in Santa Monica (1147 Third Street) and in New York. The restaurant is hosting monthly Market Meet-ups where you can shop at the market with Michael's staff, then sip wine and taste their market creation. November’s ingredient is Parsnips from Weiser Farms. Michael's chefs will prepare: Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with Parsnip Puree, Bloomsdale Spinach, Mangalitsa Pork Belly Lardons, and Chives.
Jeff Regier from Penryn Orchard Specialties brings three different kinds of persimmons to the farmers market. The tsurunoko
persimmon is also known as the "chocolate" persimmon for it's color.
David Karp is a pomologist who writes the Market Watch column for The Los Angeles Times. Amelia Saltsman is the author of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook. She is also on the board of the California Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee.
They are responding to Joel Grover's expose on NBC where he revealed fraud at several Southern California farmers markets.
Music Break: Soul Sauce (Wachi Wara) by Xavier Cigat & His Orchestra
Good Food producer Harriet Ells recently traveled to Bogota, Colombia. Read about what she ate and see pictures here.
Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura are Lindy & Grundy, butchers who are opening a shop on Melrose and Fairfax. Their emphasis will be on sustainable meats.
Music Break: Summertime (instrumental version) by Josh Rouse
The 'Fuerte Four,’ nixtamalization, and eggplants Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament is this Sunday and our judges are faced with the ultimate decision: corn or flour? Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the LA 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. Plus: some tips on cooking eggplant, now in season.
Plastic straws, Persian cuisine, and Meathead Goldwyn What does the history of plastic straws tell us about U.S. capitalism? Growing up in Tehran, Naz Deravian watched her parents entertain with classic Persian dishes; now she’s carrying on the tradition in LA. Stressed about cooking brisket this Rosh Hashanah? Help is here. Plus, Zach Brooks stops by to discuss Jonathan Gold’s review of Vespertine.
Jell-O and feminism, ‘Losing Earth,’ vertical farming A new book examines the intersection of American feminism and Jell-O. This Labor Day, throw some desserts on the grill. Nathaniel Rich dives into the consequences of ignoring climate change warnings. Does vertical farming yield the same nutrient content as open air agriculture? Also: Tien Nguyen remembers Jonathan Gold’s impassioned defense of San Gabriel noodle shops, including Nha Trang.
Thai food, from Bangkok to SoCal Thai food is having a renaissance. We revisit conversations with James Syhabout of Hawker Fare and Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker, who are showing U.S. diners the wider canon of Thai food. We also hear about Bangkok’s unique food culture. How does the history of Thai food in LA tell the story of Thai assimilation? Plus: hear Jonathan Gold’s original review of Jitlada, the beloved Thai restaurant in Hollywood.
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, Grand Finale: And SoCal’s Best Tortilla Is… Wow, what a great time yesterday at KCRW’s Inaugural Great Tortilla Tournament! Throngs of people lined up to taste samples from our Fuerte Four Finalists: Kernel of Truth and Taco… Read More
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, week 4 recap: Behold SoCal’s four best tortillas! The bracket has been narrowed, the comal is heating up, and the tortillas are being filled for this Sunday at LA River and Gardens Center in Cypress Park! Find out who the final four are and don’t forget to RSVP for a day of micheladas, tortilla art, and live music. Read More
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, week 3 recap: Behold SoCal’s four best tortillas! The bracket has been narrowed, the comal is heating up, and the tortillas are being filled for this Sunday at LA River and Gardens Center in Cypress Park! Find out who the final four are and don’t forget to RSVP for a day of micheladas, tortilla art, and live music. Read More