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Good Food taco correspondent Bill Esparza says there are more opportunities to eat regional barbacoa in Los Angeles than there are in Mexico City. Plus, we learn about Fania Lewando, a forward thinking vegetarian restaurateur from Vilnius and two comedians share the story of FUDS, a fictional restaurant in New York City.

Photo:  Bill Esparza

FUDS: A Complete Ency-clo-foodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant 7 MIN, 42 SEC

What began as a prank menu handed out at Brooklyn festival, turned into a cookbook and field guide from the fictional chefs of this fictional restaurant. The book is titled FUDS: A Complete Ency-clo-foodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant and is co-authored by Dan Klein, Kelly Hudson and Arthur Meyer.

Music: "Crystal Falls" by Josh Rouse


Kelly Hudson

Jonathan Gold Reviews All'Acqua 6 MIN, 27 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he visits All'Acqua, chef Don Dickman's convivial Italian restaurant in Atwater Village.

3280 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Jonathan recommends the grilled octopus salad, bucatini cacio e pepe, linguini with clams, grilled calamari steak and limoncello budino.

Read Jonathan's LA Times review and find all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Radar Love" by Golden Earing

Vilna Vegetarian: A Vegetarian Jewish Cookbook Ahead of Its Time 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Wendy Waxman, along with Barbara Mazur, discovered The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook while visiting the rare books room at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. The cookbook was written by Fania Lewando, a Jewish restaurateur from Vilnius, Poland (now Lithuania), in 1938. The vegetarian recipes in the book are decades ahead of their time.

We have two Passover recipes from the book on the Good Food blog: the Apple and Horseradish Salad and the Passover Cheesecake.

Music: "Du Jour" by E1SBAR

Redefining Dumpster Diving: Two Filmmakers Find Mountains of Food Waste in Dumpsters 10 MIN, 15 SEC

Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer take on a food-waste challenge in their documentary film Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. The two filmmakers vowed to only eat food that was either found or unwanted. Rustemeyer describes the overwhelming abundance of unspoiled food they rescued during the making of the film.

How Millennials Are Reshaping the Grocery Aisle 7 MIN, 49 SEC

There are over 80 million millennials in the US, roughly 27% of the US population. Bloomberg intelligence reports that their purchasing power will almost double, from 17% of US spending in 2014 to 29% in 2020. Ken Shea, a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, explains what this means for the packaged foods industry.

Music: "Road Home" by MC Yogi

Taco Round-Up: The Best Barbacoa in LA 8 MIN, 34 SEC

Bill Esparza is Good Food's taco correspondent. He calls himself the first ever “tacorazzo” and he writes about tacos and street food for Los Angeles magazine and on his blog, Street Gourmet LA.

He says there are more diverse barbacoa offerings in Los Angeles than there are in Mexico City. Some of his favorite spots are Aquí es Texcoco in the city of Commerce, Gish Bac in Arlington Heights and Tacos Quetzalcoatl in East Los Angeles.

Tickets are now on sale for Tacolandia, a yearly taco fest curated by Bill Esparza.

Music: "Swimsuit"

Market Report 6 MIN, 10 SEC

Laura Avery is the market manager at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market. This week she talks to John Jackson who sells blueberries for Whitney Ranch in Carpinteria, and to chef Kris Tominaga, who describes how he is using Zuckerman asparagus on his menu at Cadet in Santa Monica.

Music: "Sea of Stars" by MC Yogi

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