KCRW's Good Food

KCRW's Good Food

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Your weekly treat from Evan Kleiman. By tuning in to Good Food you can discover great restaurants that you've never heard of the politics of consumption explorations of cultures through their food customs and some of the most interesting people who devote their lives to various elements of the food supply.


The Sandwich Show  

First, Charles Dedlow, of Roan Mills, talks bread-making using heritage grains. Then Tatler Editor John Haney takes us through how the British sandwich came to be and No. 7 Chef Tyler Kord shares a spirited patty melt recipe from his new cookbook. Plus: a pastrami sandwich crawl in Boyle Heights with certified pastrami doctor Lara Rabinovitch and Jonathan Gold eats at the Everson Royce Bar.

Mr. Fries Man, ethnic food shaming, Native American cuisine  

KCRW reporter David Weinberg has the story of how a home french fry business in Gardena went viral. The Atlantic's Emily DeRuy discusses the obstacles faced by Native American restaurateurs and WAMU radio producer Ruth Tam talks ethnic food shaming. Plus, Fiona Ross rattles off favorite dishes of leaders of yesteryear, Jonathan Gold eats Gus's Fried Chicken and Laura Avery shops for sunchokes at the market.

The breakfast show  

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.

Square versus round pie, gringo tacos, hyssop  

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.

PieCast: Ready made crusts, tips for vegan baking and Cuban pies  

In honor of KCRW's annual pie contest October 2, here's the second installment of our podcast devoted to pie. It's called 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.

Shibumi, Little Flower Baking, 'Everything I Want to Eat'  

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.

'Eat the World,' blackberries & Burmese food  

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!

Meat carvers, fishmongers and herbivorous butchers  

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.

Seafood, booze and BBQ  

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.

The price of pork, giant marrow and an Asian fried chicken crawl  

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.

A Filipino food stop, the Grape Whisperer, Devoured  

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.

Cilantro roots, Norteño Mexican food, LA's farm past  

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.

PieCast 2016: If pie were in the Olympics  

Ahead of our October 2nd 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. 

Sichuan food, 'Burned,' Kitchen Table Blues  

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.

Pickles, hot chicken, GMO labeling, antidepressants and taste  

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.

Hive heists, artisanal food, local grains & bulgogi, Gangnam-style  

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.

Preserving Green Book sites, shishitos, jackfruit, fake shrimp  

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.

Cast iron skillets, corn, slaughterhouses, Azerbaijani food  

Chuck Reece gets to the heart of our love affair with the cast iron skillet. Peggy Lowe discusses the perilous work in slaughterhouses. We talk Azerbaijani cuisine with Feride Buyuran and fermented ice cream with Tyler Malek. Plus: French and Vietnamese spots to try and corn at the market.

Brexit, the last decade in food, a mixtape from Nigella Lawson  

City University London’s Tim Lang gives his take on the impact of Brexit on the UK food system and Michael Pollan looks back at what’s changed in food in the last decade. Pascale Beale shares recipes for savory dishes that use fresh fruit. Then we shop for edible flowers at the market and get a hangover cure from Jonathan Gold before Nigella Lawson takes over the KCRW turntables.

Food on the Screen: Calabasas & Paris  

We wrap our Food on the Screen series with Sandra Aamodt weighing in on “The Biggest Loser.” Then Adeline Grattard takes us behind the scenes of “Chef’s Table” in Paris. Next it’s onto squash blossoms at the market and tofu balls with Jonathan Gold at Button Mash. Plus: Tacolandia judge Gustavo Arellano eats 31 tacos and Zach Brooks highlights the best of the best at Smorgasburg LA.

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