477: Joe Yonan on Documenting the Culinary Experience.

Conveying observations from the kitchen, the dining room, and the garden.

In This Podcast:

Journalism and food have been major themes all throughout Joe Yonan’s life. In this podcast, learn about how he got involved with food at a very young age, his journey to food editor, and what a food editor actually does. Joe also shares about learning to homestead, succession planting, and what he’s growing in his garden. He has written two cookbooks and edited another called “America The Great Cookbook,” don’t tell anyone else, but we smell a book giveaway cooking!

Our Guest:

Joe is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post, supervising all food coverage in the features department. He is also the editor of “America The Great Cookbook” and has written two cookbooks “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” (2013) and “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One” (2011). Joe was a food writer and Travel section editor at the Boston Globe before moving to Washington in 2006 to edit The Post’s Food section. He writes The Post’s Weeknight Vegetarian column and for five years wrote the Cooking for One column, both of which have won honors from the Association of Food Journalists. In addition to writing about food and dining, Joe also has written about his efforts to grow food on his 150-square-foot urban front yard.

Listen in and learn about:

    • Why Joe was doing all the grocery shopping for his family when he was 8 years old 
    • How early childhood experiences influenced some of his opinions on food 
    • Balancing culinary school and food journalism 
    • What he does now in his dream job 
    • How he reinvented his work with their Voraciously project 
    • The difference between a food editor and food critic 
    • What makes a great food writer and the wide variety of topics they can cover 
    • “America The Great Cookbook” and the amazing stories and pictures that celebrate our country’s food heritage and diversity 
    • Joe’s year learning to homestead  
    • What he’s growing in his garden 
    • Succession planting and why a home gardener would want to use this method 

As well as: 

His failure – The first time he didn’t get a job that he wanted and what he learned about himself.

His success – His marriage: why he waited 52 years and figuring out how to have a successful relationship.

His drive – Hunger to explore new possibilities and discover the next big thing.

His advice – Think big and follow you bliss! 

Books written by Joe: 

“Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” (2013)

“Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One” (2011) 

Joe’s Book recommendations:

The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little

How to reach Joe : 

Website:The Washington Post 



Special Offer:

This contest period is closed. We say “Thank You” to Joe for this offer.


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