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Tired of bringing wine as a hostess gift? Why not try beer? Hallie Beaune of the Beer Chicks suggests holiday beers that will rival your best bottle of wine. And speaking of wine, have you tried glögg? Deep End Diner Eddie Lin attends the Swedish Christmas Festival in Los Angeles and gets a taste of the mulled spiced wine. Jonathan Gold introduces us to a bäco. Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books on Food, dishes on her favorite cookbooks of 2011 and Evan talks to one of her favorite cookbook authors, Zoe Francois, about how to make pizza in just five minutes a day. Plus, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples discusses the effects of the largest drought in Texas history.

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 46 SEC

gf111217sm_farmers_mrkt.jpgAmelia Saltsman, author of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook, gives us an easy recipe for homemade applesauce. This applesauce is not sweet, but instead is meant to be paired with savory foods like latkes or grilled meats. Her recipe is on the Good Food Blog.

Danielle Dupuy and her family own Ventura Fish Company, a family-owned business based out of Ventura, California. Their boat has been out fishing for four weeks in between Southern California and Hawaii and will bring in the catch from this month's expedition Saturday, December 17 at the Ventura Harbor. They will also bring fresh fish from this catch to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market on December 21. The catch should include ahi tuna, opah and swordfish.

Guest Interview Texas Drought 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Todd Staples is the Agricultural Commissioner for the state of Texas, which is in the midst of the worst drought in the state's history. Ranchers are selling off livestock because of the inability to feed them. Hay has become expensive and rare, and ranchers are paying almost three times what they did before the drought and shipping it in from as far away as Florida and the Dakotas.

Guest Interview The Baco Finds a Home at Baco Mercat 6 MIN, 55 SEC

The Baco Finds a Home at Baco MercatChef Joseph Centeno, the executive chef at the Lazy Ox Canteen in downtown LA, recently opened Bäco Mercat. Jonathan Gold describes the bäco as a flatbread, about the size of a papusa, with inventive toppings like pork belly, beef carnitas, romesco and salbitxada or merguez sausage, harissa and goat cheese.

Bäco Mercat
408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

Guest Interview Holiday Brews 8 MIN, 18 SEC

Hallie Beaune and her partner, Christina Perozzi, are the Beer Chicks. Beaune talks about her favorite holiday brews of 2011. She likes to purchase the holiday beers now when they are available and keep them in her beer fridge to open in the summer months or perhaps drink during next year's holiday season. You can purchase all of Beaune's suggested beers at the Eighth Street Bottle Shop, which is in the Golden Gopher in Downtown LA. You can also find gift boxes there including boiler maker combinations curated by the Beer Chicks.

Hallie's Picks for 2011 Holiday Brews
4 Calling Birds: The Bruery, Placentia, California
The fourth beer in The Bruery's special ‘Twelve Days of Christmas' series, this beer integrates gingerbread spices into a robust Belgian-style strong dark ale. Notes of licorice and banana bread linger with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate. 11% ABV

Gift of the Magi: The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, California
This massive Golden Ale is fit for a king, brewed with Frankincense and Myrrh for a spicy finish and balance to full-bodied honey sweetness 9.5% ABV

Scaldis Noel: Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium
This once a year holiday seasonal from Belgium shows a burnished ruby-copper color and a spicy aroma with notes of caramel and marzipan and peach. The taste is round, with hints of anise leading to a long warming finish. 12.5% ABV

And if that isn't enough for you, check out more of her picks in this article.

Guest Interview Best Cookbooks of 2011 8 MIN, 50 SEC

gf111217omnivore.jpgCelia Sack is the owner of Omnivore Books on Food in San Francisco. She recommends her favorite cookbooks of 2011. 

The Mozza Cookbook by Nancy Silverton
The Fearless Baker by Emily Luchetti and Lisa Weiss
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Tender by Nigel Slater
Bi Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam
Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

She also recommends two quarterly publications: Canal House Cooking and Lucky Peach.

You can listen to outtakes from this conversation on the Good Food Blog.

Guest Interview Artisan Pizza in Five Minutes a Day 8 MIN, 29 SEC

gf111217artisan_pizza.jpgZoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg are the authors of Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day. The book includes recipes for pizza dough, a variety of flatbread doughs and even a brioche dough with which they make sweet pizzas.

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg, MD

Guest Interview A Swedish Christmas 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Deep End Diner Eddie Lin visits the 28th Annual Swedish Christmas Fair at the Shrine Auditorium. He eats pea soup, pancakes, lingonberry jam, Swedish meatballs and, of course, glögg, the mulled wine that is popular in Sweden this time of year.

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