The Clean Plate Club, Episode #12: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tien Nguyen

You have to be pretty charming to convince David Sedaris to let you turn one of his stories into a movie. But that’s precisely the quality that allowed filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez to adapt the short story C.O.G. into a terrific film starring Jonathan Groff. Kyle’s our guest this week along with L.A. Weekly food writer Tien Nguyen, who not only helps compose the annual Best of L.A. issue but also just co-authored a cookbook with celebrated chef Roy Choi. Here’s a picture of everyone at the table with their artichokes.


Conversation topics include:

* Vietnamese food—what other dishes are there besides pho?

* The film industry and the food industry.

* How Kyle charmed David Sedaris into letting him do this movie.

* The movie itself (with some spoilers, so skip this section if you haven’t seen it yet!)

* Tien’s collaboration on the Roy Choi cookbook.

* Kyle’s relationship with McDonald’s (his dad was a McDonald’s executive) and how/if that’s linked to his vegetarianism.

Thanks Tien and Kyle for being such great guests! The podcast is also available on iTunes here. Feel free to review it: I’d sure appreciate it.

Previous Episodes of The Clean Plate Club:
Episode #11: Clotilde Dusoulier
Episode #10: Barrett Foa, Suzanne Tracht
Episode #9: Whitney Adams, Kyle Buchanan
Episode #8: Mark Heyman, Ben Leventhal
Episode #7: Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen)
Episode #6: Jim Cantiello, Kat Odell
Episode #5: Noah Galuten, Billy Scafuri
Episode #4: Ruth Bourdain
Episode #3: Drew Droege, Ganda Suthivarakom
Episode #2: Zach Brooks, Luke Matheny
Episode #1: Besha Rodell, Rachel Shukert