Photo of the nopales skillet at Tacos y Mezcal courtesy of Alex Asencio.
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Photo of Taylor Parsons and Mike Diamond used with permission.
The Beastie Boys once said, “I chill at White Castle ‘cause it’s the best. But I’m fly at Fat Burger when I’m way out west.” But much has changed since then. Former Beastie Boy Mike D and sommelier Taylor Parsons are teaming up to help curate the wine list for the new Hollywood wine bar and restaurant, Hearth & Hound.
Turkey is one-thirteenth the size of the U.S. but is equally diverse in topography, which lends itself to various ingredients and flavors in Turkish cuisine. Robyn Eckhardt’s first cookbook explores the many influences the country’s food incorporates. These recipes paired with Davíd Hagerman’s photos capture the vibrancy embedded in Turkish food and culture.
Photo of Jean Trinh, courtesy of Michael Kovac.
Grand Central Market isn’t the only beloved L.A. market celebrating its centennial this fall. At the Seventh Street Produce Market, home to Sunday food fair ‘Smorgasburg,’ fresh fruits and vegetables are available to shoppers daily. Writer Jean Trinh dug through the archives to document the evolution and changes of this historic market for the LA Weekly.
Street corn at Tacos y Mezcal courtesy of Alex Asencio.
This week, Jonathan Gold heads all the way out to Bell to find mole goddess Rocio Camacho’s delicious guisados being served from cast iron skillets, alongside crispy street corn and refreshingly soft tortilla chips. Read his full review in the Los Angeles Times.
Photo of journalist Tracie McMillan by Roman Cho
When journalist Tracie McMillan set out to discover how the American food system provides for America's working poor, she went undercover working several blue collar jobs. The experience resulted in her book, "The American Way of Eating." One of her jobs was in a restaurant kitchen, where she encountered constant harassment and was sexually assaulted. She recently recounted the experience in a New York Times op-ed.
Photo of 189 by Dominique Ansel. Photo by Jakob Layman.
The man behind the craze-worthy Cronut is finally setting up shop in Los Angeles. Angelenos love their hype but Dominique Ansel actually delivers with a menu of creative desserts. We had a chance to catch up at his new spot, 189 by Dominique Ansel at The Grove.
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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.
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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
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