Photo: Image from Farley Elliott's book Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. (Julia A. Reed)
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Farley Elliott is senior editor at Eater LA and a longtime food, drink and travel writer. In his new book, Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, he declares LA as the uncontested street food champion of the United States.
Every August Bon Appétit releases their Hot Ten: America's Best New Restaurants. This year Los Angeles landed two restaurants on the top ten list: Gjusta at number two and Petit Trois at number three. Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton shares his California picks on this year's list.
Music: " Hometown" by Splendid
Libby O'Connell is chief historian for the History Channel and author of several books. Her new book, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, catalogs our edible heritage bite by bite from apple pie to Hangtown fry.
Try this recipe for her Hangtown fry on the Good Food blog.
Music: "NaNaNa" by Splendid
Jillian Michaels is best known as the original trainer on The Biggest Loser. As a onetime overweight kid, she says her personal history with pie runs deep.
Despite its remarkable landmass, China simply cannot grow enough food to feed itself. Water shortages and lack of arable terrain have forced their government to buy between two and five million metric tons of American corn annually, which accounts for 94 percent of their imports.
Ted Genoways is an award-winning writer and editor. His latest article in the New Republic, "Corn Wars," tells the story of Chinese spies stealing America's agricultural secrets right out of the ground.
Music: "Mojave Midnight Moonlight" by Voodoo Organist
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Sāmbār, Akasha Richmond's Indian-inspired restaurant in Culver City. He recommends the saag and goat paneer naan, stone fruit salad, goat curry, zucchini kofta, and pork shoulder vindaloo.
9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Music: "Johnny's Odyssey"
Santa Monica Farmers' Market manager Laura Avery talks with chef David Lefevre of MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite and the recently opened The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach. He's excited to see the market brimming with delicious figs. He likes to sear his figs cut side down over hot coals for a quick thirty seconds.
For a refreshing summer salad, try Lefevre's Quinoa Salad with Figs, Arugula and Cashews.
Avery also chats with Steven Murray, Jr. of Murray Family Farms before his upcoming trip to the International Fig Symposium in Naples, Italy. He explains that each Italian city has their own distinct variety of figs and he will be looking for interesting new varieties that can flourish in California.
Music: "Sauce" by Chancha Via Circuito
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