariously jam-packed show. This program was br...Show More

Episode 219: Dave Hates MDF

40:36 | Sep 15th, 2015

Cooking Issues is back!!! Dave Arnold kicks off a new season of everybodys favorite food-tech show with friend and colleague Peter Kim, Executive Director of the Museum of Food and Drink. Nastassia joins this week by phone. Tune in and catch up on th...Show More

Episode 218: Dave Gets High: Summer Season Finale

53:37 | Aug 11th, 2015

Can tea get you stoned? Is a quesadilla a sandwich? This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold and his guests Arielle Johnson, head researcher at MAD, and Don Lee from Cocktail Kingdom, set out to answer these questions by drinking cannabis tea live in ...Show More

Episode 217: Everything Remains RAW

45:57 | Aug 4th, 2015

When is raw too raw? This week on Cooking Issues Dave answers your questions about Polyscience Chillers, reusable bags, raw meat, and braising. Tune in for the answers to these questions along with some side conversations about song lyric censorship ...Show More

Episode 216: A Rollie Egg Cooker Surprise

38:03 | Jul 28th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues, Paul Adams, the senior editor for Popular Science, joins Dave Arnold in the studio to answer your questions! Not only does he help Dave with the questions, but he came with a gift! Tune in to listen to Dave using the Roll...Show More

Episode 215: Harold McGee!

1:10:37 | Jul 22nd, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold sits down with Jack Schramm, bartender at Booker and Dax, and food royalty Harold Mcgee, a California based author who writes about the science behind food and cooking. The breadth of his knowledge of cooking ...Show More

Episode 214: STIRRED, Not Shaken!

40:28 | Jul 14th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold answers more listener questions about making a simple syrup with lactose (you cant), the Roger Moore martini recipe, low temperature cooking with a circulator, whether or not bringing gelatin to a boil can ruin...Show More

Episode 213: The Great Guac Debate and Beyond!

53:25 | Jul 8th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold answers listeners questions about cooking brisket, different kinds of ice, what fruit tastes good in beer, how to keep mint from browning, and alternatives to fresh citrus when making drinks for people at Burni...Show More

Episode 212: FIREWORKS AND SALTINES!

51:32 | Jun 24th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is on time and ready to answer a lot of questions. Topics range from blended peas to mealworm toffee. Tune in and hear the new Jackie Molecules ringtone debuted, find out whether or not Nastassia was able to s...Show More

Episode 211: MELD!

47:18 | Jun 17th, 2015

Darren Vengroff of Meld joins Dave Arnold on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Meld upgrades your existing cookware and stove with automatic temperature control so every meal is perfect Tune in and hear how the technology works and listen as Dave...Show More

Episode 210: BKON

38:20 | Jun 9th, 2015

Dave Arnold is joined by the team behind BKON on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues!. Coming from a 3rd generation coffee roasting company, founders Dean and Lou Vastardis have been immersed in the specialty beverage industry since their childhood....Show More

Episode 209: Eating Ants On Air

51:08 | Jun 2nd, 2015

What an eventful episode of Cooking Issues! Paul Adams, Senior Editor at Popular Science, joins Dave and the crew in-studio and hes brought ANTS with him. Dave, Nastassia and Jack all eat some ants and wash it down with Ant gin. Things get weird. Dav...Show More

Episode 208: Memorial Day Mishaps & Turkish Cheese

49:39 | May 26th, 2015

Dave Arnold is back from Memorial Day weekend with war stories and lots on his mind. Hear about his experiences tasting new and interesting foods in Turkey, like a sheeps milk cheese aged in goat skin. Also listen in as Dave rants against the anti-sa...Show More

Episode 207: Beach Party & Insects

49:25 | May 12th, 2015

Dave Arnold is in for another jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues! Topics discussed include flour milling, absinthe, insects, cocktails, grilling and clam bakes. Hear Dave once again express his disdain for red pepper shakers and continue his Vegett...Show More

Episode 206: Mexican Treats, MOFAD and More!

46:32 | May 5th, 2015

Dave Arnold is back in the studio with Mexican treats and is joined by Peter Kim from MOFAD for a fun and action packed episode of Cooking Issues!

Episode 205: Squash Blossoms & Salty Nuts

49:37 | Apr 28th, 2015

Dave Arnold is back from Mexico and he has tons on his mind. Tune in for a brand new episode of Cooking Issues and learn about everything from nixtamalization to squash blossoms. Darren Vengroff of Meld calls in and the crew drinks some Proescco to c...Show More

Episode 204: They Want the Scream!

45:28 | Apr 7th, 2015

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back this week to play with a listeners Veggetti and answer caller questions on a range of topics including rock salt desiccants, coffee cocktails, and black garlic. Later in the show Dave weighs the benefits of ag...Show More

Episode 203: Dave’s Veggetti Birthday

48:26 | Mar 31st, 2015

With no shortage of veggetti puns, Dave Arnold celebrates his 44th birthday in style on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues. The radio team is sipping on Proesecco and laughing their heads off this week. Tune in for a fun-filled episode of the best...Show More

Episode 202: Award Tour

56:38 | Mar 24th, 2015

Dave Arnold celebrates his (first!) James Beard Award nomination with a mellow and distinguished episode of Cooking Issues. Nastassia Lopez joins by phone and Peter Kim of MoFAD is in the studio for the festivities. Dave answers all sorts of question...Show More

Episode 201: Say What?

37:43 | Mar 5th, 2015

Welcome to episode 201 of Cooking Issues. This week, Dave roasts Nastassia for not having a pressure cooker, Jonny Hunter of Underground Meats calls in and some suggestive jokes are made. This program was brought to you by MolecularRecipes.com.

Episode 200: EPISODE 200!

