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With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to talk leftovers. LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold transforms his extra turkey bones, stuffing and mashed potatoes into gumbo, Yucatecan sopa de lima and omelettes.
Unless he goes out. Where does Jonathan go to satisfy cravings for a Hong Kong-style breakfast? Delicious Food Corner in Monterey Park to dip Chinese crullers wrapped in rice noodles into steaming bowls of congee topped with minced pork and salted mustard greens.
Delicious Food Corner: 2329 Garfield Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754 / 323-726-0788
Music: "Better Things" and "Give It Back" both instrumentals by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
These days, the blues seem more relevant than ever. Enter The Reverend Shawn Amos, an Angeleno singer-songwriter who plays covers of Prince, Howlin' Wolf and everything in between in his kitchen and at restaurants around town. He releases a new performance on his YouTube channel, Kitchen Table Blues, at 7am every Sunday. Amos shares childhood memories working for his dad's cookie company, Famous Amos, and tells us what moved him to throw music into the mix.
Music: "The Jean Genie" & "Let's Go Crazy" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" both by the Reverend Shawn Amos
Long before Eric Ripert earned a third Michelin star for his New York institution Le Bernardin, he was a lanky youth from a broken home looking for solace. With resilience and a sweet tooth, he gravitated towards the kitchen. In 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, Ripert shares memories of his mother's artful spring rolls, mouthfuls of mousse made by an early mentor and the blistering tongue of one of the world's greatest chefs.
Music: "I Learned The Hard Way" (instrumental) by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings and "Cities in the Air 2" by Pepe Deluxé
At this year's International Association of Culinary Professionals conference, Freda DeKnight's 1948 A Date with a Dish” was named a culinary classic winner. Food journalist Donna Battle Pierce has been researching DeKnight for a book about black cooks, restaurants and recipes.
Music: "Money" (instrumental) by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings and "Jelly Roll Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton
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In September, Emeril Lagasse kicked it up a notch with a new series on Amazon. In Eat the World, Lagasse travels abroad with big-time chefs — Danny Bowien, Marcus Samuelsson, Mario Batali, Aaron Sanchez, Nancy Silverton and José Andrés — to explore the dynamic push and pull between traditional and modern food. This week, he takes over the KCRW turntables in this guest DJ set with host Eric J. Lawrence.
1. Billy Joel - Piano Man
2. U2 - Vertigo
3. Zac Brown Band - Free
4. Van Halen - Right Now
5. Dr. John - Iko Iko
Music: "Iko Iko" by Dr. John
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