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On the forty year anniversary of the the end of the Vietnam War, we revisit Charles Phan’s personal journey, from leaving Vietnam in 1975 to opening The Slanted Door twenty years later. Plus, Philly’s Marc Vetri talks to us about his love of pasta and Barry Estabrook explores the history of the American hog.

Photo: Ed Anderson

Charles Phan and the Story of The Slanted Door 14 MIN

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Charles Phan is the chef and owner at The Slanted Door in San Francisco. He shares his story of his family leaving Vietnam on April 30, 1975.

Music: “Fish Sauce” by Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins

The Slanted Door

Charles Phan

Mastering Pasta with Marc Vetri 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Marc Vetri is the James Beard award winning chef and owner of seven restaurants in the Philadelphia area including his namesake, Vetri. His new book is Mastering Pasta.

Find a recipe for his Spaghetti with Pepper Ragu on the Good Food blog.

Music: “So High” by Tom Maxwell

Mastering Pasta

Marc Vetri

A Short History of American Hogs 9 MIN, 37 SEC

Barry Estabrook is a two-time James Beard Award-winning food writer. In his new book, Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat, he details the history of the pig in America.

Music: “Nage Libre” by Herve Roy

Pig Tales

Barry Estabrook

Vegan Lox 8 MIN, 19 SEC

Tal Ronnen is the chef-owner of Crossroads, where he serves vegan lox on his brunch menu. His version of lox are made with smoked carrots and seasoned with nori to mimic the flavor of smoked salmon.

Music: “Tema in Hifi” by Modern Sounds from Italy

Market Report 7 MIN, 21 SEC

This week Murray Family Farms is back at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market with Brooks cherries, white peaches and yellow nectarines. Owner Steve Murray says his cherry crop is about 10% of normal due to water shortages and extreme heat.

Ice cream chef Shiho Yoshikawa was thrilled to find both cherries and papayas (more on that next week) at Wednesday’s market. She is also using spring herbs in her seasonal ice creams and sorbets at her Sweet Rose Creamery.

Music: “Green Garden” by Laura Mvula

Jonathan Gold Reviews Cadet 7 MIN, 17 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Cadet, Kris Tominaga's French-inspired restaurant in Santa Monica. He recommends the rabbit boulettes, braised fava bean tartine, smoked mussel tartine, ember roasted carrots and the French 76 cocktail.

2518 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Read Jonathan's LA Times review and find all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food restaurant map.

Music: “Start It Up” by Tribe Called Quest

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