Transformation: cooking, eating, and lending a hand one year into the pandemic

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Michael Flood, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, says that the pandemic has led some people to seek food assistance for the first time. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

It’s now 52 weeks since the restaurants, bars, gyms and schools first shut down, not knowing what the future looked like.  Good Food speaks with chefs, activists, and farmers about their experiences over this year of transformation. Musician and rapper Hugh Augustine turned to vegan cooking when his promotional tour was canceled. Lisa Gross moved her intimate classes at League of Kitchens to a digital platform. Yoonjin Hwang shares the ups and downs of her restaurant, Spoon by H, in this week’s installments of “In the Weeds.” Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Executive Director Michael Flood reflects on the assistance provided to Angelenos over the last 12 months. Ricardo Castorena is the man behind the party van in the Central Valley, distributing PPE and good vibes to farm workers. At the farmer’s market, purveyors recount the last year using one word.



Evan Kleiman