August 31, 2022

EP. 280 — ICYMI: How Did You Develop Such Amazing Taste? with Sohla El-Waylly

We’re spending this week cooking up some incredible fall programming. To tide you over, here’s a re-air of our episode with Sohla El-Waylly, all about cooking basics, ancient recipes, and Sohla and Jonathan’s shared affinity for a certain Taco Bell classic that was discontinued at the time of this recording and is now BACK!


Sohla El-Waylly is a culinary creator, writer, and community advocate. She’s the guest editor of the forthcoming collection The Best American Food Writing 2022, available for pre-order now. She can also be seen starring in The HISTORY® Channel’s online series Ancient Recipes with Sohla.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Sohla El-Waylly JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a [SINGING] brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. [STOPS SINGING] This week, we’re savoring the last days of summer with an episode from our archives featuring Sohla El-Waylly. A few important updates since we spoke in May 2021. One: Sohla’s now released three seasons, count ’em one, two, three, of her HISTORY digital series Ancient Recipes with Sohla. She’s the guest editor of the upcoming collection Best American Food Writing 2022. And Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza is back on the menu! Yay! We really needed this win and we really needed to re-air this episode because it is such a classic. We love Sohla, we’re huge fans. We’ll have your first taste of new fall programming next week. For now, here’s our episode with Sohla El-Waylly, where I ask her

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