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Good Food

Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journ

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The Farm Show

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0800

Farmers serve as the backbone of our society. As policy, the climate, and the country’s needs change, we are shining a spotlight on some of the greatest challenges facing the agricultural community: new legislation, modern farm life, escalating suicide rates amongst farmers, and more. Join us.

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Italy comes to LA, cauliflower, and Kachka

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0800

Find out more about the woman behind Eataly in Century City. Jen Agg isn’t pulling punches about harassment in the restaurant industry in ‘I Hear She’s a Real Bitch.’ Jonathan Gold confesses to loving the imported pasta at Uovo. Cauliflower at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is a hit in Silver Lake. Got a layover in PDX? Try the Russian flavors of chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales.

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A year filled to the brim with great stories

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0800

As we launch into 2018, we’re revisiting some of our favorite segments of the past year. Amid lots of change, one thing remained constant throughout 2017: that there were many fantastic food stories to be told, far more than we could fit into a single show! Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.

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Season's greetings from Good Food!

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Season’s greetings from the Good Food team! We’ve compiled a few of our favorite segments to revisit this holiday season. Join us for a conversation on the year’s best cookbooks and what our favorite L.A. chefs recommend wrapping up for friends this year. Find out which teas are perfect for the holidays, and discover the man making Italian sweet bread a year-round adventure.

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The Chocolate Show plus our holiday gift guide

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Preparing for the holidays is as easy as making chocolate… right? We’ll hear from a few renowned chocolatiers about the extensive bean-to-bar process and the versatility of the seemingly humble cocoa bean. Plus, we’ve created a holiday gift guide featuring a few L.A. chefs to help get your kitchen-bound loved ones the perfect present. Also, we’ll hear from Laura Avery about sprouted broccoli at the market.

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2017's best cookbooks, holiday tea, and the wonders of panettone

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0800

To help us gear up for the holidays, Celia Sack shares the best (and most giftable) cookbooks of 2017. Teri Gelber lights up while talking about holiday tea flavors. Jonathan Gold falls head-over-beans for Verlaine. In his latest book, David Lebovitz writes about what it’s like to build a Parisian home. And according to chef Roy Shvartzapel, panettone isn’t just for Christmas anymore.

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Music and wine, flavors of Istanbul, and Cronuts hit L.A.

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Time to explore some delicious intersections! Beastie Boy Mike D and sommelier Taylor Parsons collaborate on Hearth & Hound’s wine list. “Istanbul & Beyond” highlights the cultural, culinary diversity of Turkey. We wish the 7th Street Market a happy birthday. Jonathan Gold pairs work with play at Tacos y Mezcal. The natural meets the unnatural on our dinner tables. Dominique Ansel brings the Cronut craze to L.A.

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Staying afloat in L.A.'s restaurant biz

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Opening and running a restaurant is a never-ending hustle and an unpredictable enterprise. A decade ago, Ohio State University researchers found that 6 out of 10 restaurants fail in their first year. More recent findings reveal the median lifespan of a restaurant in the western part of the US to be just 4½ years. We asked five restaurateurs to share their stories of life in the business.

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The Thanksgiving show: Family and food

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0800

This Thanksgiving we are talking about family. Chef Jacques Pepin learns something new when he cooks with his granddaughter. Miry’s List helps newly immigrated families feel safe in America. During a trip to Ireland, Evan spoke with Breda Burns about her mother’s beef stew. Finally, a Nashville writer who learned how to cook Sichuanese dishes to make her adopted daughter feel at home.

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David Tanis, a Thanksgiving cocktail, Cipe Pineles, and 'Sangsgiving'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

This week, we are prepping for Thanksgiving with seasonal stories of food, culture, and creativity. David Tanis offers market-inspired ideas for sides. Laura Avery talks persimmon and pinecone cocktails. Cipe Pineles just wants to be left alone with her recipes. Jonathan Gold enjoys a meal at Ink.well. LA Times and Pie Contest judge Noelle Carter gives us a holiday dessert pep-talk. Sang Yoon gives us permission to skip the Thanksgiving traditions this year.

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Gail Simmons, sexual harassment in the kitchen, and Zingerman's Bakehouse

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Gail Simmons shares stories of travels and home cooking, Brett Anderson investigates harassment at the Besh Restaurant Group, and Jonathan Gold revisits Osawa in Pasadena. Emily Thelin’s new book ‘Unforgettable’ explores Paula Wolfert’s life and legacy. It’s all coming up radishes at the market, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse has a lot to celebrate.

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Guerrilla Tacos, North Korea's seafood workers, and the Grand Central Market centennial

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Martha Mendoza updates us on North Korea’s role in the seafood industry, Maryn McKenna investigates how antibiotics changed poultry. Grand Central Market turns 100, celebrating with a cookbook. Jonathan Gold hangs at Sari Sari in the market. Wes Avila wants to ‘taco’ ‘bout it and sweet potatoes at the market.

