Keep It Quirky podcast

4/27/2021

This author’s dream illustrator, Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Season 3, Ep. 72
Jessie Kanelos Weiner is an author and illustrator -- and she was the illustrator for my book, which publishes today, "Cheese, Wine, and Bread!" Her illustrations are absolutely incredible, and I'm excited to have her on the show. In this episode, we talk about how she landed on illustrationas an art form, her side hustles, and telling stories with her paintbrush. She says, ""The work that speaks most to people is personal work," and I adore the way she defines keeping it quirky: Having the courage to by yourself. YES!Jessie was born in America, but has lived in France for some time now. She has worked as a food stylist in Paris and New York, and was a costume designer (which led her to picking up watercolor). Now, she is known and highly regarded in the industry for her detailed, whimsical, and instantly recognizable style. Some of her books are “Paris In Stride," and "Edible Paradise." Her work explores gastronomy, travel, lifestyle, architecture, and pop culture. You may have seen her illustrations in Vogue, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Jessie on Instagram: @jessiekanelosweinerCheck out Jessie’s illustrated books: https://jessiekanelosweiner.com/books/Follow Katie on Instagram: @qkatie@keepitquirkypodcastYou can order "Cheese, Wine, and Bread" -- available everywhere books are sold! https://www.harpercollins.com/products/cheese-wine-and-bread-katie-quinn?variant=32205005914146
2/24/2021

This is Why Puglia, Italy is So Special, with Anna Maggio

Season 2, Ep. 70
Anna Maggio is the author of the cookbook "Under the Olive Tree: Memories and Flavours of Puglia." (Gourmand World Book award Winner 2020!) Anna is an Italian-born and bred woman who has lived in London since her early twenties, but has been a proud proponent of Puglia, the southern Italian region when she spent her childhood.In this episode, I talk with Anna about some of the ingredients and recipes in her cookbook -- all of which are very simple and accessible -- and we talk about the concept of "cucina povera." We delve into a bit of the history of the Puglia region, the differences between southern Italy and northern Italy, and her personal experiences in both places..."It set me up to fight for survival," says Anna about moving from southern Italy to the big northern Italian city of Milan, where she was "treated like an immigrant." We also talk about her move to London, her career in the arts, and how she began her food tours and writing this book, a beautiful love letter to her childhood home.Her book helped me discover more about the region of Puglia, which I'm now calling home! She made me appreciate this area in new ways, and added new staple recipes to my kitchen rolodex.Anna has just joined Instagram! Let's welcome her: @annamaggio858Under the Olive Tree: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Olive-Tree-Memories-Flavours/dp/1913491080Leave a voice memo for my new podcast with Jen Phanomrat and Food52, called Either Side Eaters! Here's the link to ask us a question, which we may answer on-air! https://form.jotform.com/210325432378047Join my Patreon community for perks & rewards! : https://www.patreon.com/katiequinnKEEP IT QUIRKY@keepitquirkypodcast@qkatiePreorder my book,Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France!https://www.katie-quinn.com/cheese-wine-and-bread-cookbookSubscribe to the monthly newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2
9/25/2020

This Woman Has the Single Coolest Career Path, with Cree LeFavour

Season 2, Ep. 67
Author Cree LeFavour has the kind of writing career many creatives (ahem, myself included) dream of. She's authored four cookbooks (and has ghostwritten countless others), an acclaimed memoir, and most recently -- a novel! She has such an intuitive relationship with her creativity, and it was an absolute delight to talk with her about her path, and the sparks that have led the work she’s done. In this episode, we start by talking about her new novel, "Private Means," which is a fascinating (and sometimes rather sexy!) book that is, on the surface, about a middle aged couple that loses their beloved dog and the unraveling that occurs thereafter...but of course what’s it’s really about is human relationships. It’s funny & thought provoking, dark & wry. We discuss her writing process and how writing a novel was different than writing her memoir, "Lights On, Rats Out," which came out a few years ago.If you're a foodie, check out the cookbooks she's written, "The New Steak," "Fish," "Pork," and "Poulet." How did she become this literary badass from a career in writing cookbooks? We’ll hear all about that, and the twists and turns her life as presented….they seem at one hand so varied, and yet it all seems to weave it together so wonderfully.And of course, we talk about embracing your quirkiness/weirdness (literary and otherwise).CREE LeFAVOUR@creelefavourwww.creelefavour.comKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2
9/3/2020

