Photo: Beef plov pictured in “Samarkand” courtesy of Caroline Eden
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LA Times food writer Jonathan Gold dines at Delicious Food Corner in Monterey Park, a restaurant he calls “the most Hong Kong place in the San Gabriel Valley.” Dim sum is for tourists but homely rice porridge, or congee, means home. Find out which dishes Jonathan recommends and read his LA Times review.
Photo of bowl of congee courtesy of Danielle Scott
Delicious Food Corner: 2327 Garfield Ave S, Monterey Park, CA 91754 | (323) 726-0788
Samarkand sits in Uzbekistan on the ancient Silk Road. Food and travel writer Caroline Eden uses the Russian nesting dolls matryoshka as a metaphor to describe the Uzbek cuisine of this region: as soon as you unveil one culinary tradition, another reveals itself. Her book about the foods eaten here is called “Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus.” Find her beef plov recipe on our blog.
Think about Persia and an expansive understanding of an ancient gastroculture that includes many lands and peoples comes into focus. Food writer and photographer Naomi Duguid spent years exploring these lands bound by tradition and custom. Her book “Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan” is a compelling look at this area.
We kicked off the show with Jonathan Gold’s favorite Hong Kong-style breakfast in Los Angeles. Now, we turn the mic over to writer Yasmin Khan to hear about breakfast food in Iran. We talked to Khan in March around the time of the Persian New Year, after her book “The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen” was published. Find a recipe for her sabzi polo baa mahi (mixed herb rice with baked salmon) on the Good Food blog.
Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of a new formula for an herbicide called dicamba. Soybean and cotton farmers use it to halt the growth of weeds. But things haven’t gone so smoothly since dicamba got the greenlight. We called Harvest Public Media reporter Kristofor Husted in Missouri to get the scoop.
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