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Pour one out for 2017, taken by Karl Nilsson

Cambodian fried chicken 9 MIN, 9 SEC

Maybe you’ve heard of Cambodian refugees owning most of the donut shops in California. But did you know the Cambodian fried chicken game in South LA is just as strong? LA Times Reporter Frank Shyong has that story.

How black Americans are fighting to keep their farmland 9 MIN, 36 SEC


Queen Quet, Head-of-State and Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, which
once occupied Hilton Head and most of the coastal islands that fringe
the southeastern United States. (Photo by Richard Ellis)

In her story earlier this year for The Nation and the Food & Environment Reporting Network, food policy analyst Leah Douglas exposed an obscure legal loophole through which African-Americans living in rural areas have been systematically disadvantaged. Her telling of one South Carolina family’s story sheds light on the ongoing struggle to retain black-owned farmland in the South.

'L.A. Mexicano' 10 MIN, 7 SEC

Bill Esparza founded Tacolandia, the nation’s largest taco festival and he’s been dubbed the ‘Magellan of Menudo’ and the ‘Captain Cook of Carnitas’ by Gustavo Arellano. All Esparza’s knowledge comes together in a new book, “LA Mexicano: Recipes, People and Places.”

L.A. Mexicano

Bill Esparza

'My Soul Looks Back' 14 MIN, 21 SEC

Culinary historian Jessica Harris has cooked with Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. Harris recounts the conversations, the food and the records they played in her memoir, “My Soul Looks Back.”

My Soul Looks Back

Jessica B. Harris

Listen to the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra 12 MIN, 12 SEC

In 2008, Long Island University music professor Dale Stuckenbruck started the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. Three orchestra players -- David and Solomon Elyaho, and Daniel Battaglia -- perform live using instruments made of butternut squashes, radishes and carrots.

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