51:16 | Mar 3rd, 2015

For the 200th Episode of Cooking Issues Dave Arnold and the team celebrate in the studio with Prosecco and some gifts from the Underground Meats Collective. Dave discusses the best farmers markets in NYC, how to season stainless steel, and why horcha...Show More

Episode 199: Jackie Molecules

51:46 | Feb 24th, 2015

Dave Arnold and Nastassia jump right in this week to a listeners question about his outdoor barbecue in Sweden and Dave gives a million suggestions for improvements (outdoor deep fryer). We also discuss various techniques and products for dissolving ...Show More

Episode 198: High

48:25 | Feb 10th, 2015

Dave and Nastassia are back this week to take listener questions on a host of topics including essential oil emulsification, bone broth cappuccino foam and budget circulators. Dave gives his opinion of smart lightbulbs and discusses high-end scrapple...Show More

Episode 197: Pringles, Caviar & Champagne

45:54 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Dave and the gang are back in the studio this week joined by Peter Kim of MOFAD. Dave starts out the show by hazing our new intern and giving life lessons on nepotism before taking listener questions on high-pressure cooking and the best ways to disp...Show More

Episode 196: A Sushi Party for Kids?

58:11 | Jan 20th, 2015

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are back this week to discuss Novoshape Pectin Methylase browning and take other listener questions including the best techniques for making stocks in a circulator. Dave tells us why to never have a mak...Show More

Episode 195: Chia Seed Face

44:54 | Jan 13th, 2015

Chia seeds, outdoor kitchens, espresso beans, centrifuges -- all topics of discussion on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Jack introduces some weird special effects on his mic, Dave screams about how much he hates turkey and salmon burgers and N...Show More

Episode 194: Back for 2015

42:19 | Jan 6th, 2015

Dave Arnold and the Cooking Issues team is back for 2015! Hear about holiday meals, Hoppin John, cooking carrots in a bag and oh so much more. Dave defends the name Rex, expresses his distaste for tilapia and brings in the new year with a bevy of inf...Show More

Episode 193: The Holiday Show

53:39 | Dec 16th, 2014

Dave and Nastassia are back this week to take caller questions on a range of topics including french fry infusion, freezing liquor, and cooking lamb hearts. Dave goes in-depth on low-temp cooling curves and explains the technique for milkwashing vodk...Show More

Episode 192: Watch Your Trees!

51:32 | Dec 10th, 2014

We learn a few things on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues: There is a Christmas tree thief amongst the Cooking Issues team, Dave hates Amazon reviewers who dont know what theyre talking about and Angostura balls are a real thing. Tune in for anot...Show More

Episode 191: Turkey Recap

44:41 | Dec 2nd, 2014

Thanksgiving is over but that doesnt mean Dave Arnold and the Cooking Issues team is done talking turkey. Tune in for a holiday meal recap on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Dave also addresses some Amazon/Searzall issues and explains why Black...Show More

Episode 190: Turkey Time

39:51 | Nov 25th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold gets ready for thanksgiving week by taking listener questions on topics including naked citrus storage and stone oven construction. Dave explains why exactly NYC street pretzels suck so much and his preference...Show More

Episode 189: Sous Vide and Fireball Whiskey

52:27 | Nov 18th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is joined by Douglas Baldwin, author of Sous Vide for the Home Cook to discuss death curves, low-temp safety, and his ChefSteps sous vide class. Later on they discuss the ethics of food safety procedures and t...Show More

Episode 188: Late from Brooklyn

32:44 | Nov 11th, 2014

Dave Arnold is back for a short show this week to answer listener questions including fungal Chitosan clarification, alcoholic Pacojet sorbets, and chopping candied rose petals. Later on Dave discusses the best techniques for searing with the Searzal...Show More

Episode 187: Pizza Party

48:56 | Nov 4th, 2014

Dave Arnold is back from StarChefs this week to answer listener questions about bottling sodas at home, disgorging cider, and rendering fat in a pressure cooker. Anthony Falco of Robertas calls in to answer a question about sourdough starters. We fin...Show More

Episode 186: JUSTINO!

34:33 | Oct 21st, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez discuss the ideal Salad Nicoise and how the recipe has been bastardized through history. Later, Dave answers a listener question about low-temp black bass and tells the infamous creation sto...Show More

Episode 185: The Future of Meat

47:52 | Oct 14th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is joined by Peter Kim and Emma Boast of MOFAD to discuss their fundraiser in Madison, WC where Dave will be making cocktails. Dave answers listener questions about curing meat in an NYC apartment and how to t...Show More

Episode 184: Bonus Episode

54:14 | Oct 14th, 2014

Good news! Its a bonus episode of Cooking Issues where Dave tries to catch up on un-answered questions and (mostly) succeeds!

Episode 183: Stinky Fish Tuesday

43:03 | Oct 7th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, host Dave Arnold and Nastassia kick off the show taking a few questions from eager callers. Dave addresses the amylase enzyme and how it works concerning ripening fruits and vegetables, repurposing a beat-up teflon pan, a...Show More

Episode 182: Preserving Tomatoes

53:06 | Sep 30th, 2014

Dave Arnold invites Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director of Serious Eats, to discuss tomatoes and their preservation. Daniel conducted an experiment with 2 batches of tomatoes. One batch was kept on the counter top at room temperature and the other batc...Show More

Episode 181: Demolition Derby

50:56 | Sep 16th, 2014

Dave and Nastassia return this week after a lecture at Harvard to discuss the best things Daves ever gotten out of a rotovap, as well as the best practices for cleaning one. They also take questions on the future of Searzall sales, liquid nitrogen ic...Show More

Episode 180: Green Meat & Cyanide Cherries

50:16 | Sep 2nd, 2014

Whys my low-temp meat green? Why do my onions taste metallic? What can I make with all of these cherry pits? Dave Arnold answers all of this and more on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Listeners also get to learn the meaning of Pancake Syndrome...Show More

Episode 179: Goldilocks Ice Cream

49:28 | Aug 19th, 2014

As long as youve got questions, Dave Arnold has answers. Enter the wild and wacky world of Cooking Issues as host Dave Arnold answers listener questions on everything from ice cream to compound butter. Not question is off limits and Dave does the usu...Show More

