Delicious Stories: Food Adventures for the Mind, Body, and Soul with Katie Quinn & Mandy Lee

Original Air Date Wednesday, May 26, 2021 


Food history is our history, there is no untangling the two. Industrialized food processing may be whittling away at our appreciation of how deeply certain foods are rooted in our families and culture but not everyone forgets. There are people who still lovingly employ age-old methods of food cultivation. In this episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors and chefs who translated their life journeys into recipes and their recipes into cookbooks. Katie Quinn’s hands-on approach has given rise to the revered tradition of fermentation. She shares highlights from her food adventures as documented in her book, Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France. And, Mandy Lee shares her experience of fusing foods from the East and West while living in a polarized, authoritarian culture from her personal story inspired cookbook, The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors.

Katie Quinn — Food Adventures:

  • Curiosity drives Katie’s quirky and adventurous exploration of travel and food. [2:06]
  • The history of cheesemaking in England is rooted in female labor. [7:12]
  • Katie’s talks about her famous cheddar cheese brownies. [12:49]
  • Finding her great grandfather’s birth certificate in a small town in Italy changed the course of Katie’s life. [17:07]
  • In her book, Cheese, Wine, and Bread, Katie weaves in her personal journey making it more than a cookbook. [22:13]
  • Katie Quinn describes her meeting with the consummate bread maker in France. [24:25]

Woman with book related to food in hand with pink and white background, guest of new episode of positive psychology podcast Harvesting Happiness with Katie Quinn & Mandy Lee about food adventuresKatie Quinn is a video creator, podcast host, and cookbook author. She thinks there is a story to be told everywhere and that food connects people. Every week she posts food and travel videos to her YouTube channel, QKatie, which has over 5 million views and 38,600 subscribers. Her slogan (and podcast title) is Keep It Quirky because she thinks life, both in the kitchen and out of it, is more enjoyable if you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Book: Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France


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Mandy Lee — Healing Through Cooking::

  • For Mandy Lee, escapism cooking is not a passion, it is a drug. [32:18]
  • The Art of Escapism Cooking is a glimpse into how Mandy used cooking to cope during her six unhappy years in Beijing. [33:54]
  • While traveling, Mandy is fascinated by how different cultures use different foods to create unique cuisine. [40:24]
  • Mandy credits TV for teaching her how to cook. [44:01]
  • Mandy describes her cooking theory and style and how cooking for humans is different from cooking for her pups. [48:45]


Woman with black hair and blue background, guest of new episode of positive psychology podcast Harvesting Happiness with Katie Quinn & Mandy Lee about food adventuresMandy Lee founded her award-winning “angry food blog,”, in 2012 out of sheer frustration after moving from New York City to Beijing. She and her blog have been featured in numerous publications, including Saveur,, Yahoo, Food 52, and She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and pups.

Book: The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors


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@ladyandpups on Instagram

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“People are always happy when they're traveling for the most part. It puts us in a state of curiosity where we are more open-minded and receptive.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Curiosity as the driver for life is a game-changer.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There's a long rich history of cheese making in England. Cheese-making in the states is influenced directly by the cheese-making England.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Rewind five years ago, when I started my journey, I was a different person. A babe in the woods.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A table with wine on it is a great table but a table with wine and food on it is amazing.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Cheese, Wine, and Bread are the stars of the book. My personal journey is the narrative. It is so much more than a cookbook.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Apollonia Poilâne is bread royalty in France and arguably worldwide.” @QKatie on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “My book is about how I cope with my unhappiness by cooking, good or bad.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I always start a recipe because I have a question to answer.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “TV taught me how to cook, not my mother and not my grandmother.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“During my traveling, I learned there is no such thing as authentic food. All foods, in some form or another, are fusion.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If food did not evolve then we would be chewing on tree bark still.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Wherever I am, I always try to re-imagine what a dish could be like.” @LadyandPups on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet