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Artist and community activist Ron Finley says it’s easier to find liquor and fried chicken in South LA than nutritious meals made from fresh, local ingredients: “The drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Finley is determined to change this, one neighborhood garden at a time. After you listen to Evan’s conversation with the “gangsta gardener,” watch Finley’s TED Talk from 2013 and tune into his interview with Frances Anderton on KCRW’s “Design and Architecture,” about the fight to save his garden.
More than 40 years ago, chef Jeremiah Tower began his journey at Chez Panisse to change the context of American food. After a split with Alice Waters, Tower went on to open his own restaurant, Stars, where he mentored an entire generation of chefs. There, he helped to define the ingredients and flavors of what came to be known as California cuisine. Tower is the subject of a new documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain, called “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.”
This week, Laura Avery is filling up her massive “Good Food” tote bag with green garlic. She talks to chef Charles Namba about how he uses the fresh stalks to make a green garlic dashi that he serves with clams steamed in Japanese sake at Tsubaki in Echo Park. Then Skyler Prophet tells us how the folks at Milliken Family Farms grow garlic in the Coachella Valley.
In 2014, Wylie Dufresne closed WD-50, the Lower East Side restaurant known for its high-concept modernist cuisine. Now, the chef has a new donut shop in the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Du’s Donuts is a tip of the hat to DuFresne’s great-grandfather, who made donuts at a diner in Rhode Island for decades. On a recent trip to New York, Evan invited Dan Pashman to taste Du’s artfully crafted cake rings alongside longtime players in the New York City donut scene: Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, The Donut Pub and Doughnut Plant. Pashman is the host of a super-engaging podcast about all things food called The Sporkful.
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Joël Robuchon, restaurant lines, and Jonathan Gold on N.W.A. This week the world lost its most highly decorated chef, Joël Robuchon. Chef Ludo Lefebvre recalls lessons he learned at the hands of this master. We also revisit Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold’s 2014 visit to Robuchon’s Vegas restaurant. Jean Trinh investigates how some diners in LA can stand waiting two or more hours in line. Finally, we recall Jonathan Gold’s coverage of the influential rap group N.W.A.
Omega-3s, 'Downtime' with the Redzepis, and zucchini ice cream Paul Greenberg discusses what the Omega-3 boom means for our planet and lives. Nadine Redzepi talks about cooking for culinary giants like her husband Rene Redzepi in ‘Downtime.’ Crafting a menu takes more than exceptional produce, says writer Diana Henry. Also, a tour and history of LA’s pan dulce scene. Plus: ‘City of Gold’ director remembers Jonathan Gold’s 1992 piece on the LA riots.
Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018) There’s a Jonathan Gold-sized hole in the heart of Los Angeles. The Pulitzer-winning LA Times food critic died on July 21, prompting an outpouring of grief and love from around the world. For this special tribute, we gathered the voices of colleagues, friends, chefs, and listeners to celebrate the man who taught us how to eat and live in LA. We dedicate this show to our former colleague of 20 years.
BONUS: Classic Jonathan Gold on KCRW In this bonus episode, we're resharing some of the late Jonathan Gold's classic segments on KCRW from over the past 20 years. These conversations had a tremendous impact on LA’s dining scene, helping Angelenos to get out of their silos to explore new neighborhoods and cuisines.
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