Episode 178: Gross Pizza Crust

40:27 | Aug 12th, 2014

Why are big-chain delivery pizza crusts so disgusting? Whats a Trinidad scorpion pepper? Can you make milk from cream just by adding water? Tune in to this weeks edition of Cooking Issues as Dave Arnold tackles these issues and more. Learn about the ...Show More

Episode 177: Cement & Caramel

52:22 | Aug 5th, 2014

Dave survives a cement-dust ridden bike ride through Bushwick yet again to host a hilarious and information-packed episode of Cooking Issues. Find out which one food item Dave and Nastassia agree on, what his thoughts are on nutrition, health and die...Show More

Episode 176: The Geoduck Mascot

52:13 | Jul 29th, 2014

Why would a school choose the geoduck as its mascot? Why would anybody sauté zucchini? How can beet preparation go wrong? Whats the best way to prepare bone marrow? Find out on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold is in the studio and h...Show More

Episode 175: Dave Rides a Fast Bike

42:00 | Jul 22nd, 2014

Dave makes it to the studio in record time on his bike and crams in as much knowledge as he can on todays episode of Cooking Issues. Tune in for thoughts on everything from sugar free gelato to fish sausage. Dave compares different types of cream che...Show More

Episode 174: The Voice of Phil Bravo

45:10 | Jul 8th, 2014

Theres a guest announcer this week on Cooking Issues, the energy is high and the studio is ready for your questions! Tune in as Dave fields queries on everything from circulators to mulberries. Phil Bravo is in the studio for some extra fun (and voic...Show More

Episode 173: Mark Ladner & Pasta Flyer

47:59 | Jul 1st, 2014

Its summertime and the weather is hot in NYC, which means Dave Arnold is fresh off a sweaty bike ride and ready to answer your questions on a brand new episode of Cooking Issues! This week, hes joined by friend, Executive Chef at Del Posto and propri...Show More

Episode 172: Hot Lobster Rolls & Roasted Marshmallows

53:49 | Jun 24th, 2014

Daves back for Cooking Issues and hes joined by friend of the show Chris Young of ChefsSteps.com. Chris also helped put together the Modernist Cuisine cookbooks, and joins the program to help answer listener questions and give some insight and perspe...Show More

Episode 171: Fiddleheads & Slave Shrimp

47:14 | Jun 17th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are smashing smoke detectors! Tune in to hear talks about calcium and pickling, the working conditions surrounding farmed shrimp, kitchen ventilation and more. Learn how to use calcium chlo...Show More

Episode 170: Cup4Cup

32:47 | Jun 10th, 2014

Learn about gluten-free flour on an interesting episode of Cooking Issues, featuring guest Lena Kwak of Cup4Cup. Cup for Cup is a complete multi-purpose, gluten-free flour blend that can replace all-purpose flour in most quick bread, cake, muffin, co...Show More

Episode 169: Pressure Cookers, Patrick Martins & Cheeseheads

43:25 | Jun 3rd, 2014

Dave Arnold jumps right into this weeks episode of Cooking Issues answering some specific questions on pressure cookers. Later on, hes joined by Patrick Martins, founder of Heritage Foods USA and Heritage Radio Network, and author of The Carnivores M...Show More

Episode 168: Columbo & Fishsticks

46:55 | May 27th, 2014

Daves back in the studio and that means a brand-spanking new edition of Cooking Issues! Tune in as he plows through listener questions and goes on a rant about Columbo -- yes the TV show. How on earth could somebody NOT like fish sticks? How can one ...Show More

Episode 167: Bluto Returns?

55:17 | May 21st, 2014

Dave might be home this week - but thats not stopping him from hosting another jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues. Vacuum infusions, smoke, botulism, selzter, you name it - hes on it. Tune in as Dave calls in from home to answer a plethora of liste...Show More

Episode 166: PHOSPHATES! WHAAAAT!!!

43:52 | Apr 23rd, 2014

Deep deep pizza, fried pickles, spent chickens, food grad phosphates... yep.. its another hilarious and jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues. This week Dave is in a particularly fun mood as he speeds through rants on GMOs, NYC Subway Stations and bad...Show More

Episode 165: Where’s My Lime?

51:04 | Apr 15th, 2014

Malolactic fermentation, Champagne, cereal, lime shortage.... yep.. its another information-packed episode of Cooking Issues. This week Dave shares his thoughts on the lime shortage debacle and why lemons are no substitute, he explains the role acid ...Show More

Episode 164: MSG, Acidity, & Noodles

48:42 | Apr 8th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave first answers a question about MSG and explains how the chemical affects the body in different ways. Later, lime juice, acidity, foaming, and much more! Tune in to this episode to hear all sorts of food facts. This p...Show More

Episode 163: Pet Peeves, Hot Sauce & Booker!

53:16 | Mar 26th, 2014

Continuing where we left off last week, Dave rattles off some listener inspired Kitchen Pet Peeves on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Find out what really makes him tick, including everything from bad quart containers to front-of-house complain...Show More

Episode 162: Emulsifier Systems & Pressure Cookers

49:48 | Mar 18th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Chris Young, founder of ChefSteps, calls in to provide some insight on todays caller questions. He and Dave answer some super scientific questions about emulsifier systems and pressure cookers. This program has been spons...Show More

Episode 161: Soda

47:37 | Mar 11th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave takes a question that came in late last week about dry curing pork bellies. After the break, we get a caller questions about getting rid of sodium benzoate from a keg of Mountain Dew in order to make wine. This show ...Show More

Episode 160: Fridge Storage, Ramen, & Coffee Machines

56:40 | Mar 4th, 2014

On this weeks Cooking Issues, Dave tells us about a recent experiment that uses baby poop to make sausage more healthy. Then he talks about a number of great uses for a microplane and educated us on which foods should and should not be stored in the ...Show More

Episode 159: Vacuum Sealing & Ice Cream

57:22 | Feb 25th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave gives us the lowdown on vacuum sealing food, takes a question about making whiskey ice cream. And finally, Dave gives us a million dollar idea for a 2015 wall calendar. Tune in to hear todays questions from Austria a...Show More

