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'My Soul Looks Back' 14 MIN, 36 SEC

Culinary historian Jessica Harris has cooked with Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. Harris recounts the conversations, the food and the records they played in her memoir, “My Soul Looks Back.”

My Soul Looks Back

Jessica B. Harris

Malaysian food 101 11 MIN, 1 SEC

Christina Arokiasamy grew up going to her mother’s spice stall in Kuala Lumpur. In her latest book, “The Malaysian Kitchen,” we move from the market to Arokiasamy’s kitchen to make char kway teow noodles, Hainanese chicken rice and chili prawns.

The Malaysian Kitchen

Christina Arokiasamy

Jonathan Gold reviews Cosa Buona 4 MIN, 43 SEC

This week, LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold dines at Zach Pollack’s reinvention of Pizza Buona in Echo Park. The corner pizzeria on Sunset and Alvarado is now home to Cosa Buona. Hear Jonathan’s pitch for the mozzarella sticks and the Hawaiian pie, and read his LA Times review.

The Hawaiian pizza at Cosa Buona. (Photo by DYLAN + JENI)

Cosa Buona: 2100 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 | (213) 908-5211

Retiring to the bakery 10 MIN, 11 SEC

In May, Mark Furstenberg won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker. Accepting the award, he thanked his sons for dealing with a father who decided to open a bakery at the ripe old age of 76. Here’s the story of how Bread Furst opened its doors in Washington, DC.

'Candy is Magic' 8 MIN, 16 SEC

Next let’s travel to Portland, Oregon to talk with Jami Curl, who pivoted from baked goods to candy at her company, QUIN. Curl started making caramels by hand, then moved onto lollipops made with what she calls “real” ingredients that she found in the bakery. The business is now thriving. Curl has also published a book of her recipes, “Candy is Magic.”

Candy Is Magic

Jami Curl

The Market Report: Peaches 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Stone fruit is in season now at Southern California markets. Justin Hilbert, the executive chef at Maude in Beverly Hills, and farmer John Tenerelli of Tenerelli Orchards, give Laura Avery the scoop.

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