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Jonathan Gold Goes to Italy 6 MIN, 56 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He discusses his recent trip to Italy, where he dined at Osteria Francescana in Modena and Antica Trattoria Belletti in Montepastore. 

Music: "Tu Vuo' Fa l'Americano" by Quadro Nuevo

Massimo Bottura Looks to the Past and the Future 9 MIN, 9 SEC

Massimo Bottura is the chef at Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Modena, Italy. The restaurant was recently voted second in the world on the San Pellegrino 50 Best List. The evolution of his restaurant along with an exploration into his twenty-five year career are documented in his book Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef.

But like many chefs, Massimo is frustrated with food waste -- a staggering 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted worldwide each year. So he teamed up with Pope Francis and the organizers of Expo Milan to start Refettorio Ambrosiano, a soup kitchen in which some of the world's best chefs prepare multi course meals for those in need. All the dishes at the Refettorio are prepared using discarded food from supermarkets and the Expo.

Music: "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

Rome's Food Scene Makes Way for a New Generation 8 MIN, 16 SEC

Writer Elizabeth Minchilli has lived on and off in Rome since the 1970's. Her latest book, Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City, is an homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. She describes how the city has evolved to make room for a new generation of food entrepreneurs.

Find a recipe for her carbonara on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Beast"

Eating Rome

Elizabeth Minchilli

Shakespeare, Not Stirred 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Professors Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim teach Shakespeare at their respective universities and co-author the blog Everyday Shakespeare. They combine their passions for bard and booze in the book Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas.

French fries + Falafel: 10 Grand Central Market Food Hacks 9 MIN, 1 SEC

Zach Brooks is the host of the Food is the New Rock podcast and the voice behind Midtown Lunch LA. He wrote an article for Thrillist on ten food hacks he concocted at LA's Grand Central Market.

Music: "Johnny's Odyssey"

How the Military Changed our Lunchbox 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Food-writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo authored Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the US Military Shapes the Way You Eat. In her book, she explores the correlation between our military's food preservation endeavors and the processed foods that show up in grocery stores.

Music: "Passion Fruit"

Combat-Ready Kitchen

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

Market Report 5 MIN, 19 SEC

Santa Monica Farmers' Market manager Laura Avery talks to chef James Trees of Superba restaurant group about how he and his chefs try to support farmers throughout the year. This month Superba Food + Bread offers a new three-course farmer dinner series featuring tomatoes, zucchini and onions from Coastal Farms.

Farmer Lori Heal of Two Peas in a Pod says she has a new crop of dried beans that she is bringing to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market. She also has haricot verts, a variety of berries and her own line of jam.

Music: "Birthday Song" by Katy Perry 

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