Episode 158: Pizza Is Already Flat

51:01 | Feb 18th, 2014

Cooking Issues is taking submissions for new theme songs! On this weeks episode, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talk to the food safety concerns of MSG, and talk about making sour apricot sodas without using alcohol. Is sodium benzoate effective in ...Show More

Episode 157: Bread Baking & Bloody Marys

1:00:24 | Feb 11th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave tells us his method of dehydrating food and explains the effects that different ovens have on baking bread. After the break, Jack offers his opinions on Bloody Marys, and Dave explains the beauty of experimentation w...Show More

Episode 156: Soy Milk, Lupini Beans, Plastic Bags, & Apricots

50:09 | Feb 4th, 2014

Is it possible to get the soy taste out of soy milk? How should you cook lupini beans? Can we completely do away with plastic bags? Is Dave Arnold ever wrong? All this and more on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! This program has been sponsored ...Show More

Episode 155: Soy Milk & Kosher Meats

42:19 | Jan 28th, 2014

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave takes question after question. First soy milk, then low-temperature cooking, then salting meat, etc. How does salting your meat longer before you cook it affect its taste and texture? What is the problem with low-tem...Show More

Episode 154: Flatware, Tableware, & More

46:49 | Jan 21st, 2014

On todays episode of Cooking Issues, hosts Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez help out some listeners with sharpening knives, plate durability, pressure cooking eggs, and much more. Hear Daves opinion on which types of plates and bowls you should own in...Show More

Episode 153: Sanbitter, Crustaceans, & Canned Soup

1:05:14 | Jan 14th, 2014

On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, hosts Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez take a number of caller questions. They provide some helpful advice on mixing with Sanbitter, discuss humane methods to cook crustaceans that will make them taste better, ...Show More

Episode 152: Circulator Explosion

1:00:09 | Jan 8th, 2014

Cooking Issues returns in 2014 with helpful kitchen tips regarding circulators, distillation, koji, and more! Tune into this weeks episode to hear Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez discuss clarification techniques, and why you dont want to be in the sa...Show More

Episode 151: Robot Santa & Food Preservation

1:09:36 | Dec 17th, 2013

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastasha bring in Rebecca Palkoviks from Booker and Dax and Lara Speier from Days App. They explore the idea of hooking up a tube to a santa robot and pumping fake vomit through his mouth. Then Dave takes a few c...Show More

Episode 150: Senegalese Cuisine & Salami

54:01 | Dec 3rd, 2013

On todays episode of Cooking Issues, hosts Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez answer questions about the essential steps to preparing eggnog. Dave calls up chef Pierre Thiam to discuss Senegalese cuisine. Before the break, he answers a callers question ...Show More

Episode 149: Pre

1:01:29 | Nov 26th, 2013

On this weeks pre-Thanksgiving episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold, Nastassia Lopez, and Piper Kristensen talk about the upcoming Kickstarter for the Searzall! Tune into this episode to learn why every culinary nerd needs a Searzall in their kitch...Show More

Episode 148: Rolled Meats, Roasted Peanuts, & Deep Frying

49:26 | Nov 19th, 2013

In this episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold answers questions about rolled meats, and discusses low temperature methods of cooking turkey. After the break, Dave praises Virginia peanuts and explains why they blow all other peanuts out of the water...Show More

Episode 147: Mocktail Tales

1:01:06 | Nov 12th, 2013

In this episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold discusses some mocktail recipes that most closely mimic all aspects of alcoholic beverages (minus the intoxication). Later, he describes various DIY methods to make your own dry ice. Then, Dave talks abo...Show More

Episode 146: Better than a BLT?

53:52 | Nov 5th, 2013

Can the BLT be improved upon? Is there anything more American than a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich? Do Tiki bitters belong in egg nog? Tune in to another jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues as Dave answers questions faster than you can think them...Show More

Episode 145: Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

55:14 | Oct 29th, 2013

Are octopus aware of their own existence? Whats the best fish sauce? How is pink salt different than regular salt? How do animals experience pain? Dave Arnold continues to plow through listener questions and make food seem easy. Tune in for non-stop ...Show More

Episode 144: Chuggin’ Diet Coke

51:05 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Get ready for another jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues as Dave Arnold tackles everything from home-carbonation to hot sauce. Find out where his addiction to Diet Coke stems from and learn about why different foods change color. This program was s...Show More

Episode 143: Olive Slime & Fantasy Football

55:02 | Oct 15th, 2013

Why are canned black olives so bad? This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are talking about some of the cocktails theyre making with crab apples for Martha Stewarts American Made event. Hear how olives for canning are preserved...Show More

Episode 142: Maximum Flavor

1:02:15 | Oct 8th, 2013

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are joined by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot of Ideas in Food to talk food science and their new book, Maximum Flavor. Tune into this episode to hear how to reduce foam in shellfish s...Show More

Episode 141: It’s Paste!

1:03:33 | Sep 24th, 2013

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talking HASIP Plans, 3-D Printing, pudding, and more on this weeks Cooking Issues. Tune in to hear Dave talk about the processed involved with validating HASIP Plans, and why you should support Underground Meats in the...Show More

Episode 140: Fermentation & Tofu

1:00:02 | Sep 17th, 2013

After an unexpected two-week hiatus, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back with another episode of Cooking Issues! Tune in to hear Dave talk about his recent trip to Harvard University, and why he almost had a disastrous experience involving propa...Show More

Episode 139: Eat Your Yolks

56:59 | Aug 27th, 2013

What are the culinary and nutritional benefits of egg yolks? Find out all of this and more on this weeks edition of Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio talking fried cheese, agar clarification, and a wealth of other topi...Show More

Episode 138: Fish Show

58:50 | Aug 20th, 2013

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez get fishy on this weeks edition of Cooking Issues. After recounting the events of the recent puffing gun party, Dave gets down to business and talks about the various Japanese fish-killing techniques, and how they alte...Show More

Episode 137: Delhi Belly

48:46 | Aug 6th, 2013

After sharing some unorthodox ideas for detox methods, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez dig into a new batch of listener questions on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Hear how different eggs create different types of mayonnaise, and why one liste...Show More

