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Does your spoon have a flavor? Zoe Laughlin of the Institute of Making in London recently hosted a spoon tasting dinner to determine which metals have the most palatable flavor. Cookbook author and food historian Anne Willan discusses the history of the modern place setting, and Jeff Dunn details his quest to make baby carrots the next vending machine craze. In an excerpt from KCRW's To the Point, reporter Alan Bjerga explains what the 2012 Farm Bill means for commodity growers, and Marion Nestle explains what the legislation means for fruits and vegetables and food assistance programs. Jonathan Gold takes us out for tacos near Dodger Stadium and Kris of Nom's Delivery in Long Beach talks about her late-night delivery service that curbs late night munchies. Plus, Kate Grutman, Julian Cox, David Borrego and Brian Butler offer their secrets to perfect summer cocktails.

Banner image: 'Pixie Sweet' plum-cherry hybrids, grown by Murray Family Farms and others. Photo by David Karp

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 6 MIN, 55 SEC

Akasha Richmond of Akasha Restaurant is shopping for summer fruit at the market. She loves the wide variety of stone fruit and especially the Snow Queen Nectarines from Art Lange and Honeycrisp farms, but she is also happy to see figs that she uses in salads, wraps in prosciutto and turns into jams and chutneys. For easy summer entertaining she suggests toasting some ciabatta bread, layering it with pecorino cheese and drizzling it with fig jam or fig chutney.

David Karp writes the Market Watch column for the Los Angeles Times Food section. He's thrilled to find a unique hybrid of plum and cherry at Murray Farms called Pixie Sweet. The fruit is smaller than a plum with a beautiful flesh and small pit. It's been called everything from a cherry plum to a cherrum to a chum. You can find cherry plums at Whole Foods in the LA Area where they will be marketed as "Verry Cherry Plums."

Music: "Can I Get a Witness" by Marvin Gaye

Guest Interview Could Baby Carrots Be the Next Junk Food Craze? 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Jeff Dunn is the president and CEO of Bolthouse Farms which sells nearly a billion pounds of carrots each year. He explains how baby carrots came to be and details his plan to plant baby carrots in vending machines across the nation by hijacking junk food marketing strategies. See examples of Dunn's clever marketing and read more about his story in this Fast Company article.

Guest Interview 2012 Farm Bill Update 6 MIN, 29 SEC

In an excerpt from KCRW's To the Point, Bloomberg News reporter Alan Bjerga explains what the 2012 Farm Bill means for commodity growers. Plus, Dr. Marion Nestle, noted author and  Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University explains what the legislation means for fruits and vegetables and food assistance programs.

Guest Interview A Spoon Tasting 7 MIN, 20 SEC

Dr. Zoe Laughlin is the co-director of the Institute of Making at the University of London. She recently conducted a spoon tasting with food luminaries such as Harold McGee and Heston Blumenthal. The purpose was to determine which metals pair well with which foods.

Music; "Dem Tambourines" by Don Wilkerson

Guest Interview The History of the Modern Place Setting 8 MIN, 55 SEC

gf120630willan.jpgAnne Willan is a noted cookbook author and food historian. Her latest book is The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook. She discusses the evolution of the modern table setting, from Medieval times to Queen Elizabeth.

The Cookbook Library

Anne Willan

Guest Interview When You're at the Ball Game and You Craving a Taco.... 5 MIN, 27 SEC

mexicali.jpgThis week Jonathan Gold visits Mexicali Taco & Co., a spot near Dodger Stadium that focuses on Mexicali-style tacos and vampiros. They import their flour tortillas from Mexicali, which is just south of the border in inland Baja. While Jonathan recommends the carne asada tacos and the homemade chorizo tacos with flour tortillas, they're most popular for their vampiros.

Mexicali Taco & Co
702 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You can find all of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions on the Good Food restaurant map.

Music: "El Manana" by Gorillaz

Guest Interview A Fairy Godmother for Late Night Munchies 5 MIN, 8 SEC

Kris, who would not disclose her last name, is the founder of Nom's: Late Night Delivery Service for the Sobriety and Motivation Impaired in Long Beach. She picks up food from fast food joints and local taquerias and delivers it to Long Beach residents who have a case of the late night munchies.

Guest Interview LA's Top Bartenders Share Their Favorite Summer Cocktails 9 MIN, 8 SEC

This is the final segment in our June cocktail series. We selected a few bars and restaurants with notable bartenders and asked them to share their cocktail inspiration for the summer.

Kate Grutmam is reinventing old cocktail classic and celebrity favorites at Formosa Cafe.

7156 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Mixologist and man about town Julian Cox is making homemade sodas at Sotto.

9575 W Pico Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90035

Director of Operations, David Borrego, takes inspiration from Post & Beam's cocktail garden (which is kept by Geri Miller of Home Grown Edible Landscape). He'll be making garden-inspired cocktails all summer long. You can attend the restaurant's cocktail garden class on July 28 at the garden at Post & Beam.

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
West Adams, CA 90008

Brian Butler, Beverage Director at Sunny Spot in Venice is making housemade ginger beer to pair with his rum cocktails.

822 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

Find recipes from all of the bartenders on the Good Food Blog.

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