A Food Forest; Perfect Fondue; Nitrates in the Water
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We know what a food desert is, but what about a food forest? Margarett Harrison explains what differentiates a food forest from an edible garden and Rick Nahmias maps out another type of food forest, made of citrus, right here in LA. Jonathan Gold is impressed by a new restaurant serving farm to table fare. A recent UC Davis report blames farmers for 96 percent of the nitrate contamination in groundwater in the Central Valley. Sasha Khoka explains what nitrates are, Danny Merkley weighs in on the farmers response and Maria Herrera describes how it's effecting communities. Plus, Clifford Wright offers tips on perfectly melted cheese and William Alexander recounts his year long quest for the perfect loaf of bread.
Banner image of Orcutt Ranch, courtesy of Rick Nahmias
A Citrus Oasis in Los Angeles ()
Rick Nahmias is the founder of Food Forward, LA's local nonprofit whose mission is to glean and distribute locally grown food from private homes and public spaces. They recently discovered Orcutt Ranch, a 24-acre rolling oasis in the San Fernando Valley with 600 citrus trees. You can participate in one of Food Forward's picks or visit Orcutt Ranch on your own.
Hot and Cheesy ()
Clifford Wright is a noted cookbook author, and his latest book is Hot & Cheesy. He explains that most cheeses don't want to be cooked, but instead they want to be melted.
His recipe for Saffron Crepe Cake with Swiss Chard and Ricotta Cheese is not to be missed.
Music: "Soul Thing" by the Keith Mansfield Orchestra
Market Report ()
Robert Wemischner is a professor of baking and pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He is the author of four cookbooks. His most recent book, The Dessert Architect, is now in its second edition.
He enjoys using peak season strawberries and cream infused with bay leaf in this Strawberry Gratin recipe.
Fifty-Two Weeks and One Loaf ()
William Alexander spent a year pursuing the perfect loaf of bread. The results are captured in 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust.
Nitrates in California's Drinking Water ()
Sasha Khoka is the Central Valley Bureau Chief for KQED in San Francisco, and her reportage on living with nitrates in the Central Valley earned her multiple journalism awards. She explains what nitrates are, why people should be concerned and what the local communities are doing about it. Check out her multimedia reportage on living with nitrates.
Danny Merkley focuses on water issues and governmental affairs for the California Farm Bureau Federation. He says farmers are wary of impending regulation.
Maria Herrera is the community outreach coordinator for the Community Water Center in Visalia, where she educates and organizes local communities on the issues of safe drinking water.
Music: "Last Time Around" by Lay Low
Bread and Butter Worth Paying For ()
Jonathan Gold visits Cooks County where Daniel Mattern is the chef and Roxana Jullapat is the pastry chef. Jonathan enjoys the hand cut tagliatelle, the roast pork loin, the cast iron bread and butter, the oat biscuits and pretty much all of their seasonal vegetable dishes and desserts.
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You can find all of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions on the Good Food restaurant map.
Music: "I Play for Keeps" by The DHMA
A Food Forest Grows in Seattle ()
Margarett Harrison is the lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle. The seven-acre property will be free and open to all foragers for picking. Check out designs for the first planting as well as plans for the complete seven-acre site.
Music: "La Matriarca” (Bossa Nova) by Armando Trovailoli
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