KCRW's Good Food
Summary: Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journalists who have devoted their lives to food. Good Food is the only radio show where you can hear LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold each week. Get Jonathan Gold's weekly restaurant suggestion sent to your phone! Text "Good Food" to 69866 and get a text with the name, address and phone number of this week's restaurant.
We devote this week's show to the most important meal of the day: breakfast. April McGreger of Farmer's Daughter gives us a historical account of biscuits and chef Josef Centeno serves up his spin on Japanese breakfast at Orsa & Winston. Then, big bad breakfast chef John Currence talks up cornmeal and Carolyn Phillips gives tips on ordering dim sum. Plus, we're all about eggs at the farmers' market.
We hash out the technicalities of pie with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and visit the best hard-shell taco spots in town with LA Weekly food writer Garrett Snyder. Sociology professor Deborah Harris gives us the latest stats on gender inequality in kitchens, and Domenica Marchetti schools us on making boozy cherries and preserving garlic scapes. Plus: Jonathan Gold digs the semolina buckwheat pancake at Winsome in Echo Park, and market manager Laura Avery learns the many uses for the lovely purple flowered hyssop plant.
In honor of KCRW's annual pie contest October 2, here's the second installment of our podcast devoted to pie. It's called the PieCast . We dedicate this episode to the ingredients in a pre-made pie crust, to tips on how to make your vegan pies extra-tasty, and to the complex flavors you'll find in a Cuban pie.
Jonathan Gold shares his favorite dishes at Shibumi, a new Japanese kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA. Christine Moore, owner of Little Flower Baking, Lincoln and C’est La Vie, tells the story of how she got into the restaurant business. Her new cookbook is Little Flower Baking. Jessica Koslow, owner of Sqirl, unveils plans to expand and her new cookbook, Everything I Want to Eat. Plus, tips for how to grow organic lettuce from farmer Shu Takikawa.
Laura Avery gets a primer on blackberries from University of Arkansas horticulture professor John Clark and 2 Peas in a Pod farmer Lori Heal. Then, our favorite food critic, Jonathan Gold, eats stuffed platha, ginger salad and Kachin-style salmon belly at Daw Yee Myanmar Corner. We close out the show with Emeril Lagasse discussing his new series on Amazon, Eat the World. BAM!
This week, we are all about the butcher shop. We visit LA’s newest artisanal meat and seafood markets — Cape Providence, Gwen and The Cannibal — and the more established Belcampo and LA Fresh Poultry. Then it's off to The Herbivorous Butcher in the Heartland and "The Vegetable Butcher," a.k.a. Cara Mangini, in New York. Plus, Jonathan Gold dines at The Cannibal and we learn how the hogs at Peads and Barnetts are raised.
Journalists Martha Mendoza and Paul Greenberg discuss slavery and sustainability in the shrimp supply chain. Then we sip savory cocktails with Matt Biancaniello and discuss rosé with Lou Amdur. Also on the show, Robb Walsh gives us the rundown on the Lone Star State's many styles of BBQ.
Phillip Vowles talks about growing armchair-sized vegetables in Wales, then Christian Schwarz gives us a primer on California mushrooms and reporter David Jackson discusses his investigation into the hog business in Illinois. We also get tips for cooking and growing tomatoes from The Bazaar's Holly Jivin and Pernille Carpenter of Coastal Organics. Plus, Jonathan Gold's favorite Asian fried chicken spots and Sonoko Sakai's recipe for bacon and scrambled egg onigiri.
We head to Chinatown to make isamadas with Chef Isa Fabro before tasting kinilaw and pancit with Jonathan Gold at LASA. The Grape Whisperer, Ruben Solorzano, updates us on the harvest along California’s Central Coast. The author of Devoured, Sophie Egan, discusses the factors that define our eating habits. Plus: Moruno’s baby eggplant rescoldo recipe and the final installment of Burned.
At the Hollywood Farmers Market, Simbal chef Shawn Pham schools us on what to do with cilantro roots. Jonathan Gold shares his favorite dishes at Salazar and chef Esdras Ochoa instructs us on how to craft the perfect taco. Plus, the next installment of Burned, a Q&A with the director of Unbroken Ground and the New Republic's Ted Genoways clues us in on a vegan mayo scandal.
Ahead of our October 2 pie contest, here's the first installment of KCRW's 2016 Good Food PieCast. It's a podcast about pie, a piecast -- get it?! -- dedicated to our love of pie. We're going to take you on a delicious journey in three parts to meet pie lovers, pie eaters and expert pie makers across the country.
Food writer Fuchsia Dunlop explains how Sichuan cuisine is changing in Chengdu. Investigative reporter Karen Foshay unveils disturbing findings about restaurants in LA. The Reverend Shawn Amos is striving to keep the blues alive in kitchens around town, one gig at a time. Plus, how grass-fed beef is raised at Rancho San Julian and what to try at Kali in Hollywood, per Jonathan Gold.
Marion Nestle explains what's in the GMO labeling bill on President Obama's desk. Simran Sethi examines her loss of taste from taking antidepressants. Dianne Jacob gives tips on how to write about food and the Ans discuss their latest venture, a cookbook. Plus: pickling pointers from Little Dom's and a new hot chicken spot to try, per Jonathan Gold.
LA Magazine food critic Patric Kuh gives us a history lesson on artisanal food and beekeeper Jodi Helmer reports on hive heists in almond groves. Then we discuss the revival of regional grain production with food writer Amy Halloran and Nan Kohler of Grist & Toll. Plus, a watermelon gazpacho recipe to beat the heat from 1212 chef Walter Greenwood and a recommendation for bulgogi, Gangnam-style, per Jonathan Gold.
Cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor explains the importance of preserving Green Book sites. EP & LP Chef Louis Tikaram gives us a primer on Fijian cuisine and jackfruit. The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan schools us on a synthetic shrimp start-up. Plus: Shishito peppers hit the market and Jonathan Gold eats popcorn ice cream at Paley.