Jim Russell brings in fresh, raw Macadamia nuts from Fallbrook. These nuts are hard to crack but when you do they are sweet and crispy and not at all like the greasy, canned nuts you find in stores.
Music Break: Goober Peas by The Kingston Trio
Ken Albala is the author of The Lost Art of Real Cooking with Rosanna Nafziger. He harvests garden snails from his property, feeds them, cooks them and eats them for dinner. He says the common garden snail is the same variety seen in fancy French restaurants. More about Ken's experience and technique is on his blog.
Pictures of Ken's snails and a recipe is on our blog.
Music Break: The In Crowd (Live) by The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are the creators of The McNuggetini (milkshake, vanilla vodka, rimmed with barbecue sauce and garnished with a chicken McNugget) and The Ham Daiquiri (ham, vodka and more), among other bizarre concoctions. Their videos are featured on Food2.com and on their website. Pictures are on the Good Food Blog.
Nic's Martini Lounge
453 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Music Break: The Peanut Vendor by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Colman Andrews book is Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food, a profile of Ferran Adria.
Daniel Lorenzetti and Linda Rice Lorenzetti are the team behind The Birth of Coffee, a book featuring 100 black and white photographs and the stories behind them. An exhibition of the photographs and accompanying text is now on view at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Music Break: The Rooster by Smokey Bandits
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Choonchun Dakgalbi in Koreatown. The restaurant serves really only one dish: chicken dakgalbi, served tableside. Included in the panchan, or accompaniments is blood sausage, which Jonathan says is excellent.
703 S. Vermont Ave.
L.A. (213) 388-0285
All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Music Break: Them There Eyes by Brady Winterstein
Jack Bishop is Editorial Director of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines. He is a cast member of public television's America's Test Kitchen and established ATK's tasting protocols. Jack is also the author of numerous cookbooks. The latest book from the group is America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook, just released this month. A recipe from Jack for Farro Risotto is here.
The Great Tortilla Tournament, nixtamalization, and Guerrilla Tacos Let’s talk tortillas! Gustavo Arellano announces KCRW’s first-ever Great Tortilla Tournament, to choose the best tortilla in LA out of a bracket of 64. Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the L.A. area. And did you know that inside your tortilla is an ancient process, perfected over centuries? Also, L.A. Taco’s Daniel Hernandez recalls a Guadalajara taco crawl with Jonathan Gold.
Joël Robuchon, restaurant lines, and Jonathan Gold on N.W.A. This week the world lost its most highly decorated chef, Joël Robuchon. Chef Ludo Lefebvre recalls lessons he learned at the hands of this master. We also revisit Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold’s 2014 visit to Robuchon’s Vegas restaurant. Jean Trinh investigates how some diners in LA can stand waiting two or more hours in line. Finally, we recall Jonathan Gold’s coverage of the influential rap group N.W.A.
Omega-3s, 'Downtime' with the Redzepis, and zucchini ice cream Paul Greenberg discusses what the Omega-3 boom means for our planet and lives. Nadine Redzepi talks about cooking for culinary giants like her husband Rene Redzepi in ‘Downtime.’ Crafting a menu takes more than exceptional produce, says writer Diana Henry. Also, a tour and history of LA’s pan dulce scene. Plus: ‘City of Gold’ director remembers Jonathan Gold’s 1992 piece on the LA riots.
Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018) There’s a Jonathan Gold-sized hole in the heart of Los Angeles. The Pulitzer-winning LA Times food critic died on July 21, prompting an outpouring of grief and love from around the world. For this special tribute, we gathered the voices of colleagues, friends, chefs, and listeners to celebrate the man who taught us how to eat and live in LA. We dedicate this show to our former colleague of 20 years.
Why Gustavo is doing a Great Tortilla Tournament for KCRW It’s the perennial question: Corn or flour? We’re putting 64 Southern California tortillas head-to-head in our #MasaMadness bracket to see who will win the Golden Tortilla trophy. Gustavo Arellano fills us in on all the details. Read More
Joël Robuchon: My introduction to the refined world of luxury fine dining In 2014, Evan Kleiman took a road trip to Las Vegas with Jonathan Gold. The highlight of the trip by far was an opulent dinner at Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand: the most luxurious meal she had ever experienced up until that point. In honor of the legendary French chef Joël Robuchon who passed away this week, we’re resharing Evan’s 2014 reflection on that unforgettable meal. Read More