Fairview Gardens lost much of their produce due to the recent rains. They're now back at the market selling fava bean sprouts and seascape strawberries.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Lucky Noodle King, which serves dan dan mian, a dish made with the spicy and mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper. He also likes the "crazy flavor eel," the fava beans with garlic and chile, the twice-cooked pork, and the Chong-qing fried chicken.
Lucky Noodle King
534 E. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Scott Daigre is the man behind Tomatomania, an annual tomato plant sale. Follow Good Food Producer Harriet Ells' progress on the Good Food Blog.
Patrick Gomes is an entomologist and the national coordinator of the USDA's Citrus Health Response Program. More about their Save our Citrus public awareness campaign and how to identify citrus greening here. If you are in California and you want to report a pest, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture: (800) 491-1899.
Evan Kleiman visited El Toro Market, a meat market and grocery store in Santa Ana, where they make fresh tortillas. Pictures from the market are here.
1340 West 1st Street
Santa Ana, CA
2017's best cookbooks, holiday tea, and the wonders of panettone To help us gear up for the holidays, Celia Sack shares the best (and most giftable) cookbooks of 2017. Teri Gelber lights up while talking about holiday tea flavors. Jonathan Gold falls head-over-beans for Verlaine. In his latest book, David Lebovitz writes about what it’s like to build a Parisian home. We’ll talk about how these wildfires are affecting farmers. And according to chef Roy Shvartzapel, panettone isn’t just for Christmas anymore.
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Staying afloat in L.A.'s restaurant biz Opening and running a restaurant is a never-ending hustle and an unpredictable enterprise. A decade ago, Ohio State University researchers found that 6 out of 10 restaurants fail in their first year. More recent findings reveal the median lifespan of a restaurant in the western part of the US to be just 4½ years. We asked five restaurateurs to share their stories of life in the business.
The Thanksgiving show: Family and food This Thanksgiving we are talking about family. Chef Jacques Pepin learns something new when he cooks with his granddaughter. Miry’s List helps newly immigrated families feel safe in America. During a trip to Ireland, Evan spoke with Breda Burns about her mother’s beef stew. Finally, a Nashville writer who learned how to cook Sichuanese dishes to make her adopted daughter feel at home.
Good Food’s best books of 2017 Looking for a thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life? Evan Kleiman and Celia Sack have narrowed down their favorite cookbooks of 2017. Spoiler: there’s a lot. Read More
Like ‘mam’ used to make: Irish beef stew During a trip to Ireland, Evan met with artist Breda Burns, who shared her mother’s bare-bones recipe for traditional Irish beef stew. And when making the stew at home, she sources the vegetables from her own backyard! Read More