FROM Ed Rivero
Cuba and Hollywood President Obama’s trip to Cuba is the first by a sitting president in nearly 90 years. Calvin Coolidge was the last to visit the island in 1928. Talks between Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro are expected to tackle human rights issues, trade and economic reforms. One industry is keeping a close watch on those talks: Hollywood. No major film studio has shot a film in Cuba since the embargo slammed the door shut in the 1960s. With a thawing of relations, studios are starting to sniff around the island.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.