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This week on Good Food, host Evan Kleiman finds out what Julia Child was like before she was Julia.  Jennet Conant explains.  We'll go to the best restaurant in the world, Noma, with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan GoldLesley Balla tells us the best restaurant is right here in LA.  Curing meat at home is easy, says John Kowalski.  He shows us how.  We'll find out how chiles are indicators of climate change from Gary Paul NabhanErnest Miller tells us what it means to be a master preserver.  Good Food producer Harriet Ells gets tomato growing advice from expert Scott Daigre.  And, figs with Chef Evan Funke of Rustic Canyon.


Photo: Gary Paul Nabhan on TheAtlantic.com  

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 6 MIN, 35 SEC

Evan Funke is the chef at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica.  He is using all kinds of figs in everything from appetizers to desserts.  He likes to use fig leaves to wrap halibut (a recipe from Epicurious is here).  He also likes to pair raw figs with goat cheese for an appetizer.

Ed Munak grows heirloom melons, which he brings to the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Santa Monica farmers markets.  Right now they are small, but they'll be larger later in the season.  Next week he'll have watermelons.

Guest Interview Growing Tomatoes 7 MIN, 15 SEC

Scott Daigre runs the annual tomato plant sale, Tomatomania.  He is advising Harriet Ells with her quest to actually grow tomatoes.  Scott's advice is on The Good Food Blog.

Guest Interview Spam Stew 10 MIN, 40 SEC

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic and LA Weekly columnist Jonathan Gold savors Korean budae jjigae at Chunju Han-il Kwan in Koreatown. Budae jjigae is a thick soup with chile, sliced Spam and hot dogs, instant ramen noodles, cabbage and green chrysanthemum leaves. Jonathan also recommends the ultra-crisp seafood pancake and dumpling soup.

Chunju Han-il Kwan
3450 W Sixth St
Los Angeles, CA 90020


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

Guest Interview Best Restaurants in LA 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Lesley Balla is a food writer in Los Angeles.  Her blog is ChowBalla.com.  This month she contributed to Angeleno Magazine's Restaurant Awards:

Best New Chef: Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine

Best New Mixologist: Julian Cox of Playa

Best New Restaurant: A-Frame

Best New Restaurant Design: Lukshon

Best New Dish: Porcetto from Sotto

Read the rest of her picks here.  

Guest Interview Julia Child Before She Was Julia 7 MIN, 5 SEC
Guest Interview Master Preserver 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Ernest Miller is the Executive Chef at The Farmer's Kitchen, a project from SEE-LA.  Ernie is also the instructor of the UC Cooperative Extension's Master Preserver class.

Guest Interview Chasing Chiles 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Gary Paul Nabhan is the co-author of Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail, with Kurt Michael Friese and Craig Kraft.  

Guest Interview Curing Meats at Home 5 MIN, 34 SEC

Chef John Kowalski is a professor of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America.  He is also the co-author with the Institute of The Art of Charcuterie.  His recipe for Country-Style Forcemeat is here

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