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ILYSM Ep. 35: Ready for ‘Ready Player One?’ Plus, ‘Austin Cookbook’ author Paula Forbes

As "Ready Player One" hits theaters, the hosts of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast" brought in movie writer Joe Gross to talk about the Austin connection to the newest Steven Spielberg film and how it depicts a future were virtual reality blurs the line between what's real and what's not.

In a chat with Omar L. Gallaga and Addie Broyles in this week's new podcast episode, Gross explained why Spielberg appeared to be having so much fun introducing the film to crowds during South by Southwest and how the movie differs from the 2011 book written by Austinite Ernest Cline. They also discussed the movie's vision of our technological future and what that means for how we use VR now.

Austinite Paula Forbes wasn't born in Texas, but she's been entrenched in the Austin food scene long enough to write "The Austin Cookbook," a new book that includes recipes for local classics, including Mexican martinis, Central Texas brisket and Bob Armstrong Dip. She explained why Austin’s food culture is so hot right now and why reviewing cookbooks is so rewarding, even in the digital age when recipes seem to be everywhere.

“The Austin Cookbook” is a new book from Austin food writer Paula Forbes. (Contributed by Robert Strickland)

For our weekly Webb Report, Eric Webb joined us to dig into the new reboot of "Queer Eye," which is the buzziest show to hit Netflix since "Stranger Things." Along with Addie and Omar, Webb explained how is the show different from the original, which aired on Bravo from 2003 to 2007, and why its likeable stars (and makeoverees) have found sudden celebrity.

In our final segment, which we call A Toast, co-host Tolly Moseley recommended the second season of Esther Perel's "Where Should We Begin?" podcast. (The relationship therapist, author and former ILYSM guest was recently named best speaker of the year at SXSW. You can hear that episode from December here.)

Omar has been loving a song called “Japanese Denim” by Daniel Caesar and explained why he couldn't get enough of a Netflix reality baking show called, "Nailed It!," where the participants can laugh at their own baking misadventures. Addie reminded listeners that if they love the outdoors, they better start making plans now because reservations for scenic hotspots, including Hamilton Pool, Big Bend and Enchanted Rock, will fill up quickly.

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