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Journalist Heather Abel was diagnosed with Celiac disease almost fifteen years ago. She chronicles her struggle to obtain a diagnosis and her frustration with the current gluten free backlash. Plus, We talk to Paul Greenberg about sustainable options for kosher fish and Alice Medrich examines flavorful gluten-free flours like chestnut and buckwheat.

Photo: Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books).  © 2014. Photographs by Leigh Beisch


Can Kosher Fish Be Sustainable Too? 9 MIN, 22 SEC

Paul Greenberg is the author of Four Fish and American Catch. He discusses his recent op-ed in the New York Times, "Can Seafood Be Kosher and Sustainable?"

Music: "Still Don't Know" by Chef'Special

American Catch

Paul Greenberg

The Rewards of Home-Baked Challah 8 MIN, 1 SEC

Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her article on homemade Challah was published last week in the New York Times.

Music: "So Good" by Valerius 

The Baking Queen Shares Her Favorite Kitchen Tools 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Rose Levy Beranbaum is the author behind numerous award winning books on baking and pastry. Her newest book is The Baking Bible.

We talk to Rose about the importance of tools in baking. See her picks for the best table top ovens, mixers, measuring spoons and more on the Good Food Blog.

Music: "Oh, Look What the Sun Did"

The Baking Bible

Rose Levy Beranbaum

Naturally Gluten-Free Flours 8 MIN, 59 SEC

Alice Medrich's latest book is Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours.

Find a recipe for her Buckwheat Linzer Cookies on the Good Food Blog.

Music: "Home" by Naughty Boy

Flavor Flours

Alice Medrich

Celiac Disease and the Struggle for Diagnosis 9 MIN, 35 SEC

Heather Abel was almost thirty years old when she was diagnosed with Celiacs disease even though she'd be struggling with the issue her whole life. In her Slate Article "Stop Mocking the Gluten-Free Fadists" and her Kindle Single Gut Instincts: Dispatches from the Wide Open Space Between Sickness and Health, she shares her struggle to find a diagnosis and her search for a cure that has no easy pharmaceutical answer.

Gut Instincts

Heather Abel

Callahan's Restaurant to Close after 68 Years 4 MIN, 57 SEC

Santa Monica is losing one of its most venerable and most unassuming restaurants. Callahan's, the coffee shop located in a distinctive Moderne building on Wilshire Boulevard east of 12th Street, is closing its doors after 68 years in business – the last 26 of them under the ownership of Abraham Vasquez and his family. The modestly-priced neighborhood diner is a vanishing breed throughout Los Angeles. Gideon Brower paid a final visit to Callahan's to capture some of the voices and atmosphere that have made the place so beloved by its many regular patrons.

This segment was made possible by KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

Music: "Thanks for the Memory"

Jonathan Gold Visits the Ace Hotel 5 MIN, 35 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reviews LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.

LA Chapter
Act Hotel
927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Jonathan recommends the king salmon, pork chop, the burger and the ricotta.

You can read Jonathan's LA Times review. You can see all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

Music: "Is Your Love Big Enough?" by Lianne La Havas

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