You may not recognize Linda Perry by name, but you definitely know her music.
She is a singer, songwriter, and producer behind massive hits for Adele, Weezer, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and many more! She's also the writer/singer behind the 90s hit (and solid karaoke jam) "What's Up" by her former band 4 Non Blondes.
But what would this musical maestro choose for her last meal? Spoiler alert: She's way more into music than food.
Which got us thinking - is there any correlation between music and taste? To get answers, Rachel talks with Professor Charles Spence of The University of Oxford about what he calls "Sonic Seasoning," his 15 year study of how sound and music can affect the enjoyability of food, and why people drink so much tomato juice on airplanes.
Linda is currently collaborating with Intuit QuickBooks new Backing You campaign to help independent artists be seen, heard and celebrated.
Get Professor Spence's new book Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating wherever books are sold.
And follow Rachel's new Instagram account @yourlastmealpodcast!
Lindy West is an author, activist, and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image.
On this episode of YLM, Lindy details a six course last meal feast that features smorkage, a flaky, buttery, custardy Danish pastry only available at a single bakery in the United States. Rachel travels to Seattle's Larsen's Bakery (larsensbakery.com) to taste the impossible-to-pronounce Danish pastry.
Lindy, a self-described "fat" person, talks about what it's like to eat in public, why she grudgingly ordere honeydew, and shares a humiliating story that involves a personal pan pepperoni pizza and an episode of This American Life.
Then things get "hyggely." The Scandinavian concept of "hygge" (pronounced "HOO-guh") is all about coziness, comfortable conviviality, and contentment - and it's taking the world by storm! Rachel chats with authors Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, and food anthropologist Signe Johansen about this defining characteristic of Danish culture.
If you live near Seattle, see Lindy West speak at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, April 15. Tickets at seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall. And be sure to check out her book "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."
Pick up Meik Wiking's "The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living" and Signe Johansen's "How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life" wherever books are sold.