Jonathan Gold’s voice was introduced to the world through Good Food in 1998. Instrumental in bringing him on the show was current KCRW president Jennifer Ferro, who began her radio career as a producer for Good Food. She and Evan Kleiman traded stories about the early years of working with Jonathan.
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Mike Sigman was publisher of the LA Weekly during both of Jonathan’s stints at the paper. He recalls Jonathan’s early years as an irritable young writer with a penchant for punk music and anarchist thought.
At a time when restaurant criticism was fixated on fine dining, Jonathan Gold championed taco trucks, Ethiopian food, and San Gabriel Valley noodle shops. His insistence on taking these cuisines seriously transformed lives, saved restaurants, and brought a renewed sense of pride to those communities. Writer Gustavo Arellano talks about what Jonathan meant to local restaurateurs.
A memorial to Jonathan Gold at Lonzo's Bakery in Culver City. Photo by Nick Liao.
Jen Ferro’s successors as managing producer of KCRW’s Good Food recall their time working with Jonathan.
Five generations of producers, spanning Good Food’s 21-year tenure,
reflect on working with writer Jonathan Gold. (L-R, Rosalie Atkinson, Harriet Ells,
Abbie Fentress-Swanson, Evan Kleiman, Nick Liao, Jennifer Ferro, Laryl Garcia,
Gillian Ferguson.) Photo by Andrew Herrold.
LA Times arts and culture writer Carolina Miranda was not only was a colleague of Jonathan’s during his final years at the Times, she was a friend who often dined in his home. Evan spoke with her about their time working together.
Carolina Miranda talks with Jonathan Gold at the USC
Annenberg School of Communications in 2017. Courtesy of Carolina Miranda.
In the past six years, New York writer Peter Meehan shared more meals with Jonathan than anyone outside of Jonathan’s immediate family. The former Lucky Peach editor describes what those excursions were like.
In 2010, Jonathan gave Evan Kleiman his rules for finding good restaurants. Eight years later, his wisdom is still timeless.
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