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

The food supply chain has many links in order to get dinner on the table. We hear from a truck driver about  his challenges in getting products to grocery stores.

Food supply chain, virtual Passover, vegetarian Easter

The food supply chain has many links in order to get dinner on the table. We hear from a truck driver about  his challenges in getting products to grocery stores.

from Good Food

Many people have taken up baking as they’re sheltering in place. If you want to join that trend, KCRW’s Evan Kleiman gives some tips.

Baking while homebound: A recipe for yeast

Many people have taken up baking as they’re sheltering in place. If you want to join that trend, KCRW’s Evan Kleiman gives some tips.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As we navigate this temporary but new normal of being relegated to our homes, we get suggestions for recipes and healthy kitchen projects.

Relief work, cooking at home

As we navigate this temporary but new normal of being relegated to our homes, we get suggestions for recipes and healthy kitchen projects.

from Good Food

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from KCRW Features

Many people are shopping on Amazon this time of year. Free one-day shipping can mean workers injuring themselves by working too fast, and delivery vehicles increasing air pollution.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Evan Kleiman and Alison Roman (New York Times, Bon Appetit) are answering all your questions about the imminent Thanksgiving feast. Want tips and tricks for the big meal?

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The team behind KCRW’s "Good Food," Evan Kleiman and Nick Liao, have put together a list of five great neighborhood restaurants to visit this year.