Mud Creek Ranch has loads of citrus coming into the market, says farmer Robin Smith. The started their season with tangerines and coming in are the grapefruits and oranges.
Russ Parsons is the editor of the Los Angeles Times' food section. He and Evan agree that the most notable food trend of 2010 is the food truck and the new restaurant genres (food trucks, pop-ups). Russ' favorite book is As Always Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.
Chef Joachim Splichal of The Patina Group and Patina restaurant, celebrates this season with black truffles from France. He shaves black truffles on a salad or in a risotto. They are hosting two dinners on January 11 & 12 at Patina featuring the black truffle. Recipes from Patina for the black truffle are here.
Deborah Krasner is the author of Good Meat:The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat
Read his review and see pictures at the L.A. Weekly website.
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All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Massimo Bottura's purpose, 'Autentico,' and the struggle to eliminate tipping What makes a meal authentic? Rolando Beramendi thinks it’s about capturing the culture by using imported ingredients. The use of an old recipe can also connect immigrant cooks with their families’ food traditions. Chef Massimo Bottura has a plan to reclaim unwanted food—and along with it, people’s dignity. Also, Jonathan Gold enjoys the vibrancy of El Coraloense’s aguachile.
Fuchsia Dunlop's LA trip, 'Chinese Soul Food,' Tucson's foodways Our annual pie contest went off without a hitch! Now, meet the winners. Tired of all the sweet stuff? We’ll dig into LA’s Sichuan food scene with Fuchsia Dunlop and also with Jonathan Gold during his update on the LA Times Food Bowl. Hsiao-Ching Chou has some tips on cooking Chinese food for the first time. Also, find spring onions at the market this week.
An LA pie crawl, rhubarb, and composting What’s the best slice of pie in LA? Pie Contest judge Isa Fabro and reporter Abbie Fentress Swanson are on the hunt. Rhubarb is a favorite pie filling, but its sweetness isn’t always easy to coax out. Jonathan Gold reviews Native in Santa Monica. How can composting help Angelenos control their food waste? Gillian Ferguson takes a look at mezcal production. Also, there’s fresh Thai lemon basil at the market.
Melissa Clark, clay pot rice, and the LA Food Bowl New York Times columnist Melissa Clark explains the pressure cooker craze. Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari says cooking boils down to eight essential ingredients. Looking for crispy rice in the San Gabriel Valley? Jonathan Gold has just the place. Gustavo Arellano remembers Latino supermarket maven Doña Teresa Reynoso. Also, a preview of the LA Times Food Bowl.
Well-traveled recipes: Mom’s mole Since Luis Chavez immigrated to the U.S., he hasn’t been able to return to Mexico to visit his family. But he uses his mother’s mole recipe to feel close to his heritage and share the flavors of his home with new friends. Read More