Episode 136: Dave Tweaks on Lemonade

1:00:23 | Jul 30th, 2013

The phone lines are off the hook on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold is joined by Nastassia The Hammer Lopez, and is enduring the beginning stages of his lemonade cleanse. Learn about the history of the Stanley Burroughs Master Clean...Show More

Episode 135: Puffing Gun Coming to You

38:05 | Jul 23rd, 2013

Congratulations to the Museum of Food and Drink on their successful Kickstarter campaign! Look out for the cereal puffer in a city near you! Dave Arnold is back in the studio this week with Nastassia Lopez to answer a few listener questions on topics...Show More

Episode 134: Fund the Puffer

47:52 | Jul 16th, 2013

The Museum of Food and Drinks Kickstarter is drawing to a close; tune into this weeks Cooking Issues, and donate today! This week, Nastassia Lopez, Peter Kim, and Piper Kristensen hold down the studio while Dave Arnold calls into the show from New Or...Show More

Episode 133: Sandwich Sissy

53:20 | Jul 9th, 2013

Dave Arnold calls in from Florida for this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Nastassia Lopez holds down the fort in Brooklyn, and is joined by Peter Kim of the Museum of Food and Drink. Hear the crew talk about MOFADs Kickstarter project, and how they...Show More

Episode 132: Testing Harold McGee

1:06:45 | Jun 25th, 2013

Harold McGee joins Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez in the studio for todays edition of Cooking Issues! Harold and Dave team up to tackle some listener questions regarding circulators, food aroma, fruit preservation, and more! Why does orange juice ta...Show More

Episode 131: Free Berries

48:46 | Jun 18th, 2013

The puffing gun is up and running! This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez recap the first test of the Museum of Food and Drinks new cereal puffer! Later, Dave takes on some questions regarding bubble size in alcoholic drinks and...Show More

Episode 130: Washing Dishes & Fruit Sex

1:00:51 | Jun 11th, 2013

The phones are off the hook on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are talking about new dishwashing formulas that use sodium carbonate instead of phosphates. How tough are these soaps on scum? Learn how to preserve ...Show More

Episode 129: No More Apricots

57:02 | Jun 4th, 2013

Were smoking fish and steaming pudding on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are once again joined in the studio by Arielle Johnson, PhD candidate at UC Davis. Tune into this episode to learn how to safely smoke sal...Show More

Episode 128: Ice Cream, Popcorn, & Fish

54:35 | May 28th, 2013

In this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave begins by answering a question on gluten intolerance by listener Mike Mallory. He then continues on to answer a question on fior de latte ice-cream, and the problems associated with making ice cream at ho...Show More

Episode 127: William McGee

53:32 | May 21st, 2013

Despite a bicycling ticket, Dave Arnold speeds into the studio and joins Nastassia Lopez for another week of Cooking Issues! Dave gives some tips about making a a creme anglaise, and tackles the gluten-free trend. Why are so many Americans limiting t...Show More

Episode 126: Chris Young on Coffee

1:00:52 | May 14th, 2013

Chris Young, co-author of Modernist Cuisine and founder of ChefSteps, calls into this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back in the studio and are answering listener questions with Chris. Tune into this episode to h...Show More

Episode 125: Milk & West African Cuisine

1:02:53 | May 7th, 2013

Dave Arnold is back from Senegal with another episode of Cooking Issues! Joining him in the studio is Peter Kim of the Museum of Food and Drink. Tune into this episode to hear Dave talk about milk- both cow and human. Is it ok to freeze milk? And sho...Show More

Episode 124: Olive Oil & Mark Ladner

50:15 | Apr 23rd, 2013

Mark Ladner, chef at Del Posto, joins Dave, Nastassia, and Piper for this weeks Cooking Issues! Dave talks about his upcoming trip to Senegal, and the importance of learning about authentic cuisine from different regions around the world. Dave revisi...Show More

Episode 123: Mashed Potato Nightmare

1:07:13 | Apr 16th, 2013

Arielle Johnson, bitters enthusiast and flavor chemical collector, joins Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez in the studio for this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Listen in to hear Dave talk about his mashed potato nightmares, and why a swinging bucket...Show More

Episode 122: Life’s a Beach

1:01:07 | Apr 9th, 2013

Today on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold hopes to make your cooking life a beach. Nastassia Lopez calls in from the beautiful beaches of Rhode Island to talk with Dave about the new Booker and Dax Searzall. What does it sear? Everything! Learn more about...Show More

Episode 121: Hard Water & Feral Pigs

50:17 | Apr 2nd, 2013

Find out some alternative uses for transglutaminase on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are answering listener questions on topics from first aid to Salamander broilers. Listen in to hear how hard water affects th...Show More

Episode 120: Gas Burners & Acrylamide

1:02:49 | Mar 26th, 2013

Dave shares his love for gas burners on todays episode of Cooking Issues! As always, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio to answer listener questions about all things food. Listen in to hear about a recent scandal in Denmark where pork ...Show More

Episode 119: Acetobacter, Eggs, & Ice

47:21 | Mar 19th, 2013

Pop Rocks, vinegars, nanoparticles, and eggs- weve got it all on this weeks Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez begin the show with a official response from S.C. Johnson about sous vide cooking in Ziplock bags! Later, hear about the possi...Show More

Episode 118: Fermented Llama Saliva

50:59 | Mar 12th, 2013

Fermented saliva, quail eggs, jello wrestling, vermouth cocktails, kombucha, pressure cooking, fermented milk and bad accents are all a part of this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Tune in as Dave Arnold does his usual routine of answering more ques...Show More

Episode 117: Fecal Beer

57:33 | Mar 5th, 2013

Cant get your dragons beard candy soft enough? Want to use avocado in a sous vide recipe? Do any of these questions make sense to you? If so - youve found the right show. Tune into another wild and wacky episode of Cooking Issues as host Dave Arnold ...Show More