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Jonathan Gold's 101, modernist baking, and smoking salmon

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Jonathan Gold releases his much anticipated 101 Best Restaurants list and shares some memories of the late Chef Tui of Jitlada. Adam Federman researches food writer Patience Gray, and artist Kim Abeles discusses her work that marries smog with the plate. 10 years of Santa Monica Farmer’s Market cookbook, plus quince from Dinuba. Also, Micah Wexler of Wexler’s Deli takes us on a smoke break.

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Vinegar, 'Tasting Georgia,' and dinner and a movie, Bollywood-style

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Sri Rao pairs classic Indian dishes with Bollywood films, and Carla Capalbo fills us in on the ancient wine and food traditions of Georgia in the Caucasus region. Harry Rosenblum shares tips on how to make vinegar at home, then Michael Harlan Turkell takes us on a global acid trip. Plus: Jonathan Gold’s New Zealand food crawl and honeynut squash at the market.

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Ottolenghi and Goh stay 'Sweet,' passion fruit, DJ Wolfgang Puck

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh get ‘Sweet’ in a new cookbook, Jonathan Gold tries Thunderbolt frog in the SGV and Linda Civitello sheds light on the revolutionary power of baking powder. Plus: Laura Avery shops for passion fruit at the market and Wolfgang Puck stops by the basement to share his favorite tunes.

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Besha's goodbye, foraging tips and a new Night + Market cookbook

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Besha Rodell files her last restaurant review for LA Weekly and Mia Wasilevich explains how to turn wild plants into great food. Jonathan Gold samples the Peruvian fare at Rosaliné and Gustavo Arellano talks up Burritos La Palma in the OC. Plus: A recipe from Kris Yenbamroong’s Night + Market cookbook, Korean-Mexican food in Seoul and apples at the market.

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The Silk Road show

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We devote the bulk of this week’s show to food eaten on the ancient Silk Road. Caroline Eden starts us off in Samarkand, then Naomi Duguid and Yasmin Khan take us to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kurdistan and Iran. Back on our side of the pond, Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports on the herbicide dicamba, Jonathan Gold eats at Delicious Food Corner and we shop for fresh kale at the market.

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Food and race, the Bäco book and a farewell to summer herbs

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Jonathan Gold heads to Culver City to review the futuristic restaurant Vespertine. Josef Centeno talks about the hustle leading up to his first cookbook, “Bäco.” Chef and activist Tunde Wey gives us his take on whiteness in the restaurant industry. Plus: Laura Avery gets the secret ingredients behind Royce Burke’s Secret Lasagna at the farmers market.

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Making music with vegetables, and mastering Indian cooking technique

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Listen to the sweet sounds of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. Then find out how to cook Indian food with time-trusted techniques. Visit Vermont to hear about efforts to tackle pollution caused by ag runoff. Plus: Great broths and stocks, scarlet runner beans at the market and Jonathan Gold reviews Felix.

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Good Food's greatest hits!

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We dig through the archives to bring you a smorgasbord of stories, unique cocktails, Mormon food specialties and really good fried chicken. Plus: figs at the market!

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Extraordinary women and the food they eat

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A new book looks at the lives and diets of six famous women. There’s a whole galaxy of new restaurants in the United States. Eater’s restaurant critic shares his favorites. Making it into the top 50 world restaurant list is Brae, which sits on an organic farm in Australia. Plus: Jonathan Gold’s review of Dan Tana’s, what to do with Chinese eggplant, and some delicious spirits to try.

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The relationship between race and food in the South

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A new history of the modern South looks at the intersection of race and food. Meantime, black farmers are still struggling to hang on to their land as a legal loophole works against them. Back in the kitchen, we hear about Asian dishes to make right now, get a history of the Kellogg’s corn flake, and Jonathan Gold reviews Bone Kettle.

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The big cheese, a chef and perfumer pen a book, goat testicle soup

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Chef Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel team up on a new book, “The Art of Flavor,” and Alma’s Ari Taymor on why he will pass on opening his own restaurant. We also talk native foods with Sean Sherman, a.k.a. The Sioux Chef, and trends in cheese with journalist Simran Sethi. Plus: Jonathan Gold reviews Hip Hot in Monterey Park and Gustavo Arellano eats goat testicle soup at Luc Dinh Ky.

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Becoming a food historian, peaches and retiring to the bakery

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Food historian Jessica Harris shares stories from her memoir and Christina Arokiasamy gives us a primer on Malaysian food. Mark Furstenberg explains his decision to open a bakery at age 76 and Jami Curl pivots from baked goods to candy at QUIN. Plus: Jonathan Gold reviews Cosa Buona and Laura Avery shops for peaches at the market.

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Appropriation in food, dulce de leche, mastering culinary technique

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Gustavo Arellano examines a case of cultural appropriation in breakfast burritos, and Samin Nosrat explains why salt, fat, heat and acid are the elements of good cooking. Plus: Josephine Caminos Orìa schools us on dulce de leche, Jonathan Gold reviews Rossoblu and Laura Avery gets a pitch for raw milk at the market.

