Episode 692: Passing the Torch

October 29, 2021
Listen: Passing the Torch

On family farms, in restaurants, and in food writing, what happens when one generation passes the work to the next? Best-selling author and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl (Save Me the Plums) talks with Soleil Ho, the new restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, about stepping into big shoes. Peach farmers Mas and Nikiko Masumoto (The Perfect Peach, Changing Season)talk about what it is like for them to pass the farm from father to daughter. Bricia Lopez (Oaxaca) tells us about taking over the family restaurant when her parents returned to Mexico. To end the episode, Ed Levine (Serious Eater) and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (The Food Lab) talk about the places their collaboration on the cult website Serious Eats has taken them.

Show Segments

  • 00:00 - Show Introduction, Mas & Nikiko Masumoto

  • 17:27 - Ruth Reichl & Soleil Ho

  • 33:36 - Bricia Lopez

  • 42:50 - Ed Levine & Kenji Lopez-Alt

  • 53:33 - Show Credits

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • September 20, 2019 (originally aired)

  • October 9, 2020 (rebroadcast)

  • October 29, 2021 (rebroadcast)

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