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Evan Funke, Musso & Frank’s 100th, Redzepi adventures

9/13/2019
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For chef Evan Funke of Felix Trattoria, hand-rolling pasta is a high calling. Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier dishes on his travels with Rene Redzepi. Musso and Frank celebrates 100 years of serving Tinseltown’s legends. Plus: exploring the wealth of Asian produce at the Alhambra Farmers Market.

Duration:00:57:52

Tex-Mex tortillas, natural wine explained, coffee journalism

9/6/2019
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As the Great Tortilla Tournament heads to the finals, we dive into Tex-Mex flour tortillas. Yes Plz makes coffee blends with ‘zines. Natural wine doesn’t have to be intimidating, says Alice Feiring. Plus a visit to the Mar Vista Farmers Market.

Duration:00:57:12

Meat and climate change, tortilla chemistry, chicken pageant

8/30/2019
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The Amazon rainforests are burning—what do burgers have to do with it? Meanwhile, the Tortilla Tournament narrows down to eight contenders. We revisit a chicken beauty contest in Ventura, and Evan Kleiman samples Japanese fried chicken downtown.

Duration:00:57:37

Iowa State Fair, market drama, cooking with fire

8/23/2019
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A dispatch from the Iowa State Fair, where presidential candidates stuffed their faces with assorted foods on a stick. Two states over, there are growing fears of white supremacy at farmer’s market in Bloomington, Indiana. Here at home, Josiah Citrin is teaching the art of charcoal cooking.

Duration:00:57:07

Sonoran tortillas, Korean Home Cooking, Jet & Ali Tila

8/16/2019
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Sonoratown looks to defend its crown in this year’s tournament. Sohui Kim is your guide to building a Korean pantry at home, and Jet and Ali Tila are improving on the classics. Also, Gustavo Arellano visits a Syrian ice cream maker in Anaheim.

Duration:00:57:07

The return of the Great Tortilla Tournament

8/9/2019
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KCRW and Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament makes its triumphant return. An LA writer is working to preserve Salvadoran recipes and history. Sandwiches inspired by Japanese convenience stores are the main draw at Konbi in Echo Park. Plus: a SoCal fast food chain is reborn.

Duration:00:57:08

How food is starring on the big screen

8/2/2019
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Director Lulu Wang uses food as a storytelling device in “The Farewell.” A Southern California couple embarks on a journey to become sustainable farmers. Plus a conversation with the directors of “Honeyland,” the most awarded film at Sundance this year.

Duration:00:57:50

Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018)

7/26/2019
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When Jonathan Gold passed last year, we gathered the voices of colleagues, friends, chefs, and listeners to celebrate the man who taught us how to eat and live in LA.

Duration:00:57:58

One year after Jonathan Gold

7/19/2019
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Amy Scattergood of the LA Times remembers her partnership with Jonathan Gold, one year after his passing. Eater releases its Best New Restaurants list. Lawry’s celebrates 80 years by doing something it’s not especially known for: changing.

Duration:00:56:38

Memoirs of a food media pioneer

7/12/2019
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Serious Eats founder Ed Levine looks back on the Wild West days of the food media business. Grace Young can be your wok therapist. Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker waxes philosophical on noodles, while a special “club” for Northern Thai food appears in East Hollywood.

Duration:00:57:09

Netflix’s “Street Food,” Madhur Jaffrey, baking with fruit

7/5/2019
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David Gelb tells the human stories of Asia’s street food vendors in his latest show for Netflix. The legendary Madhur Jaffrey says the Instant Pot is your friend. Nicole Rucker is known for pie, but her first cookbook is an ode to baking with fruit. Speaking of which, it’s stone fruit season.

Duration:00:58:06

“Breakfast: The Cookbook,” La Cocina, how Italians actually eat

6/28/2019
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Emily Elyse Miller spent three years asking what people around the world eat for breakfast. Bay Area kitchen incubator La Cocina helps women food entrepreneurs get a leg up. Elizabeth Minchilli explains how Italians actually eat. Finally, the Market Report goes Hollywood.

Duration:00:57:08

A day to remember Anthony Bourdain

6/21/2019
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June 25 has been declared Bourdain Day, a day to celebrate the life of the late chef and raconteur Anthony Bourdain. Join us as we revisit some of Bourdain's classic interviews with Good Food. Plus, a visit to a remarkable memorial in New York. Also, we learn more about Tony’s love of punk rock from his memorable appearance on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project.

Duration:00:57:09

Leah Chase’s legacy, tiki bar origins, sake school

6/14/2019
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This week we remember the pioneering Creole chef Leah Chase. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg has written a loving ode to his mom’s Southern table. Plus, we get an education on the origins of tiki bars as well as the nuances of sake.

Duration:00:56:37

José Andrés, rating the Michelin Guide, and going flexitarian

6/7/2019
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Chef José Andrés is unleashing veggie power in his first cookbook in nearly a decade. The Pollans are all about the plant-based diet, too. California’s Michelin Guide is out—who got stars or snubbed? Plus: the Market Report makes its grand return with a new voice.

Duration:00:56:50

Menu mind tricks, The Black Sea, and Alta Adams

5/31/2019
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Caroline Eden has studied the food of the Black Sea, a region rich in culture and history. Plus a look at the hidden psychology of LA's restaurant menus. Do we read them, or do they read us? Plus Bill Addison pays a visit to West Adams for a taste of “California soul food.”

Duration:00:56:52

Kwame Onwuachi’s rise, steak hacks, and cooking foundations

5/24/2019
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James Beard-winner Kwame Onwuachi unpacks his experience as a young black chef. Gabriela Camara of Contramar is one of Mexico City's most celebrated chefs. Aaron Franklin is talking steak in time for Memorial Day weekend, and Carla Lalli Music has pro tips for simple, beautiful cooking.

Duration:00:56:37

Roy Choi’s Broken Bread, the catering biz, and Taqueando

5/17/2019
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With his new TV show, Roy Choi’s on a mission to spotlight both the broken and beautiful sides of Los Angeles. Plus an insider’s look at the world of high-end catering, and a new taco fest arrives in LA.

Duration:00:57:22

Samin Nosrat, Ramadan food traditions, and eating goat

5/10/2019
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This week we’re revisiting conversations with recent James Beard winners, including Samin Nosrat on her hit Netflix show “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.” Plus LA Times restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega visits Anaheim to try a selection of Mexico City antojitos.

Duration:00:56:49

LA’s “Bar Chef,” storied Mexican restaurants, and saving citrus

5/3/2019
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Cinco de Mayo is around the corner, so we’re looking at the sometimes complicated history of Mexican food in LA. Also, Evan talks to “Bar Chef” Christiaan Rollich, and Elisa Callow explores LA’s Eastside for culinary inspiration. Plus: the race to save California citrus from disease.

Duration:00:57:07