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Fresh dates are in full bloom at farmers markets throughout Southern California, according to Robert Wemischner, a professional baking instructor at LA Trade Technical College: "Caramel, spice, citrus flavors. They're amazing and there are so many varieties." Laura Avery also catches up with farmer Christina Kelso to learn how Barhi, Medjool and Khadrawi dates are being grown and harvested at Flying Disc Ranch in the Coachella Valley.
Music: "Bartholomew Fair" by the Toy Band and "Diggin'" by Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
Two years ago, the world's largest white truffle went up for auction in New York. Unlike the back and forth of paddles you might imagine with a Picasso or Van Gogh on the block, the 3.93 pounder sold for $50,000 in under a minute to a Taiwanese bidder. With truffles back in season, Los Angeles Magazine restaurant critic Patric Kuh gives us the lowdown on where to source the coveted funghi around town: "It's a commodity and a parasite. A parasite that adds $80 to any dish."
Music: "Fire Coming out of the Monkey's Head" by Gorillaz and "Nage Libre" by Hervé Roy
With so much talk about the election this month, it may have almost slipped your mind that Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Don't panic! We tap Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the founders of Food52, for tips on how to turn your Thanksgiving feast into a success. Their new cookbook is Food52 - A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead. Customize your meal with Food52's Thanksgiving menu genie and find recipes for turkey, porchetta, greens and butternut squash purée on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Bet" by Lee Morgan and "Bossa 31" by Rosalia De Souza
Eighteen years ago, Mark Bittman published his book How to Cook Everything. He joins us to reflect on how the food scene has changed in the past two decades and shares favorite recipes from his new book, How to Bake Everything. Bittman tells us the cookbook features 90 recipes that take 30 minutes or less to complete. "I don't know that I've ever looked at someone's recipe and not mentally shortened it before starting it. Julia Child had recipes that went on for six pages. I'd look at them and say, ‘That's just ridiculous. I don't have to do all of those things.'" Find a recipe for his cheese straws, which makes a nice accompaniment to any Thanksgiving meal, on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Bring Down the Birds" by Herbie Hancock
For many of us, Thanksgiving isn't complete without turkey, sweet potatoes and pie. Dorie Greenspan is making a pitch for savory cookies to start the meal. Find the rosemary parmesan shortbread recipe from her new book Dorie's Cookies on the Good Food blog. Might we suggest pairing those cookies with a glass of sherry? Good call, Kay Plunkett-Hogge! Her new book is A Sherry and a Little Plate of Tapas.
Music: "Cloud Sailin'" by Freddy King and "Hold It" by Bill Dogget
If you're lucky enough to be invited to a Filipino-American Thanksgiving feast this year, you'd better come hungry. Chef Isa Fabro, whose pastries and pizza are sold at Unit 120 in LA's Far East Plaza in Chinatown, tells us what dishes to expect on the Pinoy Thanksgiving menu -- from American Thanksgiving hits like turkey and green bean casserole to lumpia and spaghetti with banana ketchup, hotdogs and cheese. This year, chef Fabro is baking ube pilinut pies for the holiday. Place your order by emailing her at email@example.com.
Music: "I'll Never Let You Go" by Redondo Beat
Tiny, delicately fried ears of corn, stuffed pea pods and Santa Barbara spot prawns make their way onto Jonathan Gold's plate at Tempura Endo in Beverly Hills this week. The LA Times food critic tells us what it's like to dine on high-end tempura, Kyoto-style.
Photo by Kani Hahn
Find out more in Jonathan's LA Times review of Tempura Endo in Beverly Hills.
Tempura Endo: 9777 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 | (310) 274-2201
Music: "Il N'est Point de Sot Métier (part 2)" by La Maison Tellier
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