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Gillian Ferguson
Laryl Garcia
Camellia Tse

Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants for 2015 7 MIN, 44 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. Every year, he publishes his picks for the 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles. Here's what he has to say about this year's Top 20.


Photo by Marie Astrid Gonzalez

Music: "These Streets" by Bastille

One-Pan Pasta 7 MIN, 55 SEC

During a trip to Puglia, food stylist and culinary producer Nora Singley discovered this recipe for one-pan pasta that defies the rules of traditional Italian cooking. It's unbelievably quick and easy, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Find her recipe for one-pan pasta and photos of Evan Kleiman's own version on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Wax" by Themepark

Is Seaweed the New Kale? 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Seaweed is one of the world's most nutritious and even sustainable crops, with its negative carbon footprint. It has the potential to transform the entire food landscape, but can we figure out how to make it palatable enough for the masses?

Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at the New Yorker. Her recent article, "A New Leaf," talks about influencers trying to shape the market for seaweed.

Music: "Lentil" by Sia

Superiority Burger 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Brooks Headley left his job as the executive pastry chef at Del Posto to open Superiority Burger, a vegetarian fast food project in the East Village. Brooks discusses his vision to package the quality of fine-dining for a fast-casual environment, one veggie burger at a time. 

Music: "Burning Too" by Fugazi

Introducing Cosmic Crisp, the Apple of the Future 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Commercial apple growers have long-favored certain apple varieties for their glossy appeal and longer shelf life. But with consumers now catching onto to these mass-marketed, bland apples, fruit breeders have begun cultivating new hybrids with improved apple flavor that can last on supermarket shelves.

Pomologist David Karp (a.k.a. "the fruit detective") gives us a taste of the most promising apples of the future, like the Cosmic Crisp, a Washington State variety set to hit market shelves in 2019. He first wrote about these new varietals for the New York Times.

Music: "A Place They'll Never Know" by Themepark 

Washington Apples Head to China 7 MIN, 4 SEC

A recent trade agreement has opened China's doors to all-American apple varieties for the first time ever. Fruit gifting is a common practice of the Chinese culture, which could mean big business in time for the holidays.

This story was produced and reported by Rebecca Kanthor and made possible by KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

Music: "Do It Again" by Holy Ghost

Market Report 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Laura Avery is the Santa Monica Farmers' Market manager. This week, she talks with farmer Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms about his Tehachapi Grain Project. Join their upcoming Heritage Grain Dinner and Indiegogo campaign to support the cultivation of whole grains in California, and experience what LA's best chefs are doing with these different varietals.

Also, pastry chef/co-owner Clemence Gossett of the Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, teaches us how to bake a whole-grain pie crust for her rustic Sweet Apple Galette.

Music: "Shark Attack" by Grouplove

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