Photo of chef Brandon Go assembling three of his precisely packed bento boxes at Hayato at Row DTLA by Rosalie Atkinson.
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The American culinary world has seen a dramatic shift since the 1970s and ‘80s. During that time, kitchen life was glamorized as a non-stop party, complete with copious amounts of drugs, alcohol, and law breaking. Journalist Andrew Friedman chronicles the evolution of the American chef in his latest book, ‘Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll.’
Garden fresh rhubarb. Photo via public domain.
Which market fresh vegetable was once used for medicinal remedies and is now synonymous with delicious pie filling? You guessed it. This week, Laura Avery talks about fresh rhubarb with Robert Wemischner, Professor of Baking and Pastry at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Mario Trevino of Trevino Family Farms in Lompoc also talks about growing this surprisingly versatile ingredient.
Dan Barber is the James Beard-winning chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, 30 miles outside of New York City. A few years ago, he wrote a hugely influential book on sustainable farming called The Third Plate. Now, he wants to overhaul the way seeds are bred with his new seed company, Row 7.
898 Squash sprouts from Row 7 Seeds. Breeder: Michael Mazourek,
Cornell University. Photo by Johnny Autry.
Journalist Simon Thibault is the descendant of Acadians, the French colonists who during the 17th and 18th centuries settled in what are now Canada’s Maritime provinces. He’s written about his fascinating culinary heritage in “Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food.”
A Hayato bento, ready to opened and devoured. Photo by Rosalie Atkinson.
Certain foods are seemingly ready-made for Instagram. Take the carefully packed bento box, which chef Brandon Go is making an artform at Hayato in downtown LA. Go is assembling 20 boxes per day featuring portions of bite-sized food made using five essential Japanese culinary techniques.
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