Photo: Quinn Dombrowski
FROM THIS EPISODE
Long before Eric Ripert earned a third Michelin star for his New York institution Le Bernardin, he was a lanky youth from a broken home looking for solace. With resilience and a sweet tooth, he gravitated towards the kitchen. In 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, Ripert shares memories of his mother's artful spring rolls, mouthfuls of mousse made by an early mentor and the blistering tongue of one of the world's greatest chefs.
Music: "Cities in the Air 2" by Pepe Deluxé
On Cinco de Mayo, Donald Trump went big on social media. "I love Hispanics!" he tweeted with a snapshot of what he called a taco bowl from the Trump Tower Grill. Not surprisingly, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's political maneuverings ignited a furor online, especially among Latinos. Trump's move got us wondering what place the taco bowl holds in Mexican food. So we asked Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and host of KCRW's Orange County Line, to weigh in. He covers the subject in his book Taco USA.
Music: "Crack a bottle" (instrumental) by Eminem, featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
A new ice cream parlor in Koreatown has caught the attention of our favorite food critic. CottonHi specializes in soft serve topped with — wait for it — organic cotton candy. Choose from several menu items or combine your favorite flavors of ice cream and cotton candy. Then personalize your creation with toppings like caramel popcorn and Lucky Charms marshmallows, pineapple sauce with toasted coconut shavings or chocolate sauce and fizzy Pop Rocks. Jonathan Gold's jam is the CottonHi version of an affogato: cotton candy and soft serve flavored with mascarpone sauce and cold brew coffee. Read Gold's LA Times review of CottonHi and see what these crazy mash-ups look like on the Good Food blog.
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Music: "Bird of Paradise" (instrumental) by Fly By Pony
Don't be surprised if you start seeing lots of activity at the Murray Family Farms' stands around town in the weeks ahead. That's because the cherries this farm is known for are ripening now.
In the past 30 years, Murray Family Farms has grown from two acres of Brooks and Tulare cherry trees to 35 varieties being cultivated on 180 acres of land. Steven Murray, Jr. says each kind of cherry has a unique size, color and sweetness. The farm plans to bring two new varieties to market each week until the season ends in early June.
Chef Sal Marino says the cherry is the “King of the Stone Fruits.” In this week's market report, he tells Laura Avery why he likes the Sequoia and GG1 varieties for the cherry gazpacho he serves at Marino's Ristorante.
Music: "Book of the Month" by Lovage
With all the hoopla over foraging, you'd think it was a new thing. But Pascal Baudar has been scouring the Southland for wild plants for years. His found ingredients have appeared on the menus of restaurants owned by Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Ari Taymor, Michael Voltaggio, CJ Jacobson and Niki Nakayama. Baudar walks us through the recipes in his new book The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir” and shares instructions for how to make black mustard on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Gimme that Thing" by Fly By Pony
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The 'Fuerte Four,’ nixtamalization, and eggplants Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament is this Sunday and our judges are faced with the ultimate decision: corn or flour? Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the LA area. And did you know that inside your tortilla is an ancient process, perfected over centuries? Also, L.A. Taco’s Daniel Hernandez recalls a Guadalajara taco crawl with Jonathan Gold. Plus: some tips on cooking eggplant, now in season.
Plastic straws, Persian cuisine, and Meathead Goldwyn What does the history of plastic straws tell us about U.S. capitalism? Growing up in Tehran, Naz Deravian watched her parents entertain with classic Persian dishes; now she’s carrying on the tradition in LA. Stressed about cooking brisket this Rosh Hashanah? Help is here. Plus, Zach Brooks stops by to discuss Jonathan Gold’s review of Vespertine.
Jell-O and feminism, ‘Losing Earth,’ vertical farming A new book examines the intersection of American feminism and Jell-O. This Labor Day, throw some desserts on the grill. Nathaniel Rich dives into the consequences of ignoring climate change warnings. Does vertical farming yield the same nutrient content as open air agriculture? Also: Tien Nguyen remembers Jonathan Gold’s impassioned defense of San Gabriel noodle shops, including Nha Trang.
Thai food, from Bangkok to SoCal Thai food is having a renaissance. We revisit conversations with James Syhabout of Hawker Fare and Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker, who are showing U.S. diners the wider canon of Thai food. We also hear about Bangkok’s unique food culture. How does the history of Thai food in LA tell the story of Thai assimilation? Plus: hear Jonathan Gold’s original review of Jitlada, the beloved Thai restaurant in Hollywood.
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