Launching an Album in a Pandemic, with Brian Quinn

Season 3, Ep. 66
Today's guest is Brian Quinn, a professional musician (the creator of this podcast's theme song!), and, yes, he's my brother. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the preeminent music schools in the USA. Since then, he has worked as a professional musician, calling Chicago, IL his base. In this conversation we talk about everything from what it's like to be a professional, performing musician during this time of Covid-19, to discussing whether or not it's a good ideal to go to music school if you want to be a musician. The debut album of his band, bq, is releasing worldwide this Friday, September 4! The album is called "The Inner Solar system," and it's instrumental funk music that is sure to get your feet tapping and hips swinging. (He's also playing an album release show -- FREE and OUTDOORS -- this Saturday, September 5 from 5:30p-8:00pat Chicago's Navy Pier, at Miller Lite Beer Garden.)He gives us some sneak peeks of his songs, and talks us through elements of the music to listen for. It’s my favorite thing to listen to music with Brian; he points out things that my ear would never hear otherwise. He also describes the origin of certain musical techniques (attention, music history nerds!); it's super cool to get a peek into this artist’s mind with all that, and to hear how it evolved.I'm a proud sister. He's got a lot of experiences to share with you -- for other musicians, aspiring musicians, or anyone curious about what that creative process and reality of the industry looks like now. BRIAN QUINNInstagram: @qkatieWebsite: www.bqfunk.comThe Inner Solar System, debut album by bqKEEP IT QUIRKY@keepitquirkypodcast@qkatieSubscribe to my monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2
8/12/2020

Pivot Toward Your Passion, with Hana Asbrink

Season 3, Ep. 65
Hana Asbrink is the Executive Editor at Chowhound, and has an impressive resume that includes everything from being a senior editor at Food52 to working in the kitchen at Michelin-starred chef Jean-George’s ABC Kitchen restaurant in Manhattan. She also has her Masters in Journalism and attended the French Culinary Institute.From behind a desk to behind the cutting board, from working for startups to major outlets and dappling in the freelance game (where she founded Pantry Confidential), Hana has a wealth of experiences that anyone interested in food media will love, and what’s more is that her path proves that there is no such thing as a predictable, perfect path in this industry. (if it even exists at all these days!)In our conversation, Hana talks about being born in South Korea and her earliest food memories there (communal eating, fermented things!) to moving to NYC with her immigrant parents, as well as her love of travel (Paris!). We also chat about how to follow your passions in a way that opens up career opportunities, what it means to her to be an executive editor -- the parallels she sees of being a mom and leading a team of people.HANA ASBRINK:INSTAGRAM - @hanaasbrinkPODCAST 'TABLE TALK' - https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/table-talk-podcast/YOUTUBE videos 'Mood Food' - www.youtube.com/HanaAsbrinkKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2
8/3/2020

Explore the Interconnectedness of Food, with Photographer Patricia Niven

Season 3, Ep. 64
Patricia Niven is a photographer who specializes in food, the people who grow it, cook it, and eat it -- and the interconnectedness therein. In this episode, we talk about how to find your creative "thing" (following your interests each step of the way), and also pushing yourself to continue reaching for new things (she does a 90-day checkin with herself, introspecting on what she's accomplished and what new pursuits she will start action on in the following 90 days).She arrived in London on a one-way ticket from Australia 21 years ago. In her early years in London, alongside being a photographic assistant, she photographed within the music scene. Highlights included shooting portraits of musicians such as Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse & Cyprus Hill, documenting club nights in Brixton, and traveling to post-genocide Rwanda to document survivors, musicians, politicians & entrepreneurs.She’s won many awards, from places like the Association of Photographers, the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards, and the Sunday Times Food Book of the Year award for her work with the Honey & Co cookbook, which is an all-time favorite. She’s also worked on cookbooks by Jack Monroe, including the photography for 3 of Jack’s book covers (and the photography for one full book) and the #CookforSyria book, which was a global project organised by Clerkenwell Boy.Aside from her work in publishing and with restaurants, she also does portrait work and brand work...which all can, of course, be wrapped up into the topic of food! Her art has been exhibited everywhere from V&A Museum to the National Portrait Gallery.“Do a thing you love and believe in.” - Patricia NivenThere's another special guest in this episode! At the top of the episode, I introduce you all to Mark Dyck, the host of the podcast "Rise Up," which is a podcast for bakers. I was so stoked when Mark agreed to hop on a call with me to share his passion for baking and to talk about his show. You can check that out here: https://riseuppod.com/PATRICIA NIVENhttps://www.patricianiven.com/@patricianiven@thechickensoupprojectKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2