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Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

"What would your last meal be?" On this 2018 James Beard Award nominee for Best Podcast, host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that's just the beginning! Each dish's origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Every other Thursday. Original music by Prom Queen.
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Apr 3, 2018

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.

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