Joanna Gaines on Gardening, Ramen, and Bringing Family to the Table

Episode 08

It’s the grand finale of our For the Love of Food series—and lucky for us, we’ve got someone on today who holds the very high honor of “Most Requested For the Love Podcast Guest of All Time”—Joanna Gaines! Jen and Jo are real-life buddies, and this week they dive into Joanna’s rich family heritage that introduced her to so many cuisines from around the world by the time she could crawl. They dish about how to get a big family to get to the table, let alone connect at the table, how Jo finds joy in her garden, and why the kitchen is her happy place (even as she’s learning to cook on camera for her new show on the Magnolia Network called Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines). The two also get into very serious topics like the war between Ragú and Prego, and why ramen most certainly *cannot* have an egg in it. Through it all, Joanna shows that food has the power to bring life to any situation, and why getting folks around the table is far more important than how perfect the dish is that brought them there.

Episode Transcript

Hey, everybody. Jen Hatmaker here. I am your absolutely delighted host of the For the Love Podcast. Welcome to the show. 

We’re in the middle of a series called For the Love of Food, and it’s probably no big mystery why I wanted to have a series to talk to food and food people and food folks and food creators, because with a million things in flux in our world right now, somehow food and the table still matter. It is the one way we can still gather. It is the one place that still is full of flourishing and creativity, and you know how I feel about food. And I think you might know how I feel about today’s guest.

I definitely know how you feel about today’s guest. If I had one nickel for every time somebody in the For the Love Podcast community has asked for this person to be on the show, I would have such a pile of nickels. You just cannot even know. This is the most requested guest since the beginning of the show and we’ve got her. And I want to tell you something about Joanna Gaines, our guest today. You know all about Joanna, of course, but I want to tell you that in addition to all of Joanna’s incredible shows and her cookbooks and her new network and everything that she touches as we get to watch it turn to just beautiful glittery gold, she is such a dear, real, actual person.

She’s been a very good friend to me. She has been kind, she has been generous. She has been so loving towards me and my family. I want you to know that there is a depth and a wonder to her that goes way beyond her outrageous success that we get to see. Just know that she is every bit as good as you think she is.

Now, having said that, just in case you are like Joanna, who doesn’t have a TV, and you’re not exactly sure who I’m talking about, let me give a quick high level about Jo. Jo and her husband Chip, are co-hosts of Fixer Upper where they flip houses and turn them into beautiful homes for their clients, like the number one biggest show on HGTV ever, now part of her network. She’s the co-founder of Magnolia, which is a home and lifestyle brand and now a destination location in Waco, Texas. Author of a slew of books, including two volumes of her cookbook called Magnolia Table. She has her own home line in Target, which you’re bound to have seen. It’s beautifully styled right there in the middle of the home section. All while raising five gorgeous kids. She is funny, she is beautiful. She’s so incredibly talented and creative, and just even better in person than you could hope for.

So finally, we’ve got her. You’re going to love this conversation. We do a lot of laughing. We do a lot of cutting up. You guys, enjoy. Here is the absolutely beloved Joanna Gaines.



Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode


Magnolia Table Cookbook                                                          Magnolia Table, Volume 2


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