Last week, Congress failed to pass a controversial Farm Bill that was being lauded as a key piece of GOP legislation. The bill aimed to toughen work requirements for SNAP recipients, among other drastic changes. Staff writer and associate editor at the Food Environment Reporting Network, Leah Douglas returns for an update on Farm Bill’s journey out of Congress.
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Whether it’s spread on toast, thrown on a salad, or laden
with ceviche, avocados never go out of style. Photo via Pxbay.
Chef-owner Mark Peel of Prawn at The Grand Central Market and Old Town Pasadena joins Laura Avery at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to talk about the beloved avocado. Farmer Marguerita Smith of Mud Creek Ranch in Santa Paula offers her thoughts on the surge in popularity for the California staple.
Lebanese Fatayer from ‘Feast’ by Anissa Helou. Photo by Kristin Perers.
Ramadan is underway around the world. The month-long observance began on May 17 and will last until June 15. After sunset, many observant Muslims will break their fasts with customary meals. Anissa Helou explains some of the traditional meals eaten to break the fast. Helou’s latest cookbook “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” paints a colorful portrait of the flavors and culinary traditions of North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
After five years of debate, the LA city council finally approved a plan last month to regulate sidewalk vending. Now, city officials are writing an ordinance that will let street vendors sell their wares, including food carts. However, writing one ordinance that applies to all types of vendors will prove to be a challenge. LA Taco editor Daniel Hernandez joins Chery Glaser to discuss the hurdles.
“Satoyama Scenery” is one of the Japanese mountainside-inspired dishes
available at Yoshihiro Narisawa’s Toyko restaurant. Photo courtesy of Narisawa.
Recently, LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold flew to Tokyo to meet chef Yoshihiro Narisawa and dine at his two-Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa. Narisawa was recently featured at the LA Food Bowl, soGold wanted to familiarize himself with the trailblazing chef’s approach to curating a Japanese mountainside-inspired dining experience.
A most prized possession. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III.
On the latest episode of KCRW’s original podcast Lost Notes, Richard Parks III recounts the story of a flexi-disc worth a cool million dollars. He joins Evan to talk about this particular piece of arcane technology and what he learned about its connections to food.
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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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