The Future of Agave, The A.O.C. Cookbook, and Trans Fats
Listen to/Watch entire show:
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne pioneered the concept of vegetable-driven, family-style dining that we have come to expect from Los Angeles restaurants. They also co-authored a new A.O.C. cookbook that showcases what they do best. Michael Silverblatt of Bookworm dissects Pow!, a book from Mo Yan, about a carnivorous boy obsessed with meat. Jonathan Gold reviews the new outpost of Terroni in Downtown LA. Dr. Michael Jacobson talks about the FDA's effort to rid the American diet of trans fats. Last week the budget for food stamps was drastically cut by automatic reductions of $5 billion, Lisa Davis talks about what this means for many American families, and Arthur Delaney discusses how it happened with KCRW’s Warren Olney. Plus, KCRW's Madeleine Brand's riveting radio documentary Power and Water: The Los Angeles Aqueduct at 100 documents the who, the how and the why of the water wars that William Mulholland launched a century ago. And on the Market Report, Laura Avery talks to farmer Scott Peacock from Dinuba who grows several types of persimmons. He also grows pomegranates and walnuts - all three ingredients necessary for Chef Robert Wemischner’s fall dessert recipe.
Banner image: Amantedar
New A.O.C. Cookbook from L.A. Culinary Duo ()
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are LA's culinary dream team. Together they own Lucques, A.O.C. Tavern and the Larders. The duo pioneered the concept of vegetable-driven, family-style dining that we have come to expect from LA restaurants.They also coauthored a new A.O.C. cookbook that showcases what they do best. Caroline created a food friendly wine program and Suzanne contributed a deceptively simple set of recipes.
Michael Silverblatt and Literary Carnivores ()
This week, Michael Silverblatt, the host of Bookworm on KCRW, dissects a book from Chinese author Mo Yan. He's the 2012 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, and author of Pow!, a novel that explores the life of a carnivorous boy obsessed with meat. In some ways it's reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle in its commentary on meat consumption, industry and corruption. Mo Yan has written about food in many of his other works as well, including Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine.
Jalisco's Agave Shortage is Threatening Tequila's Future ()
The natural growth and harvest cycle of the blue agave plant in Jalisco is in trouble and David Suro-Piñera, a native of Jalisco is trying to save it. He now lives in Philadelphia where he founded the Tequila Interchange Project. It's an organization that advocates sustainable, traditional, and quality practices in the Tequila Industry. According to Suro-Piñera, some botanists are saying that the generations of agave that are in the fields today are sterile - so even as awareness grows, the forecast for the pure blue agave tequila is uncertain.
Terroni: The Pizza's Great, Just Don't Expect Them to Cut It for You ()
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reviews the new outpost of Terroni in Downtown LA. Gold recommends the puzza pizza, c't mang pizza, maccheroncini geppetto, cavatelli alla norma and spaghetti al limone. He also enjoyed the wine list which leans heavily towards natural wines. House wines and half bottles are also available if you don't want to break the bank or commit to a whole bottle.
802 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Market Report ()
Scott Peacock is a farmer from Dinuba who grows several types of persimmons. He also grows pomegranates and walnuts, all three ingredients necessary for Professor of Baking and Pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College Robert Wemischner's fall dessert recipe. You can find Scott Peacock's stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
Will the FDA Eradicate Trans Fats? ()
Dr. Michael Jacobson is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He talks about the FDA’s proposal to eradicate trans fats.
Cuts to Food Stamps ()
Today nearly 48 million Americans are on food stamps, up from 26 million in 2007. To put those numbers in perspective, that means that 15% of the population - almost 1 in 6 Americans - participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program more commonly referred to as food stamps. But last week, SNAP's budget was drastically cut by automatic reductions of $5 billion. Lisa Davis is the Senior Vice President for Government Relations at Feeding America, an organization that runs a number of food banks across the country. In her estimation, the recent cuts will translate to one point nine billion lost meals in 2014. KCRW’s Warren Olney discusses the issue with Arthur Delaney of the Huffington Post.
LA's Aqueduct at 100 ()
The story of water is the story of food, from irrigation on the farm to the tap water we boil for a pot of soup or a cup of tea. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles aqueduct. KCRW's Madeleine Brand hosted a riveting radio documentary called Power and Water: The Los Angeles Aqueduct at 100. The special feature documents the who, the how and the why of the water wars that William Mulholland launched a century ago. During her reportage - Brand visited a cattle rancher in the Owens Valley who says those water wars aren't over.
Engage & Discuss
BROUGHT TO YOU BY