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Food writer and podcast host Zach Brooks takes us on a dumpling crawl through the San Gabriel Valley and a waffle-enthusiast expounds on the versatility of the waffle iron. Plus, investigative reporter Ted Genoways details the unsavory truths he uncovered about Hormel's processing plants where SPAM is made.

Photo: Zach Brooks

Will It Waffle? 8 MIN, 47 SEC

Daniel Shumski is asking the big questions so that you don't have to. His book is Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron.

We've got a recipe for his crispy sesame waffled kale on the Good Food Blog.

Music: "Namaste" by MC Yogi

Will It Waffle?

Daniel Shumski

Jonathan Gold Reviews Pok Pok Phat Thai 8 MIN, 10 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Pok Pok Phat Thai, the first LA outpost of chef Andy Ricker's growing Pok Pok empire.

Pok Pok Phat Thai
727 N Broadway #130
Los Angeles, CA 90012

He recommends the phat thai, kuaytiaw khua kai, phak buung fai daeng (water spinach) and the Chinese celery flavored drinking vinegar.

All of Jonathan's restaurant recommendations can be found on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

Music: "Only Love Is Real" by MC Yogi

A Dumpling Crawl in the San Gabriel Valley 7 MIN, 51 SEC

Zach Brooks hosts the podcast Food is the New Rock. He wrote about his dumpling crawl in the San Gabriel Valley for LuckyPeach.com.

Market Report 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Laura Avery is the Santa Monica Farmers' Market Manager. This week she talks to Bruce Kalman, chef/owner of Union in Pasadena about how he's preparing Santa Barbara spot prawns.

She also speaks to Captain Ben Hyman, owner of Wild Local Seafood. Hyman sells sustainably caught local seafood at the Saturday Pico and Sunday Mar Vista Farmers' Markets.

Music: "Dos" by Carols Libedinksy

Defending Grass-fed Beef in the Midst of a Drought 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Nicolette Hahn Niman's latest book is Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. The former environmental lawyer and vegetarian became a grass-fed cattle rancher after she discovered that carefully managed herds could have a positive effect on the environment. She operates BN Ranch with her husband, Bill Niman.

Music: "Tres Son Multitud" by Carols Libedinksy

Defending Beef

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Pork 12 MIN, 51 SEC

In his book The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food, Ted Genoways takes a focused look at the Hormel (maker of SPAM) and the pork processing chain in America. He follows the industry from the growth of pigs to processing, handling and sales.

Music: "Cover Your Tracks" by Young Galaxy

The Chain

Ted Genoways

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