Photo Courtesy: David Karp
Photo Courtesy: David Karp
Amelia Saltsman is the author of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook. While she waits for the fava beans to come into season, she is buying fava tendrils, which are like shoots. She sautés them in olive oil with a little salt and adds English peas. Amelia's recipe is here.
David Karp is a pomologist with UC Riverside and a freelance writer for The Los Angeles Times' food section, where he writes the Market Watch column. This week he spotlights Pixie Tangerines which are grown primarily in Ojai.
Allison Costa, food writer, restaurant critic, and writer of the blog Ventura Food Happenings. She recommends the following places to eat in Ventura:
The Garden Market
449 North 10th Street, Santa Paula
The Local Cafe
1751 East Main Street, Ventura
Petite Reve Cafe
1124 So Seaward, Ste A, Ventura
Hip Vegan Cafe
928 E Ojai Ave., Ojai
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week, he reviews Beijing Duck House in San Gabriel. It's the one of the only restaurants in the Southland serving duck cooked in the authentic Beijing style. The other dishes on the menu are of the Shandong style. Read his full review here. Jonathan recommends the duck, the sea intestine (haichang), the sliced beef in chile oil, the tofu and the green onion pie.
Beijing Duck House
6420 Rosemead Blvd.
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Bill Rosendahl is the City Councilman for LA's 11th district. He raises chickens in the backyard of his Mar Vista home. Read about his garden in LAist.
David Valdes Greenwood is the author of The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America One Tiara at a Time. More about the festivals and the royalty David talks about on his website.
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.
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, Grand Finale: And SoCal’s Best Tortilla Is… Wow, what a great time yesterday at KCRW’s Inaugural Great Tortilla Tournament! Throngs of people lined up to taste samples from our Fuerte Four Finalists: Kernel of Truth and Taco… Read More
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, week 4 recap: Behold SoCal’s four best tortillas! The bracket has been narrowed, the comal is heating up, and the tortillas are being filled for this Sunday at LA River and Gardens Center in Cypress Park! Find out who the final four are and don’t forget to RSVP for a day of micheladas, tortilla art, and live music. Read More
Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, week 3 recap: Behold SoCal’s four best tortillas! The bracket has been narrowed, the comal is heating up, and the tortillas are being filled for this Sunday at LA River and Gardens Center in Cypress Park! Find out who the final four are and don’t forget to RSVP for a day of micheladas, tortilla art, and live music. Read More