Reciprocity Radio
Reciprocity Radio
Hosted by Amanda McCleod. Reciprocity Radio seeks to tell the story of how we eat, cook, and share meals and recipes not only across kitchen tables, but across time, distance, and generations. The process of cooking and following a recipe can be seen as a kind of performance or sensory experience, connecting everyone who has previously prepared that same dish. Reciprocity Radio will explore the inherent intimacy of recipes, sharing those stories and experiences we create and share in kitchens and across counter tops.
Listen LIVE every Sunday at 5:00 pm
Category: Food, Talk

About Amanda McCleod

Amanda is the co-host of Radio Free Brooklyn’s Empty Orchestra and aside from being a karaoke enthusiast, is also a big fan of being in the kitchen. She has always been fascinated with recipes, cookbooks, food writing, and generally tinkering around with recipes. Reciprocity Radio is an idea years in the making, inspired by a long tradition of recipe swapping with friends and family members alike and a youth spent avidly baking.

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  • Halloween
    by Reciprocity Radio on October 31, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Your host plays some spooky tunes and talks all about the history of Halloween and fun traditions like pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and trick or treating! Listen →

  • Facciamo Pasta!
    by Reciprocity Radio on October 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Your host talks about her recent adventures in at home pasta making, with excerpts from James Beard, Gordon Ramsey, and more! Learn all about the beloved dish and hear about some new recipes, tips, and tricks too! Listen →

  • Lost In The Supermarket
    by Reciprocity Radio on October 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Your host talks about Kay Bozich Owen's Indie music cookbook, Lost in the Supermarket, and pairs tunes with recipes written by some of her favorite musicians. You can find this cookbook here: Listen →

  • Return from Nashville
    by Reciprocity Radio on October 2, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Your host recounts her trip down south to Nashville and talks about all the fun things to do down there, recipes that were inspired by the trip, and introduces a new section to called Cookin' Kitchen Mixtapes. Check it out! Listen →

  • Bruce's Birthday
    by Reciprocity Radio on September 23, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    In this episode your host celebrates Bruce Springsteen's 69th birthday with a playlist of covers, a bit about instant coffee, waffles, and the Boss's own breakfast rituals. Tune in for good tunes and tips on how to make easy hash browns, a diner staple, at home! Listen →

  • Nashville Bound
    by Reciprocity Radio on September 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Your host is about to embark on a week long trip to the Music Capital of America, Nashville. It's also the hot chicken capital, and as famous for good food as it is for RCA studios and the many musicians who chased their dreams all the way there. We'll learn about hot chicken, talk biscuits, and hear some tunes from the artists who made the city famous for music! Listen →

  • Wrapping Up August
    by Reciprocity Radio on September 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Your host discusses pit fruits, aka Drupes, talks about the last harvests of summer, challenges herself to cook some new dishes, discusses the power and community of bake sales, and even shares a few poems with you as we wrap up August and head into the last moments of summer. Listen →

  • Vijay R. Nathan Guest Hosts with Anjali Bhargava
    by Reciprocity Radio on July 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Vijay R. Nathan, host of Truth to Power on Radio Free Brooklyn, guest hosts for Amanda and interviews Anjali Bhargava. Anjali is the owner of Resilience Tumeric Elixir. Tune into this episode to hear all about her product, the many ways it can be used, the connection between philosophy, spirituality, and food, and even more about traditional Indian cooking. Listen →

  • Rosé
    by Reciprocity Radio on June 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    In this episode your host discusses everyone's favorite summer drink, Rosé! This episode covers the recent rise in popularity of this wine, as well as a bit of its history. You'll also hear all about perfect food pairings and from chefs the world over who, likewise, adore this pale pink aperitif. Listen →

  • Pizza Tour
    by Reciprocity Radio on June 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Your host and her friends embarked on an epic journey to ride bikes and eat pizza in all five boroughs! Tune in to hear how far we made it, which slice was the best, and an incredibly entertaining interview with Sal, owner of Pugsley's pizza in the Bronx. Listen →

  • Negroni
    by Reciprocity Radio on June 1, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Your host delves into the history of a classic summer favorite, the Negroni. This episode covers the wild history of Count Camillo Negroni, the alleged globetrotter and creator of the Negroni cocktail, as well as discusses the history of Campari, that ruby red amaro that gives this cocktail its red glow. Tune in for some classic cocktail trivia and a few vintage Italian tunes for this first edition of Reciprocity Radio: Happy Hour! Listen →

  • St. Patrick's Day
    by Reciprocity Radio on March 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Your host talks about the history of Irish cuisine, busts some myths about Guinness, discusses the history of whiskey, and plays some Irish music to boot! Check out for all of the recipes mentioned in this episode! Listen →

  • St. Patricks Day
    by Reciprocity Radio on March 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Your host talks about the history of Irish cuisine, the history of whiskey, some myths about Guinness, and plays some great Irish tunes to boot! Tune in and check out for all the recipes mentioned in this episode! Listen →

  • Social Media, Instagram, and Food!
    by Reciprocity Radio on March 15, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    In this episode your host goes in depth about the way social media has influenced the way we eat, cook, dine out, and even think about food! Listen →

  • President's Day
    by Reciprocity Radio on February 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Your host plays some patriotic soul and discusses the fascinating history between food and the White House. In this episode you'll hear about Presidents' favorite foods, Andrew Jackson's legendary wheel of cheese, all about the first beer brewed in the white house, and more! Listen →

  • Matriarchs of Food Literature
    by Reciprocity Radio on February 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Your host discusses some of her food and literary heroes and plays interviews with the women who pioneered food and cookbook writing. In this episode you'll hear interviews with Marcella Hazan, M.F.K. Fisher, and Julia Child. Listen →

  • Musical Cookbooks!
    by Reciprocity Radio on January 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Your host is joined by Shane of Everybody Plays The Fool to discuss cookbooks and recipes written by musicians. We discuss our experiences making recipes by musicians like Paul McCartney and Leslie Feist, as well as talk favorite food songs, favorite food memories, and we even try Patti Labelle's famous Mac and Cheese live from the studio. Listen →

  • Elka Gould and The Macaroon King
    by Reciprocity Radio on January 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Your host is joined by film maker Elka Gould to discuss her upcoming documentary, The Macaroon King. This 2018 film follows Arnold Badner – the ‘Macaroon King’ as he struggles with changes at his Brooklyn Kosher for Passover Bakery. The film touches on issues of Jewish identity, family dynamics, small business owners, unions and labor in New York City. This cinema verite style documentary is an engaging and often funny view into a small corner of Brooklyn manufacturing. We talk filmmaking, the connection between food and family, and share poems by Lisa Badner, Arnold's daughter. Please check out and you share and donate the to film's Kickstarter here: Listen →

  • Christmas Eve!
    by Reciprocity Radio on December 26, 2017 at 12:25 am

    In this episode your host details some of her family's favorite holiday recipes, as well as share some wonderful traditional recipes from friends near and far. There's also a cocktail recipe, and a little bit about the history of why we leave cookies for Santa! Listen →

  • Rosie Misdary Guest hosts!
    by Reciprocity Radio on December 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Rosie Misdary guest hosts Reciprocity Radio and interviews local whiskey distillers from Moto Spirits! Listen →