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Julia Turshen’s Simply Julia + Cooking For The Clergy


Beloved food writer and activist Julia Turshen talks with us about her new cookbook, Simply Julia, which describes her efforts to disentangle herself from diet culture and emerge a more centered, mindful eater. When her wife, Grace, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it changed the way Julia cooked forever. Now the couple enjoy Julia’s “healthy comfort food,” and we can, too. We learn that comfort food is less about carbs and cheese and more about feeling nourished and cared for. Also this hour, we talk to two chefs who cook for clergy in Connecticut and find out what’s on their Easter menus.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Julia Turshen – Food writer and activist. Julia is the author of Small Victories, Feed the Resistance, and Now & Again. Her latest book is Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food.

Gordon Losey – Executive Chef and Conference Manager at the Pastoral Center, Central Service Offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.

David Makar – Food Service Director at the Sacred Heart Manor, serving the retired Sisters of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden.

Featured Recipes:

Ricotta + Potato Chip Fish Cakes with Peas
Sticky Chicken
Breakfast Nachos

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.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.