The Waves

Why Women Are in Charge of Leftovers

 To celebrate a very Waves Thanksgiving, we dig into how texture explains why women end up managing the leftovers.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion is joined by leftovers expert and cookbook author Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, to talk about what to do with all your excess food. They start out by discussing why dealing with leftovers has historically fallen on women and the division of labor in their own homes. Then they shift gears and give ideas for new dishes to transform your leftovers into—from the gravy to the cranberry sauce.

In Slate Plus, Rebecca and Tamar talk about whether cooking for a date and “engagement chicken” is feminist.


Rebecca: Mowing, instead of raking, your leaves.

Tamar: Making cleaning part of your work schedule and watching videos during your home exercise class.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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