Episode 116: Pork & Dessert

53:38 | Feb 26th, 2013

Weve got a pork-filled episode of Cooking Issues this week! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back again, and theyre talking about the many uses for country ham. Tune in for Dave talking about country ham has a seasoning meat as opposed to a centra...Show More

Episode 115: Cookie Shards

51:28 | Feb 19th, 2013

Can you make high quality bread with bread machine? This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia The Hammer Lopez are talking low temperature, vacuum machines, and more! Find out if bone-in meat actually affects flavor, and learn if you can...Show More

Episode 114: The Hammer Joins Twitter

58:30 | Feb 12th, 2013

Pick perfect apples, find uses for your cheese rinds, and learn more about distillation on this weeks Cooking Issues! Tune in to hear Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talk about different textures and acidity levels in apples. How does the shape of a ...Show More

Episode 113: Espresso, Hot Sauce, & Vinaigrette

58:07 | Feb 5th, 2013

Valentines Day is coming up; find out what to cook for your date on this weeks Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back in the studio, and theyre tackling your culinary questions. Find out the best way to cook a savory cheesecake in a...Show More

Episode 112: Seal the Deal

48:59 | Jan 29th, 2013

Smoking bacon, gluing meat, and cooking in bags - Dave Arnolds tackling it all on this weeks Cooking Issues! Tune into this episode to hear Dave talk about seasoning cast iron with cooking grade flax seed oil. Learn how to work with different ice cub...Show More

Episode 111: Offal and Kombu

59:27 | Jan 22nd, 2013

Want to learn some different ways to prepare offal? On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talk about cooking variety meats sous vide. How can you cook organ meats in a bag without having them get mushy? Dave also ta...Show More

Episode 110: Fried Chicken & Lobster

45:55 | Jan 15th, 2013

How do you fry your chicken? This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold shares his fried chicken recipe and cooking techniques! Joined by Nastassia the Hammer Lopez, Dave is answering listener questions about the health considerations of carbonation. W...Show More

Episode 109: Pine, Yolks, & Soup

49:58 | Jan 8th, 2013

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talk about their experience acting as fluffers at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Who was more popular at the festival - Dave or Tony the Tiger? Later, Dave tackles this weeks liste...Show More

Episode 108: Knives & French Fries

51:27 | Dec 18th, 2012

Its the last Cooking Issues of 2012! Tune in to hear Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez answer your cooking questions. Listen in to hear Dave offer advice about adding color to red velvet cake, and talk about the right reasons for going to culinary scho...Show More

Episode 107: Food Science Schooling

44:53 | Dec 11th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are talking gummies, meringue, studying food science, and sous vide! Tune in to hear Dave offer his suggestions for making a small appetizer that includes prawns and herb gels. Find out if ...Show More

Episode 106: Live Readings with Harold McGee

46:54 | Dec 4th, 2012

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez lament the worlds declining champagne consumption on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues. Dave starts the episode by reiterating the safety of liquid nitrogen in cooking applications if used by an experienced technici...Show More

Episode 105: Grease on Cashmere

1:02:06 | Nov 27th, 2012

Did you catch Dave Arnold on CNNs The Next List? If you missed it, dont worry- Dave and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio for another episode of Cooking Issues. Once again, Dave sets the record straight about liquid nitrogen use in a culinary setting...Show More

Episode 104: Turkey Issues

48:29 | Nov 20th, 2012

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are celebrating Thanksgiving on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Grab a bottle of wine, and tune in! Dave explains a few different ways to make bitters at home using high proof spirits or iSi methodology. Tune in ...Show More

Episode 103: Bread & Brine

46:11 | Nov 13th, 2012

On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are joined in the studio by Piper Kristensen of Booker and Dax. Tune into this episode to Dave answer some questions about the oven spring when making bread at home, and differe...Show More

Episode 102: Hurricane Sandy, Refrigeration, & More

47:32 | Nov 6th, 2012

Welcome to yet another episode of Cooking Issues. Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio post-Hurricane Sandy, and are talking about the storms impact on New York City. Dave is without power, and so are so many other people in Lower Manhat...Show More

Episode 101: Fly Control & Waffles

57:30 | Oct 16th, 2012

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back after last weeks celebration for another installment of Cooking Issues! This week, Dave troubleshoots a rotovap thats been working in dry ice and acetone, and talks about his experiences with cryo-shucking. La...Show More

Episode 100: The 100th Episode!

53:57 | Oct 9th, 2012

Welcome to the 100th episode of Cooking Issues! To congratulate Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez, HRNs own Patrick Martins, Erin Fairbanks, and Michael Harlan Turkell stop by the studio and pop a bottle of Prosecco! To start off the episode, Dave addr...Show More

Episode 99: Fracking & Ice Cream

43:44 | Oct 2nd, 2012

CNN is in the studio filming Dave for The Next List on this weeks edition of Cooking Issues and Dave has a full mailbag of questions to answer. From making ice-cream at home with a Carpigiani to hydro-colloid experimentation, Daves got the solutions ...Show More

Episode 98: Preserving, Smoking & Pig Heads

48:21 | Sep 25th, 2012

What do you do with a pig head? Why dont more people like scrapple and haggis? Want more tips on food preservation? Youre in the right place! Tune into another hilarious and information-packed episode of Cooking Issues hosted by Dave Arnold. He takes...Show More

Episode 97: “Heir Apparent”

39:00 | Sep 18th, 2012

Though hes late to the studio again, Dave Arnold is back for another hilarious and jam-packed episode of Cooking Issues. Weve got calls from Memphis, stories of crazy fruit trees and advice for making herb mayonnaise. Find out why Nastassias preferre...Show More

Episode 96: Circulation and Clarification

48:44 | Sep 11th, 2012

Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are back from Harvard to help you in the kitchen on this weeks Cooking Issues! Dave is gearing up to visit some world-class orchards across the pond with Harold McGee, but not before answering some listener questions. ...Show More