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Travels in Spain, Slow Food, 'Adventures in Starry Kitchen'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Joann Lo and Jose Oliva discuss their work with the Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Simran Sethi files a field report from Slow Food Nations in Denver. Nguyen Tran shares more “Adventures in Starry Kitchen,” and Matt Goulding travels to Spain with chef José Andrés, barnacle hunters and cider makers. Plus, summer squash at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Michael’s in Santa Monica.

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Tasting the Impossible Burger, salt, butter and spirulina

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We taste the latest vegan beef poseur on the market at Crossroads Kitchen, sample fancy salts with n/naka pastry chef Leslie Bilderback and learn about the history of butter-making from Elaine Khosrova. Plus: Jonathan Gold braves the lines at Pizzana in Brentwood, while Laura Avery shops for spirulina at the farmers market.

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What lies beneath the ocean waves

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Whether you summer by the sea or indulge in a plate of sushi or ceviche now and then, we are far more dependent upon what lies beneath the ocean waves than we think. So we devote this week’s show to the complex ecosystems that live in the briny deep, inhabited by cod, branzino, oysters, mussels, sea vegetables and much more.

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Banning loncheras, a history of pho and food in 'Twin Peaks'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Gustavo Arellano takes a stand against the Santa Ana City Council proposal to regulate street vendors. Lesley Balla reports on the cherry pie, coffee and donuts in “Twin Peaks.” Cara Tannenbaum and Andrea Tutunjian talk up their favorite nuts and seeds. Bob Holmes discusses how taste and smell affect flavor. Plus: A beef pho recipe and what to eat at Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant.

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Potlikker and pork as metaphor, the story of 'LA Mexicano'

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Bill Esparza reveals the inspiration behind “LA Mexicano,” and Simran Sethi sends us a report and Korean makjeok recipe from Camp Bacon. John T. Edge explores race, identity and class through the lens of Southern food in “The Potlikker Papers,” and Jonathan Gold waxes poetic about Hainan chicken rice at Side Chick. Plus: The significance of the US win at the Bocuse d’Or, and Laura Avery shops for Genoese basil at the market.

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The Sandwich Show

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Charles Dedlow, of Roan Mills, talks bread-making with heritage grains. Tatler Editor John Haney explains how the British "sarnie" came to be, and No. 7 Chef Tyler Kord shares a spirited patty melt recipe. Plus: a pastrami sandwich crawl through Boyle Heights with Lara Rabinovitch, and Jonathan Gold stops in for a bite at the Everson Royce Bar. We first ran this show in October but believed it beared repeating.

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Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day'

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.

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'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs'

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.

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Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent'

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.

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Yucatecan seafood, taters, spring chickens and pie

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Jonathan Gold seeks out Yucatecan seafood at Holbox in the Mercado La Paloma. Raghavan Iyer gives us a tutorial on taters from his new book, “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked — and Fried Too!” Then Laura Avery talks to farmer Meredith Bell and Terra Cotta chef Danny Ye about spatchcocking free-range chickens. Plus: Phoebe Wood shares a recipe for her baked ricotta, orange blossom and date pie.

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The 'Eat Your Veggies' show

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Chef Jeremy Fox turns vegetables into true expressions of seasonal flavors at Rustic Canyon, Julia Sherman documents artists making salads in “Salad for President,” and Deborah Madison shares meatless meal tips. Then Laura Avery shops for spring veggies at the market while we get a peek at Stacy Michelson’s design for KCRW’s “Good Food” tote bag. Plus: Jonathan Gold digs into the Redneck Platter at Manuela.

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The great tasting menu debate, cast-iron skillets, grapeless wine

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier weighs in on the pros and cons of tasting menus. Alec Lee of Ava Winery explains the science behind producing wine without a single grape. Food and travel writer Shane Mitchell shares stories from her new book, “Far Afield.” Plus: Jonathan Gold recommends Filipino dishes to try at Irenia, and Charlotte Druckman serves up a cast-iron skillet pistachio-cherry Danish recipe.

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Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.

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'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.

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Passover food, kosher wine and fancy food with a view

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In honor of Passover, we follow author Joan Nathan on a culinary exploration of the Jewish diaspora and consider kosher wine options with Lou Amdur. An unlikely aficionado takes us on a chocolate chip cookie crawl, and we stop by the Santa Monica Farmers Market for celtuce and mustard greens with Zak Walters. Then journalist Lee van der Voo takes us on a deep dive into the dark waters of the commercial fishing industry.

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Cannibalism, Swedish meatballs, Syrian kobee and cheese shops

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

This week, zoologist Bill Schutt considers the implications of culinary cannibalism, and we visit Tony Danza’s cheese shop in New York City. We also find hundreds of different cheeses on offer at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills and make a pitstop for Swedish meatball sandwiches at Olson’s Scandinavian Delicatessen before heading to Van Nuys for Syrian kobee.

