Photo of challah from Modernist Bread by Nathan Myhrvold. Photo by The Cooking Lab, LLC
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Restaurateurs, chefs and eaters await Jonathan Gold’s annual 101 Best Restaurants list with bated breath and hungry stomachs. Well, it’s in! It’s full of exciting newcomers and just a dash of controversy regarding his top pick. Also, Gold shares some memories of the late Tui Sungkamee, the beloved chef of Jitlada in LA’s Thai Town.
It’s very likely you’ve never heard of Patience Gray, the food writer who wrote the 1986 book “Honey from a Weed.” But if you were a cook during that period who spent time in the Mediterranean, her influence was inescapable. “Fasting and Feasting” is Adam Federman’s new biography of Gray’s life and work.
It can be a beautiful thing when art, food, and politics collide. Kim Abeles has lived in Los Angeles for the last thirty years and her recent collections marry the food we eat with the air we breathe. Abeles joins us to talk about how smog found its way to the dinner plate.
Laura Avery talks to author Amelia Saltsman about the 10th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook and quince. She also talks quince with Becky Terry of Terry Ranch in Dinuba. Producer Joseph Stone
Photo of quince by Joseph Stone
Photo of the Smoked Fish Platter from Wexler’s Deli in Los Angeles, photo by T.Tseng
Most of the smoked salmon we eat in the US probably comes from one company: Acme. But Wexler’s Deli smokes their fish in-house. Co-owner Micah Wexler explains how his business smokes, kippers and barbecues salmon, sturgeon, whitefish and cod.
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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.
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