Valerie Gordon is the chef/owner of Valerie Confections (3360 West 1st St., LA). She sells a variety of sweet and savory prepared food at the Saturday Santa Monica and Hollywood Farmers Markets. Right now, she is playing with apricots. She is buying Regier's Castlebrite variety and using if for pie, jam, panna cotta and more. A recipe for her cherry apricot jam is here.
Romeo Coleman's family's farm stand sells a variety of greens and herbs. Some of their herbs are flowering - like their tarragon, thyme and cilantro. Letting the herbs flower allows for the cultivation of beneficial insects. Use them for decoration. Pictures of their cilantro and thyme are here.
Russ Parsons is the editor of the Los Angeles Times' food section, where he recently wrote about cooking with breadcrumbs. He uses toasted fresh bread crumbs with olive oil to transform pasta, eggs, asparagus, swiss chard and more. Read more about his technique and recipe ideas in the LA Times. Evan Kleiman's recipe for a Parsley Frittata with Bread Crumbs is here.
Fred Vogelstein and Evelyn Nussenbaum are the parents of Sam. Sam is 9 and has epilepsy. Before he found treatment Sam experienced up to 130 seizures every day. After trying every drug on the market, Sam's parents turned to Ketosis, a high fat diet that has dramatically decreased Sam's seizures. We first heard about their story in the New York Times.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Steingarten in West L.A., the latest "gastro-pub" to open in Los Angeles. The beer selection is vast and changes frequently. He calls it a "temple of hops." For food, Jonathan likes the pretzels, the grilled sausages (duck and bacon, wild boar, lamb sausage), and the burger.
10543 W. Pico Blvd.
West Los Angeles
All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Eddie Lin writes the blog Deep End Dining and he's a regular contributor to Good Food. This week, he travels to Rancho Cucamonga to find out what kinds of sustenance we need for our emergency kits. He spoke with the folks at Honeyville. See pictures of the freeze dried items Eddie tried on the Good Food Blog.
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.
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