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LA's legendary restaurants, Gwen, cardoons, Dock to Dish 2.0

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Melissa Clark switches up the dinner game with her latest cookbook, “Dinner,” and George Geary shares stories of the iconic restaurants where’s Tinseltown’s elite once dined. Jonathan Gold treats himself to meat from the butcher shop at Gwen, and Michael Cimarusti makes a pitch for a new seafood tracking system called Dock to Dish 2.0. Plus: Chef Casey Thompson shops for cardoons at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

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The Breakfast Show

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We devote this week’s show to the most important meal of the day: breakfast. April McGreger of Farmer’s Daughter gives us a historical account of biscuits, and Chef Josef Centeno serves up his spin on Japanese breakfast at Orsa & Winston. Then Big Bad Breakfast Chef John Currence talks up cornmeal, and Carolyn Phillips shares tips on ordering dim sum. Plus: We’re all about eggs from the farmers market.

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Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

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From Trump to farm to slaughterhouse to restaurant

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

So many hands go into bringing our food to the table, from farm and slaughterhouse to market and restaurant. We hear about how President Trump's immigration policies will affect business at Taco María, Maddox Dairy and La Niña del Mezcal, and examine the travel ban's impact on the way even your sausage gets made. Plus, meet the people behind the local produce, fungi and seafood at the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

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Ludo, Shaya, heirloom grains and Smuggler's Cove

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Chef Ludo Lefebvre talks about a warm asparagus salad with foie gras ice cream that helped him find his way. Then Chef Alon Shaya takes us through the modern Israeli fare on his menu at Shaya, and bar owner Martin Cate schools us on the cult of tiki. We close out the show with journalist Larry Olmsted breaking down the differences between real and fake foods. Plus, we're all about heirloom grains at the farmers' market.

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'Eat Your Science,' decriminalizing street vending, 'Generation Chef'

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

TV food show host Alton Brown gives us a taste of his new culinary variety show while LURN's Rudy Espinoza breaks down a proposal to change street vending regulations in LA. Then, Jonathan Gold heads to Agoura Hills to eat Kurdish food at Nîroj and Karen Stabiner shares the stories of the millennial chefs featured in her new book, Generation Chef. Plus: a leek tart recipe from Chef Mark Peel of Bombo.

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Not your grandma's Valentine's Day box of chocolates

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

We talk to one of our favorite local chocolatiers about the pin-up girls and broken hearts that inspired this year's line of V-Day sweets, and learn how sound affects our perception of taste. Then, two chefs talk about infusing Spanish and Asian flavors into the Southern classics. Plus: a boozy tribute to Arnold Palmer using Marrakech limonettes, and what to order at Hatchet Hall in Culver City.

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Food policy under Trump and legalized street vending

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

We take a look at the food and ag policies under review on Trump's desk, get a history lesson on street vending in LA and find out where to stock up on sausages for Super Bowl Sunday. Jonathan Gold tells us where to get a juicy vegan burger, and we try a zhajiang mian recipe from Little Fatty, then Virgilio Martinez shares his diversidad de maíz at Central.

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Food to usher in the Year of the Rooster

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Chinese New Year festivities kick off this weekend. We asked journalists and food writers for their favorite holiday foods, from sticky rice balls stuffed with sweet black sesame to chewy Lanzhou-style hand-pulled noodles. Plus, a history of Chinese food in the US, techniques for drying persimmons, the Chile Pepper Bible and sprouted almonds at the market.

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‘The Best Restaurants in America’ and power vegetables

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

This week, Eater's Bill Addison spotlights 38 restaurants that are defining America’s dining scene. Pomologist David Karp and farmer Tony Ayala introduce new mandarin varieties, and Padma Lakshmi talks spices. Thomas Thwaites ponders his own existence as a goat, and Peter Meehan shares his turbo-charged vegetable recipes. Plus, Jonathan Gold knocks one back at Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown.

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'The Rye Baker,' Conflict Kitchen and food as protest

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Stanley Ginsberg gives us a primer on the terroir of rye bread, and Simran Sethi visits a cafe serving food from nations at odds with the US. Tunde Wey explains why the food at his dinners is secondary to conversations about race, violence and privilege. Gustavo Arellano rants about the Mexican dishes he's over and Jonathan Gold dines at Sun Nong Dan in Koreatown. Plus, sprouting broccoli at the market, and Evan remembers farmer Bill Coleman.

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Ringing in the Japanese New Year and a trip to the Silk Road

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

For the Japanese, New Year's is a holiday steeped in tradition. Chef David Schlosser marks the occasion with ozoni and handmade soba at Shibumi in Downtown LA. Next, we travel to the Silk Road with Caroline Eden, author of Samarkand, and Naomi Duguid, whose new book is Taste of Persia. Plus, food and beer to try on the California coast, bitter greens at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Destroyer in Culver City.

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The 420 Show

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

In November, Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana and hemp use. The repeal of such a longstanding prohibition in a state as large as ours means that the rollout will be slow, detailed and tailored to each municipality. The financial implications will be huge. For our last show of the year we revisit our 420 show, which first aired the Saturday before the election.

