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Sean Robins - aka The Monster - tells us how, and why, he ate his way through the entire 2011 Los Angeles Zagat guide.  Jim Heimann recounts what the first menus in America looked like and Jonathan Gold declares he has a new favorite sandwich shop in LA. Shelly Schmidt offers a chemistry lesson on sugar, and scientists Adam Hoover and Eric Muth explain their latest gadget, the Bite Counter. Plus, Marja Vongerichten of the Kimchi Chronicles demystifies cooking Korean food at home, and Elina Shatkin gives us a tour of LA's Kosher Corridor.

Banner image: Selection from Taschen's Menu Design in America: 1850-1985

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 11 SEC

Evan Funke is the executive chef at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica. Funke is preparing a simple tomato salad with heirloom tomatoes from Windrose Farm and Munak Ranch. To dress the salad he combines the juice of the tomatoes with olive oil for a simple tomato vinaigrette. 

Evan's tomato salad will be featured at Growing Great, a fund raiser hosted by Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, owners of Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry in Santa Monica. All proceeds from Growing Great will go to building school gardens and providing nutritional education at elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. Details on the September 26 dinner and online auction can be found here.

Music break: "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" by Linnzi Zaorski

Guest Interview Feed The Monster 6 MIN, 54 SEC

Sean Robins, aka The Monster, ate his way through the entire 2011 Los Angeles Zagat Guide. He chronicles his eating adventures on his blog, Feed the Monster.

Guest Interview Menu Design: Then and Now 8 MIN, 28 SEC

menu_design.jpgJim Heimann is a noted graphic designer in Los Angeles. He edited Taschen's Menu Design in America: 1850-1985.

Menu Design in America

Steven Heller

Guest Interview Jonathan's Favorite Sandwich Shop 5 MIN, 7 SEC

Jonathan Gold visits Ink Sack, Michael Voltaggio's sandwich shop on Melrose in West Hollywood. Gold says it's the best sandwich shop to open in the LA area in a long time. Highlights include the CLT, the cold fried chicken and the Reuben sandwiches.

8360 Melrose Ave, Ste 107
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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

Guest Interview Counting Every Bite 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Adam Hoover and Eric Muth are professors at Clemson University who have invented a new gadget to watch your waistline. It's the bite counter.

Guest Interview The Sticky Thing about Sugar 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Shelly Schmidt is a professor of Food Chemistry at the University of Illinois. She explains who sugar doesn't actually melt, but decomposes.

Music break: "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies

Guest Interview Kimchi Chronicles 7 MIN, 18 SEC

kimchi.jpgMarja Vongerichten is the host of The Kimchi Chronicles on PBS. Her recently published book, also called The Kimchi Chronicles, is a wonderful guide to Korean cooking at home.

The Kimchi Chronicles

Marja Vongerichten

Guest Interview Kosher Corridor 8 MIN, 8 SEC

Elina Shatkin of the LA Weekly gives us a culinary tour of a little stretch of Pico Boulevard that she calls the Kosher Corridor. Her restaurant suggestions are:

Factor's Famous Deli
9420 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

Pico Kosher Deli
8826 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

8939 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

Kabab Mahaleh
8762 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

9216 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

8832 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

8717 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

Bibi's Warmstone Bakery
8928 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory
8930 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

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