Colombia, with its Carribean and Pacific coasts and Andres mountain ridges, has vast climates and Indigenous communities that influence its regional cuisines and flavors. This week, food stylist Mariana Velàsquez speaks about the essential, fresh ingredients of her homeland’s recipes and pays homage to the women who were the backbone of her childhood in the kitchen. Gullah Geechee farmer and chef Matt Raiford describes the seafood of the Georgia coast, including shrimp for breakfast. From parmesan versus Parmigiano Reggiano to crispy versus crunchy, Brette Warshaw answers “What’s the difference?” between some of the kitchen and grocery aisles most common headscratchers. Piemaker Kate Lebo embraces fruit and waxes poetic about its more difficult varieties. Eggplant makes its appearance at the farmer’s market. Finally, Bill Addison visits a Cameroonian restaurant in Boyle Heights.
Colombian cuisine, Gullah Geechee food, difficult fruit
From this Episode:
Celebrating Colombian recipes with food stylist Mariana Velàsquez
As a food stylist, Mariana Velàsquez has worked with everyone from Michelle Obama to Lin-Manuel Miranda. But it’s the non-negotiable ingredients of her homeland, Colombia —...
Talking Georgia coast seafood with a sixth-generation Gullah Geechee farmer
Growing up on fileted snapper and a red eye gravy with shrimp made by his grandmother, Matthew Raiford describes himself as a “chefarmer.”
Cupboard confusion: Answering kitchen’s biggest headscratchers
Hot cocoa vs. hot chocolate. Corned beef vs. pastrami. Aioli vs. mayonnaise. What's the difference? Editor and writer Brette Warshaw has been asking that question in her...
Difficult fruit? It’s no problem for piemaster Kate Lebo
Ideal fruit is seen as smooth-skinned and bright-hued, a symbol of goodness, kindness, and the virtues of civilization. But not all fruit is easy. In fact, some varieties...
Thai, Chinese, Japanese: Varieties of eggplant at the farmer’s market
Market correspondent Gillian Ferguson meets up with Chris Keyser who is the executive chef at Union and U Street Pizza, who has his eyes on eggplant.