Soviet Food Memories, Salt Block Cooking, Deborah Madison
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Soviet Food Memories, Salt Block Cooking, Deborah Madison

Anya Von Bremzen grew up in the Soviet Union, and her book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, is a history of the Soviet Union through the experience of her own family and in particular her mother. Antonio Medina, the chef and owner of the Gastrobus food truck, talks to us about his memories of the food in Ecuador. Jonathan Gold reviews Girasol, the new restaurant from Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson. Deborah Madison's most recent publication is Vegetable Literacy, a book that examines twelve plant families and includes 300 recipes that honor the strengths of each plant. Mark Bitterman's latest book, Salt Block Cooking, offers 70 recipes that utilize Himalayan salt blocks for grilling, searing, chilling, and serving. Plus, Kevin Sinnott tells us about Italian espresso, Turkish coffee, and Vietnamese coffee. At the market, Laura Avery talks to Alex Weiser, the farmer behind Weiser Family Farms who grows three varieties of sunchokes.

Banner image: Mark Bitterman

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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking ()

gf131116soviet_cooking.jpgAnya Von Bremzen grew up in the Soviet Union and her book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is a history of the Soviet Union through the experience of her own family and, in particular, her mother. While she dismisses many of the dishes she ate there as bland, she has an intense nostalgia for the food from that unique era.

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How Much Do You Know about Ecuadorian Food? ()

Antonio Medina is the chef and owner of the Gastrobus food truck, and this week he talks to us about llapingacho, which are potato griddle cakes served with peanut sauce and a fried egg. They are also often times served at farmers' markets in Ecuador. You can find his recipe for llapingacho on the Good Food blog.

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Foraged Inspiration at Girasol in Studio City ()

gf131116girasol.jpgJonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reviews Girasol, the new restaurant from Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson. At brunch he recommends the house cured gravlax, french toast, ricotta pancakes and the fruit plate. At dinner he suggests the beets and berries, hamachi with citrus, pork satay and the grilled wagyu steak.

Girasol
11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
818-924-2323

All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food restaurant map.

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Deborah Madison Tests Your Vegetable Literacy ()

gf131116vegetable_literacy.jpgDeborah Madison's most recent publication is Vegetable Literacy, a book that examines twelve plant families and includes 300 recipes that honor the strengths of each plant. Find two recipes, one for Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Lime, and one for Sunchoke Bisque with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Sunflower Sprouts, on the Good Food blog.

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Market Report ()

Alex Weiser is the farmer behind Weiser Family Farms. He grows three varieties of sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes. They grow underground, much like potatoes.

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Cooking and Curing with Salt Blocks ()

gf131116salt_block.jpg Mark Bitterman, owner of The Meadow and author of Salted, loves salt. His latest book, Salt Block Cooking, offers 70 recipes that utilize Himalayan salt blocks for grilling, searing, chilling, and serving. Find a recipe for Salt Block Cured Gravlax on the Good Food blog.

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Coffee Around the World ()

gf131116coffee.jpgKevin Sinnott is the curator of coffee companion.com, the founder of Coffee Con, which will debut in LA next year. He's also the author of The Art and Craft of Coffee. This week he tells us about Italian espresso, Turkish coffee, and Vietnamese coffee.

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