Mark Bittman and Isaac Mizrahi on braised artichokes

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This odd couple banters their way through a lesson on braising artichokes as part of Isaac Mizrahi’s (watch his 2008 TEDTalk) series of webisodes.

The dish itself? Artichokes braised with pancetta in lemon juice and white wine — elegant yet simple, and in line with Bittman’s charge to eat more vegetables.

These two don’t let their differences keep them apart, but find comfort in their common ground: a love of food (and Jewish mothers). — Shanna Carpenter