Michael Cimarusti the chef/owner at Providence (5955 Melrose Ave.). He just received his third James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef, Pacific region. He is buying Zuckerman Farms' jumbo aspargus at the Farmers Market. He shared three different cooking methods, which are outlined here.
Nate of Fat Uncle Farms sells a wide variety of almond products at several Southern California farmers markets. They currently have green almonds, which look like small peaches - they are covered in fuzz and have a gelatinous center. They are only available for 3-4 weeks a year, before they start to harden and become nuts. People like to pickle green almonds, or eat them raw, dipped in salt. Find a recipe for green almonds here.
Joan Nathan's book is Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Kosher Food in France. A recipe for Vegan Matzo Balls is here.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week, he reviews The Spice Table, the new Singaporean restaurant from Bryan Ng, a former chef at Mozza. He likes the black pepper crab, the curry laksa, the deep-fried cauliflower, the grilled beef tripe and the sambal potatoes.
The Spice Table
114 S. Central Ave.
All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map. Get a weekly text message with the exact address and recommended dishes: Text "Good Food" to the number 69866.
Gustavo Arellano is the Managing Editor of the OC Weekly where he reviews restaurants and writes the popular Ask a Mexican column. Today, he visits Mitla Cafe, the oldest restaurant in the Inland Empire. It serves Cal-Mex food, which is style of Mexican food seen in most of the U.S. It's highlighted by combination plates, refried beans with orange cheese and lots of sour cream. Mitla Cafe is a family-owned business that has been operating in San Bernardino since 1937. See pictures of the restaurant here.
602 N Mount Vernon Ave
Gustavo is working on a book called Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, due out Cinco de Mayo of 2012. More about KCRW's stories about Mexican-American culture here.
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