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Author: Samin Nosrat & Hrishikesh Hirway

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From Samin Nosrat (chef and author of the cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (creator and host of the podcast Song Exploder), Home Cooking is a mini-series to help you figure out what to cook—and keep you company—during the quarantine. If you need help or just want some creative inspiration for your kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Do you have a quarantine cooking question, story, or anxiety you want to share with us? Send a voice memo to us at, or call us at 201-241-COOK.
11 Episodes
We’re joined by actor Jason Mantzoukas, one of our favorite people. He’s a novice in the kitchen who needs a little help getting comfortable with some cooking basics. Plus, we call up Hrishi’s dad, a.k.a. Sumesh Uncle the Food Scientist, for some information on his newest favorite gadget: an air fryer.
We’re back for a third batch of episodes! Samin and Hrishi help a listener who is over-encumbered by a number of cucumbers, and Chef Detective fills in the missing pieces from a family recipe for pull-apart bread. For recipes, resources, and a transcript of this episode, visit
What is kohlrabi and what do we do with it? Plus, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski (@antoni) talks to us about pierogis, and more! For recipes, resources, and a transcript, visit
Samin and Hrishi brainstorm snack ideas for hiking, but sometimes wander off the trail, and author Rachel Khong (@rrrrrrrachelkhong) breaks down her quest to find the best way to cook rice—without a rice cooker. For recipes, resources, and transcripts, visit
The wonderful Nadiya Hussain (@nadiyajhussain), Great British Bake-Off winner and host of Netflix’s “Nadiya’s Time to Eat,” joins us to tell us about her family’s chicken korma recipe. Samin melts Hrishi’s dreams of starting an ice cream parlor, and Hrishi mortifies Samin with a request for a new kind of email submission. For recipes and resources, go to
We’re back! The pandemic has extended its run, so we have, too! But now, it’s hot out and everyone’s sweaty and no one wants to turn on their ovens. That’s okay, we have ideas. Plus, the wonderful Sam Sanders (@samsanders) joins us to tell us about his impressive Struggle Frittata, and more. For recipes and resources, visit
We’re closing out our miniseries with happy bellies, full hearts, and international treasure Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma). In this episode, we talk about comfort, memories, the act of cooking as an act of love, and the art of wrapping food inside other food. For ideas, recipes, resources, and more, visit
There’s so much sardine advice packed into this episode. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Wesley Morris (@wesley_morris) tells us about the crumb cake he’s already made twice during quarantine, and Hrishi’s dad, a food scientist, weighs in on food safety. For ideas, recipes, resources, and more, visit
White flour is in short supply, so what should you do when you want to bake? We’re joined by pastry wizard Stella Parks (@bravetart) to help us answer your questions, and comedian W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) tells us about the magic of two-ingredient pancakes – an easy breakfast that his daughters love. Visit for a complete list of foods discussed in the episode, as well as cooking ideas and resources! 
Quarantine cooking is no joke—or is it? In our inaugural episode, Hrishi makes one too many puns, Samin answers the eternal bean question (to soak or not to soak), and Josh Malina (@JoshMalina) schools us in the art of the latke. Visit for a complete list of foods discussed in the episode, as well as cooking resources and a downloadable dancing can!



Introducing our new podcast for cooking in the time of quarantine. Send us your questions!
Comments (36)

Sahar Mohseni


Oct 6th

Emily Conner Reyer

I just discovered this podcast and it has all the feels! Comfort food, good friendship, kindness, cultural discovery, deep appreciation for others and humor...I could go in and on. Please keep the episodes coming! They make me so happy and warm and inspired and challenged and wistful for dinner parties.

Oct 3rd


I'm from Iran and I really enjoyed this podcast. love you guys

Oct 3rd

Teresa Wilkinson

I've missed you guys sooooooo much!!!

Oct 1st


Please more episodes! I want more Hrishikesh Hirway dad jokes!!!:)

Sep 16th

Summer Hill

My mom made the best homemade tortillas. MEMORIES! But I wish you could see how New Mexicans eat jalapeños and anything spicy 😂 We love the heat! Oh, and we call them Huevos Rancheros. I wonder if they are any different at all 🤔

Sep 4th

Pankaj Kumar

Similarly, many whole grains are processed in a way to be more palatable and less healthful. For example, instant whole-grain oats are as unhealthy as overly processed white bread in that they quickly spike sugar levels in the bloodstream once consumed, promoting insulin-resistance, obesity and diabetes, according to research by David Ludwig at Harvard University.

Aug 29th

Teresa Wilkinson

thank you, I've loved every single one of your podcasts 😍 I've found myself laughing along and learning a lot, you've lifted my spirits and my heart thank you both for bringing so much joy to us all and for teaching us so much, 💫 I do hope you keep podcasting even when all this terrible trouble is over 🌤

Aug 12th

Teresa Wilkinson

I've enjoyed home cooking so much thank you

Aug 10th

Kelly McMaster

I am loving this podcast! I walk when listening and laugh out loud with you guys! 😊

Aug 10th

Jill DeBenedictis Skelly

I really hope this will keep going past a 6 out of 4 episode podcast 😂 I love listening to you guys. It makes me feel like I’m hanging out with friends AND also learning something! SO fun!

Aug 1st

jacob young

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Jul 16th

Melinda Curley

I am so, so happy to have this show back.

Jul 15th

Bee Stone


Jul 8th

Sepideh Shahmohammad

Sorry girl, you are just unbearable. So much that for the good content of the show, I could not tolerate to listen to you! That was insulting to almoat all the cultures you talked about. Even the persian culture that you yourself come feom!

Jul 5th
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Bill Slesinski

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Jun 20th

Cedrick Coleman


Jun 6th

superbowserlogan 3

I want you guys to make more episodes this Tuesday

May 23rd

Marie Couture

please please please do more.... MOARRRRRR!

May 9th

Soha Azargan

please! please! please! we need more episodes!

May 9th
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