Gail Simmons; Soul Food; the Flavors of Trinidad
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Soul food is deeply rooted in Southern black culture, but is it killing the African American community? Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the relationship between Soul food and health. Gail Simmons of Top Chef fame discusses the food of her native Canada and Tennessee-born Abby Maharaj explains how she came to know the flavors of Trinidad. Jonathan Gold returns to Rose Avenue’s restaurant row for a meal at Hostaria del Piccolo. Plus, Aarti Sequeira describes how birthdays are celebrated around the world and Dr. Scott Stringer spells out why we lose our taste buds as we get older. At the market Laura Averytalks to Monica Ford about the fennel root at Fairview Gardens’ farm stand and chef Dan Mattern of Cooks County reminds us not to fear turnips.
Market Report ()
Monica Ford is the market coordinator for Fairview Gardens. This week she's selling fennel root at the market. When the fennel bulbs are very small the fennel roots are tender and taste quite similar to carrots. She suggests roasting the bulb and root whole with olive oil and salt at 425° for 15 minutes. She also says you can juice the green tops.
Dan Mattern is the chef and co-owner of Cooks County on Beverly Boulevard. Right now he's using turnips in a variety of preparations. In one dish he's pairing lightly sautéed turnips with kumquats and duck.
Soul Food Junkies ()
Byron Hurt is an award winning documentary filmmaker. His latest documentary, Soul Food Junkies, explores the history of soul food and its relationship to health in the African American community.
You can watch the film on the Good Food blog.
Gail Simmons on Canadian Cuisine ()
Gail Simmons is best known as a judge on Bravo's hit reality show Top Chef. She's also the special projects director at Food & Wine magazine and the author of a recent memoir Talking with My Mouth Full.
She discusses growing up in a food-centric home, what it was like to work for Jeffrey Steingarten and the food of her native Canada.
Rustic Italian Finds a Home in Venice ()
Jonathan Gold returns to the rapidly growing Rose Avenue restaurant row in Venice. This week he visits Hostaria del Piccolo, the latest restaurant from the owners of Piccolo and the identical Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica. He recommends the frico, roasted pork ribs, cotechino, puttanesca (Saturdays only) and the roasted chicken with spinach and ricotta.
Hostaria del Piccolo
512 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food restaurant map.
How Birthdays Are Celebrated around the World ()
Do We Lose Taste Buds as We Grow Older? ()
Dr. Scott Stringer is the director of the Otolaryngology Department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He explains that we start to lose our sense of smell and our taste buds as we age. However, he points out that age is not the only cause. Environmental factors such as pollution and cigarette smoke also are factors.
The Flavors of Trinidad ()
Tennessee native Abby Maharaj learned about the flavors of Trinidad when she married a Trinidadian. The island cuisine melds African, Chinese, Indian and Spanish flavors.
Find a recipe for her Dhalpurie on the Good Food blog.
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