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The KCRW 'Good Food' breakfast montage 7 MIN, 47 SEC

In the radio biz, there's a standard question we ask of all our guests when we do our microphone soundchecks: "What did you have for breakfast?" We kick off our breakfast show with a montage of the best responses this year. Thanks to our guests for being such great sports: Louis Tikaram, Pawan Mahendro, Arjun Mahendro, Nakul Mahendro, Niki Nakayama, David Karp, Aubry Walch, Kale Walch, Lolis Eric Elie, Isa Fabro, Matt Biancaniello, TiGeorges LaGuerre, Anya Fernald, Christine Moore, Francis Derby, Jessica Koslow, Curtis Stone, David Jackson, Jonathan Gold and our very own host, Evan Kleiman.

Music: "Bartholomew Fair" by The Toy Band and "Evidemment" by Ben Mazué

April McGreger's biscuit crusade 11 MIN, 7 SEC

We can't talk breakfast without talking biscuits. Though they're also eaten for lunch and supper, too, biscuits are predominantly a breakfast food, says April McGreger, a baker who owns Farmer's Daughter Pickles and Preserves in North Carolina. McGreger has done tremendous research into how biscuits have changed in the last century. The Biscuit Disciple gives us the 411 and shares a killer recipe for sweet potato biscuits. It comes from her book that is simply titled Sweet Potatoes. Make mine a cathead biscuit, if you please!

Music: "Hoya Hoye (Instrumental)" by Bole 2 Harlem and "Nage Libre" by Hervé Roy

Sweet Potatoes

April McGreger

Chef Josef Centeno puts his LA spin on the traditional Japanese breakfast 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Most of the breakfast foods we eat in the US are sweet and hearty, from donuts and pancakes with maple syrup to frosted flakes and biscuits and gravy. At Orsa & Winston in Downtown LA, chef Josef Centeno is going the savory route. Since returning from a recent trip to Japan, he's been serving up his take on the traditional Japanese breakfast. Try your hand at his breakfast in a shell, and let us know how it works out for you.

Music: "Mathar" by The Dave Pike Set

Cornmeal for big bad breakfast 11 MIN, 59 SEC

In John Currence's world, cornmeal looms large. He's the man behind the Big Bad Breakfast restaurants in Mississippi and Alabama and has just published a cookbook, Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day. Listen up to hear how cornmeal figures into his oyster hangtown fry, the Mississippi Delta tamale and his frosted homemade cornflakes.

Music: "Summer Discotheque" by Mat Camison and "Strip Tease Organ" by Sam Paglia

Big Bad Breakfast

John Currence

The dim sum field guide 10 MIN, 15 SEC

Next our breakfast crawl takes us in search of tasty Cantonese dim sum, where an endless parade of small plates and baskets filled with steamed dumplings, buns, balls and cakes wheeling by on carts can make even the savviest eaters dizzy. We tapped food writer and illustrator Carolyn Phillips to share ordering tips from her new book, The Dim Sum Field Guide.

Music: "Sombrero" by The Champs and "Bring Down The Birds" by Herbie Hancock

The Dim Sum Field Guide

Carolyn Phillips

It's all about eggs 9 MIN, 2 SEC

We could go on about breakfast forever. But since all good things must come to an end, we close out the show at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market with an ingredient arguably more essential to breakfast than any other: eggs. Peter Schaner talks about raising, feeding and caring for 500 egg-laying hens at his Southern California farm. Miles Thompson, the executive chef at Michael's in Santa Monica, explains the difference between cooking with eggs from the farm versus most of the eggs you find in large supermarket chains. "Food in general would not be the same without eggs. It's the glue that holds together all the crazy ideas inside cooks and chefs heads.”

Music: "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badamenti & Kinny Landrum

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