Good Food

Good Food

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

¡Ask a Tortilla Judge!: How do I make my tortillas puff up?

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

It starts with 64 contenders — 32 in the flour category and an equal showing in corn.

Who will take home the 2021 Golden Tortilla? It’s down to the Suave 16

It starts with 64 contenders — 32 in the flour category and an equal showing in corn.

Market correspondent Gillian Ferguson finds Chef Andy Lee at the market shopping for perilla, a mint-like plant he uses to make banchan at his pandemic pivot concept, Nanoom .

Banchan: The choose your own adventure of Korean food

Market correspondent Gillian Ferguson finds Chef Andy Lee at the market shopping for perilla, a mint-like plant he uses to make banchan at his pandemic pivot concept, Nanoom .

LA Times restaurant critic Bill Addison has a soft spot for Lebanese food.

Seeking out homestyle Lebanese food in Hollywood with Bill Addison

LA Times restaurant critic Bill Addison has a soft spot for Lebanese food.

Despite geographic changes and political shifts in the region, some ingredients of Macedonian cuisine remain constant. Peppers are still a mainstay.

Finding fall comfort food from Macedonia

Despite geographic changes and political shifts in the region, some ingredients of Macedonian cuisine remain constant. Peppers are still a mainstay.

“There are so many things gumming up the supply chain,” says reporter Laura Reiley.

Ingredient availability, shipping delays, labor shortage: What’s causing food prices to soar?

“There are so many things gumming up the supply chain,” says reporter Laura Reiley.

I distinctly remember the first time I was ever embarrassed by my food.

The tale of the ugly duckling burrito: How tortillas taught me to embrace my identity

I distinctly remember the first time I was ever embarrassed by my food.

In just two weeks, we’ve gone from 64 tortillas to just 16. Three of our top four No. 1 seeds remain, but there have been a lot of upsets along the way.

Tortilla Tournament 2021, Week Two: We Have Our Suave 16!

In just two weeks, we’ve gone from 64 tortillas to just 16. Three of our top four No. 1 seeds remain, but there have been a lot of upsets along the way.

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!: If Larry Elder and Gavin Newsom were tortilla brands...

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

A lifetime ago, I was a film studies major at Chapman University in Orange. And there was no better film that Hollywood ever created in my mind than “Casablanca.”

You must remember this flour tortilla at Casablanca in Venice

A lifetime ago, I was a film studies major at Chapman University in Orange. And there was no better film that Hollywood ever created in my mind than “Casablanca.”

Natalie Baszile established the Black Harvest Fund at the San Francisco Foundation which distributes grants to certified non-profits that advance the work of Black farmers and farmers…

‘A Love Letter to Future Generations’

Natalie Baszile established the Black Harvest Fund at the San Francisco Foundation which distributes grants to certified non-profits that advance the work of Black farmers and farmers…

In the years following enslavement, there were nearly one million Black farmers in America. Today, there are approximately 45,000.

Amplifying Black farmers’ voices in a new book of essays, narratives, and poems

In the years following enslavement, there were nearly one million Black farmers in America. Today, there are approximately 45,000.

Generations of Black farmers have fallen victim to discriminatory practices employed against them by the US Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Administration.

How Black farmers experience economic discrimination at the hands of the USDA

Generations of Black farmers have fallen victim to discriminatory practices employed against them by the US Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Administration.

Natalie Baszile recounts a visit with Miss Rose, the affectionate moniker of her grandmother, and the elder’s two-day train ride from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

A grandmother’s life in Louisiana: ‘We were poor but we were never hungry’

Natalie Baszile recounts a visit with Miss Rose, the affectionate moniker of her grandmother, and the elder’s two-day train ride from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

To understand the current climate of race relations in America is to understand a period of history between 1619, when the first Africans arrived in Virginia, and 1640.

Explaining the broken promises of ‘freedom dues’

To understand the current climate of race relations in America is to understand a period of history between 1619, when the first Africans arrived in Virginia, and 1640.

Just a few decades ago, tobacco provided a secure income for Southern farmers. But when the tobacco buyout came, many Black farmers were cut out of the deal.

Curing tobacco: one man’s accidental innovation becomes another’s livelihood

Just a few decades ago, tobacco provided a secure income for Southern farmers. But when the tobacco buyout came, many Black farmers were cut out of the deal.

In spring 2021, I enrolled in Gustavo Arellano’s narrative non-fiction class at Orange Coast College after years of asking for his advice about how to break into food journalism.

Three days, 400 miles, and 16 tortillerías: The diary of Gustavo’s Tortilla Runner

In spring 2021, I enrolled in Gustavo Arellano’s narrative non-fiction class at Orange Coast College after years of asking for his advice about how to break into food journalism.

This rundown is the loooong one, when 64 tortillas slash down to 32, where the mighty slay the meek — at least that’s how it’s supposed to go.

Tortilla Tournament 2021, Week One: The old-school dominates

This rundown is the loooong one, when 64 tortillas slash down to 32, where the mighty slay the meek — at least that’s how it’s supposed to go.

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!: What’s the best way to heat a tortilla?

Welcome to ¡Ask a Tortilla Tournament Judge!, the world’s premier column on all things tortilla.

When local and national reporters cover HomeState, Southern California’s thriving Tex-Mex chain, they naturally focus on founder and owner Briana Valdez.

The secret behind HomeState’s continued success: Its tortilla queens

When local and national reporters cover HomeState, Southern California’s thriving Tex-Mex chain, they naturally focus on founder and owner Briana Valdez.