Chef John Montenegro of Supreme Pizza in Seattle talks about finding a love for and exploring the world of artisan bread making.

We get into what draws us to baking & John shares what he loves about good cook books. We also talk about the appeal of adventure and following a calling. At some point we completely derail by discussing candy bars in perhaps too much depth.



Follow John on Instagram @jpmonten & if you live in Seattle, check out Supreme in either West Seattle or University District. 


The books John chose were Artisan Baking Across America: The Breads, the Bakers, the Best Recipes by Maggie Glezer & Ben Fink, and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Other books discussed were Team of Rivals and No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings, & Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe.


Food places referenced were Acme in San Francisco; Chez Panisse Restaurant; The Bread Farm in Edison, WA; Dahlia Bakery, Le Panier, Columbia City Bakery, & Macrina in Seattle.

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Episode 15 | Reflect

October 18, 2019

LA artist and friend Vange Spracklin shares the secret of life from a children’s book. We talk about the sweet benefits of bakery work and the value in celebrating anniversaries. 

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The book we talked about was I Am A Bunny by Ole Rissom and Illustrated by Richard Scarry. Other books mentioned were Becoming by Michelle Obama, Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter, Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and The Passion Planner designed by Angelia Trinidad. The YouTube channel mentioned was

Episode 14 | Go

September 25, 2019

Comedian and dear friend Mary Lou Gamba shares her love for baking and we talk about following dreams and appreciating the journey. We fantasize about the perfect work/life balance and reminisce about baking success and mishaps. Then we talk reading and find out what we got out of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.

Notes: Follow Mary Lou at Mary Lou Gamba Comedy on YouTube @TheLufe on Twitter, @marylou.gamba on Instagram, or check out

The book we talked about was The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. Other books mentioned were The World According to Garp by John Irving. Brene Brown and Charlotte Joko Beck are authors we talked about.

Episode 13 | Create

September 15, 2019

Entrepreneur Leslie Pierson joins me to talk about pursuing creative ventures and overcoming the fear of failure. We reminisce over years past, try to imagine the perfect three hour work week, and dive deep into the creative process.

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The books we talked about were The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. The children’s book mentioned was Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb.

Episode 12 | Learn

September 12, 2019

A dear friend and lover of books, Meaghan Lee, joins me to talk about gluten free baking, why reading is important, and the value of education. We discuss alternative options for gluten free baked goods, then reminisce over our time attending Bible college, living together in Seattle, and how much we love the book Meaghan chose.

You can follow Meaghan on Instagram @meaglee

The book we discussed was Educated by Tara Westover

Episode 11 | Rehearse

September 5, 2019

Comedian Andrew Rivers shares all of his cooking secrets and we talk about the difference between practice and perfect practice. We roll our eyes at gluten free culture, talk about how scrap dough is kind of like hot dogs, and dive deep into the science and application of learning and developing skills


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The book we discussed was Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Desertion by Clifford D. Simak is the short story mentioned. Other books talked about were Outliers and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

Episode 10 | Act

August 11, 2019

My dear friend Jess Mogk shares some excellent reads and talks about a friendly roommate baking competition

Our world is full of difficult and complicated problems, none that are impossible to solve through thoughtful action. We get into some of these issues around aging and justice, along with applying principles we learn from work to life.

Find Jess on Instagram @jess.mogk. Seattle voters can go to for more info on that program. Find out more about Shaun Scott at 

The books we discussed were Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Documentaries mentioned were 13th by Ava DuVernay and In the Executioner’s Shadow. Check out more about the Equal Justice Initiative at ; Find out more about protesting the new youth jail in Seattle at ; The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander ; Search online or talk to your health care provider to find a way to complete your own advance healthcare directive!

Episode 9 | Begin

July 21, 2019

Comedy stunt performer Matt Baker expresses love for all things chocolate and peanut butter and brings some compelling books to the table. We get nostalgic about Momon bake sale treats, Matt sheds some light on who I am at work, and we talk about some great books


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The books we talked about were Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer and White Like me by Tim Wise. Other books/essays referenced were: Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson; Into the Wild & Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; The White Man’s Guilt by James Baldwin; BlacKkKlansman is the Spike Lee movie mentioned.

Episode 8 | Persevere

July 7, 2019

Rockstar prep cook and comic Genevieve Ferrari shares the secrets of listening to bread and her love for Stephen King books. We bond over loving both kitchen work and performing. We talk about diving into the writing process and the rewards of hard work.

Follow Genevieve on Twitter @genferrari and Instagram @genachavela

The book we talked about was On Writing by Stephen King. Shows mentioned were Cooked with Michael Polan and Chef’s Table (Nancy Silverton from La Brea Bakery, Christina Tosi from Milk Bar, Albert Adria from El Bulli). Ezra Meeker is the Oregon Trail pioneer mentioned. Other books mentioned were The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano. More books/stories by Stephen King we talked about were The Stand, Four Past Midnight, Graveyard Shift, The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, Misery, and Carrie.

Episode 7 | Analyze

July 2, 2019

Sports enthusiast and comedian Casey McLain talks about the application of data analytics. We share our experiences getting baked on edibles, start to unpack some of my anger issues, and geek out about how cool data analytics can be when applied to sports, baking, and other areas of life.

Follow Casey on Twitter and Instagram @TheCaseyMcLain or visit his website

Check out his podcast, The Casey McLain Show

The book we talked about was Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Other books mentioned were Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt; The Blind Side, The Big Short, and the Undoing Project by Michael Lewis