Meat alternatives, school lunch Feb. 29, 2020
From the lab to the garden, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft and Bryant Terry explore proteins through a meat-free lens. Jennifer E. Gaddis documents the changing role of the school lunch lady. Plus: an ode to leap year with Chef Donald Link.
Japanese food artisans Feb. 22, 2020
Simplicity, tradition, and seasonality are all hallmarks of Japanese eating. We hear about the artisans who are keeping ancient techniques alive and the ways homecooks can benefit from their passion. Plus, we travel to Little Tokyo for a weekly restaurant review.
McDonald’s in black America and cool beans Feb. 15, 2020
In the turbulent days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., white McDonald’s franchisees fled their inner-city locations. How did the fast food company emerge as a community hero then and subsequently, following the 1992 L.A. Riots and Ferguson in 2014? Plus: in the produce popularity contest, beans are …
Maria Zizka suggests making dinner together at home is the real romantic move for V-Day. Amanda Shapiro reflects on her summer of attempting to date sans alcohol. Plus: Gideon Bower’s unofficial history of edible underwear.
Frieda Caplan and Woody Phillips rose to the top of their fields in Los Angeles, ushering in exotic produce and barbecue, respectively. We look at how they cemented their place in our city’s culinary history. Plus: Lior Lev Sercarz adds a bit of spice to home cooking.
Seafood, citrus, and celebrating Lunar New Year Jan. 24, 2020
Fergus Henderson introduced nose-to-tail eating over two decades ago. We talk with Josh Niland, an Aussie chef who is cooking fin-to-fin, working with every part of the fish. And we’ll stay near the coastline and dive into shrimp and abalone. Plus: Pucker up with a visit to the Altadena Farmers’ …
Cinematic food and hangover cures Jan. 4, 2020
This week we’re looking at several films from 2019 in which food was a subtle yet powerful storytelling device. Plus: we’re looking at the never-ending quest for a hangover cure.
Our favorite food stories of 2019 Dec. 28, 2019
It’s the last show of the year, which it’s time for our annual look back at some of our favorite food stories! From menu psychology, to Salvadoran food, to cooking with scraps, 2019 was a year to remember.
Holiday tamales, a tuber revival, fighting food waste Dec. 21, 2019
For some Angelenos, there’s no greater gift during the holidays than a steaming hot tamale. We’re also looking at some fascinating developments in the produce world, including the comeback of an ancient spud. Plus: an organization fighting food waste and hunger at the same time.
LA Times 101, American cuisine, women on food Dec. 14, 2019
The LA Times 101 restaurant rankings are here. Yale historian Paul Freedman traces the history of American cuisine. Journalist Charlotte Druckman shares what she learned from more than 100 women in the food world. Plus: a look at the surprising connections that take you from one recipe to another.
2019 Gift Guide: Books and Beyond Dec. 7, 2019
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time to learn about the year’s best cookbooks. We’re also learning about other gift ideas for the food lover in your life. Plus: chef Jet Tila joins us to discuss the closure of his family’s Bangkok Market after 47 years in LA.
The many faces of Southern cuisine Nov. 30, 2019
Sean Brock speaks on the past and future of Southern cuisine. We learn about the origins of eggnog and talk with a self-described “Mississippi vegan.” Plus a look back at two centuries of African-American cuisine.
Midwest baking, Poilane, and vegan Thanksgiving Nov. 23, 2019
It’s holiday baking season! Shauna Sever saw local baking traditions through fresh eyes when she moved back to the midwest. Third-generation baker Apollonia Poilane talks about maintaining her family’s tradition of excellence. Plus: we’re talking vegan Thanksgiving pie with Genevieve Ko.
Thanksgiving hotline with Alison Roman Nov. 16, 2019
Alison Roman and Evan Kleiman team up to answer your burning Thanksgiving questions. Fuchsia Dunlop talks the canon of Sichuan cookery. Plus: an investigation of chamoy from Richard Parks III.
Lavash, cheese boards, and wine culture Nov. 9, 2019
Kate Leahy and Ara Zada explore the nuances of Armenian lavash. Thalassa Skinner is a master of cheese boards. Plus: the wine industry looks inward as a top sommelier is accused of sexual misconduct.
Oaxaca, endangered bananas, and fake Tommy’s Nov. 2, 2019
Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral team up to tell the story of Guelaguetza, LA’s most storied Oaxacan restaurant. Meanwhile, bananas are in the crosshairs of a deadly fungus. Can genetic science come to the rescue?
David Chang, food festivals, and lasagna Oct. 26, 2019
David Chang has made a remarkable pivot into food media over the past couple years, as seen in his latest Netflix show. Plus: food writer Hanna Raskin’s investigation of food festivals. Also, we’re celebrating World Pasta Day with Garfield’s favorite layered pasta dish.
Gaijin cooking, Tex-Mex origins, and oregano Oct. 19, 2019
Sometimes the “inauthentic” can lead to delicious results. Just ask Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying about Japanese diner food. Chef Josef Centeno says Tex-Mex is premised on inauthenticity. Also, Patricia Escárcega visits a taquero who’s incorporating his Cambodian heritage into his food.
Favreau and Choi: A Match Made in the Kitchen Oct. 12, 2019
The friendship between director Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi creates space for authenticity and discovery in “The Chef Show.” Plus, a hit YouTube show celebrates the Italian grannies making pasta by hand. We’re also talking about baking perfect pan pizza at home. Meanwhile, Bill Addison lets the good times …
Eat globally, cook locally Oct. 5, 2019
Curtis Stone goes abroad for some R&D in his new PBS show. Not to be outdone, Besha Rodell visited six continents in search of the world’s best restaurants. Meanwhile, Houston chef Chris Shepherd says exploring your own city and community can transform the way you cook and live. Plus: a …