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Good Food's Best of 2016

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

This week, we revisit our favorite segments of 2016. Journalist Martha Mendoza discusses slavery and sustainability in the shrimp supply chain. Then cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor makes the case for preserving Green Book sites, and writer Bee Wilson delves into the early eating habits of children. Plus, Jonathan Gold takes us to Shibumi, a new Japanese kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA

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'The Gefilte Manifesto,' Christmas pickles, holiday cookies

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Laura Avery learns about Japanese turnips and other legumes de saison, and author Dorie Greenspan gives us a nibble for the cookie-obsessed. Editor Jane Lear hangs up the Christmas pickle, and we dive into The Gefilte Manifesto. Trine Hahnemann serves up Scandinavian comfort food for the soul. Plus, Celia Sack’s annual holiday cookbook gift guide and Jonathan Gold’s top 10 dishes for 2016.

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The Red Rooster, Fidel the Foodie, P.Y.T.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Laura Avery gets schooled on macadamias and walnuts, then The Red Rooster takes root in Harlem, and Chef Marcus Samuelsson shares his fried yardbird royale recipe. Writer Darien Cavanaugh and filmmaker Rodrigo García wax poetic about Fidel Castro's food obsession. Plus, Jonathan Gold reviews P.Y.T. in LA, and we hop over to Tokyo for a convenience store food crawl.

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Nancy & Mario, 'Unlatched,' guavatinis and Dan Tana's

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The dynamic duo of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali take us back to the moment they met, tell us what inspired each of their new cookbooks and reveal their plans to bring Eataly to LA. Jennifer Grayson, author of Unlatched, weighs in on the breastfeeding-versus-formula debate, and Jonathan Gold revisits the iconic Dan Tana's in West Hollywood. Plus, a pitch for purchasing guavas at the market.

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Turkey Day leftovers, Cantonese breakfast and Emeril's DJ set

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Jonathan Gold tells us what he whips up from his leftovers and where to find the best Hong Kong-style breakfast in LA. The Rev. Shawn Amos shares the inspiration behind his Kitchen Table Blues series, and chef Eric Ripert discuss his new memoir. Donna Battle Pierce sheds light on her hero, Freda DeKnight, and Emeril takes over the KCRW turntables.

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Our 2016 Thanksgiving special

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0800

In honor of America's biggest food holiday, we offer you a bonus Thanksgiving episode of our show. First we hop into a canoe with The Kitchen Sisters to learn an Ojibwa tribe's traditional method of harvesting wild rice by hand. Then Sean Sherman discusses his efforts to bring back Native American cuisine, and Chef BJ Dennis gives us a primer on Gullah-Geechee cuisine. We close out the show on the Sherry Trail.

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Thanksgiving prep, truffles and dates at the market

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Ahead of Thanksgiving, we've got tips and recipes from the founders of Food52, Dorie Greenspan and Mark Bittman that will turn your feast into a success. Los Angeles Magazine's Patric Kuh talks truffles, and chef Isa Fabro tells us what dishes are served at a Pinoy Thanksgiving. Plus, fresh dates at your local farmers' market, and Jonathan Gold treats us to Tempura Endo in Beverly Hills.

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The comfort food show

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Tough times call for comfort food. Musician Kelis shares favorite brunch dishes and her grandma's pernil recipe, and journalist Simran Sethi gives tips for what to look for when buying chocolate. Then Jonathan Gold takes us to Kettle Black in Silver Lake for homemade pasta, and Abbie Fentress Swanson has the scoop on new food emoji in the works. Plus, happy salads and black radishes with schmaltz.

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The 420 show

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In honor of the election, we're all about pot and Proposition 64, a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana and hemp use in California. "Weediquette" Host Krishna Andavolou briefs us on the broad strokes of the measure, and Jeff "The 420 Chef" explains how to cook and bake with the herb. Food writer Gillian Ferguson visits a "flower" tasting, and Craig McNamara gives a farmer's perspective on Prop. 64.

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Badmaash, tooth pix, the migrant kitchen

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Nakul, Arjun and Pawan Mahendro talk chicken tikka poutine, their podcast and the Diwali menu at Badmaash. Dave Green and Joe Cobden share the story behind their 12-second video restaurant reviews on Instagram, and Antonio Diaz discusses the Life & Thyme/KCET documentary The Migrant Kitchen. Plus, The Monster’s Cookbook, persimmons at the market, and Jonathan Gold's new 101 list.

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The Sandwich Show

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

First, Charles Dedlow, of Roan Mills, talks bread-making using heritage grains. Then Tatler Editor John Haney takes us through how the British sandwich came to be and No. 7 Chef Tyler Kord shares a spirited patty melt recipe from his new cookbook. Plus: a pastrami sandwich crawl in Boyle Heights with certified pastrami doctor Lara Rabinovitch and Jonathan Gold eats at the Everson Royce Bar.

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Mr. Fries Man, ethnic food shaming, Native American cuisine

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

KCRW reporter David Weinberg has the story of how a home french fry business in Gardena went viral. The Atlantic's Emily DeRuy discusses the obstacles faced by Native American restaurateurs and WAMU radio producer Ruth Tam talks ethnic food shaming. Plus, Fiona Ross rattles off favorite dishes of leaders of yesteryear, Jonathan Gold eats Gus's Fried Chicken and Laura Avery shops for sunchokes at the market.

