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Sam The Cooking Guy: Recipes With Intentional Leftovers


Sam Zien, who is known as Sam the Cooking Guy, is not a trained chef, and he took an untraditional path to cooking stardom. Today, millions of people watch his YouTube cooking series, and he’s the author of four cookbooks. This week on Seasoned, a conversation with one of the most approachable home cooks in America. Sam the Cooking Guy is with us to talk about his humble start making cooking videos in his kitchen. If you consider yourself an imperfect cook who sometimes gets stuck in a rut, you’ll find inspiration in Sam’s story. We talk to Sam about his latest book, Sam The Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers and get ideas for leftover brisket, steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, and more.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Sam Zien – Genius behind the Sam the Cooking Guy YouTube series and author of Sam The Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers

Featured Recipes:

Jewish-Style Brisket
Perfect Roast Chicken
Weekend Fry-Tatta

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.