Episode 95: Intelligent and Tasty Cephalopods

44:39 | Aug 28th, 2012

Dave Arnold is back from Colombia, and is joined again by Nastassia Lopez for another episode of Cooking Issues. Dave and Nastassia start off the the show by talking about different tropical fruits and thickeners. Dave revisits the homemade gummy can...Show More

Episode 94: Curing Meat and Making Sausage

51:10 | Aug 21st, 2012

Dave Arnold is heading to Colombia, but not before another episode of Cooking Issues. Dave and Nastassia Lopez start the show off talking about making and preserving cocktail cherries at cellar temperatures. Tune in to learn about the proper balance ...Show More

Episode 93: The Role of Plating

50:49 | Aug 14th, 2012

This weeks episode of Cooking Issues starts off with a slightly off-topic discussion: food aesthetics. Tune in to hear Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez talk about the the importance of the appearance of a dish or cocktail versus its taste. What role d...Show More

Episode 92: Sap and Stock

49:35 | Aug 7th, 2012

Welcome to another installment of Cooking Issues with Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez! On this episode, Dave breaks out some of his cocktail knowledge to help a couple win a Mexican-themed cocktail competition. Tequila, mezcal, or sotol? Later, Dave ...Show More

Episode 91: Shellfish and Fish Sauce

53:17 | Jul 31st, 2012

Welcome to another episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio answering a range of cooking questions- from thickening simple syrup, to cooking shrimp in oil. Tune in to hear Dave talk about his particular preparation...Show More

Episode 90: Live from Tales of the Cocktail

47:55 | Jul 24th, 2012

On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold calls in from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, while Nastassia Lopez holds in down in the Heritage Radio Network studio. Even though Daves in New Orleans, hes still here to answer all of your ...Show More

Episode 89: Peeling & Seasoning

54:04 | Jul 17th, 2012

On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are tackling a bunch of different food-related topics; from peeling potatoes, to heat energy- your hosts have all the answers. Tune in to hear about Dave and Nastassias respecti...Show More

Episode 88: Egg Your Oven

47:06 | Jul 3rd, 2012

On this weeks episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are joined by Aaron Marks, Development Executive for a food mini-series called Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System. For more information, visit Deconstructing ...Show More

Episode 87: Banned Bubbles

41:00 | Jun 26th, 2012

Were getting sociopolitical on this weeks episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio taking your questions about cooking and other food-related topics. We start this weeks installment with a listener question about t...Show More

Episode 86: Frothy Lulo

46:19 | Jun 19th, 2012

Dave Arnold breaks his personal record as he zooms on his bicycle to Robertas for this weeks Cooking Issues! This week, Dave gives away some pork chops from the Heritage Meat Shop to listeners who answered this question, What Colombian fruit naturall...Show More

Episode 85: Back From Japan!

48:27 | Jun 12th, 2012

Dave and Nastassia are back from Japan and Cooking Issues has returned! Daves mailbox is full and he attempts to answer as many questions as humanly possible. From coffee brewing to cow muscles to intervase enzymes, Dave continues on his mission to s...Show More

Episode 84: Nastassia Hates Coffee

46:35 | May 22nd, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave takes issue with Nastassias distaste for coffee and, to a lesser extent, hipsters as she heads off to Seattle after the show. He takes listener calls on Memorial Day BBQ advice, pressure cooker recipes, and tips for ...Show More

Episode 83: A Nasty Leak

45:49 | May 15th, 2012

Cooking Issues keeps on rolling as Dave Arnold tackles a wide variety of listener questions. Tune in and hear tips on everything from rice cooking, ice baths, low temp cooking, carbonation and ultra sonic homogenizers. Hear Daves thoughts about why q...Show More

Episode 82: Puffing Guns and Orange Shirts

52:43 | May 8th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is all over the place and breaks down his thoughts on carbonation, DIY circulators, popcorn machines and more. Find out more about meat slicers, food dehydrators cereal puffing and vacuum sealers as he answers...Show More

Episode 81: Back from Berlin

50:57 | May 1st, 2012

Dave Arnold is back from Germany and ready to solve your cooking issues! Tune in as he explains how myoglobin is responsible for the color of meat and why salting wild game before low temp cooking might not be the best idea. Get some tips on making c...Show More

Episode 80: Flavor Pairings & More

53:37 | Apr 17th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold answers questions about everything from refractometers to pressure cooked caviar. Find out why he might be making high-end Vodka Red Bulls for Snooki and hear his thoughts on the flavor pairing hypothesis intr...Show More

Episode 79: Brooks Headley Returns

51:46 | Apr 10th, 2012

Are flavor pairings real? Are there shared compounds and volatiles in successful food pairings? What the hell does Crystal Light have to do with Brooks Headleys cooking career? Find out the answers to all these questions on an entertaining and inform...Show More

Episode 78: Maxime Bilet

51:16 | Apr 3rd, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are joined in the studio by one of the authors of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Maxime Bilet. Tune in to hear our hosts discuss the innovation and comprehensiveness of ...Show More

Episode 77: Juniper, Steaks, and Vegan Bakes

41:50 | Mar 20th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez field some listener questions about topics such enzymatic peeling, baking vegan deserts, and seasoning steaks. Listen in to hear Dave and Nastassias NYC restaurant recommendations, tips on ...Show More

Episode 76: Tony Conigliaro

59:59 | Mar 13th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold is joined in the studio by cocktail and drink expert Tony Conigliaro of the Drink Factory Lab, 69 Colebrooke Row and The Zetter Townhouse. Tune in as they answer questions about everything from binary reaction...Show More

Episode 75: Low Temperature & Hot Pockets

44:17 | Mar 6th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez take on listener questions of all sorts - from low-temperature cooking, to building a homemade circulator, to knife sharpening. What types of pumps are suitable for a good circulator? What ...Show More

Episode 74: From Moscow to Australia

44:47 | Feb 28th, 2012

The lines are off the hook this week on Cooking Issues as Dave answers live caller questions from Australia to Moscow. Find out how to make your own sous vide machines at home, truffle infusion tricks and more information on meat glue. Learn about so...Show More

