Photo: Crispy sweet potato and poached shrimp with fish sauce and herbs (Camellia Tse)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Eddie Huang, chef, host of Viceland TV's Huang's World and author of the forthcoming book, Double Cup Love, recently wrote a piece for Grub Street that's got lots of us in the business of food journalism talking. In “The Oppressive Whiteness of the Food World,” he takes Eater New York restaurant editor Nick Solares to task for not being more public about playing in the right-wing punk band Oi.
And since there's never a dull moment for this guy, you can catch Huang at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles on June 2 talking about food, family and broken hearts. Find tickets for the ALOUD event here.
Music: "Drake 0 to 100/The Catch Up Instrumental Remake" by KayKay, and "Moment of Silence" (Instrumental) by Zed Zilla, produced by DJ Swift
Last month, California made economic history when Governor Brown signed a bill into law making California the first state in the country to raise the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by the year 2022. What does this increase mean for restaurants and people working in the food industry? KCRW's Saul Gonzalez and Jonathan Bastian went to San Bernardino and Santa Barbara to find out. See who they talked to on KCRW's For the Curious blog.
Music: "Flor de Huevo" by Los Lobos
Peach season is upon us. As we move into summer, the prices will come down and there will be no shortage of varieties to try, from the Sugar Time Yellow and the June Lady to the Fiesta Jim and the O'Henry. At the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, Troy Regier talks to Laura Avery about how he grows and picks the fruit at the family farm in Reedley. It's early in the season yet but chef Corina Weibel is already working peaches into the menu at Canelé in Atwater Village. Find her recipe for burrata with roasted stone fruits and black cherry agrodolce on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Harvest Moon" by Poolside
This week, our favorite food critic, Jonathan Gold, is eating at Simbal, a Vietnamese izakaya in Little Tokyo. He suggests you try the absinthe cocktail chased with a few jellybeans, the pomelo and shrimp salad, the raw prime hanger steak with sesame seed roti, the bone marrow and Chinese donuts. Wow. Better come hungry!
120 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Music: "Can I Kick It" by A Tribe Called Quest
At this year's International Association of Culinary Professionals conference, Freda DeKnight's 1948 A Date with a Dish was named a culinary classic winner. Food journalist Donna Battle Pierce has been researching DeKnight for a book about black cooks, restaurants and recipes. Read the "Hungry for History" column she writes for Ebony here.
Music: "Jelly Roll Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton
Freda De Knight
Most of us remember the first food we learned to prepare in the kitchen. For Marlyn Juarez, it was pozole. The 18-year-old from Boyle Heights was taught to make it by her grandmother in Mexico and she wrote an essay about it: “Two Minutes of Pozole.” Her essay was selected by Chipotle to be printed on packaging at restaurants all over the country.
Music: "Lujon (Suspenseful)" by Henry Mancini
We close out the show in Anaheim at Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery & Cuisine with Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and host of KCRW's Orange County Line. Gustavo recommends all the classics — the foul, hummus, fatoush salad, kebbe — but says the zaatar pizzas, sambousik and steaming hot pita must not be missed.
Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery & Cuisine
638 South Brookhurst Street
Anaheim, CA 92804
Music: "Night in Tunisia" by Duke Jordan, DJ Jazzy Jeff remix
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