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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

Soleil Ho and Tejal Rao belong to a new wave of food critics who are helping to redefine the craft.

California’s new food critics, “Zaitoun,” and Tomatomania

Soleil Ho and Tejal Rao belong to a new wave of food critics who are helping to redefine the craft.

from Good Food

Two writers have gathered the stories of women who changed history through food. There’s a new documentary on how LA’s agricultural past informs its present.

The “ugly produce” debate, LA Foodways, and trailblazing women

Two writers have gathered the stories of women who changed history through food. There’s a new documentary on how LA’s agricultural past informs its present.

from Good Food

Filipino food may be having a moment, but the cuisine has a long history here in Los Angeles where Filipino Americans have lived for nearly a century.

Filipino food: roots and new directions

Filipino food may be having a moment, but the cuisine has a long history here in Los Angeles where Filipino Americans have lived for nearly a century.

from Good Food

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Evan’s favorite cookbook of 2018 wasn’t on most “Best Of” lists last year. But she says that shouldn’t stop you from immediately seeking it out.

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Gov. Gavin Newsom is pumping the brakes on California’s high speed rail project. Or is he?

from Design and Architecture

This is the 25th year that Wolfgang Puck has catered the official Oscars after-party. So how does he pull it off year after year?

from Good Food

Bernie Sanders and his 2016 campaign helped usher in a new generation of politicians and brought several progressive ideas to the Democratic Party platform.

from The Mixer

Persian cooking expert Najmieh Batmanglij talks to Evan about what it was like to return to Iran and cook there after years of exile.

from Good Food

Californians are either really bad at choosing county sheriffs, or the system isn’t working. Maybe it’s both.

from Zócalo's Connecting California