Podcast: Lucinda Scala Quinn

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David has a long chat with Lucinda Scala Quinn, vice-president and editorial director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and, most recently, author of the IACP-nominated Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys. The book is the result of cooking for four men—her husband and three sons, not to mention a house full of brothers while she was growing up. Scala Quinn discusses the male-patterned eating, explains how to keep on top of he-man appetites, describes the power of a well-prepared meal, and tells how to raise kids who love food and who can fend for themselves.

Cheddar Corn Bread
Vinegar-Glossed Chicken



  1. Congrats, David on the IACP! Your interview with LSQ was excellent. I’ve been cooking out of her book regularly since it came out – love it. It’s fitting you ended it with the perfect-fried egg – never had until I tried LSQ’s method. Mad genius. – Mary/SF

  2. I am so inspired! This sounds like a book everyone needs to read as well as cook their way through. What a wonderful interview—I feel as if I now have two new friends.


    1. Karen, I’ve cooked from the book a lot, and I think it’s great. The recipes work, the info is helpful, and, well, it’s very LC in its approach to food and eating.

  3. What a great interview! I’ve never heard Lucinda’s show on the radio, but I will now. Thank you, David, for such a great and in-depth interview. And thank you Lucinda for all your tips. Can’t wait to buy the book.

  4. David, I really enjoyed this interview. I’ve been watching Lucinda on Everyday Food on PBS for awhile now and love her recipes. I cook for two guys since my daughter got married and moved out so I can relate a little to some of what she is saying. I’m sure I need her cookbook for my collection.

  5. As the mother of a boy age 7, and as a woman who has barely finished lunch when she’s forced to respond to the question (from husband): “What’s the plan for dinner?” this hits home. I did not grow up with men and boys—my dad traveled a lot, and I’m an only child—so “male” eating is new to me. Layer “child” with “male” and I often feel overwhelmed with food concerns, plus dismayed at the way dinnertime (which for me was always filled with intimate conversation) can at times turn into something much more—how do I put it?—functional. Although I dislike stereotype and gender-bias, there is truth in what Lucinda notices about food and the role it plays in a family where you may be the only female.

    I loved this interview. I loved Lucinda’s personal stories and her advice, including time-management strategies. I enjoyed what she had to say about the bigger-picture views about why we enjoy feeding others: it creates connection, comfort, and it can be the way to foster some adventure and self-reliance in our kids. (I thought the story of her son calling repeatedly from college to ask how to prepare a dish—not to talk, but to just connect over food—was great.) Lusty food combined with social and work ethics . . . I wasn’t looking for another book to buy, but I see I’ll have to get this one! Thanks for a great podcast and for turning me on to Lucinda’s book.

  6. As someone who was raised as an only child, when I eventually got married, my husband and I had three sons, and I have to say I appreciate this. I would have loved having this book when I first got married twenty one years ago. =)

  7. I need to buy this book. I love Ms. Lucinda on the Everyday Food show. My mother, a self-taught holistic nutritionist, would actually buy cheap processed food—4 for $1 frozen burritos, $0.99 enchiladas meals and pizzas—to feed my brother the “extra” food he needed while we were growing up. Is that child abuse? (Peut-être).

    I have been married for 2 years now and I am in the same boat trying to feed my husband. I can barely finish the first item on my plate before he is ready for seconds—even after waiting on me to start the meal. I end up trying to spread his meals with extra starchy foods—pasta, potatoes, rice—which probably isn’t the best way either. Ok, sometimes, I can fill him up with a lot of lettuce—huge salads.

    This book looks like the answer to my problems.

  8. I love this interview – I teach culinary arts and most of my students are teenage boys – I’ve always said the reason most of the boys take my class is because they want to eat. All the time. I am buying this book and using it in my class. Great.

  9. one more thing – one time my teenage son came home and took a peek in the refrigerator and said, “mom, there is nothing to eat!” I replied, “yes there is, there’s a ton of stuff in there.” He replied, “Mom, I want food, not ingredients!!!”

    I used to get mad at my kids too for screwing my cast iron skillet. Pretty funny.

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