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Best Book Ever

Jun 21, 2021

Michelle Hart is an author and feminine expansion mentor who helps women transform their lives & align with their purpose through pleasure, rewilding, and the art of sensual ritual. She is also one of my dearest friends, and my go-to person when I want to talk about food, chefs, restaurants, or recipes. So I was thrilled that Michelle chose a cookbook as her Best Book Ever. You are going to love this episode, as we go into a deep dive about the perfect biscuit, the perfect egg, and the perfect potatoes, and why “The Food Lab” is the Best Book Ever.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Michelle Hart



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Discussed in this episode:


The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez Alt

Kenji Lopez Alt Website/YouTube

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

Art Institute of Atlanta – Culinary Academy

Confituras Little Kitchen, Austin, TX

Fixe Southern House Restaurant, Austin, TX

Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard

Well + Good Cookbook by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula

The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes by Sam Sifton

The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio

Love and Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio

Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals by Suzanne Lenzer


Discussed in our Patreon Conversation:


We had a fun food/kitchen speed round in this part of the chat:

What foods are always in your kitchen?

What will you never eat, no matter how it’s prepared?

What’s your best restaurant experience?

What’s your go-to meal that you prepare when you want to impress someone?

What food can you not make?


The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

My Octopus Teacher

El Farallon restaurant, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Holy hell – Michelle was not kidding. Check out the pictures of this place.)

The Boy Who Bakes Espresso Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies


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