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When J Ryan Stradal set out to write his first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, he intended to write a family book. But through the novel's fictional characters he opens the door to his own culinary upbringing and introduces readers to Midwestern staples like Scandinavian lutefisk.
Music: "Big Dream" by Theme Park
J. Ryan Stradal
Cookbook author Amelia Saltsman's new book, The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen, traces the thread of Jewish cuisine from its ancient roots to contemporary discussions on seasonality and sustainability. She includes 150 recipes that offer her contemporary takes on the Jewish classics.
Find a recipe for her Plum Meringue Torte on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Jamaica" by Theme Park
Laura Avery is the market manager at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. This week she talks with Luis Jaime of JF Organic Farms about his red okra and green okra. The red okra will lose its color if cooked, but will become a darker red if quickly blanched.
Plus, Corina Weibel, chef-owner of Canelé, is shopping for Romanesco squash from Coleman Family Farm. She likes to slice them the size of thick coins, so when sauted they can get crispy on the outside and stay tender on the inside. She also marinates them in a vinaigrette and serves them raw.
Music: "Danger" by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
Steven Satterfield is the executive chef at Miller Union in Atlanta. He was once dubbed the “Vegetable Shaman” by New York Times writer Sam Sifton. His cookbook, Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks through the Seasons, celebrates getting the most out of every part of the vegetable.
Find a recipe for his Bulgur Wheat with Roasted Baby Beets and Their Tops on the Good Food Blog.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. While the Southland suffers through a heatwave, he shares some of his favorite cold noodle dishes in Los Angeles. He enjoys the cold noodles from Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun in Koreatown; the cold soba noodles at Ichimiann in Palos Verdes; the cold bun tom thit nuong at Brodard in Garden Grove; the cold sesame noodles at Lucky Noodle King in San Gabriel; the cold noodles at Shaanxi Gourmet in Rosemead, and the chilled udon with plum at Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo.
Music: "Atliens" by Outkast