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Bill Esparza is the driving force behind Tacolandia, LA Weekly’s yearly taco fest. He’s been dubbed the Magellan of Menudo and the Captain Cook of Carnitas by Gustavo Arellano, and is an expert on the Mexican food scene in Los Angeles. All Esparza’s knowledge comes together in a new book, “LA Mexicano: Recipes, People and Places.”
Every June for the past eight years, pork lovers have descended on Ann Arbor, Michigan, to pitch their tents for Camp Bacon. Lots of bacon is consumed at the five-day event. But the bacon is really just an appetizer for the seasoned exchange of ideas and conversation that take place. Our contributor Simran Sethi was one of the presenters at this year’s camp. She shares her report, along with Miss Ji Hye Kim’s makjeok pork recipe, on the “Good Food” blog.
Camp Bacon is a fundraiser for the Southern Foodways Alliance, a nonprofit co-founded by John T. Edge. Edge has just published a book that explores issues of race, identity and class through the lens of food in the American South. It’s called “The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.”
John T. Edge
Now we return to our neck of the woods to eat Hainan chicken rice with Jonathan Gold at Side Chick. It’s Johnny Lee’s latest culinary endeavor situated in the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia. Tune in to hear why Jonathan thinks Lee’s version of the Hainanese classic stands out among the rest. You can read his full LA Times review of Side Chick here.
Hainan chicken rice. (Photo by Stan Lee)
Side Chick: 400 South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 | (626) 688-3879
The Bocuse d’Or is the Olympics of the culinary world. This January in Lyon, France, an American team of chefs took home the gold for the first time in 30 years. Why is the competition significant? And is the win important for the US? We called journalist Andrew Friedman to find out. He chronicled the history of the competition in his book, “Knives at Dawn.”
We close out this week’s show at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Laura Avery shops for Genoese basil with Mirko Paderno, executive chef of Culina and Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, and farmer Logan Williams of Logan's Gardens in Silver Lake.
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Mark Bittman on grilling, the business of beef, and historic Filipinotown It’s summer cookout season, and Mark Bittman has some essential grilling tips. Third-generation butcher Katie Flannery talks life in the beef business. English chef James Whetlor wants us to consider eating more goat. As Filipinotown gentrifies, the owners of a new bar are trying to reach out to their neighbors. Jonathan Gold talks food-centric cinema. And a peculiar vegetable is popping up at the farmers market.
Nigella Lawson, peaches, and reimagining Jewish food at Freedman's Fine dining is nice, but sometimes the best bites are those that remind us of home. Nigella Lawson wants to celebrate home cooks in her latest book. Jonah and Amanda Freedman are recreating the bagels of their childhood at their modern Jewish deli, Freedman’s. Beyond the bagels, Jonathan Gold says the rest of the menu at Freedman’s is delicious and nostalgic in ways difficult to explain. Also, peaches at the market.
Ramadan's culinary traditions, what's next for the Farm Bill, and avocados Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last week. What tanked the legislation? London author Anissa Helou discusses some foods traditionally eaten after sundown during Ramadan, in addition to other foods of the Islamic world. And how is one of LA’s best chefs secretly running a clothing line? Plus, Jonathan Gold returns from Japan with a deepened respect for chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.
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