Born out of a casual Thursday lunch tradition with friends like L.A. chef Roy Choi and Rolling Stone writer David Wild, Phil Rosenthal’s Naked Lunch podcast is an eclectic mix of conversations about everything from music to munchies, over lunch.
In the 11-episode series, the award-winning creator of Somebody Feed Phil and Everybody Loves Raymond, Rosenthal and Wild sit down with guests Choi, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Jam, Allison Janney, Brad Paisley, Henry Winkler, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan.
A special treat for Everybody Loves Raymond fans, Rosenthal reunites with series stars Ray Romano and Brad Garrett over sandwiches from Larchmont Wine, for a little spicy conversation and a lot of laughs. They talk about Garrett’s new dark comedy High Desert and Romano’s film Somewhere In Queens, and reminisce over the Raymond premiere 25 years ago.
“I’m older than Peter Boyle was when he started playing my father,” Romano says on the show. “I weigh more than Doris did on the pilot,” Garrett chimes in.
Wild and Rosenthal bring their wives on the show, and discuss love and marriage over ice cream. Rosenthal has been married to Monica Horan for 32 years, who played the bubbly Amy MacDougall-Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond and pops up in the Maine episode of Somebody Feed Phil’s new season, along with their kids.
Other fun episodes include discussions with power couple Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles and Jay Roach, and a lunch with Sheryl Crow at the legendary music haunt, the Sunset Marquis.
Somebody Feed Phil The Book, goes on sale Oct. 18 from S&S Simon Element and includes Rosenthal never-heard-before stories, screen captures and scripts, and behind-the-scenes photos from every episode of the first four seasons of the award-winning food and travel series. It also features more than 60 of viewers’ most-requested recipes from acclaimed international chefs and local legends featured in the show, like Thomas Keller and Alice Waters.
“Wherever I travel, be it a different state, country, or continent, I always call Phil when I need to know where and what to eat.” Romano says of the book. “He’s the food guru of the world. I can’t give you his phone number, but this book is just as good. It’s probably better, because when he’s on the phone, he never shuts up.”