Chef and food justice activist Zoe Adjonyoh returns to Ghana to explore her cultural ancestry and gather recipes. Julia Sherman has entertaining ideas and candy alternatives for Halloween. Delilah Snell shares traditions of Día de los Muertos, including the construction of altars and the significance of offerings left to welcome back the souls of deceased relatives. This week’s “In the Weeds” features Jonathan Yang, who opened Thank You Coffee in Chinatown to give back to the community and draw people back to legacy businesses. Christine Tran of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council explains a new county report showing better food insecurity statistics but trends with unemployment rates. Finally, Naomi Shim is making pastry with farmer’s market pears.
Ghanaian food, Halloween prep, sugar skulls, pears
From this Episode:
Zoe Adjonyoh: Searching for identity in West African cuisine
Chef and food justice activist Zoe Adjonyoh’s exploration of Ghanaian cuisine has been led by her personal desire to connect with her ancestry and cultural identity.
Hate giving candy on Halloween? ‘Build a photobooth,’ says Julia Sherman
“Artists use their gathering as a laboratory and a space for experimentation,” says Julia Sherman. Throwing out the rules, getting guests to participate, and forgoing the...
DIY Día de los Muertos: Decorating sweet calveras to honor and remember
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration to commemorate life and death, where altars are constructed to welcome back the souls of deceased relatives.
‘In the Weeds’ with Jonathan Yang of Thank You Coffee
An influx of businesses are opening in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, where second generation Chinese-American chefs and owners are returning to their roots with a sense of history...
Low-income women, Latinos, and 18-40 year olds remain food insecure in LA: New report
The pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color and vulnerable groups facing financial and health challenges, and food security is certainly no exception.