Michelle Zauner on Korean Cooking, the Ties That Bind, and Crying in H Mart

Photo credit: Barbora Mrazkova

Photo credit: Barbora Mrazkova

Before her viral essay grappling with the death of her mother and Korean American identity, Michelle Zauner was best known for her work as a musician—she’s released two albums and toured the world with her Philadelphia-based band, Japanese Breakfast. (The band’s third album, Jubilee, is set for release this June.) Her book Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, which is out today, channels the ethos of her songwriting while probing the nature of grief and what happens when the string that ties us to an identity is suddenly severed.

“You’re a sensitive person, and you lean into quiet ordinary moments and conflate them with meaning,” she says. “That is the nature of what I do, I think. It’s always made sense to kind of rock in and out of these different mediums.”

The opening chapter of the book is her 2018 essay for The New Yorker

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Jennifer Garner Is Joining Michelle Obama On ‘Waffles + Mochi’

If you and your kids can’t get enough of the genuinely excellent new spate of food programs, here’s an amazing one to add to your roster. Jennifer Garner joins Waffles + Mochi as a talk show host helping families plan out healthy dinners. It’s a special event on YouTube premiering on Mar. 27 at 10 a.m. PST and will feature fun celebrity guests like the puppets Waffles and Mochi themselves, Jack Black, and of course, Michelle Obama, the woman who started it all.

Waffles + Mochi is the new cooking show for preschoolers starring two puppets, Waffles and his pal Mochi, who dream of becoming chefs even though they live in a frozen land where every meal is just ice cube after ice cube. They eventually find a supermarket owned by none other than Michelle Obama and find themselves meeting all sorts of new friends all over the world

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Michelle Obama Shares If Husband Barack Obama Is a Great Cook

Michelle Obama dedicated her time in the White House to educating Americans on the impact of food, nutrition, and healthy cooking, and she is continuing that work even while no longer First Lady with her new Netflix children’s show, Waffles + Mochi. Obama recently revealed, however, that her vast culinary knowledge doesn’t quite extend to her husband, former president Barack Obama.

In a new interview with E!’s Daily Pop, the former First Lady shared that her husband has three core meals he makes for their family, but that cooking isn’t a part of the president’s daily repertoire.

“He came cooking,” Mrs. Obama told E! of when she first met her husband, “but he had like, sort of, his three recipes.”

barack and michelle obama attend portrait unveiling at nat'l portrait gallery

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According to Obama, her husband’s signature dishes include “a mean chili, a good stir-fry, and great omelets. So, he had kind of his

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Waffles + Mochi Creators on Working With Michelle Obama and Breaking the Rules of Kids’ Shows

Every other Wednesday, Bon Appétit executive editor Sonia Chopra shares what’s going on at BA—the stories she’s loved reading, the recipes she’s been making, and more. If you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get her letter before everyone else.

As someone with a deep appreciation for food culture, children’s media, and Michelle Obama, I responded to news of Waffles + Mochi, the new kids show produced by and featuring the former first lady, with a lot of exclamation points and heart-eye emojis. The show’s title refers to the two puppet stars, who escape the Land of Frozen Food (where everything they cook turns to ice!) and embark on a series of food adventures that take them around the world. And they meet some really smart and fun chefs along the way, including some of my own cooking idols: Samin Nosrat, Preeti Mistry, Mashama Bailey,

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