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What is "Slutty Food?" 10 MIN, 14 SEC

Last weekend, the editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit hit a nerve when he tweeted about the "slutty Chinese food" he'd just eaten. Chefs, writers and readers quickly took sides with some female restaurateurs calling out "bro appétit" as sexist and others embracing the use of "slutty" in the food lexicon.

Besha Rodell addressed the controversy in an essay for the LA Weekly, "The Death of Raunch in Kitchen Culture."

Music: "Erotic City" by Prince

The Story of Nashville Hot Chicken 9 MIN, 21 SEC

When writer and historian Rachel Martin returned to Nashville after an eight-year absence she was shocked to discover her hometown was famous for a dish she had never heard of. In "Hot Hot Chicken Really Happened," she investigates Nashville's segregated past to find the origins of what has become the city's most famous dish.

Music: "Sauce" by Chancha Via Circuito 

Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Restaurants are Booming 8 MIN, 6 SEC

In a New York Times story this week, reporter Kim Severson writes, "The joke used to be that New Orleans is a town of 5,000 restaurants and five recipes." But now, ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, she reports that the city's restaurant scene is booming. There are more restaurants today than there were in 2005 before the storm hit.

Earlier this week on To the Point, KCRW's Warren Olney spoke to Severson and Tia Moore Henry of Cafe Dauphine in the Lower 9th Ward.

Music: "For True" by Trombone Shorty

The Diet of a Sumo Wrestler 5 MIN, 53 SEC

On Saturday, August 8 thousands are expected to attend the US Sumo Open in Long Beach. Sixty wrestlers from around the world will compete in what has become one of the biggest sumo competitions outside Japan. Independent producer Abbie Fentress Swanson reports on what the wrestlers are eating to bulk up for competition.

Music: "NaNaNa" by Splendid

Jonathan Gold Reviews Cassia in Santa Monica 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week, he visits Cassia in Santa Monica. The buzzy new opening is a partnership between chef Bryant Ng (formerly of Spice Table), Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan. He recommends the charcuterie plate, cucumber salad, chopped escargot, white pepper crab and Vietnamese pot au feu.

Cassia
1314 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-6699

Find all of Jonathan's restaurant recommendations on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Crabs by Midnight Movers

Talking Pie and Pi with LA Earthquake Czar Lucy Jones 5 MIN

Dr. Lucy Jones is a seismologist at the US Geological Survey, based at CalTech, and has served time as the city of LA’s "earthquake czar" for Mayor Eric Garcetti.  She tells us that nerds everywhere celebrate "Pi Day" on March 14 with pie.

Music: "Ointment" by King Mono

FDA Proposes a Daily Value for Sugar on Nutrition Labels 5 MIN, 56 SEC

Marion Nestle is the author of seven books and a professor at NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health.

This week she discusses the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to add a daily value for added sugar on nutrition labels. Until now, labels were only required to list the number of grams of sugar in a given product. Under the new proposed guidelines the FDA would recommend that consumers ingest no more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugars.

On her blog Nestle writes, "Ten percent of calories means 200 calories on a 2000 calorie daily diet, or 50 grams, or 12 teaspoons — the amount in one 16-ounce soda."

Music: "Hometown" by Splendid

Market Report 5 MIN, 24 SEC

This week market manager Laura Avery talks with chef Nyesha Arrington who recently opened Leona on Washington Boulevard in Venice. This week chef Arrington is shopping for Dapple Dandy pluots which she slow roasts and uses to garnish her brick chicken at Leona.

Farmer Jay Scott has been a vendor at the Santa Monica Market for over thirty years. He sells a variety of pluots, including the Dapple Dandy and Flavor King. He also grows eleven varieties of table grapes.

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