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This week on Good Food, host Evan Kleiman talks with writer Barry Estabrook about America's most prized, and tormented fruit: the tomato.  Kris Morningstar of Ray's at LACMA thinks beef tendon is the new pork belly.  We'll hear about coffee alternatives like Cascara and Postum from Kevin Sinott.  Jonathan Gold takes us to a new Middle Eastern restaurant in West Hollywood.  Marion Nestle explains how the USDA turned their food pyramid into a plate and what that means for Americans.  Plus, cooking with taragon from the Farmers Market with Chef CC Consalvo.  And, Debbie Shore gives us an update on how hunger is affecting American youth.

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Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN

Private chef CC Consalvo of Clean Plate Meals is buying lots of herbs from Coleman Farms.  She especially likes using tarragon, which she uses on broiled sole with tarragon.  Find her fish recipe here.  She also blends tarragon with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then strains it through a fine sieve for a tarragon-flavored oil. It's great on salads.

Pomologist David Karp is very excited about a unique, French strawberry variety called Mara des Bois.  David calls them "Exquisitely aromatic."  They are grown by Randy and Py Pudwill in Nipomo.  David writes for the LA Times' Market Watch column.

Guest Interview My Plate 7 MIN

Dr. Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University.  She is the author of numerous books and publications and makes public appearances on the topics of nutrition and health.  Her blog is Food Politics.  She spoke to Evan about the USDA's new nutrition icon, My Plate, which replaces the food pyramid.  Read more of her thoughts about the icon on her blog

Guest Interview Beef Tendon 7 MIN

Kris Morningstar is the Executive Chef at Ray's at LACMA.  He is using beef tendon, which he slow cooks, sometimes in a sous vide oven.

Guest Interview Spaghetti Tacos 3 MIN

Deep End Diner and Good Food contributor Eddie Lin visited the set of iCarly to interview with inventor of the spaghetti tacos.  Read the full interview on the Good Food Blog.

Guest Interview Coffee Alternatives 7 MIN

Kevin Sinnott is a nationally recognized coffee expert and the curator of Coffee Companion.  Cascara is a coffee byproduct made from the dried "cherries" that are cast off during bean harvesting.  It is also known as coffee cherry tea.  Kevin recommends using a French press device for brewing cascara.  You can find cascara at Counter Culture Coffee and and Intelligentsia.

Guest Interview The Tomato 11 MIN

Food writer Barry Estabrook's latest book is Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.  His website is Politics of the Plate.  He's written extensively about the plight of tomato workers in Florida.  Read an excerpt of the book here.  More about the tomato workers' fight for better wages.  Trader Joe's has joined the fray recently.  Read Barry's piece about their involvement.

Guest Interview Jonathan Gold on Mezze 7 MIN

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly.  This week he reviews Mezze in West Hollywood.  He likes the fattoush, tabbouleh, the foie gras terrine, manti dumplings with almond milk, lamb shawarma, a crudo of salmon and cream cheese, shakshouka with sweetbreads, and lebne cheesecake for dessert.

401 North La Cienega Blvd. 
L.A.CA 90048

All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

Guest Interview No Kid Hungry 7 MIN

Debbie Shore is the co-Founder of Share our Strength, which aims to end childhood hunger in America by 2012.  Their annual fundraiser is Taste of the Nation, this Sunday, June 12 in Culver City.  

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