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(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 Water Show Water may be the essence of life but it’s subject to near-constant misuse. Journalist Mark Arax profiles a couple running a water monopoly in the Central Valley. A once abundant Cambodian lake is in decline, leaving fisherman and half the population scrambling for fish. We’ve heard of using less water but what about eating less water? And Mark Gold (Jonathan’s brother) shares tips on water conservation in LA.
Mark Bittman on grilling, the business of beef, and historic Filipinotown It’s summer cookout season, and Mark Bittman has some essential grilling tips. Third-generation butcher Katie Flannery talks life in the beef business. English chef James Whetlor wants us to consider eating more goat. As Filipinotown gentrifies, the owners of a new bar are trying to reach out to their neighbors. Jonathan Gold talks food-centric cinema. And a peculiar vegetable is popping up at the farmers market.
Nigella Lawson, peaches, and reimagining Jewish food at Freedman's Fine dining is nice, but sometimes the best bites are those that remind us of home. Nigella Lawson wants to celebrate home cooks in her latest book. Jonah and Amanda Freedman are recreating the bagels of their childhood at their modern Jewish deli, Freedman’s. Beyond the bagels, Jonathan Gold says the rest of the menu at Freedman’s is delicious and nostalgic in ways difficult to explain. Also, peaches at the market.
Ramadan's culinary traditions, what's next for the Farm Bill, and avocados Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last week. What tanked the legislation? London author Anissa Helou discusses some foods traditionally eaten after sundown during Ramadan, in addition to other foods of the Islamic world. And how is one of LA’s best chefs secretly running a clothing line? Plus, Jonathan Gold returns from Japan with a deepened respect for chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.
Serving Cocktails and Culture in LA’s Historic Filipinotown Some say new developments and gentrification are threatening LA’s Historic Filipinotown. A new neighborhood gin bar is trying to do things differently. Contributor Paola Mardo brings us their story. Read More
Try Nigella Lawson’s easily elegant chicken and pea traybake Just because a meal is low maintenance doesn’t mean it has to compromise on taste. Ask celebrity food personality Nigella Lawson! She says this traybake recipe is a favorite from her book “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking,” because of its simplicity yet maximal flavor. Read More
Ramadan recipes: Saudi roasted lamb shoulder on a bed of fragrant rice Ramadan is underway around the world. The month-long observance began on May 17 and will last until June 15. After sunset, many observant Muslims will break their fasts with customary meals. Anissa Helou shares a recipe from her latest cookbook “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” to enjoy after dusk. Read More