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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.
This week, our favorite food critic, Jonathan Gold, sips mezcal between bites of ceviche and esquites while dining on regional “Mexican food with a different point of view.” Hear what he has to say about Danny Godinez’s artfully executed bites of grilled octopus tentacles and lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Old Town Pasadena. Learn more in his LA Times review.
Lamb barbacoa. (Photo courtesy of Maestro)
Maestro: 110 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 | (626) 787-1512
When her eldest daughter refused to eat the bland baby food that Americans tend to feed their infants, Leena Saini did some research into what babies in other parts of the world were being fed. What she found might surprise you: baked cod with papaya, cinnamon coconut curry and habichuelas con dulce. Saini’s new book on the subject is “Around the World in 80 Purées.”
This week at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Laura Avery talks with Rose Renni about how bees make honey at Energy Bee Farm. Then chef Craig Towe stocks up on buckwheat honey to drizzle on his Neapolitan-style pizzas at Sotto.
Honeybees might get most of the press in the insect world due to their dwindling numbers and power to pollinate. Enter writer and rainforest ecologist Mike Shanahan, who is making the case for wasps. He breaks down their unique relationship with figs in his new book, “Gods, Wasps and Stranglers.”
You’ve probably heard this one before: Eating more vegetables would be a whole lot easier if there was less prep time involved. So without further ado, we give you the spiralizer! In her new book, “SPIRALIZE this!” Martha Rose Shulman turns her attention to this nifty kitchen gadget. It will have you turning out zucchini fusilli and watermelon radish slaw in no time.
Martha Rose Shulman
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The Silk Road show We devote the bulk of this week’s show to food eaten on the ancient Silk Road. Caroline Eden starts us off in Samarkand, then Naomi Duguid and Yasmin Khan take us to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kurdistan and Iran. Back on our side of the pond, Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports on the herbicide dicamba, Jonathan Gold eats at Delicious Food Corner and we shop for fresh kale at the market.
Food and race, the Bäco book and a farewell to summer herbs Jonathan Gold heads to Culver City to review the futuristic restaurant Vespertine. Josef Centeno talks about the hustle leading up to his first cookbook, “Bäco.” Chef and activist Tunde Wey gives us his take on whiteness in the restaurant industry. Plus: Laura Avery gets the secret ingredients behind Royce Burke’s Secret Lasagna at the farmers market.
Making music with vegetables, and mastering Indian cooking technique Listen to the sweet sounds of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. Then find out how to cook Indian food with time-trusted techniques. Visit Vermont to hear about efforts to tackle pollution caused by ag runoff. Plus: Great broths and stocks, scarlet runner beans at the market and Jonathan Gold reviews Felix.
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