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The breakfast show

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We devote this week's show to the most important meal of the day: breakfast. April McGreger of Farmer's Daughter gives us a historical account of biscuits and chef Josef Centeno serves up his spin on Japanese breakfast at Orsa & Winston. Then, big bad breakfast chef John Currence talks up cornmeal and Carolyn Phillips gives tips on ordering dim sum. Plus, we're all about eggs at the farmers' market.

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Square versus round pie, gringo tacos, hyssop

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We hash out the technicalities of pie with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and visit the best hard-shell taco spots in town with LA Weekly food writer Garrett Snyder. Sociology professor Deborah Harris gives us the latest stats on gender inequality in kitchens, and Domenica Marchetti schools us on making boozy cherries and preserving garlic scapes. Plus: Jonathan Gold digs the semolina buckwheat pancake at Winsome in Echo Park, and market manager Laura Avery learns the many uses for the lovely purple flowered hyssop plant.

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PieCast 2: Ready made crusts, tips for vegan baking and Cuban pies

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In honor of KCRW's annual pie contest October 2, here's the second installment of our podcast devoted to pie. It's called the PieCast. We dedicate this episode to the ingredients in a pre-made pie crust, to tips on how to make your vegan pies extra-tasty, and to the complex flavors you'll find in a Cuban pie.

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Shibumi, Little Flower Baking, 'Everything I Want to Eat'

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Jonathan Gold shares his favorite dishes at Shibumi, a new Japanese kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA. Christine Moore, owner of Little Flower Baking, Lincoln and C’est La Vie, tells the story of how she got into the restaurant business. Her new cookbook is Little Flower Baking. Jessica Koslow, owner of Sqirl, unveils plans to expand and her new cookbook, Everything I Want to Eat. Plus, tips for how to grow organic lettuce from farmer Shu Takikawa.

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'Eat the World,' blackberries & Burmese food

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Laura Avery gets a primer on blackberries from University of Arkansas horticulture professor John Clark and 2 Peas in a Pod farmer Lori Heal. Then, our favorite food critic, Jonathan Gold, eats stuffed platha, ginger salad and Kachin-style salmon belly at Daw Yee Myanmar Corner. We close out the show with Emeril Lagasse discussing his new series on Amazon, Eat the World. BAM!

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Meat carvers, fishmongers and herbivorous butchers

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

This week, we are all about the butcher shop. We visit LA’s newest artisanal meat and seafood markets — Cape Providence, Gwen and The Cannibal — and the more established Belcampo and LA Fresh Poultry. Then it's off to The Herbivorous Butcher in the Heartland and "The Vegetable Butcher," a.k.a. Cara Mangini, in New York. Plus, Jonathan Gold dines at The Cannibal and we learn how the hogs at Peads and Barnetts are raised.

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Seafood, booze and BBQ

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Journalists Martha Mendoza and Paul Greenberg discuss slavery and sustainability in the shrimp supply chain. Then we sip savory cocktails with Matt Biancaniello and discuss rosé with Lou Amdur. Also on the show, Robb Walsh gives us the rundown on the Lone Star State's many styles of BBQ.

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The price of pork, giant marrow and an Asian fried chicken crawl

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Phillip Vowles talks about growing armchair-sized vegetables in Wales, then Christian Schwarz gives us a primer on California mushrooms and reporter David Jackson discusses his investigation into the hog business in Illinois. We also get tips for cooking and growing tomatoes from The Bazaar's Holly Jivin and Pernille Carpenter of Coastal Organics. Plus, Jonathan Gold's favorite Asian fried chicken spots and Sonoko Sakai's recipe for bacon and scrambled egg onigiri.

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A Filipino food stop, the Grape Whisperer, 'Devoured'

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We head to Chinatown to make isamadas with Chef Isa Fabro before tasting kinilaw and pancit with Jonathan Gold at LASA. The Grape Whisperer, Ruben Solorzano, updates us on the harvest along California’s Central Coast. The author of Devoured, Sophie Egan, discusses the factors that define our eating habits. Plus: Moruno’s baby eggplant rescoldo recipe and the final installment of Burned.

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Cilantro roots, Norteño Mexican food, LA's farm past

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700

At the Hollywood Farmers Market, Simbal chef Shawn Pham schools us on what to do with cilantro roots. Jonathan Gold shares his favorite dishes at Salazar and chef Esdras Ochoa instructs us on how to craft the perfect taco. Plus, the next installment of Burned, a Q&A with the director of Unbroken Ground and the New Republic's Ted Genoways clues us in on a vegan mayo scandal.

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PieCast 1: If pie were in the Olympics

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700

Ahead of our October 2 pie contest, here's the first installment of KCRW's 2016 Good Food PieCast. It's a podcast about pie, a piecast -- get it?! -- dedicated to our love of pie. We're going to take you on a delicious journey in three parts to meet pie lovers, pie eaters and expert pie makers across the country. 

