Audio Food Podcasts

Richard Morgan shares how he writes stories about food

I had the honor of hosting Richard Morgan on my new show, Easy Cook Bear, where he opened up about his food writing process and shared stories about surviving COVID-19, finding a complement for New York in San Francisco, why he doesn’t want to eat recipes from Rachel Ray, and more.


You can listen to the episode embedded from YouTube above, or subscribe on the podcast platform of your choice.

About Richard

Richard Morgan is the author of the memoir Born in Bedlam and a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New YorkerThe New York Times, New York magazine, AFAR, The Awl, BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bon Appétit, CNN, Condé Nast Traveler, The Economist, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Los Angeles magazine, National Geographic, NBC, NPR, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Slate, Travel + Leisure, ViceVogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, and others. His assignments have sent him to a research station in the Arctic, wool farms in Australia, gay bars in Cuba, pizza contests in Italy, the refugee camps of Palestine, a rainforest treehouse in Peru, the foodie capital of South Korea, the oldest magic shop in Spain, foraging forests in Sweden, olive oil wrestling matches in Turkey, the Royal Family’s hatters, and Brooklyn. As much as he can, he lives in New York.

Before journalism, he was a missionary in China, a ranch hand in Colorado, and a hitchhiker in Costa Rica.


Links to things referenced in the show

Audio Video

Get better cam quality with this camera and mic combo

This camera and mic combo can improve your Zoom meetings and livestreams. Look and listen for yourself.

In the video, I compare (1) my new Sony ZV-1 camera and trusty old Blue Yeti Pro microphone setup with (2) the iPhone 11 Pro and (3) the MacBook Pro’s built-in camera and mic.

Food Podcasting Podcasts

Easy Cook Bear – Episode 1

I’m proud to announce the launch of my new podcast, Easy Cook Bear.

Easy Cook Bear is a food and culture show about how we cook, connect, and create. My guests and I share stories, swap recipes, and explore the creative processes of people who make art, culture, food, music, and more.

I interview Antonius Wiriadjaja on the first episode of the show.

Antonius is an artist and educator. He cooks meals and turns them into face masks for his Instagram project @foodmasku.

Antonius was born in Jakarta, raised in Boston, and is currently based in New York City. He’s also a survivor of gun violence who blogged about his recovery.

Links to people and things referenced in the episode:


NY Times “5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now”: 

Antonius’s personal website:

ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU:

How I Survived a Gunshot to the Gut:

Merche Blasco:

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: 

Krewe de Fromage:

Julie & Julia: 

Baldor Food:



Take Me Home, Country Roads

Here’s my ukulele cover version of Take Me Home, Country Road. My version is a bilingual mashup of the John Denver original and the Japanese version that appeared in the Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart.


Unboxing Phaidon Books + Upcoming Author Events

Our friends at Phaidon sent me some books from their collection, and I made some unboxing videos.

I will be hosting two author events next Monday as part of the AIGA Design Conference.

An Afternoon with Todd Oldham

When: Monday November 9 | 3:30pm EST, 12:30pm PST
Where: Hosted by Phaidon & AIGA via Zoom on Day 1 of the #AIGADesignConf 

Join us for a conversation with master bookmaker and author of The Best of Nest, Todd Oldham. The Best of Nest is the first comprehensive collection of Nest, the magazine that revolutionized the way we look at interior space and decoration. The brainchild of artist and designer Joe Holtzman, Nest magazine, published from 1997 to 2004, eschewed the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors of other magazines and instead featured non-traditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. 

The program will include a live audience Q&A.

Special Offer! Event is open to purchasers of The Best of Nest. Purchase the book here—conference registrants, check your email for a secret, super-discount code!

$80 including a copy of “The Best of Nest” at a special discount of 20% off retail price ($100). Enter code AIGA20 at checkout
An Evening with Roman Mars

When: Monday November 9 | 6:30pm EST, 3:30pm PST
Where: Hosted by AIGA via Zoom on Day 1 of the #AIGADesignConf 

In The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them. (Photo Credit: Podcast Movement)

Join Roman Mars for a live, virtual conversation with AIGA’s own Lee-Sean Huang. Purchase of $24 includes a copy of The 99% Invisible City and access to the virtual event.