Photo: Cathy Chaplin
Photo: Cathy Chaplin
The Vietnamese New Year kicks off on Monday. For Diep Tran, who is chef and owner of Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Tết celebrations are not complete without making a batch of very labor intensive cakes of sticky rice, pork and beans wrapped up in banana leaves. They're called bánh chung.
Hear from Tran how she learned to make them from her grandmother. Then, ring in the lunar new year with sweet and savory bánh chung at Good Girl Dinette. And if you've got a few days, try to make "The Matriarch" with Tran's recipe on the Good Food blog.
Music: "I Love the Dough" by Notorious BIG, featuring Jay-Z
This week Santa Monica Farmers Market Manager Laura Avery speaks with Timothy Hollingsworth, chef-owner of Otium. He's shopping for ruby red grapefruit to make smoked grapefruit with cured amberjack to serve at the restaurant, which is next to The Broad museum in Downtown L.A.
Avery also checks in with AJ Bernard, of Bernard Ranches, who arranges his baskets of grapefruit in order of sweetness. You might be surprised to learn which grapefruit varieties have the most sugar.
Music: "Orange Skies" by Love
Shaun O'Hara has the answer. O'Hara is now an analyst with the NFL Network but he played professionally for 11 seasons and won Super Bowl XLII as a center with the New York Giants. Listen up to hear him tell "Good Food" what players eat leading up to the big game.
Music by Del Ray
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author for the LA Times. This week he takes us to Nersses Vanak in Glendale for dizi, that Iranian lamb and chickpea stew flavored with turmeric and dried lime.
6524 San Fernando Rd
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Music: "The Fall" by Rhye
Japan entices us as much for its wild embrace of pop culture as for its deep reverence for tradition and extreme craftsmanship. Matt Goulding is one of the founders of the food, travel and culture journal Roads & Kingdoms. In his new book, "Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture," we ride along with Goulding for an entertaining voyage to some of Japan's lesser-known spots and dishes.
Music: "Bustin' Surfboards" by The Tornadoes
On Saturday, a giant sweet potato float will roll through the streets of Downtown Anaheim for the 36th annual Orange County Black History Parade. Gretchen Shoemaker will be on the float. Two years ago, she opened her first restaurant, Georgia's at the ripe old age of 74.
Shoemaker tells "Good Food" why she decided to retire to the restaurant business as a septuagenarian and about the classics on the soul food menu at Georgia's, some of which have recipes that go back to Civil War times. She's keeping her recipes on lock-down but there are some pictures of the Cajun coleslaw, fried chicken and peach cobbler served at Georgia's on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest and "Who You Wit" by Jay-Z
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.
BONUS: Classic Jonathan Gold on KCRW In this bonus episode, we're resharing some of the late Jonathan Gold's classic segments on KCRW from over the past 20 years. These conversations had a tremendous impact on LA’s dining scene, helping Angelenos to get out of their silos to explore new neighborhoods and cuisines.
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