Episode 73: Makin’ Mozzarella

41:17 | Feb 21st, 2012

This week Cooking Issues starts a little early and takes on all your chocolate making questions from how to get the best crystals from your cocoa butter to using immersion circulators. From chocolate Daves focuses his advice to centrifuges and how yo...Show More

Episode 72: Valentine’s Day

45:19 | Feb 14th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues Dave and Nastassia get out their Valentines Day gripes early in the morning. But moreover, Celiac disease sufferers, rejoice! Tune in for an episode all about how you can cook without gluten using xanthan and guar gums and...Show More

Episode 71: Spheres & Circulators

45:12 | Feb 7th, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues with Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez, learn why your spherification process may be going awry and how you can ensure your liquids turn into perfect spheres. Also hear why Dave prefers Ultra-Sperse over Ultra Tex and how on...Show More

Episode 70: Get To Know Your Knife

45:50 | Jan 31st, 2012

This week on Cooking Issues Dave gets on point in teaching you how to sharpen your fine kitchen knives from all over the world-- from Japan to the West. Did you know that Japanese knives are traditionally only right-handed? Later on, all your questio...Show More

Episode 69: Fried Meatballs, Fish and More

44:27 | Jan 24th, 2012

Dave returns to the studio this week with tales of dog sledding in Sweden and opening up his new bar, Booker and Dax, in New York. Tune in to learn how to keep your meatballs from falling apart, what the Dextrose Equivalent scale is and how to use it...Show More

Episode 68: Say No To Whole Wheat Pasta

48:44 | Jan 3rd, 2012

The Cooking Issues team is back! Tune in to the first 2012 edition of the best call-in food show in the world. Do you think whole wheat pasta is disgusting? Daves got some advice for that. He also answers questions on low temperature duck breast, exo...Show More

Episode 67: Flat Tire Holiday Show

1:01:04 | Dec 20th, 2011

Daves bike broke down, so this weeks holiday episode of Cooking Issues is hosted remotely by phone. Hear Dave answer questions and so concerns about granita, thermometers, pressures cookers, fast cook method eggs, and flying with food. Hear some tips...Show More

Episode 66: Deep Fry

43:13 | Dec 13th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave continues plowing through your questions and having some fun along the way. Tune in to learn more about everything from reverse spherification to rotisserie turkey. Find out why Dave loves to deep fry and what he has...Show More

Episode 65: Pecans, Vodka, Brining & More

46:21 | Dec 6th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave attempts to sort through a full mailbox of caller and listener questions ranging from dry mouth issues with pecans, brining techniques, filet of cod and corn syrup. Tune in to learn more about vodka and distillation,...Show More

Episode 64: No Cursing!

1:02:43 | Nov 29th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues, Dave answers more of your cooking related questions covering topics such as sous vide crusting techniques, sweet potato fry cooking methods and heat conduction in steak. Find out why Dave thinks chicken hearts are so deli...Show More

Episode 63: Nirvana & Bagpipes

46:48 | Nov 22nd, 2011

This week Dave gets his holiday travel frustrations out with some Nirvana and bagpipes while answering your questions about how to keep your coffee fresh (read: dont put it in the freezer!) and the rating system for pungency (think pyruvate scale). L...Show More

Episode 62: Corn Nut Comeback

49:10 | Nov 15th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold vows to have corn nuts make a comeback and to wean you off that terribly bland deli turkey this turkey season. From recounting his science and cooking lectures at Harvard and the 2011 Eater Awards to exotic cor...Show More

Episode 61: Off the Hook!

51:54 | Nov 8th, 2011

The Cooking Issues phone lines are ringing off the hook this week as Dave juggles caller and email questions covering a wide spectrum of topics. What do deer meat, immersion circulators, Zabaionne, homogenizers, gelling, whipping agents, garlic chemi...Show More

Episode 60: Alexander Talbot

1:03:35 | Nov 1st, 2011

This week Cooking Issues welcomes a surprise special guest: Alexander Talbot of the wonderful Ideas In Food blog. They dig into a mountain of questions from callers across the country and emails alike; from what type of carrageenan is best for your r...Show More

Episode 59: Halloween Episode!

41:46 | Oct 25th, 2011

Dave, Nastassia and Jack are all alone at an abandoned Robertas for a spooky edition of Cooking Issues. Tune in to hear how venison can be turned to country ham, how immersion circulators can be used at home, what to do with your pumpkin guts and see...Show More

Episode 58: Bread Infusion, Meat Safety, and More

48:55 | Oct 18th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold takes your temperature, or more specifically the temperature of your meat to make sure you cooking safely and healthily. After that cool down with a drink, how about a bagel cocktail? Dave goes into the world o...Show More

Episode 57: Bread, Brains, and Gum

44:36 | Oct 11th, 2011

This week Cooking Issues gets sticky and wierd. Dave and Nastassia answer your questions about using gums such carrageenan and guar in your cooking as well as giving you eating and traveling tips for those traveling to to New York with kids (hint our...Show More

Episode 56: Chris Young

1:01:53 | Oct 4th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues Dave Arnold is joined by Chris Young, one of the authors of Modernist Cuisine. But first he takes on your questions on blue fish and ike jime, enzymatic peeling, and how to avoid Botulism when you are doing your own cannin...Show More

Episode 55: Jerry Lee, Confit & More

50:28 | Sep 27th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues Dave and Nastassia are gearing up for the launch of the Museum of Food and Drink and things get a little raunchy. Between riffing on Jerry Lee Lewis and Nastassia Dave takes call and emails on topics from vegetable stock f...Show More

Episode 54: WWJE

53:43 | Sep 20th, 2011

This week on Cooking Issues Dave turns up the heat on induction burners--find out why you should get rid of that electric range and get an induction burner installed today. Ever wonder what Jesus would have actually eaten back in the dayin ancient Su...Show More

Episode 53: Meat Glue & The Modernist Pantry

47:06 | Sep 13th, 2011

Today marks a special celebration for Cooking Issues, the 53rd episode! Nastassia and Dave celebrate with some Barterhouse rose. Th