FROM Harriet Ells
The History of the Square Meal, Beets, Community Seafood Abigail Carroll talks about the history of the square meal in the US, Mark Bittman breaks down beet salad, and Community Seafood discusses its Santa Barbara fishery.
Butter Aerobics, The Creative Process of Bartenders, CA Drought A butter aerobics class enlivens the Santa Monica Pier, Christiaan Rollich talks about his innovative cocktails and a look at the drought that is threatening farmers.
Christmas means KFC in Japan, Cooking Goose, Pig Ear Cheetos Hank Shaw explains why we don’t eat goose more, Tracy Slater discusses the KFC Christmas tradition in Japan and Jonathan Gold tries The Church Key’s pig ear cheetos.
Daniel Boulud, Remembering Judy Rodgers, Scratch and Sniff Wine Evan talks to Daniel Boulud about his new book, Joyce Goldstein reflects on Judy Rodgers' life, and Richard Betts talks about his scratch and sniff wine guide.
Soviet Food Memories, Salt Block Cooking, Deborah Madison Anya Von Bremsen longs for Soviet cuisine, Mark Bitterman talks about salt block cooking, and Deborah Madison talks about what it means to be vegetable literate.
The Future of Agave, The A.O.C. Cookbook, and Trans Fats Is an agave shortage threatening tequila? How many Americans will go hungry as a result of food stamp cuts? And the FDA's proposal to ban trans fats.
LA Sriracha Festival, Coffee Beers, Lifesaving Condiments A quick history of sriracha with the founder of the first annual LA Sriracha Festival; plus, how brewers are experimenting with coffee in their beers.
Chinese Breakfast in LA, Mollie Katzen, The Best Roti in NYC In an unsuspecting part of Monterey Park, Jonathan Gold finds the best Hong Kong style breakfast in Los Angeles. Plus, a trip to Ozone Park, Queens for roti.
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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.