This Week on Good Food: Can French Food be Saved?, Grilled Cheese, Farm to Toaster

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David Lebovitz takes us on a culinary tour of Paris, Eric Greenspan talks Grilled Cheese, plus we look at the farm to toaster movement.

Highlights from this week’s show:

1. Parisian Culinary Adventures–David Lebovitz was a pastry chef at Chez Panisse for 13 years before he moved to Paris. He’s written several books, most of them focused on decadent pastries that he first mastered in culinary school, but his latest cookbook My Paris Kitchen delves into the savory side of Parisian cuisine. Find a recipe for his Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette on the Good Food blog.

2. The Farm to Toaster Movement–Last autumn Andrea Crawford of Kenter Canyon Farms and Roan Mills initiated a farm to toaster program where she grows, mills and bakes with the wheat she grows on her property in Hollister, California.  She sells her bread, flour and wheat berries at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers’ Market.

3. Perfecting Simple Dishes with David Tanis–David Tanis is a chef and cookbook author who, like David Lebovitz, also spent years as a chef at Chez Panisse. His most recent book, One Good Dish, focuses on perfecting simple staples. It was Good Food’s winter Cookbook Club Pick. Find a recipe for his Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs and Pepper on the Good Food blog.

4. The Art of Grilled Cheese–Chef Eric Greenspan just opened a new restaurant, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, on Melrose that’s all about the artistry of the grilled cheese sandwich. Find a recipe on the Good Food blog for one of the sandwiches on the restaurant’s menu that won the grilled cheese invitational in 2008.

5. Market Report–Laura Avery talks to Steve Murray of Murray Family Farms about why stone fruit has arrived 2-3 weeks earlier than usual at southern California’s farmers’ markets.

Robert Wemischner talks about the wonders of poaching cherries in red wine and shares his recipe for his Creamy Rice Pudding with Red Wine Poached Cherries. Find it on the Good Food blog.

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5. Jonathan Gold Reviews Q–Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reviews Q a new sushi restaurant in downtown where chef Hiroyuki Naruke emphasizes the flavor of the fish unlike other sushi restaurants in Los Angeles.

Both the lunch and dinner menus are omakase.

Q

521 W 7th St

Downtown

(213) 225-6285

All of Jonathan’s restaurant recommendations can be found on the Good Food restaurant map.

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6. Market Report–Laura Avery talks to Steve Murray of Murray Family Farms about why stone fruit has arrived 2-3 weeks earlier than usual at southern California’s farmers’ markets.

Robert Wemischner talks about the wonders of poaching cherries in red wine and shares his recipe for his Creamy Rice Pudding with Red Wine Poached Cherries. Find it on the Good Food blog.

7. Vegetarian For Everyone–Prolific cookbook author Deborah Madison’s most recent release is The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, an updated version of her award-winning cookbook Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Attend a book signing and dinner with Deborah Madison at Cook’s County on Wednesday April 30 from 6:00-10:00 PM. It costs $45 per guest.