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How To Use The Force To Stir Risotto

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Dec 15, 2017

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There's a new Star Wars movie out. (Luke is back!!) So here at The Sporkful, we're nerding out on Star Wars food.

First up, food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt and our friend Greta Johnson, co-host of the Nerdette podcast at WBEZ, join Dan to analyze the role food plays in the movies and debate the best ways to use The Force to eat and cook:

"If I could instantly make water hot, that would be a game changer for me," Greta says.

Meanwhile, Kenji (below, at The Last Jedi Hollywood premiere) has big plans for "Force-stirred" risotto and a "Force squeegee" that would clean his knife when he chops garlic.


Later in the show Jenn Fujikawa (below) tells us about her very unusual food job:

"I make Star Wars food for a living," she explains. "People generally don’t believe that’s a real job."

But it is. And Jenn, a former architect, is really good at it -- if her grandmother's reaction to her severed wampa arm cake is any indication:

"It almost looked a little bit too real. It was very oozy," Jenn recalls. "[My grandma] was like, 'Why can’t you make nice looking things?' ... She had to eat it with her eyes closed."

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Listen in to the full episode to hear how Mark Hamill reacted to Jenn's cake.

Plus, Kenji tells us about that time in college when he and Natalie Portman went on a double date.

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