In 2000, Anthony Bourdain's best-selling memoir, "Kitchen Confidential," gave readers what was then a shocking glimpse at the difficult, dangerous and sometimes hedonistic lives of restaurant kitchen workers. He's also won a Peabody and three Emmys in a row for his current CNN travel show, "Parts Unknown." Bourdain's new cookbook -- co-written with Laurie Woolever -- is called "Appetites." He explains how working with his daughter in the kitchen help shaped the recipes and tells us how the culinary world has changed since "Kitchen Confidential."
Normally during Small Talk, we have a newshound share their favorite under-the-radar story. For our show at the Now Hear This podcast festival, we welcomed to the stage one of the most delightful bomb-throwers in Southern California journalism -- Gustavo Arellano. He's the publisher and editor of the OC Weekly. He breaks down the trend of “Columbusing” in the culinary world, before explaining why that “door close” elevator button is just for your mental health.
Davy Rothbart is probably best known for his wonderful pieces on "This American Life" and for his magazine Found. The latter has been turned into a musical and, most recently, a hit podcast. In the audio above and the text below, Davy explains how he made the jump from magazine to podcast and shares a few astonishing tales from the show.
Norm Macdonald has been a major figure in the comedy world since at least the early '90s, when he began a long run as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live,” where he managed to delight and/or outrage the audience and his bosses with his take no prisoner satire. Now he's published a memoir called, "Based on a True Story.” Before tackling our listeners' etiquette questions, the comedian explains why the book is filled with half-truths.
At age 10, Anna Chlumsky became one of the most beloved child stars in America when she starred in the sweet coming-of-age flick "My Girl," alongside Macaulay Culkin. These days, she's known for her foul-mouthed "VEEP" character. The actress shares a few toned-down expletives she uses at home and explains how a chat with singer Roberta Flack led her back into acting.
Derek Brown writes about drinks for outlets like the Atlantic and The Washington Post. He also runs a slew of celebrated bars, including "The Columbia Room," which GQ once said makes the best Martini in America. The D.C. Bartender-in-Chief tells us all about "the king of cocktails," and why a Martini with balanced ingredients is a better Martini.
The writer and activist has found an audience-- and faced repeated backlash-- as she's talked about what it's like to grow up big in a body-obsessed culture. Her first book, just released this week, is called "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."
Actor Michael McKean is probably best known for his comedy roles. He was the charmingly dumb Lenny on the hit '70s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley." And he played David St. Hubbins, lead singer of Spinal Tap... the fictional heavy-metal band he created along with Christopher Guest... as immortalized in the film "This Is Spinal Tap." But McKean's latest role is a far cry from all that. He's onstage now at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, in "Father Comes Home From the War." He talks about this his dark and complicated role and tells us about the time Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton had a “Spinal Tap” moment.
Dick Cavett is considered one of the greatest talk show hosts ever. From the '60s through the '80s his interviews with celebrities ranging from Gore Vidal to Jimi Hendrix were and are renowned for their humor and intelligence. The Onion AV Club said he "prove[d] good conversation makes good television." He also was a regular columnist for the New York Times and has published several books. He looks back on his part in the feud between Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman, what it was like to interview a reticent Beatle, and more.
Before we heard a few of our listeners' theme song picks, we asked the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star to share her favorite song. Rico and Brendan weigh in with their own picks too!