Jonathan Gold reviews an unusual taco truck, David Mills details the avocado cartels in Mexico and Louisa Shafia shares updated recipes for Persian cooking.
Highlights from this week’s show:
2. Microbes Affect Wine’s Regional Taste–David Mills is a professor of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. He coauthored a recent study that found that microbes specific to certain regions have an effect on terroir, or the signature taste of an area’s wine.
3. Jonathan Gold Reviews Guerrilla Tacos–Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reviews Guerrilla Tacos, Chef Wes Avila’s taco truck that frequents the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles.
The menu changes daily (as does the location, check their website for details), so Jonathan recommends to go with a group and order the whole menu.
5. Avocado Cartels–Jose de Cordoba is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. In a recent article, he reported that Mexican cartels in Michoacan are extorting farmers, packing houses and shippers in the avocado growing region. He says 4 out of 5 avocados shipped to the U.S. come from the afflicted area where the local mafia takes at least a 10 percent cut of the profits.
6. Market Report–John Jackson sells blueberries for Whitney Ranch in Santa Barbara. He hopes to have blueberries at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market until at least August.
7. Nowruz Dishes and Fesenjan–Louisa Shafia is the author of New Persian Kitchen. She talks about cooking for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and about updating Persian classics for a vegetarian and vegan palate.