Episode 105
Friday, May 7, 2021

Comedy-meets-recipes in Food Network star Jeff Mauro's debut entertaining cookbook

"I wanted a cookbook that was about my love of food‚ÄĒfrom the food I grew up eating locally in Chicago, to my wife's baking, to the stuff we now serve at the kids' parties, to sandwiches, to the influence from my in-laws who are from Eastern Kentucky."

This week, we're excited to welcome Jeff Mauro to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

A Chicago native, Jeff has been beaming into your home TVs via Food Network since 2011, when he was crowned the winner of season seven of "Food Network Star" (and then, later that year, under another crown as the host of "Sandwich King.") And then more shows followed: Food Network’s "The Kitchen," which he’s co-hosted since 2014, and most recently his new show, "Kitchen Crash".

A born performer who grew up in a big family, Jeff‚Äôs always had a knack for entertaining ‚ÄĒ both the putting-on-a-show definition and the having-people-over-to-eat definition. That‚Äôs translated well into his career and, now, into his first cookbook. It‚Äôs titled Come On Over: 111 Fantastic Recipes for the Family That Cooks, Eats, and Laughs Together. And it‚Äôs loaded with recipes from Jeff‚Äôs childhood ‚ÄĒ from Chicago classics to smoking & grilling favorites to, of course, sandwiches, to two ‚Äúboil‚ÄĚ recipes.

Jeff joined us remotely in the Salt + Spine Virtual Studio for today‚Äôs show‚ÄĒand of course, we‚Äôre closing with a culinary game (hint: comedy-themed!)

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