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The Bucatini Dialogues: A Debate About Pasta Shapes

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Aug 23, 2021
The Bucatini Dialogues: A Debate About Pasta Shapes

“Literally all pasta shapes are wonderful except bucatini. Bucatini can go get effed.” Francis Lam’s strongly-worded tweet inspired Dan to organize a live event in 2018, where he, Francis (host of The Splendid Table), and Evan Kleiman (host of Good Food) could debate the merits of various pasta shapes. It was called “The Bucatini Dialogues” — and yes, it was the night when Dan first announced his intention to invent a new pasta shape. But now, for the first time, we’re airing the rest of that conversation. We cover a range of shapes and tackle the tough questions, like: Why would you ever use a penne without ridges? Is there a time and a place for overcooked pasta? And what’s the best approach to eating a bowl of ramen?

This episode contains explicit language.

Original theme music by Andrea Kristinsdottir. Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Star Shootin'" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Dilly Dally" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Hound Dog" by Jason Mickelson
  • "All Black" by Erick Anderson
  • "New Old" by James Thomas Bates

Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Lizarraga.

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