Reply All: #172 The Test Kitchen, Chapter 1
February 12, 2021 7:40 AM - Subscribe

In the summer of 2020, Bon Appétit faced an online reckoning. It imploded, seemingly overnight, former employees calling it a racist and toxic workplace. But the story of what actually happened there started ten years earlier. This is Chapter One, "Original Sin," of our series The Test Kitchen. This is chapter one of a four part series reported and presented by Sruthi Pinnamaneni.

Here are some recipes to try from the people featured in this week's story:
Yewande Komolafe's yam and plantain curry with crispy shallots and sheet-pan gochujang chicken. 
Sue Li's caramelized onion galette and creamy turmeric pasta.
Rick Martinez
's mole sencillo.
Eleanore Park's ginger-scallion meatballs with lemony farro.
Also, you can read Rachel Premack's breaking story on Bon Appétit from last summer here.
posted by ellieBOA (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
This is riveting listening. I keep checking to see if the next episode is out yet.
posted by bq at 11:26 AM on February 12, 2021 [1 favorite]

Same, they said next week and it was 8 days ago!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:31 AM on February 12, 2021

I'm pretty sucked in too. White male bosses should be forced to listen to this.
posted by Stanczyk at 11:45 AM on February 12, 2021 [1 favorite]

I made Rick Martinez’s controversial tamales for Christmas this year. They are excellent.
posted by chrchr at 12:31 PM on February 12, 2021

Our pleas have been heard! Second episode is up.
posted by bq at 4:27 PM on February 12, 2021

Can't wait to hear more.
posted by rebent at 7:16 PM on February 12, 2021

Listening today! I saw on Rick’s (amazing) Instagram stories that he was filming an intro for a show on the Babish Culinary Universe! He said it would be about his life and food in Mexico since he moved.

I can put the next episode up later today but if someone gets there first feel free, can’t listen immediately (it’s 6:30am in France as I’m writing this!).
posted by ellieBOA at 9:32 PM on February 12, 2021 [2 favorites]

Food and restaurant journalism is eight pages down on the list of things I care about or would ever want to read. But this is great. Pinnamaneni always makes interesting radio.
posted by eotvos at 10:31 AM on February 15, 2021 [1 favorite]

I am so curious about this, but I haven't been able to bring myself to listen to it yet--the whole test kitchen implosion made me so, so sad, kind of like if your best friends got divorced and you found out it was really bad and abusive...
posted by exceptinsects at 11:14 AM on February 16, 2021 [1 favorite]

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