José Andrés: "Behind Every Plate of Food is a Story"
Plus: early spring pizza, red soup, and the one film you need to see
It’s Wednesday. You know what that means.
For today’s episode of Food with Mark Bittman, we are revisiting our interview with my friend José Andrés, which originally aired in September 2021. It was a very popular episode, and José has only grown in fame and stature since then. If you didn’t listen the first time, you’ll really want to hear this, and if you did listen the first time — well, I enjoyed it the second time around, too.
José and I talked a lot about his humanitarian organization, World Central Kitchen (“Food is a Universal Human Right” — imagine that!) of course, but also about the way he ate growing up (“my mom would make things out of nothing”), the dark side of street food, career pivots, weight loss and health, and the question of “too much empathy.” It’s an extremely well-rounded conversation, if I do say so myself. Let us know what you think. The recipes featured on the episode, Santorini Lentils and Red Sangria, can be found here.
Your weekly Marksisms, below! Thanks for listening, and reading.
“If you are paying too little for something, it's somebody losing. Somebody or something is being lost in the chain. The farmer is not getting paid his fair share, or the cook is not getting paid, or the guy delivering the food is not getting paid. It's not about 'cheap eats,' but what is the right price.” — José Andrés
This Week’s Marksisms
A FRIEND’S FANTASTIC FILM
Top of the list this week is the national tour of (my friend and one of the food movement’s resident geniuses) Raj Patel’s The Ants & the Grasshopper, a movie ten years in the making (you can listen to Raj on Food with Mark Bittman here and here, by the way). In it, Anita Chitaya, after bringing about reform on several layers in her village in Malawi, travels to the US to try to increase climate awareness. It’s a gorgeous, warm, inspiring film. I will be in New York with Raj on April 6, but he will be traveling, beginning later this week, to LA (March 31), SF (April 1), Denver (April 2); Chicago (April 3); Austin (April 4). I guess he gets the 5th off but what a schedule!
While we’re on the subject of Raj, he sent me this:
And while we’re on the subject of lefties, here’s a glowing profile of another friend of mine, the fearless and tireless independent journalist David Sirota of the investigative news site The Lever. Check it out and subscribe.
On to cooking. Three interesting successes this week…