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Drying cocoa beans. Photo taken by Irene Scott

From bean to bar 10 MIN, 59 SEC

When it comes to chocolate education, Ruth Kennison is the authority. As the owner of The Chocolate Project, she is part of a small group of instructors in the country teaching bean-to-bar chocolate making, and her classes and private workshops at the Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories are extremely popular with professional and home chefs alike.

Making Chocolate 8 MIN, 36 SEC

The folks behind the nationally lauded Dandelion Chocolate have created a complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. From sourcing and winnowing, to tempering and finally tasting, their book Making Chocolate leaves no stone, or s’more, unturned. Todd Masonis and Greg D’Alesandre share about the journey the bean makes from jungle to palate.

Making Chocolate

Dandelion Chocolate

Deforestation and cocoa 10 MIN, 29 SEC

An alarming percentage of the Ivory Coast and Ghana’s forests have been lost since those countries gained independence. And the surprising cause? Cocoa. Good Food contributor and The Slow Melt podcast host Simran Sethi recently wrote an article for Dame Magazine about the woman drawing attention to this crisis.

Good Food's 2017 Gift Guide 6 MIN, 43 SEC

Let’s hear it from the professionals. We spoke with a handful of L.A. chefs to find out which kitchen items they recommend gifting to your loved ones. Find out what Roy Choi, Zach Pollack, Johnny Zone, Nyesha Arrington, Diep Tran, and Taylor Parsons are wrapping up this holiday season.

Jonathan Gold journeys to Journeymen 4 MIN, 33 SEC


Photo of Chef David Wilcox courtesy of Journeymen.

Jonathan Gold visits Journeymen in Atwater Village, where chef David Wilcox, a Gjelina veteran, has found his stride serving up rustic plates featuring duck hearts, seared turnips, and Basque cake. Read Gold’s full review in the L.A. Times.

Market Report: Baby sprouting broccoli 7 MIN, 27 SEC


Photo of baby sprouting broccoli by Joseph Stone.

Need a reprieve from all the decadent dessert talk? Laura Avery is here to get something green on your plate. Baby sprouting broccoli is having a moment at the market, and she’ll talk with the local restaurateurs and farmers who love it.

Baking with Chocolate 6 MIN, 41 SEC

Alice Medrich is the First Lady of Chocolate if there ever was one. She’s the founder of Cocolat and is known for introducing chocolate truffles to the U.S. She gives Evan a few timely chocolate baking tips for holiday celebrations of all kinds.

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