Andrew Talks to Chefs

LIVE! FROM HOT LUCK: Paola Velez (Dōekï Dōekï; Bakers Against Racism) Just Wants to Bake the World a Better Place

Episode Summary

From her booth at Hot Luck, Paola Velez discusses her life and career, upcoming cookbook, and making it easy to give.

Episode Notes

LIVE! from Hot Luck (Austin, TX)--Perhaps best known as the force behind Bakers Against RacismPaola Velez (Dōekï Dōekï) has made a life and career of intertwining baking and altruism. (As her website says, she just wants to "Bake the World a Better Place.") In this interview, recorded on the grounds of Hot Luck last weekend, Paola shares about her Bronx childhood, how she switched from savory cooking to baking and pastry, her thoughts on how pastry chefs can express themselves, and--of course--her new cookbook (!), charitable work, and philosophy of giving and making it easy to give.

In this episode, we also visit with participating Hot Luck chefs Amanda Shulman, Sarah Grunenberg, and Mashama Bailey.

***REMINDER! This Sunday, June 2, from 4pm to 6pm, Andrew and cocktail writer Robert Simonson will co-host (with Swoony's restaurant in Brooklyn) a book party, talk, and signing. (click through for info and tickets) Limited seating, so purchase your ticket ASAP.***

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