Chef DJ Olsen is always at the Santa Monica farmers market. He's the chef at Lou, the wine bar on Vine (724 Vine St.). He's using the huge variety of potatoes in many different dishes, including roasted, smashed and in a potato tart. The recipe for his potato tart is here.
Juan Asavedo is one of the sellers of Zuckerman Farms asparagus. They bring jumbo asparagus to over 20 markets in the LA-are. Pictures of there stand are here.
Sandor Katz is a self-described "fermentation fetishist." His book is Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods. His website, Wild Fermentation, is an incredible resource for anyone interested in fermenting foods. See his instructional video for fermenting vegetables here.
The Watts Towers were created by artist Sabato Rodia. The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative supports the towers as a cultural landmark. They are honoring the towers and the initiative with a festival: The St. Joseph's Communal Tables on March 18-20. "These tables both commemorate a time when diaspora Italians represented a community in need, and, as a springtime recurrence, they also celebrate abundance." Luisa del Guidice is organizing the event. More about the Catholic tradition of St. Joseph's tables here.
You can view the altar at St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church (10122 Compton Ave., LA): Friday March 18, 3:00 P.M. – 7:30 pm, Saturday March 19, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00pm, Sunday March 20, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 pm.
NAFTA and Mexico, coastal California, and a Queens food tour Trump has called NAFTA the “worst” trade deal in history, but professor Alyshia Galvez says it’s Mexico’s food system that bears the brunt of it. Santa Barbara is home to some of California’s greatest seafood and produce, as Jason Paluska and Pascale Beale know all too well. Plus: a culinary tour of the New York’s most diverse borough, and novelist Jervey Tervalon dedicates a poem to his late friend Jonathan Gold.
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.
Taste California’s coast with Santa Barbara veggies Santa Barbara’s microclimates make it home to some of California’s best seafood and produce. Jason Paluska, executive chef at The Lark, showcases the region’s eclectic culinary style in his cookbook “Around the Table: Recipes and Stories from the Lark in Santa Barbara.” Read More
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