Sri Rao brings his book about Indian cuisine and film to the stage as he presents “Bollywood Kitchen” at the Geffen Playhouse. Mashama Bailey and John Morisano opened The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, and in their new book, they tackle race, gender, class, and culture while building their business and friendship. Charlene Wang reports on the lingering issues of colonialism in the world of tea. Bill Esparza examines the popularity of birria, from Tijuana to Canada. Cauliflower is in season at the farmer’s market. Finally, Monica May describes how the diverse downtown LA community saved her Nickel Diner during the pandemic.
Bollywood cuisine, tea, birria, cauliflower
From this Episode:
RSVP to a night of Indian cooking and Bollywood films
In his book “ Bollywood Kitchen ,” Sri Rao tells the story of his family immigrating to suburban Pennsylvania, their assimilation, and the role that Bollywood films played...
Tackling race and reconciliation in a historic Southern town
A Black chef from Queens and a white business entrepreneur walk into an abandoned Greyhound bus station. Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano converted the space into an...
Reading beyond the tea leaves of colonial trade and exploitation
During the 17th and 18th centuries, “ tea was what a limited-edition sneaker drop or what Perigord black truffles are today,” writes Charlene Wang.
Tracing the history of the birria obsession
A red, beef stew tucked into a corn tortilla stained red from the juices — birria de res has become a bonafide phenomenon. Bill Esparza documented its journey from Tijuana...
Topping market cauliflower with a 21 ingredient date mole
Market correspondent Gillian Ferguson meets up with Chef Carols Jaquez of Birria Pa La Cruda and Ome, a vegetable-focused pop-up.