Photo: Evan Kleiman (R) with cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey (Brian Feinzimer)
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Madhur Jaffrey is an Indian-born actress, food television personality, and seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author. Her latest book, Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking, encapsulates the vast continent of India’s countless cuisines, including more than two hundred vegetable and grain-based recipes.
We have a recipe for her Kodaga-Style Broiled Portobello Mushrooms on the Good Food blog.
Music: "The Indian Runner" by Jack Nitzche and David Lindley and "Further East" by James Asher
Jacques Pépin is a French-born chef, food writer and television personality. In honor of his upcoming eightieth birthday, and to celebrate his twenty-eighth and final season on television, he gifts us his latest cookbook, Heart and Soul in the Kitchen.
We have a recipe for his Eggs in Pepper Boats on the Good Food blog.
Music by Flight Facilities
Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy Award-winning television personality, entrepreneur and author of many books on Italian cooking. She shares some of the early stories and memories from her extensive career. Her latest cookbook, which she cowrote with daughter Tanya Bastianich Manuali, is Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook.
We've got a recipe for her Meatballs with Eggplant on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Fragments" by Autamata
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Ruth Reichl is a James Beard Award-winning food writer and critic. When her days as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine came to an abrupt end in 2009, she turned to the one place where she could always find solace — in the kitchen. Her new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, documents the emotionally laden recipes that helped her cope with her grief.
We have a recipe for Pork and Tomatillo Stew on the Good Food blog.
Music: "3 Days" by Ryhe
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week, he visits Seafood Palace, a Chiu Chow seafood specialist (formerly known as Seafood Village) with locations in Monterey Park and Temple City. He recommends the house-special fried crab, sautéed scallops with asparagus, house-special steamed chicken and salted-fish-and-chicken fried rice.
9669 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
684 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Music: "Soul Thing" by the Keith Mansfield Orchestra
Laura Avery, manager of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, speaks with Paul Thurston of McGrath Family Farms about their cultivation practices for the Oregon Trail variety of English peas in Camarillo. They've just come into season now and can be bought whole and shelled.
Jason Park, executive chef/owner of Maru in Santa Monica, is a regular at McGrath, especially during English pea season. He shares his recipe for Scallop and English Pea Ravioli, which you can find on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order
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