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Wait Wait, Don’t Bother Peter Sagal When He’s Drinking Mezcal

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May 08, 2017

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When Peter Sagal found himself living on his own, after his marriage ended a few years ago, one of the first things he did was learn to cook.

"I really wanted to avoid the cliche of being the divorced guy who just has takeout containers and little packets of soy sauces," he recalls. "[Now] I am not even a great amateur cook, but I can cook. And that's something I'm slightly proud of."

But the Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! host wasn't able to avoid every cliche. One night he found himself eating a dinner of tortilla chips and beer. And other adjustments were harder -- like finding a new bar in his new neighborhood:

"You don’t choose the bar where you’re going to drink away all your troubles. That’s not how it works," Peter says. "I ended up drinking at home like a real depressed person is supposed to.”

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In this episode of The Sporkful taped live at the 2017 Chicago Cocktail Summit, Peter tells us how getting divorced changed the way he eats.

And he reveals the one ingredient that should be part of every meal. Listen in for the big reveal on that -- and to learn about the role Trader Joe's unsalted tortilla chips play in Peter's deepest food desires.

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Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Scrambloid" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "New Old" by JT Bates

Photos: FlickrCC/JanetandPhil; Chris Dilts

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