Photo: Abbie Fentress Swanson
FROM THIS EPISODE
If you've noticed card tables set up in front of the grocery store with boxes stacked high, you're probably not surprised that Girl Scout cookies are back on the market. But did you know that the Thin Mints you buy from a scout in Santa Monica will look and taste different from Thin Mints hawked in Santa Ana?
That's because Girl Scout troops are working with two separate bakeries locally and nationwide. We decided to open a few boxes in the KCRW Studios to see which baker does the cookies best. Our crack Girl Scout cookie tasting panel includes editor of the OC Weekly and host of KCRW's Orange County Line, Gustavo Arellano, Good Food host Evan Kleiman and Jon Schleuss, LA Times graphics and data journalist. Learn more about the cookies you're eating from this graphic that Schleuss made for the LA Times.
Music: "Fancy Land" (instrumental) by Fly By Pony and "Hög Luft" (Fujasaki remix) by Familjen
On the eve of her half-time performance at the Super Bowl, Beyoncé released a new single, "Formation." Bey's Red Lobster reference in the song caused sales at the chain restaurant to soar by 33 percent. But it was the line "I've got hot sauce in my bag, swag" that moved writer Mikki Kendall to write a piece for Eater about Black identity in the South, spicy food and Jim Crow. Listen to "Formation," read Kendall's piece "Hot Sauce in Her Bag," then watch the very funny Saturday Night Live spoof of Bey's song.
Music: "Formation" by Beyoncé
While we're on the subject of Southern food, do you like your fried chicken sandwich solo or topped with a healthy portion of tangy slaw? Superba chef James Trees falls in the fried chicken-coleslaw mash-up camp. At the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, he shares his recipe for vinegar-based green cabbage slaw. Also at the farmers market this week, Laura Avery gets a pitch for the humble cabbage from farmer Gloria Tamai.
Music: "Infinite Reflection" by Kaleidoscope Jukebox
With plus-sized model Ashley Graham making the cover of last year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, you might think size in the modeling world is beginning to be widely accepted. But think again. In December, France passed a law requiring models to provide doctors' notes proving they are healthy and not dangerously underweight before they can strut the runway.
Similar laws have been passed in Israel, Spain and Italy. But there's no such rule on the books in the UK. As London Fashion Week kicks off, we talk to Heidy Rehman, founder of the British womenswear label Rose and Willard, about her company's decision to contractually require models to eat during photo shoots.
Music: "Lifeboat" (Officer and a Gentleman) by Lovage
It was one of the biggest restaurant stories of 2015 when Alma shuttered its doors in October. Luckily for all the fans of Alma's tasty seaweed-tofu beignets, Ari Taymor's restaurant has since popped back up at The Standard hotel on the Sunset Strip.
8300 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Music: "Solomon Jones" by RJD2
The Copenhagen restaurant scene has sent the food-obsessed into a frenzy in recent years and it shows no signs of abating. Meanwhile there is still a long tradition of baking in Denmark that relies on basic ingredients to please the palate. Trine Hahnemann has written five cookbooks and her latest is Scandinavian Baking: Sweet and Savory Cakes and Bakes, For Bright Days and Cozy Nights." In this week's show, Hahnemann tells us about the book and how to make rye sourdough starter from scratch. Let us know how it works out for you and try her recipe for Malted Rye Bread with Mixed Seeds on the Good Food blog.
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The Great Tortilla Tournament, nixtamalization, and Guerrilla Tacos Let’s talk tortillas! Gustavo Arellano announces KCRW’s first-ever Great Tortilla Tournament, to choose the best tortilla in LA out of a bracket of 64. Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the L.A. area. And did you know that inside your tortilla is an ancient process, perfected over centuries? Also, L.A. Taco’s Daniel Hernandez recalls a Guadalajara taco crawl with Jonathan Gold.
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.
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Why Gustavo is doing a Great Tortilla Tournament for KCRW It’s the perennial question: Corn or flour? We’re putting 64 Southern California tortillas head-to-head in our #MasaMadness bracket to see who will win the Golden Tortilla trophy. Gustavo Arellano fills us in on all the details. Read More
Joël Robuchon: My introduction to the refined world of luxury fine dining In 2014, Evan Kleiman took a road trip to Las Vegas with Jonathan Gold. The highlight of the trip by far was an opulent dinner at Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand: the most luxurious meal she had ever experienced up until that point. In honor of the legendary French chef Joël Robuchon who passed away this week, we’re resharing Evan’s 2014 reflection on that unforgettable meal. Read More