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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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Nigella Lawson, peaches, and reimagining Jewish food at Freedman's Fine dining is nice, but sometimes the best bites are those that remind us of home. Nigella Lawson wants to celebrate home cooks in her latest book. Jonah and Amanda Freedman are recreating the bagels of their childhood at their modern Jewish deli, Freedman’s. Beyond the bagels, Jonathan Gold says the rest of the menu at Freedman’s is delicious and nostalgic in ways difficult to explain. Also, peaches at the market.
Ramadan's culinary traditions, what's next for the Farm Bill, and avocados Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last week. What tanked the legislation? London author Anissa Helou discusses some foods traditionally eaten after sundown during Ramadan, in addition to other foods of the Islamic world. And how is one of LA’s best chefs secretly running a clothing line? Plus, Jonathan Gold returns from Japan with a deepened respect for chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.
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Try Nigella Lawson’s easily elegant chicken and pea traybake Just because a meal is low maintenance doesn’t mean it has to compromise on taste. Ask celebrity food personality Nigella Lawson! She says this traybake recipe is a favorite from her book “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking,” because of its simplicity yet maximal flavor. Read More
Ramadan recipes: Saudi roasted lamb shoulder on a bed of fragrant rice Ramadan is underway around the world. The month-long observance began on May 17 and will last until June 15. After sunset, many observant Muslims will break their fasts with customary meals. Anissa Helou shares a recipe from her latest cookbook “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” to enjoy after dusk. Read More