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Selected Shorts: Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Guest host Hope Davis introduces writings from the quarterly food journal Lucky Peach, founded by chef David Chang, owner of Momofuku, and writer Peter Meehan.  We learn about Chinese drinking games from bar-hopper extraordinaire Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir.  Her piece “Gaming at Winnie’s" is read by Gaby Hoffmann.  Next, Lucky Peach co-founder Peter Meehan recalls a dubious part of his own culinary past—a weird hybrid recipe called “Crab Rangoon.”  He’s the reader, too.  Seville orange marmalade isn’t for the faint-hearted, warns chef Kevin West, in a little essay read by Gaby Hoffman.  If you’re willing to try your hand, West recommends 5 lbs Seville oranges, 3½  quarts water, and 5 lbs organic sugar, and a large 10-quart preserving pan.  Chef Jase Grimm has different challenges—he’s the program’s “South Pole Cook,” in a piece read by David Cross.  (“I can’t wait until I go out there in the middle of winter and there’s like Aurora Australis out there as I’m pulling six-year-old frozen zucchini out of a box.”)

And since this is a fiction series, there’s also a great short story: Nelly Reifler’s “Supreme Cloud Ear,” a noir-ish tale in which a treasured mushroom is as hotly pursued as the Maltese Falcon.  Sarah Steele performs the story.

Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron is good at getting other people to open up, but here he does a little confiding of his own about how his bought-on-the-street cast-iron cooking pot becomes the obsessive center of his universe during trying times.  David Cross performs Maron’s “Pan-American.”

And for what in that great food town New Orleans is known as lagniappe (a little something extra), we sat Peter Meehan and Rosie Schaap down in our studios to hear more of the back story behind “Gaming at Winnie’s.”

 

  • “Gaming at Winnie’s” by Rosie Schaap; performed by Gaby Hoffmann
  • “Crab Rangoon,” by Peter Meehan, read by Meehan
  • “Seville Orange Marmalade” by Kevin West; performed by Gaby Hoffmann
  • “The South Pole Cook” by Jase Grimm; performed by David Cross
  • “Supreme Cloud Ear” by Nelly Reifler; performed by Sarah Steele
  • “Pan-American” by Marc Maron; performed by David Cross

 

The SELECTED SHORTS theme is David Peterson's “That's the Deal,” performed by the Deardorf/Peterson Group.

For additional works featured on SELECTED SHORTS, please visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/71/selected-shorts

We’re interested in your response to these programs.  Please comment on this site or visit www.selectedshorts.org

And for more thoughts on the stories in SHORTS, check out literary commentator Hannah Tinti’s site at http://hannahtinti.com

 

 

Guests:

Hope Davis and Peter Meehan

Produced by:

Sarah Montague

Gaming at Winnie’s

This reading by Gaby Hoffman of Rosie Schaap’s “Gaming at Winnie’s” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Weird Meal, Great Memories

This reading by Peter Meehan of his essay  “Crab Rangoon,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Extreme Marmalade

This reading by Gaby Hoffman of Kevin West’s essay “Seville Orange Marmalade” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Cooking at the Bottom of the World

This reading by David Cross of Jase Grimm’s memoir “The South Pole Cook” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis. 

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A "Noir" Mushroom Tale

This reading by Sarah Steele of Nelly Reifler’s story “Supreme Cloud Ear” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Marc Maron's Pots and Pans

This reading by David Cross of Marc Maron’s “Pan-American” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis

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Meehan and Schaap Talk Drinking Games

This talk between Peter Meehan and Rosie Schaap is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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