Maite Gomez-Rejón has spent the past decade exploring the intersection of art and culinary culture. She describes corn as the lifeforce of the Americas and was the co-curator of the first exhibit at LA Plaza Cocina, a new museum dedicated to Mexican food. Curtis Kimball made friends and brought a neighborhood together by serving up pancakes. Lisa Gill investigated heavy metal in pantry spices for Consumer Reports. Rachel Baron reported on the benefits of using foreign language characters and words in cookbooks. Chefs Andrew Marco and Ralph Hsiao are bringing that neighborhood bodega feel to Koreatown via Open Market. Finally, Jesus Ramirez-Arteaga is shopping for beets at the farmer’s market for a salad at natural wine bar, Good Clean Fun.
Pancakes for friends, foreign characters in cookbooks, beets
From this Episode:
As Mexican food museum opens in LA, learn the rich history of corn
La Plaza Cocina, the first museum dedicated to Mexican food, has opened in downtown Los Angeles. Its first exhibit focuses on the rich history of corn.
How to make friends in SF? Host pancake parties
San Franciscan Curtis Kimball decided to make sidewalk pancakes to bring his community together and make new connections.
What’s in common spices like thyme and oregano? Heavy metals, it turns out
Consumer Reports recently examined 120 spices for heavy metals with sobering results.
Honoring language and culture in cookbook script
Technology and expense have long kept foreign language characters and words out of English cookbooks. Prolific authors weigh in.
How can we bring value to neighborhoods without opening restaurants?
Chefs Andrew Marco and Ralph Hsiao took inspiration from New York’s corner bodegas when bringing Open Market to life.