Photo: Cathy Chaplin
Photo: Cathy Chaplin
The Vietnamese New Year kicks off on Monday. For Diep Tran, who is chef and owner of Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Tết celebrations are not complete without making a batch of very labor intensive cakes of sticky rice, pork and beans wrapped up in banana leaves. They're called bánh chung.
Hear from Tran how she learned to make them from her grandmother. Then, ring in the lunar new year with sweet and savory bánh chung at Good Girl Dinette. And if you've got a few days, try to make "The Matriarch" with Tran's recipe on the Good Food blog.
Music: "I Love the Dough" by Notorious BIG, featuring Jay-Z
This week Santa Monica Farmers Market Manager Laura Avery speaks with Timothy Hollingsworth, chef-owner of Otium. He's shopping for ruby red grapefruit to make smoked grapefruit with cured amberjack to serve at the restaurant, which is next to The Broad museum in Downtown L.A.
Avery also checks in with AJ Bernard, of Bernard Ranches, who arranges his baskets of grapefruit in order of sweetness. You might be surprised to learn which grapefruit varieties have the most sugar.
Music: "Orange Skies" by Love
Shaun O'Hara has the answer. O'Hara is now an analyst with the NFL Network but he played professionally for 11 seasons and won Super Bowl XLII as a center with the New York Giants. Listen up to hear him tell "Good Food" what players eat leading up to the big game.
Music by Del Ray
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author for the LA Times. This week he takes us to Nersses Vanak in Glendale for dizi, that Iranian lamb and chickpea stew flavored with turmeric and dried lime.
6524 San Fernando Rd
Glendale CA 91201
Music: "The Fall" by Rhye
Japan entices us as much for its wild embrace of pop culture as for its deep reverence for tradition and extreme craftsmanship. Matt Goulding is one of the founders of the food, travel and culture journal Roads & Kingdoms. In his new book, "Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture," we ride along with Goulding for an entertaining voyage to some of Japan's lesser-known spots and dishes.
Music: "Bustin' Surfboards" by The Tornadoes
On Saturday, a giant sweet potato float will roll through the streets of Downtown Anaheim for the 36th annual Orange County Black History Parade. Gretchen Shoemaker will be on the float. Two years ago, she opened her first restaurant, Georgia's at the ripe old age of 74.
Shoemaker tells "Good Food" why she decided to retire to the restaurant business as a septuagenarian and about the classics on the soul food menu at Georgia's, some of which have recipes that go back to Civil War times. She's keeping her recipes on lock-down but there are some pictures of the Cajun coleslaw, fried chicken and peach cobbler served at Georgia's on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest and "Who You Wit" by Jay-Z
The Farm Show We revisit our conversation on the state of America’s farmlands and the people that control our nation’s agriculture. As policy, the climate, and the country’s needs change, we examine some of the greatest challenges facing the farming community: new legislation, modern farm life, escalating suicide rates amongst farmers, and more.
The Water Show Water may be the essence of life but it’s subject to near-constant misuse. Journalist Mark Arax profiles a couple running a water monopoly in the Central Valley. A once abundant Cambodian lake is in decline, leaving fisherman and half the population scrambling for fish. We’ve heard of using less water but what about eating less water? And Mark Gold (Jonathan’s brother) shares tips on water conservation in LA.
Chicago's South Side barbecue, a Koreatown guide, and food in cinema The South Side of Chicago has a rich barbecue heritage, but only half the city seems to know. Chef Nyesha Arrington’s restaurant Native pays homage to the city that made her. Jonathan Gold shares his favorite restaurants in Koreatown. A touching biography of cookbook author Paula Wolfert wins a best cookbook award. And it turns out, many of this year’s Oscar-nominated films are actually all about food.
Brian Boitano, José Andrés' philanthropy, Pete Wells on harassment Brian Boitano shares the struggle that many figure skaters have with food. Kim Severson talks about Chef José Andrés’ humanitarian work in Puerto Rico. Pete Wells asks why restaurateurs and chefs are issuing tepid responses to sexual harassment scandals. Meanwhile, Jonathan Gold ventures a review of The Hearth & Hound in Hollywood. And we’re checking out a different market this week: Smorgasburg LA.
James Beard Award’s 2018 nominations are here! Hear them again. Over the last year, we’ve had hundreds of guests stop by KCRW to chat about recipes, food politics and beyond. We were happy to see some of their names among the 2018 James Beard Award nominees! Revisit the conversations we had with these leaders in food writing, reporting, making, and eating. Read More
Like water for quiche: a low-water recipe An ordinary egg takes roughly 23 gallons of water to produce. Author Florencia Ramirez wants cooks to know there are options for buying eggs which solely use rainwater, also known as ‘green water.’ Read More