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Sichuan food, 'Burned,' Kitchen Table Blues

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Food writer Fuchsia Dunlop explains how Sichuan cuisine is changing in Chengdu. Investigative reporter Karen Foshay unveils disturbing findings about restaurants in LA. The Reverend Shawn Amos is striving to keep the blues alive in kitchens around town, one gig at a time. Plus, how grass-fed beef is raised at Rancho San Julian and what to try at Kali in Hollywood, per Jonathan Gold.

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Pickles, hot chicken, GMO labeling, antidepressants and taste

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Marion Nestle explains what's in the GMO labeling bill on President Obama's desk. Simran Sethi examines her loss of taste from taking antidepressants. Dianne Jacob gives tips on how to write about food and the Ans discuss their latest venture, a cookbook. Plus: pickling pointers from Little Dom's and a new hot chicken spot to try, per Jonathan Gold.

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Hive heists, artisanal food, local grains & bulgogi, Gangnam-style

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0700

LA Magazine food critic Patric Kuh gives us a history lesson on artisanal food and beekeeper Jodi Helmer reports on hive heists in almond groves. Then we discuss the revival of regional grain production with food writer Amy Halloran and Nan Kohler of Grist & Toll. Plus, a watermelon gazpacho recipe to beat the heat from 1212 chef Walter Greenwood and a recommendation for bulgogi, Gangnam-style, per Jonathan Gold.

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Preserving Green Book sites, shishitos, jackfruit, fake shrimp

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor explains the importance of preserving Green Book sites. EP & LP Chef Louis Tikaram gives us a primer on Fijian cuisine and jackfruit. The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan schools us on a synthetic shrimp start-up. Plus: Shishito peppers hit the market and Jonathan Gold eats popcorn ice cream at Paley.

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Cast iron skillets, corn, slaughterhouses, Azerbaijani food

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Chuck Reece gets to the heart of our love affair with the cast iron skillet. Peggy Lowe discusses the perilous work in slaughterhouses. We talk Azerbaijani cuisine with Feride Buyuran and fermented ice cream with Tyler Malek. Plus: French and Vietnamese spots to try and corn at the market.

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Brexit, the last decade in food, a mixtape from Nigella Lawson

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0700

City University London’s Tim Lang gives his take on the impact of Brexit on the UK food system and Michael Pollan looks back at what’s changed in food in the last decade. Pascale Beale shares recipes for savory dishes that use fresh fruit. Then we shop for edible flowers at the market and get a hangover cure from Jonathan Gold before Nigella Lawson takes over the KCRW turntables.

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Food on the Screen: Calabasas & Paris

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We wrap our Food on the Screen series with Sandra Aamodt weighing in on “The Biggest Loser.” Then Adeline Grattard takes us behind the scenes of “Chef’s Table” in Paris. Next it’s onto squash blossoms at the market and tofu balls with Jonathan Gold at Button Mash. Plus: Tacolandia judge Gustavo Arellano eats 31 tacos and Zach Brooks highlights the best of the best at Smorgasburg LA.

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Food on the Screen: Los Angeles

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700

This week, we continue our conversation about food on the screen closer to home, in Los Angeles. Chef Niki Nakayama discusses how life has changed since being featured on the first season of Chef's Table on Netflix. Also on the show: how the pluot was born, Sichuan food in the SGV, the Lone Star State's many styles of BBQ, taking over the tap at LA Beer Week and vegan baking tips from a teen.

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Food on the Screen: China and Italy

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We kicked off last week's show exploring portrayals of food in television and film in New Orleans and the Central Valley. This week, we continue our Food on the Screen series in China and Italy with Phil Rosenthal and Eddie Huang. Then it's nectarines at the farmers market, blinged-out Korean BBQ with Jonathan Gold, Chinese cooking techniques from Kian Lam Kho and grilling meat around the fire at Ox.

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Food on the Screen: New Orleans and the Central Valley

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Food is having its moment on the screen, from reality shows about baking and TV shows set in restaurants to films about food trucks and Netflix specials featuring the world's top chefs. Are these portrayals changing how we view food? We tap writer Lolis Eric Elie and filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes for some answers. Then we try apricots, salmon and tonkatsu with Valerie Gordon, Diane Morgan and Jonathan Gold before the Kitchen Sisters take us out with “Black Chefs, White House.” And tune in next week for more from our Food on the Screen series.

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Consolidation in biotech, aeroir, smoked beets, beer cocktails

Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Harvest Public Media's Luke Runyon fills us in on Bayer's bid to buy Monsanto and Gastropod host Nicola Twilley discusses the concept of aeroir. Then, Jonathan Gold takes us to Salt's Cure for the best pork chop in LA before we pedal candy in Jefferson Park with Grace of the Sea. Plus, Travis Strickland, Jacob Grier and Claire Ptak share recipes for smoked beets, a beer flip and rye chocolate brownies.

