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Ali Slagle literally does dream of dinner

Ali Slagle literally does dream of dinner

The breakout New York Times recipe developer on her "dinner matrix" and gummy bears. Live from Omnivore Books in San Francisco.

Happy Tuesday! It finally felt a little closer to fall in the Bay Area this week, after that massive heat wave. But I still couldn’t convince myself it was OK to order a fall-spiced coffee … yet.

We’ve got a bunch of great content for you this week—starting with our first live show in 3 years featuring Ali Slagle. Then, exclusive recipes and bonus features for paid subscribers.

But first…

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Episode 137: Ali Slagle

This week’s episode is a fun one — our first live event since pre-pandemic!

Ali Slagle joined me in front of a live audience at Omnivore Books in San Francisco recently. A Los Angeles native and UC-Berkeley grad, Ali started her career at Ten Speed Press, where she worked on several cookbooks as an editorial assistant. She joined the Food52 team after working on their Genius Recipes cookbooks (featured here in our 2018 chat with Kristen Miglore!) and later went solo with a freelance career.

A prolific contributor to the New York Times Food section, in which she’s published over 250 recipes, Ali’s work has also been featured in Bon Appetit, the Washington Post, Saveur, and more.

Ali’s first cookbook, I Dream of Dinner… (So You Don’t Have To), offers 150+ recipes for getting quick, crave-able meals on the table every day. From her mom’s chilli recipe to bacon-jalapeno smashburgers, Ali’s recipes come to her via a “dinner matrix” process that we discuss in the show.

We’ve got a great chat with Ali to share — and of course, we put her to the test with our signature culinary game, with a wild secret ingredient.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ali.

Featured Recipes & Bonus Content This Week


This week, paid subscribers will receive two featured recipes from Ali Slagle’s I Dream of Dinner: a Spicy Seared Tofu & Broccoli and the cover-star, Turmeric Shrimp with Citrus and Avocado.


This Friday, Salt + Spine producer Clea Wurster is back with The Friday Note, in which she chats with someone interesting. This week, it’s a look at Toothache Magazine and a chat with creator Nick Muncy.

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This Week’s New Cookbook Releases

Here are a few of the new cookbooks on shelves this week:

Coming Soon!

Don’t miss our next live podcast recording!

Food52’s Kristen Miglore joins us on Oct. 1 at Ominvore Books in San Francsico to discuss her latest book, Simply Genius. Come hear Kristen and Brian record an episode of the show, get your book signed, and support local bookstores. Details below—hope to see you there!

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