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Photo: Bill Esparza

Producers:
Gillian Ferguson
Laryl Garcia
Camellia Tse

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon 9 MIN, 28 SEC

Cindy Ott is an associate professor of American studies at St. Louis University. In her book, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, she provides a fascinating lens for the cultural, social and economic history of the pumpkin, from early domestication to American glorification and its present popularity as spiced latte flavoring.

Music: "The Stoop" by Little Jackie

Pumpkin

Cindy Ott

Live Fire Cooking and No Tips at Camino 15 MIN, 11 SEC

Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain are the husband and wife team behind Camino in Oakland, CA. They discuss their unconventional way of operating their restaurant, from communal dining to live fire cooking. Their new cookbook is This Is Camino.

Check out their recipe for Grilled Belgian Endive with Fresh Turmeric and Walnuts on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Let's Get Together" by EarthRise SoundSystem

This Is Camino

Russell Moore

The Best Carne Asada in Los Angeles 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Bill Esparza writes the "Essential T" column for Los Angeles magazine. He also blogs under the name Street Gourmet LA. As Good Food's official taco correspondent, he breaks down the best Sinaloan street taco spots in Los Angeles.

Get your taco fix with Bill's highlights, available on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Did You Miss Me?" by Tortured Soul

Why Big Beer Is Buying Up Craft Breweries 9 MIN, 13 SEC

The Great American Beer Festival is an annual event that brings together over 60,000 brewers, writers and industry enthusiasts.

Craft beer buyouts were top-of-mind for many visitors at this year's festival, with the latest announcement that Anheuser-Busch had purchased small Los Angeles-based brewery, Golden Road. Beer journalist Erika Bolden was at the festival and joins us to discuss the current trend and spotlights the LA breweries that took home medals from the festival.

Market Report 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Santa Monica Farmers' Market manager Laura Avery talks with farmer Mark Carpenter of Coastal Farms about two of his rare Italian heirloom varieties of winter squash: Marina di Chioggia and Tonda Padana. Striking in appearance, both have drier, sweeter flesh that work exceptionally well for cooking and baking.

Laura also speaks with Sal Marino, executive chef-owner of Il Grano. He's especially delighted by the autumn harvest, and the exciting new varieties of seasonal produce at the market. He incorporates squash into pasta, side dishes and serves it alongside fish and duck on his Fall menu.

Learn more about Marina di Chioggia and Tonda Padana on our weekly Market Digest on the Good Food blog.

Talking Shop with One of California's Last Remaining Silversmiths 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Randy Stromsoe is a classically trained silversmith, whose treasured works have been commissioned by the White House, the Smithsonian and even Quentin Tarantino. He came by the KCRW studios to share his lifelong passion and work.

You'll find images of Randy's designs in silver on the Good Food blog.

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