Bollywood cuisine, tea, birria, cauliflower

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“Picking tea is literal hands-on labor,” says Charlene Wang, as she explains how colonialism still affects the market for it. Photo by Charlene Wang.

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. 



Evan Kleiman