Communal Table Podcast: Anita Lo

The chef, author, and TV personality talks solo cooking, throwing butter, and constant reinvention.

Anita Lo

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Episode 93: Anita Lo

Little did she know at the time she was writing it, but Anita Lo's Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One became, for many, the ideal guide for this time in history. The 2001 Food & Wine Best New Chef and much-lauded author, and TV personality joined Communal Table from her home on Long Island to talk about the ever-changing role of chefs, cooking for pleasure, coping in a tough kitchen, and the free online cooking classes she's teaching to celebrate the release of the film A Writer's Odyssey and the Year of the Ox.

The class will be hosted through Anita's Instagram Live (@anitalonyc) on Thursday, 2/11 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 pm E.T. in collaboration with CMC Pictures (@cmc_pictures).

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