Evan Kleiman

Evan Kleiman

Host, Good Food, Good Food on the Road

Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called "the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene" for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

As proprietor and chef of Angeli Caffe for 28 years before its close, Kleiman's improvisational style, while rooted in the Cucina Povera of Italy, showed her reliance on simple ingredients and economical ingenuity to produce delicious and satisfying food with a fresh, honest, pared down aesthetic that people intuitively understand and appreciate. When Angeli opened in 1984 Evan was credited with reintroducing rustic Italian cooking to the US.

As a natural extension of her longtime exposure to everything to do with food, Kleiman's interest now extends to issues of food policy and agro-ecology. The founder of LA's, Slow Food Chapter, which she ran for eight years, Evan now serves on the Stewardship Council for Roots of Change and is a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She is an active speaker on issues of food culture and sustainability and just to maintain a balance, is also attempting to become the Queen of Pie.

Kleiman is the author of eight books on Italian food and one video app, "Easy As Pie."

Evan Kleiman on KCRW

This week we remember the pioneering Creole chef Leah Chase. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg has written a loving ode to his mom’s Southern table.

Leah Chase’s legacy, tiki bar origins, sake school

This week we remember the pioneering Creole chef Leah Chase. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg has written a loving ode to his mom’s Southern table.

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Chef   José Andrés    is unleashing veggie power in his first cookbook in nearly a decade. The Pollans are all about the plant-based diet, too.

José Andrés, rating the Michelin Guide, and going flexitarian

Chef José Andrés  is unleashing veggie power in his first cookbook in nearly a decade. The Pollans are all about the plant-based diet, too.

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Caroline Eden has studied the food of the Black Sea, a region rich in culture and history.  Plus a look at the hidden psychology of LA's restaurant menus.

Menu mind tricks, The Black Sea, and Alta Adams

Caroline Eden has studied the food of the Black Sea, a region rich in culture and history.  Plus a look at the hidden psychology of LA's restaurant menus.

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