Black Food Fridays, remembering Diana Kennedy, vegan butchers

Hosted by

British-born Diana Kennedy smiles as she poses for a picture in front of bread ovens at her house in the city of Zitacuaro in the western state of Michoacan September 12, 2008. Kennedy has left behind the bland flavors of her homeland to become the world authority on a bewildering array of Mexican recipes from corn fungus crepes to blood sausage tacos. Now in her 80s, Kennedy is a cook's cook who was decorated with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given to foreigners in Mexico for her work traveling around the country garnering recipes and cataloging them in her cookbooks. Photo by MEXICO-COOK/ REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO)/File Photo

KJ Kearney, founder of Black Food Fridays, works to recognize the contributions of his ancestors one day at a time. LA Times Food Editor Daniel Hernandez and chef Gabriela Camara remember Mexican food and culture icon Diana Kennedy. Spirits writer Camper English tells the tale of booze as a cure-all throughout history. Joe Egender and Maciel Bañales Luna open the first vegan butcher shop in Los Angeles. Finally, Sonoko Sakai shops for peppers for furikake at the farmers market.