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Sep 6, 2021

The Rundown

In this episode a visit with that self-proclaimed culinary charlatan, Bob Blumer, whose new book teaches us all how to make bombs, flavour bombs that is. Speaking of making, our go-to DIY guy Steve Maxell is back, this time to explain why MIG welding is the glue gun of the future. So, bombs and welds all in this episode.

Bob Blumer and Flavourbombs

Bob Blumer didn’t start out life as a chef. He went to Western for business, sold heavy metal t-shirts at concerts, managed Canadian indie music queen Jane Sibery and through a surreal cookbook for his sister, tumbled into a rollicking, rock and roll journey into extreme cuisine. In his latest book, Flavourbomb he explains how to dial the savoury, sweet, bitter, sour and umami of everyday dishes right past 11 in full on Spinal Tap style. 

Steve Maxell and MIG Welding

Steve Maxell wants everyone to fall in love with MIG welding. MIG welding? It stands for Metal Inert Gas welding. It’s a simple form of electrical welding you can get into for a few hundred dollars and a bit of practice. If you think welding is all about acetyl torches, Iron Man-style helmets, and years of training, you’re in for a surprise, because the technology has really come down in size, price, and complexity. So much so anyone can learn how to do simple welds at home.

Steve’s been teaching folks how to do just that. Here’s our conversation about welding for the rest of us.

End Notes

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By the way, the music in the podcast? It's by good ol' Canadian singer, composer and friend of the 'cast, David Archibald. You can find more of his music at his website,