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Pie-A-Day is back and this week we celebrate host Evan Kleiman's favorite dessert. Los Angeles Times film writer John Horn remembers baking an apple tart with Nora Ephron in the writer's New York City apartment in 2009. Comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla explains why pie is always a better bet than cake and pastry chef Christina Tosi divulges the inspiration for her famous Crack Pie. Homesick Texan Lisa Fain tells us how to make Frito Pie and Deep End Diner Eddie Lin ventures to Leimert Park to learn about traditional bean pies. Amanda Buck of Pie Lab shares ideas on how to use pie for social change, and Good Food podcaster Al Elia discusses Piemas, an annual pie-only holiday that he and his friends began in 2006. Plus, Jonathan Gold offers the inside scoop (or maybe slice in this instance) on where to find the best pie in LA.

Banner image: John Horn and the late Nora Ephron, baking together. Photo © 2009 Jennifer S. Altman for the Los Angeles Times

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 52 SEC

Mark Gold is the chef and owner of Eva Restaurant. He is taking advantage of the many varieties of tomatoes at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market for his Tomato Confiture, a simple preparation that resembles a homemade tomato paste. He uses it on burgers, breakfast sandwiches and more.

Steve Murray, Jr. and his family own Murray Family Farms near Bakersfield, California. Right now they have several varieties of grapes at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market.

Guest Interview Baking with Nora Ephron 12 MIN, 39 SEC

John Horn is a film writer for the Los Angeles Times and the co-host of KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown with Kim Masters. While interviewing her for a story about the film Julie and Julia in 2009, he spent the afternoon baking an apple tart with Ephron in her Upper East Side apartment. He shares his story about baking with her that afternoon and discusses her self-published cookbook, a collection of recipes that she shared only with family and friends.


Guest Interview Adam Carolla Loves Pie 5 MIN, 54 SEC

Comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla talks to Evan about why pie is better than cake and why boysenberry pie is the king of pies.

Guest Interview Crack Pie 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Christina Tosi is the executive pastry chef for all the Momofuku restaurants and the co-owner of Momofuku Milk Bar.  Her Crack Pie has become a nation-wide sensation. You'll find a recipe for crack pie can be found on the Good Food blog.

Guest Interview Where Mr. Gold Goes for a Slice of Pie 5 MIN, 39 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He once wooed his wife with his mother's peach pie. He recommends the following pie spots in Los Angeles:

Johnny Rebs: pies in the Southern Tradition
4663 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90807

La Brea Bakery: pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving
624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Euro Pane: pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving
950 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

Jar: Banana Cream Pie
8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Chili John's: Pineapple Cream Pie
2018 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506

Pie 'n Burger: Strawberry Pie
913 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

Huckleberry: Banana Cream Pie
1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 9040

Guest Interview What Exactly Is a Bean Pie? 4 MIN, 11 SEC

Eddie Lin heads to Leimert Park to try a bean pie and Shabazz Fish and Grill.

Guest Interview A Different Kind of Pie...Made with Fritos 3 MIN, 25 SEC

gf120707homesick_texan.jpgLisa Fain writes the blog Homesick Texan and she has a recent cookbook of the same name. She explains that Frito Pie is not a pie at all. Instead it's a bag of Fritos with chili poured on top. You eat the chips and chili straight from the bag.

Guest Interview Pie + Ideas = Conversation 3 MIN, 53 SEC

Pie Lab is a community space in Greensboro, Alabama where people can gather for conversation over a slice of pie. It was started by a group of designers through Project M, a summer program for young designers to develop ideas to help their communities. Amanda Buck is one of the designers at Pie Lab.

Guest Interview Piemas 5 MIN, 48 SEC

Good Food podcaster Al Elia loves pie. Each year Al and a group of his friends get together to celebrate the noble pastry. They call their celebration "Piemas." Every dish in the meal from appetizer to main course to dessert is, of course, pie.

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