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Last weekend, the British restaurant critic Jay Rayner tweeted: “I've just received a press release for a new type of cheese. On a Sunday afternoon. In the middle of a political crisis. Admirable optimism.” Rayner’s tweet was in response to Brexit, the referendum passed by British voters to leave the European Union. City University London’s Tim Lang co-wrote the paper “Food, the UK, and the EU, Brexit or Bremain?” and shares his take on the impact of Brexit on the food system in the United Kingdom.
Music: "Cities in the Air" by Pepe Deluxe
We may be throwing around the terms “food system” and “food policy” with reckless abandon now, but they weren’t such a part of the lexicon 10 years ago when Michael Pollan published The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The book has become required reading for anyone wanting to know more about where their food comes from. A new edition of the James Beard-Award winning title prompted us to give Pollan a call to see what’s changed in food in the past decade.
Music: "Havana 2am" by Thomas Blondet
Though we often associate fruit with sweet foods and desserts, cooking savory meals with fruit has a long history in Asian, Middle-Eastern, African and European cuisines. From poultry and fish bathed in coconut milk in Thailand to the tang of duck à l’orange, Pascale Beale demonstrates how to incorporate all the ripe fruit tempting us at the farmers’ market in her new cookbook, Les Fruits. Find a recipe for an appetizing summer salad that combines cherries, baby tomatoes, lemon basil and mint on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Here & Now" by RJD2
With the vast array of produce now up for grabs at farmers markets across Southern California, shoppers will no doubt be filling up bags with all the heavy hitters: corn from Tamai’s, eggplant from Peacock’s, melons from Munak and Weiser’s, peaches from Regier’s, tomatoes from Carpenter’s. Pono Burger Chef Makani Carzino is also making a pitch for less-familiar but equally beguiling flora: bachelor button, nasturtium and calendula flowers. Pick some up with a bag of sweet baby lettuce at the Harry’s Berries stand. Then try Makani’s guacamole recipe at your Fourth of July picnic. It has the Japanese dipping sauce ponzu in it and is served with wonton chips. Yum. Find the recipe on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Infinite Reflection" by Kaleidoscope Jukebox
Now it’s time for a hangover cure from our favorite food critic. At Ham Ji Park in Koreatown, Jonathan Gold says the pork neck chowder, or gamjatang, and grilled pork spare ribs will cure all that ails you.
Read the review Jonathan wrote about Ham Ji Park for the LA Times — remember this is the restaurant’s original location — on the LA Times website. Then check out pictures of these tasty dishes on the plate on the Good Food blog, courtesy of our very own web producer Camellia Tse.
Music: "Happy Track (Second Sky & Thomas Blondet)" by Empresarios
Now that we’ve got the hangover cure covered, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes. British chef Nigella Lawson teams up with KCRW’s Eric J. Lawrence on the turntables to bring you this playlist.
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