What’s shakin, cocktail fans?
Welcome to Episode 148 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
Thanks for joining us for this third installment of our “Art of the Recipe” series, where we’ve been digging deep to learn about the history, craft, and artistry behind the recipes we follow to sustain our bodies and enjoy life.
This time around, we’ve got an interview episode for ya with Los-Angeles-based artist Ben Turner (@b3njaminlturn3r on Instagram), who is the creator of Earth No Patio – a podcast centered around the art of the recipe.
Compared to a lot of podcasts out there, Earth No Patio is WEIRD. In fact, the first time I tuned in, I almost deleted it immediately – you’ll hear the full story about why I didn’t in just a few minutes. But if I had to summarize Earth No Patio, I’d call it an eclectic mashup of technical food and drink recipes, world music, and soundscapes that has more to do with building a feeling in the listener than it does with telling a linear story or advancing an explicit idea.
In the words of our talented audio engineer Samantha Reed:
Ben’s show is […] meditative, […] inspirational, poetic, weird, experimental, mesmerizing. I feel […] simultaneously that I don’t understand anything, but also like he’s explaining something in a way that I’ve intrinsically known my whole life but never put into words before.
Some of the topics we cover with Ben Turner, creator of Earth No Patio include:
How Ben’s experiences in the art and culinary world led him to this structured, yet highly associative experiment of pairing recipes with soundscapes.
Why some of the best (or most efficient) recipes can seem almost boring or banal, but tend to be extremely thoughtful in their structure and sequence.
The intuitive process by which Ben selects the recipes he features on Earth No Patio – from bland, unassuming Italian eggplant recipes, to Ayurvedic dishes that comment on bile color and bodily excrement.
Why Ben views cocktail recipes as punctuation in his podcast, as well as a few thoughts on the wild and funky barscapes he’s been playing with in recent episodes.
What to drink while chatting with Avante Garde composer and artist John Cage, and much, much more.
We’ve got clips from Earth No Patio scattered throughout this episode so you can get a little sample of Ben’s work, and we’ve also got a fun little announcement about halfway through that you should keep your ears peeled for.