(Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
(Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
David Karp is a pomologist and a contributor to the Los Angeles Times. At one point in his career, he wrote for Chile Pepper magazine. On the Market Report, he describes the Bhut Jolokia, which until recently was considered the hottest chile in the world. Farmer Phil McGrath will have the pepper at his farmers market stand for the next couple of weeks. The Bhut Jolokia was the hottest pepper in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. As of March, 2010, That title belongs to the Infinity chile, grown in England. On the Scoville scale, which measures the "heat" of a chile, a jalapeño is about 2,500. The Bhut Jolokia is over a million. Serious Eats has some ideas for how to eat the Bhut Jolokia here.
Josiah Citrin of Melisse restaurant (1104 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica) is buying cardoons from Coleman Farms. Cardoons are long, thistle-like plants in the artichoke family. Josiah removes the strings and then cooks it in acidulated water (either vinegar, wine or lemon juice).
Back in April of 2009, Evan Kleiman spoke with writer Barry Estabrook about the slavery-like conditions for tomato harvesters in Immokalee, Florida (listen to the interview here). The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is working to improve conditions and raise wages. Tom Philpott, a food and agriculture writer for Grist, gives us an update on their fight. They've succeeded by raising tomato prices by a penny per pound, charged to most fast food companies. The next fight is for Publix and Wal-Mart to pay the price increase. Since 2009, that penny per pound has been held in escrow by the growers. In November, that money was released to the workers. Read about the landmark deal here.
Russ Parsons is the editor of the LA Times' food section. In their test kitchen, they made clam chowder. Here's a recipe. Original American clam chowders were thickened with ship's biscuits instead of potatoes and used salt pork. In today's clam chowder, you'll inevitably find clams, cream and potatoes.
In late December, 2010, the food world was abuzz when LA Times critic Irene Virbila was photographed and then kicked out of the restaurant Red Medicine. Read critic Jonathan Gold's response here. LA Times food section editor Russ Parsons explains the paper's reviewing policy. Ernie Whalley is a restaurant critic in Ireland, where he says the country's size makes anonymity virtually impossible. Ernie thinks that objectivity is more important than anonymity. He's got a discussion forum on his website, ForknCork.com.
Harold McGee is the author of numerous books on food and the science of cooking and he has a column in the New York Times. His latest book is Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes. On today's show, he answers questions for Good Food listeners. More of his answers are on the Good Food Blog.
Gustavo Arellano is the food editor for the OC Weekly and he frequently shares his restaurant reviews on Good Food. Today, he takes us to Jax Donuts in Anaheim, where a group of men who emmigrated from the same area of Mexico (rancho Jomulquillo in Jerez).
Doug Walters is Senior Environmental Engineer for LA City’s Bureau of Sanitation Waste Water Engineering Division. Instructions for how to dispose of fats, oils and grease are here.
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