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Eddie Huang, 'A Date with a Dish,' peaches and pozole

Sat, 21 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We discuss the oppressive whiteness of the food world, how California's minimum wage law is playing out in the restaurant biz and pay homage to a cookbook author you may never have heard of. Then it's off to dine at a Vietnamese izakaya in Little Tokyo and the Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery in Anaheim. Plus, we fill you in on what you need to know about peaches and pozole.

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32 yolks, taco bowls, cherries and tips from a master forager

Sat, 14 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Chef Eric Ripert discusses his new memoir 32 Yolks, and KCRW host Gustavo Arellano weighs in on Trump and taco bowls. We taste cherries at the farmers market and forager extraordinaire Pascal Baudar walks us through the found ingredients in his book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine. Plus, Jonathan Gold goes to town with the affogato-style soft serve topped with cotton candy at CottonHi in Koreatown.

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In the salad lab, cauliflower tartare, Thai Oolong tea

Sat, 07 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Kenji Lopez-Alt gives us tips on how to freshen up what's in the salad bowl. His engaging reference book, The Food Lab, just won a James Beard award. Norah Chef Mike Williams shares a recipe that makes use of snow white cauliflower from Tamai Family Farms. Jonathan Gold takes us to San Gabriel for Wuxi-style noodles and dumplings. Charlene Wang tells the tale of how Taiwanese oolong tea got growing in Thailand.

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The Happy Hour Show

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We sip local savory cocktails with Matt Biancaniello and discuss the return of rosé with Lou Amdur. Talia Baiocchi, Leslie Pariseau, Sarah Clarke and Mark Bitterman school us on spritz, amari and bitters. To soak up the booze, Jonathan Gold takes us to Chungsil Hongsil in Koreatown for dumplings and noodles, and Nick Ervan and Romeo Coleman share thoughts on treviso, a white-veined magenta radicchio at the market now.

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Schmaltz, artichokes, matzo and lamb

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Passover starts Friday night. If you're observing the holiday, Joyce Goldstein conversation about Jewish culinary traditions around the Mediterranean and Michael Wex on the mitzvah of making matzo in 18 minutes might interest you. Pati Jinich discusses how her Jewish-Mexican roots inform her latest cookbook, Laura Avery gets a primer on how to raise grass-fed lamb from Jimenez Family Farm and Jonathan Gold stops into Moruno for vermouth and Gildas. Plus, recipes for matzo ball soup with mushrooms and jalapeños, carciofata di Trieste and a roasted leg of lamb.

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The Ethnic Restaurateur, Artichokes, The Food of Oman

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Krishnendu Ray talks about how immigrants have created and changed the American palate. Felicia Campbell shares her favorite Omani dishes and Anna Thomas offers tips on how to satisfy many dietary needs at the same table. Jonathan Gold and Gustavo Arellano suggest dishes to try at Officine Brera and Cho Tam Bien. Plus: artichokes are in season now in Southern California and Evan weighs in on Carbonara-gate.

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Food & Family

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

A 5-year-old’s adoration for apple tarts moved us to ask food writer Bee Wilson what informs the eating habits of children. Dr. Mitchell Katz shares tips on how to teach kids to eat. Two of our favorite food fanatics, Jonathan Gold and Peter Meehan, discuss their kids’ diets. Plus, a fava bean ricotta toast recipe, a Sichuan noodle house recommendation in the SGV and spirits distilled in Ventura from local ingredients.

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The Seafood Show

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We devote this week's show in its entirety to seafood. Journalists Martha Mendoza and Paul Greenberg discuss slavery and sustainability in the shrimp supply chain. Chef Brian Sheard and author Cynthia Nims share tips for cooking mussels and oysters at home. We wrap up the show at sea, fishing off the Santa Barbara coast with Ben Hyman.

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Tacolandia, To Run & Dine in LA, Fire & Ice

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:00:00 -0700

We talk to Bill Esparza about what's in store at this year's taco extravaganza. Good Food Supervising Producer Abbie Fentress Swanson and friends share an unusual Hollywood Half Marathon training plan that involves running and eating all over LA. Then we head to more northerly climes to hear from Darra Goldstein. Her new book is Fire & Ice.

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Le Servan, Shake Shack, TiGeorges' Chicken

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:00:00 -0700

On this week's show, we talk to Tatiana Levha about the menu at her popular Paris bistro, Danny Meyer about bringing Shake Shack to West Hollywood and TiGeorges Laguerre about a new memoir charting the journey from Haiti to his restaurant in Echo Park.

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Noma Australia, Dominique Crenn, Texas BBQ Crawl

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:00:00 -0800

On this week's show, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Noma Australia menu was developed and learn what inspired the recipes in Dominique Crenn's new cookbook. Then, as SXSW 2016 kicks off in Austin, Jonathan Gold takes us to Texas for some ‘Q.

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Kimchi it up, the avocado invasion, 'Cooked'

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard talk about eating in Koreatowns across the country for their new book. We give a fruit invading kitchens and restaurant menus everywhere a moment in the sun. Michael Pollan discusses filming Aboriginal goanna hunters and an Indian curry bike delivery service for Cooked.

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