Thanks to everyone who listened to and submitted their question for our Turkey Confidential 2020 show. You can now listen to our Turkey Confidential 2021 show on the episode's podcast page or via your favorite podcast app.

We have amazing guests including Southern baking Goddess Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery, the charming Pati Jinich, author of the forthcoming Treasures of the Mexican Table and host of the new PBS Primetime special La Frontera, Co-authors of the newest book, Cooking at Home, Chef David Chang and food journalist Priya Krishna, and J.Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats.

Listen to Turkey Confidential 2021 on your local public radio station or on your favorite podcast app

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Cheryl Day

Cheryl Day is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, a James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef, a self-taught scratch baker, and an entrepreneur. With her husband, Griffith Day, she is a co-founder of the Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, and co-author of The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. Cheryl is a cofounder of Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice and a founding member of the leadership committee for the James Beard Foundation Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans. Cheryl lives with Griff, her baking soul mate; Story, their beloved dog; and a vast collection of vintage cookbooks in Savannah. Keep up with Cheryl at and on Instagram at @cherylday, where she lives out her mantra to “slow down and enjoy the sweet life.”

Pati Jinich


Pati Jinich is a James Beard Award-winning Mexican chef who has dedicated her career to building a shared understanding between her two home countries: Mexico, where she was born, and the United States, where she currently lives and is raising her family. Her long-running PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table has brought Mexican flavors, colors and textures into American homes and kitchens, as viewers have watched Pati thoughtfully and enthusiastically guide them through the various geographic regions of the country. Named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All-Time,” Pati has won a Gracie Award for her television work, is the resident chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute, has been named one of the “Top 5 Border Ambassadors” by The Council of Americas, and has authored two cookbooks highlighting Mexican cuisine. Pati just released her first-ever PBS Primetime special, La Frontera, which highlights the unique foods and culture along the Texas-Mexico border and is available to stream ta now. Additionally, Pati releases her third cookbook, Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets on November 23rd.

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt headshot

His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science is a New York Times Bestseller, winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking, and was named Book of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His upcoming children’s book, Every Night is Pizza Night, is a story about open-mindedness, community, and family. With a bonus pizza recipe for young readers to cook with their parents, Every Night Is Pizza Night will make even the pickiest eaters hungry for something new.

David Chang

David Chang Headshot

David Chang is the founder of Momofuku. Since opening Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City in 2004, he has been honored with six James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Chef, and has been recognized as a Time 100honoree. His cookbook, Momofuku, and his memoir, Eat a Peach, are New York Times bestsellers. In 2018, David founded Majordomo Media and launched The Dave Chang Show podcast. He is the host of two Netflix original documentary series, Ugly Delicious, and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Priya Krishna


Priya Krishna is a food reporter for The New York Times, the author of the best-selling cookbook, Indian-ish, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in Brooklyn.