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As you know, the world premiere of our brand-spanking-new podcast came and went a couple weeks ago, and it drew its share of critical acclaim, and not just from our moms. Ah, yes. We laughed. We cried. And that was just me and David recording the darn thing and nervously—okay, obsessively—clicking the podcast’s page on iTunes to see how many admirers had starred it in the two and a half or so minutes since we’d last checked.

But now we’ve gotten our attention back where it ought to be: on you, dear reader. Whereas the first podcast was all about introducing our regular cast of characters, we decided the second one ought to be dedicated to sharing with you those who inspire us. Namely, the creative, generous, and soulful women who’ve nourished and otherwise nurtured us—we’re talking, of course, about our moms, grandmoms, and great-grandmoms. But we’re not talking just about them. We actually stretched the definition to embrace not just our matriarchs but all those women who’ve taken it upon themselves to mother us in some fashion. They include Beth Kujawski, a longtime LC reader who holds staunch opinions and deep convictions about brownie recipes—fudgy versus cakey, nuts versus no nuts, frosted versus unfrosted—and isn’t afraid to share them. There’s also blogger and Homesick Texan Lisa Fain, who schools us on her time-honored family recipe for Chicken-Fried Steak. We even have a few words with the woman who started it all, Momma Leite, who chats about her carne assada (which David says makes the Leite men love her all the more).


And, because heaven forbid we go more than 10 minutes without heaping attention on David (after all, the tagline for his blahg says, “It really is all about me”), when you listen to this podcast you’ll get a glimpse of how he imagines his life would be if he were a mother. (Yes. You heard me. Say it with me—oh, brother.)

So here you have it—a handful of the many, many women who, in our combined experience, possess both the sass and the class to up the ante in the kitchen and, by extension, in our hearts. And for that we couldn’t be more grateful—or humbled.

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About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. David and Renee, Hurray and well done. It was concise and entertaining. As one who watches youtube clips and listening to podcasts groaning and rolling my eyes moaning “stop all this blathering and get to the point!” you guys got there! You took the time to accent with music and segue to the next subject perfectly. The conversation didn’t lag with ummms and silence. David, your monologue was well written, with good voice inflection (you should be on radio!) . In the 21 century sea of video and podcasts this is a bright spot among them. Look forward to hearing more of your work.

  2. I am waiting to listen to the second podcast until I have uninterrupted time tomorrow. I love anticipation! I so enjoyed the first podcast, but forgot to post a comment. Too much on my mind! Keep up the good work and keep the podcasts coming. I was so excited to see I had a new “Talking with my Mouth Full” when I looked at the podcast app yesterday. Yay!

    1. Sarah @ The Cook’s Life, can I marry you? I know that it might cause a bit of trouble with The One, but, hey, I know what side my gender identity toast is butter on.

      1. Sure! We’ll work it out with The One and my hubby. It will have to be a long distance relationship, though, I am a Midwestern girl at heart.

        I had uninterrupted time to listen on Thursday. Bravo! I feel like I am sitting down to coffee and dessert with you and your cast of characters. I will wait with bated breath for the next one.