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Wholesale lobster prices are at an all time low, so why are restaurants still charging high prices? New Yorker financial writer James Surowiecki offers an explanation. Chef Niki Nakayama describes the art of kaiseki dining and chef Edward Lee talks about why fusion food is racist. Jonathan Gold details what he looks for in a savory pie and Gustavo Arellano takes us out for Middle Eastern pastries at Knafeh Cafe in Anaheim. Plus, Lesley Bargar Suter offers tips on where to find the best bottomless drinks, eggs Benedict and French toast in Los Angeles. At the market, Laura Avery talks to Ruben Mkrtchyan about his Uzbek melons and CJ Jacobson shops for peppers at Peacock Family Farms.

Banner image: Autumn mushrooms (eringi, maitake, shiitake, shimeji), Alaskan halibut, cress, onion powder shallot cream sauce and lotus root chip. Photo: Zen Sekizawa

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Ruben Mkrtchyan is a melon farmer in Onyx, California. He grows Uzbek varieties of melons on a small farm near Lake Isabella. He says the melons need dry soil, hot days and cool nights. You can find his melons at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market.

CJ Jacobson is the chef at Girasol, a new restaurant in Studio City. This week he is shopping for peppers from Peacock Family Farms.


Music: "Can't Keep Rhythm from a Dancer" by Tortured Soul

Guest Interview The Art of Kaiseki at n/naka 8 MIN, 21 SEC

Niki Nakayama is the chef and owner of n/naka on Overland Avenue in Palms. There she practices the art of kaiseki which she learned while cooking at her family's ryokan in Japan.

She grows roughly thirty percent of the produce for the restaurant in her backyard garden. See photos of her garden and the unique Japanese varieties of produce that she grows on our edible garden profile.

Guest Interview What Jonathan Gold Wants in a Pie 7 MIN, 41 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He will also be a judge at the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest. He discusses what he looks for in a savory pie and a cream pie.

Music: "Genesis" by Grimes

Guest Interview Smoke and Pickles 9 MIN, 4 SEC

gf130824smoke-pickles.jpg Edward Lee is the chef at 610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville, Kentucky. His new book is Smoke & Pickles. Find a recipe for his Chess Pie with Blackened Pineapple Salsa on the Good Food blog.

Smoke and Pickles

Edward Lee

Guest Interview Lobster Economics 8 MIN, 49 SEC

James Surowiecki is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he writes The Financial Page. We were intrigued to speak to him after reading his article, "Clawback."

Music: "Just Fine" (Treat 'Em Right) Remix by Mary J Blige

Guest Interview Middle Eastern Treats in Anaheim 4 MIN, 21 SEC

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He is also a weekly contributor on KCRW and a frequent guest on Good Food. He reviews Knafeh Cafe in Anaheim which is known for baklava, maamoul, knafeh and Turkish coffee.

Guest Interview The Best of Brunch in Los Angeles 11 MIN, 1 SEC

Lesley Bargar Suter is the dine editor for Los Angeles magazine. The Brunch Issue will hit stands next week. Below are her recommendations for the best brunches in LA:

Bottomless Brunch Spots

Little Dom's
Bar Brix
Sunny Spot


Best Eggs Benedict-Like Dishes

MB Post
Blue Jam Cafe


Best French Toast

Square 1
MB Post


Music: "Peripheral Visionaries" by Young Galaxy

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