Photo: Holly Heyser
Photo: Holly Heyser
Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections has but those mysterious finger limes to great use. Finger limes are an oblong citrus fruit with a pearled pulp. Some people call it "citrus caviar." Valerie is candying them and using them in a raspberry gallette. She's also using the pulp in a coconut finger lime cookie. These items, and more, are for sale at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market (downtown) and the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. A recipe from Valerie is here.
Barbara Spencer of Windrose Farms has a variety of beautiful radicchio at her stand. They are more flower-shaped than in a tight head. She recommends soaking the head of radicchio in cold water for 20 minutes before spin-drying and using. Pictures of Barbara's stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market are here.
Music: The Spinach Song by Julia Lee
Gustavo Arellano is the food editor for the OC Weekly. He raves about Fonda La Meche, a Mexico City-style "inn" (or fonda) in Stanton. He likes the mole de olla, the caldo tlapeño, and the pechuga Tuza (a special).
Fonda La Meche
7483 Katella Ave.
All of Gustavo's restaurant suggestions are in green, on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Music Break: Silver Threats by Buddy James & his Combo
Madhur Jaffrey is an accomplished actress and author of many cookbooks. Born in Delhi, she moved to London and the US to persue her acting career. She learned to cook when she moved to London at age 19. Her latest is At Home with Madhur Jaffrey. Her recipe for Salmon in a Bengali Mustard Sauce is on the Good Food Blog.
Music Break: Valencia by Josh Rouse
Lawrence Dai is a college student who is watching the film Julie & Julie every day for a year. He is chronicling the experience on his blog.
Music Break: Skinhead by London Studio Group
Christopher Klapp is the General Manager at Petrossian in West Hollywood. They sell farm-raised sturgeon from Northern California as well as some wild-caught varieties.
The Great Tortilla Tournament, nixtamalization, and Guerrilla Tacos Let’s talk tortillas! Gustavo Arellano announces KCRW’s first-ever Great Tortilla Tournament, to choose the best tortilla in LA out of a bracket of 64. Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the L.A. area. And did you know that inside your tortilla is an ancient process, perfected over centuries? Also, L.A. Taco’s Daniel Hernandez recalls a Guadalajara taco crawl with Jonathan Gold.
Joël Robuchon, restaurant lines, and Jonathan Gold on N.W.A. This week the world lost its most highly decorated chef, Joël Robuchon. Chef Ludo Lefebvre recalls lessons he learned at the hands of this master. We also revisit Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold’s 2014 visit to Robuchon’s Vegas restaurant. Jean Trinh investigates how some diners in LA can stand waiting two or more hours in line. Finally, we recall Jonathan Gold’s coverage of the influential rap group N.W.A.
Omega-3s, 'Downtime' with the Redzepis, and zucchini ice cream Paul Greenberg discusses what the Omega-3 boom means for our planet and lives. Nadine Redzepi talks about cooking for culinary giants like her husband Rene Redzepi in ‘Downtime.’ Crafting a menu takes more than exceptional produce, says writer Diana Henry. Also, a tour and history of LA’s pan dulce scene. Plus: ‘City of Gold’ director remembers Jonathan Gold’s 1992 piece on the LA riots.
Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018) There’s a Jonathan Gold-sized hole in the heart of Los Angeles. The Pulitzer-winning LA Times food critic died on July 21, prompting an outpouring of grief and love from around the world. For this special tribute, we gathered the voices of colleagues, friends, chefs, and listeners to celebrate the man who taught us how to eat and live in LA. We dedicate this show to our former colleague of 20 years.
Why Gustavo is doing a Great Tortilla Tournament for KCRW It’s the perennial question: Corn or flour? We’re putting 64 Southern California tortillas head-to-head in our #MasaMadness bracket to see who will win the Golden Tortilla trophy. Gustavo Arellano fills us in on all the details. Read More
Joël Robuchon: My introduction to the refined world of luxury fine dining In 2014, Evan Kleiman took a road trip to Las Vegas with Jonathan Gold. The highlight of the trip by far was an opulent dinner at Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand: the most luxurious meal she had ever experienced up until that point. In honor of the legendary French chef Joël Robuchon who passed away this week, we’re resharing Evan’s 2014 reflection on that unforgettable meal. Read More