About Allen Salkiin

NBN Episodes hosted by Allen:

Witold Szabłowski, "How to Feed a Dictator" (Penguin, 2020)

May 7, 2020

How to Feed a Dictator

Witold Szabłowski
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

If you’re a despot, there are two people you can’t lie to, your doctor and your chef. This is one of the nuggets explained to me by Witold Szabłowski,…

Hillary Reinsberg, "Zagat 2020 New York City Restaurants: Special 40th Anniversary Edition" (Zagat, 2019)

January 6, 2020

Zagat 2020 New York City Restaurants

Hillary Reinsberg
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

The red Zagat guide to restaurants was a fixture to a generation of New York diners before Google bought the brand and stopped publishing copies of th…

Andrew Friedman, "Chefs, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll" (Ecco Press, 2018)

March 5, 2018

Chefs, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Andrew Friedman
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

I first really got to know Andrew Friedman after the death of our mutual friend, the great food writer Josh Ozersky. Andrew is a widely respected food…

Jamie Koufman, "Dr. Koufman's Acid Reflux Diet" (Katalitix, 2015)

February 3, 2016

Dr. Koufman's Acid Reflux Diet

Jamie Koufman
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

I love this book, am using its recipes, and was thrilled to interview Dr. Koufman, an iconoclast who appears poised to torpedo a terribly wasteful and…

Hanna Raskin, "Yelp Help: How to Write Great Restaurant Reviews" (CreateSpace, 2013)

June 10, 2015

Yelp Help

Hanna Raskin
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

It's pretty likely you use Yelp, the restaurant review app and website. Wouldn't it be nice if all the reviews on there were concise, thorough and tru…

Josh Kun, "To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City" (Angel City Press, 2015)

June 2, 2015

To Live and Dine in L.A.

Josh Kun
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

This book is a ton of fun. To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City (Angel City Press) taps the deep and colorful collection …

Margarita Martinez, "Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple Wholesome Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms" (Oxmoor House, 2015)

March 11, 2015

Cabot Creamery Cookbook

Margarita Martinez
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

An unusual case here: Margarita Martinez is not the author of Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple Wholesome Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms (Oxmoor…

Dorie Greenspan, "Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere" (HMH, 2014)

February 10, 2015

Baking Chez Moi

Dorie Greenspan
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Excellence. Sometimes it's an additional 20 percent past "pretty good." But are you willing to put in that extra effort to polish your work, to make i…

Bryan Voltaggio, "Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends" (Little, Brown and Co., 2015)

February 5, 2015


Bryan Voltaggio
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Why are club sandwiches so good? This is among the important questions we get around to discussing during this podcast. Chef Bryan Voltaggio, a Top Ch…

David E. Sutton, "Secrets From the Greek Kitchen: Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island" (U California Press, 2014)

January 13, 2015

Secrets from the Greek Kitchen

David E. Sutton
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

David E. Sutton's book beguiles. Secrets From the Greek Kitchen:Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island (University of California Press,…

Rawia Bishara, "Olives, Lemons and Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking" (Kyle Books, 2014)

June 5, 2014

Olives, Lemons and Za'atar

Rawia Bishara
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Does olive oil these days still taste as good as it did in decades past? That's one of the topics Rawia Bishara and I discuss on the occasion of the p…

Meghan Turbitt, "#FoodPorn" (2014)

May 14, 2014


Meghan Turbitt
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Don't worry. Or do. The most graphic page of Meghan Turbitt's new comic book, #FoodPorn (2014) has sushi covering all the risky parts. Turbitt says sh…

Ruth Reichl, "Delicious!" (Random House, 2014)

May 6, 2014


Ruth Reichl
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

A real treat here. Probably the most famous living American food writer, Ruth Reichl joins Allen Salkin for a conversation partly about her new novel …

Laura Silver, "Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food" (Brandeis UP, 2014)

April 26, 2014


Laura Silver
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Something nice and filling for you here! Laura Silver's book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis University Press, 2014) concerns itsel…

Silvia Lehrer, "Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island's East End" (Running Press, 2011)

July 11, 2011

Savoring the Hamptons

Silvia Lehrer
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

It's not that Silvia Lehrer dislikes the rich people who flock to the Hamptons every July and August. It's just that she prefers to celebrate those wh…

Danyelle Freeman, "Try This: Traveling the Globe without Leaving the Table" (Ecco, 2011)

June 14, 2011

Try This

Danyelle Freeman
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Danyelle Freeman, better known as "Restaurant Girl" and a judge on Top Chef Masters, is single. But if you are considering asking out the petite and s…

Gabrielle Hamilton, "Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" (Random House, 2011)

March 11, 2011

Blood, Bones, and Butter

Gabrielle Hamilton
Hosted by Allen Salkiin

Gabrielle Hamilton has a hard time admitting she wrote a memoir. "It's like admitting you wrote a power love ballad," she told me. But her new book, B…