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Cocktail historian David Wondrich outlines the legacy of barman Jerry Thomas and Jonathan Gold tells us where to find the best cocktails in LA. Plus, we dive deep into Tiki's seductive lure of rum and kitsch.

Photo: Katie Boink, Tanner Hoss/HossXXBoink Photography

Tiki Then and Now 17 MIN, 21 SEC

Bartender Serena Herrick, cookbook author Colman Andrews and rum connoisseur Matt Robold all share their affinity for tiki, that intoxicating combination of rum and kitsch. Serena Herrick talks about her tiki-inspired happy hour menu, Colman Andrews reminisces about the famous tiki bar, Trader Vic's, and Matt Robold shares some of his favorite rums. We've got several tiki-inspired cocktail recipes on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Aloha - No Honolulu and Hawaiian War Chant" by Arthur Lyman

(This segment first aired on Good Food on April 5, 2014.)

My Usual Table

Colman Andrews

Meet Jerry Thomas, America's Most Famous Bartender 8 MIN, 53 SEC

David Wondrich's award-winning book Imbibe! was recently updated and revised. The cocktail book is required reading for any serious drinker. Wondrich shares some history of Jerry Thomas and says today's cocktail scene has finally caught up to the legacy the famous bartender left behind.

Find a recipe for his San Martin cocktail on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Hansel and Pretzel" by Henri Rene

Jonathan Gold's Favorite Cocktails in Los Angeles 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he shares some of his favorite LA cocktails, from the gin and juice at Roy Choi's Commissary to the Spritz at The Normandie Club in Downtown LA.

See more of his cocktail coverage in the LA Times.

Music: "Fever" by the Three Suns

Jews and Muslim Spark Conversation over Mocktails 6 MIN, 34 SEC

Jews and Muslims in Los Angeles don't often get together for drinks. After all, religious Muslims don't drink, and the two groups have had their differences. But a new project from New Ground Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change aims to get members of both groups talking to each other, while crafting simple yet delicious non-alcoholic beverages, or "mocktails." KCRW producer Avishay Artsy has more.

Music: "Cosmic Square Dance" by Chet Atkins

As Industry Grows, Craft Brewers Fight to Stand Out 7 MIN, 13 SEC

Erika Bolden is a beer journalist. She brings us news from the latest Craft Brewers Conference where the theme was how craft brewers can differentiate their products in a booming industry.

Market Report 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Santa Monica Farmers' Market manager Laura Avery talks to chef Ray Garcia of B.S. Taqueria in Downtown LA. Garcia is shopping for beets for the restaurant's signature beet torta.

Plus, farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farms is bringing five types of potatoes to the market including Purple Majestic and German Butterballs.

Music: "Seven Out" by Sam Butera

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