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Food Psych #21: Love in the Time of Collard Greens

Christy and four guests share stories of the relationship between food and love in their lives. Comedian Jackie Kashian tells of her now-husband wooing her with chicken; food/travel writer Marisa Robertson-Textor discusses her go-to heartbreak food; comedian Nate Starkey reflects on the role cooking plays in his relationship with his wife; and journalist and culinary-school graduate Rebecca Flint Marx shares the ups and downs of dating men who don't cook.

Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor... she just did her first late night set on the Conan O’Brien show, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and has recorded an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass, Her latest CD, "It Is Never Going To Be Bread" was one of the top ten comedy albums of the year on Amazon. She hosts a weekly cult fave podcast called "The Dork Forest" where she creates a safe space for people to admit that thing they dork out about more than anyone. Hear her in a full episode of Food Psych earlier this season, and find her at

Marisa Robertson-Textor is a food and travel writer based in Brooklyn. The former research chief of Gourmet magazine (her essay on the demise of that cultural institution was anthologized in Best American Food Writing 2010), she has also worked as a contributing editor at Whole Living magazine and a researcher for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, O, The Robb Report, and MORE. Her 2014 New Year’s resolutions are: to take an overnight ferry from Marseille to Tunis; to eat warm sabich in Israel; and oh yes, to submit her book proposal. Hear her full episode of Food Psych earlier this season, and find her

Nate Starkey hails from Denver, Colorado, where he was first introduced to the world of improv while doing shows at The Comedy Works. He performed over 1,000 shows with Comedy Sports of Denver before moving to Orlando to perform improv at Disney’s Comedy Warehouse, Disney’s MGM Studios, and at SAK Comedy Lab. For the last six years Nate has been performing improv and sketch comedy at venues all over New York City and was recently a 2007 Andy Kauffman Award semi-finalist. Nate has been teaching improv almost as long as he has been performing it. He taught Comedy Sports Workshops in Denver, was a teacher/coach at Disney and now coaches New York improv ensembles. Nate received improv training from Keith Johnstone, Ali Farahnakian, Burn Manhattan, Armando Diaz and the Second City training program. You can see Nate perform with Big Black Car every Saturday at the PIT, catch him in his new web series Grilling in the City on YouTube, and hear a full episode with him here in a couple weeks.

Rebecca Flint Marx is the food editor of San Francisco magazine. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia’s School of Journalism, she has worked at Entertainment Weekly, New York, Elle, Slashfood, and, most recently, the Village Voice, where she spent two years as a staff writer for the food blog Fork in the Road. She has also served as the deputy editor of Edible Queens and as a contributing writer for CHOW, and has written stories about food and not- food for publications including The New York Times, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Gilt Taste, Gourmet Live, Salon, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Time Out NY, and the late and lamented Her essay “From Sex Cake to Spurned Salad,” written for Gilt Taste, won the 2013 IACP Bert Greene Award for Culinary Memoir. She is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, where she spent six months carving potatoes into minute football shapes and sweating profusely over a ragingly hot stove. Find her at, and and hear a full episode with her here next week.