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Could oysters help ease surging flood waters during the next hurricane? Landscape architect Kate Orff suggests installing living oyster reefs in the waters surrounding Red Hook to absorb the impact of rising waters. Evan joins chef Casey Lane in the kitchen at The Parish, where she gets a lesson in the art of the breakfast sandwich. It's apple season and Michael Pollan spells out how apple breeding works, artist Jessica Rath creates porcelain apple sculptures and pastry chef Valerie Gordon reinvents a classic apple cake. Biographer Bob Spitz describes the wild side of young Julia Child, and curator Paula Johnson paints a picture of Child's Cambridge kitchen. Plus, Jonathan Gold takes us out for seven courses of beef in Rosemead. At the market Laura Avery talks to pastry instructor Robert Wemischner about pomegranates, and Christophe Happillon reminds us that November is a great month for oysters.

Banner image: Julia Child's kitchen, courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 6 MIN, 48 SEC

gf121110dessert.jpg Robert Wemischner is a professor of baking and pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the author of four cookbooks. His most recent book, The Dessert Architect, is now in its second edition. See a recipe for his Pomegranate Panna Cotta on Gingerbread Cake on the Good Food blog.

Christophe Happillon brings oysters, mussels and sometimes clams from Carlsbad Aquafarm to several local markets including the Wednesday Santa Monica market. He says November is a great time to eat oysters because they have a bracing minerality this time of year.

The Dessert Architect

Robert Wemischner

Guest Interview The Art of the Breakfast Sandwich 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Casey Lane is the executive chef at both The Parish and Tasting Kitchen restaurants. At The Parish he has a full slate of breakfast sandwiches on the menu including one stuffed with sauteed escarole, house-made aioli and a sunny side up egg.

Guest Interview Apple Breeding 101 1 MIN, 52 SEC

gf121110botany.jpgFood writer Michael Pollan explains how apple trees are cloned. His full explanation can be found in his book, The Botany of Desire. This interview first aired in 2003. You can hear the full interview here.

Guest Interview Take Me to the Apple Breeder 5 MIN, 47 SEC

Jessica Rath is an artist who was inspired by food writer Michael Pollan's book, The Botany of Desire. Her latest body of work, Take Me to the Apple Breeder, features both porcelain apple sculptures and photographs of hybrid apple trees. The work is on view now at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Rath will give an artist talk at the museum on Sunday, November 11 at 3pm.

Guest Interview Reviving Scandia's Apple Cake 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Valerie Gordon is the pastry chef, chocolatier and owner of Valerie's Confections. This week she debuts the latest addition to her Classic Cakes collection, the Scandia Apple Cake. Scandia restaurant closed in 1989.

Guest Interview A Look at the Young Julia Child 9 MIN, 28 SEC

gf121110dearie.jpgBob Spitz is the author of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. He discusses the beloved chef's early life, before she met her husband, Paul.

Hear an outtake about the life of Paul Child on the Good Food blog.


Bob Spitz

Guest Interview The Smithsonian Highlights American Cooking 5 MIN, 53 SEC

Paula Johnson is the project director and curator of Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, which opens at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on November 20. She says the highlight of the exhibition is a full scale recreation of Julia Child's Cambridge kitchen.



Guest Interview Seven Courses of Beef in Rosemead 5 MIN, 36 SEC

Jonathan Gold visits Thien An, a restaurant in Rosemead that focuses on Southern Vietnamese cooking. The special at Thien An is the Bo bay mon (often described as bo 7 mon) which translates to "seven courses of beef." It is exactly as it says, seven courses of beef, each prepared in a different way. If you're feeling more pescatarian, the ca nuong da don, or large baked catfish, is also a hit.

Thien An
8837 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

You can find all of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions on the Good Food restaurant map.

Guest Interview Oyster Tecture and the Next Hurricane 6 MIN, 26 SEC

Kate Orff is an assistant professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She's also the founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design office based in Manhattan. She pioneered Oyster Tecture, a concept in which oyster beds are installed near low-lying shorelines to absorb surging waters and simultaneously filter water.


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