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We hear from a select group of food-world superstars. The legendary restaurant Chez Panisse turns 40 this week. We see a new side of Alice Waters as she steps into the DJ booth with KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel. Alex Prud'homme, grand-nephew of Julia Child gives us a glimpse of Julia Child in France, where she first fell in love with food and cooking. Jonathan Gold takes on Wolfgang Puck, and Ruth Reichl discusses how she used disguises to shield her identity as restaurant critic of the New York Times. Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan reveal the food-rules they live by, and Coleman Andrews discusses the pioneer of Molecular Gastronomy, Ferran Adrià.

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Julia Child in France

prudhomme.jpgAlex Prud'homme, nephew of Julia Child, speaks about the book he wrote with her, My Life in France. It is Child’s reminiscence about the years she and her husband Paul (Prud'homme's great uncle) lived in Paris, Marseille and Provence.

Music break: Giovoani Benvewnti by Armando Trovaioli

My Life in France

Julia Child

Guest Interview Jonathan Gold on Wolfgang Puck

Jonathan Gold on Wolfgang PuckJonathan Gold discusses Wolfgang Puck's high-end Chinese restaurant, WP24.  Jonathan declares that you can't get a bad dish at this restaurant. Highlights include steam buns with foie gras, Chinese fried rice with Chinese sausage, and Hot and Sour Soup.

900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015

All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

Music Break: Silver Threats by Buddy James & his Combo

Guest Interview A Critic in Disguise

reichl.jpg Ruth Reichl talks about dressing up in disguise when she was the restaurant critic for the New York Times. Her book, Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of A Critic in Disguise, chronicles her adventures eating in costume.

Music Break: Perfidia by the String-A-Longs

Garlic and Sapphires

Ruth Reichl

Guest Interview Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman of the New York Times explains his "less-meatatarian" eating and his practice of eating Vegan Before 6.

Guest Interview Market Report

David Karp is a pomologist with UC Riverside and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times food section, where he writes the Market Watch column. This week he describes the Crane Melons sold at Windrose Farm at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. He also discusses the definition of heirloom.

You can see David’s Market Watch column about the Crane Melon here.

saltsman.jpgAmelia Saltzman is the author of the Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook. See all of her melon suggestions on the Good Food Blog. For information on Amelia’s demonstration at the Good Food Festival, click here.

Guest Interview Michael Pollan

pollan.jpg Michael Pollan is the author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recently Food Rules: An Eater's Manifesto. He and Evan outline some food rules to live by.

Music Break: You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry by the Bandana Splits

In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan

Guest Interview Ferran Adria

ferran.jpgColman Andrews' book is Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food, a profile of Ferran Adrià.


Colman Andrews

Guest Interview Music to Cook By

Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse which turns 40 this week, joined KCRW's Tom Schnabel in the DJ booth as part of KCRW's Guest DJ Project. Waters played the following tracks:

1) Nina Simone: I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
2) Radiohead: Reckoner
3) David Byrne: Independence Day
4) Youssou N'Dour: Tan Bi

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