KCRW's Good Food 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.
KCRW's Good Food

KCRW's Good Food


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.

Most Recent Episodes

Hospitality, chocolate, root beer, cider

With California fully reopening on June 15, many restaurants are poised to drop capacity limits and masks. Good Food looks at the idea of hospitality, starting with longtime server Tiffany Coty at Lawry's. Essayist and activist Priya Basil describes the roots of the word "hospitality" and the notion of give and take in and outside of the industry. Journalist Simran Sethi details two cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on, which hold "Big Chocolate" accountable for child labor abuses in the cocoa supply chain. Peter Bahlawanian has a primer for making root beer at home. Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo share the history of cider. Finally, cherries come to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.

Barbecue, whole hog, beef, butchery

Barbecue season is upon us. Good Food heads to the pit for the smoke, the meat, and the masters. Adrian Miller examines the surprising and often overlooked beginnings of American barbecue. Rodney Scott was cooking a whole hog every weekend by the time he was 17-years-old and shares his knowledge of mastering the pit. Andrew and Michelle Munoz are the husband-wife team behind Texas-style Moo's Craft Barbecue. They explain their backyard to brick & mortar journey in this week's edition of "In the Weeds." Nicolette Hahn Niman examines the complex relationship between raising beef and the environment. Gabriela Gomez fell in love with butchering in high school and is now behind the block at Electric City Butcher. Finally, new potatoes are plentiful at the farmer's market.

Fin-to-fin cooking, crustaceans, urchin

Good Food takes to the sea this week, starting with Aussie chef Josh Niland who discusses how his butchery handles a fish, prolonging its shelf life up to four weeks and using all but two parts in his kitchen. Paul Greenberg supports a diet of smaller, plankton-eating fish such as anchovies, sardines and herring rather than taking Omega-3 supplements. Trevor Corson explains the curious mating rituals of lobsters. Stephanie Mutz is one of two women who dive for uni off the coast of Santa Barbara. Inspired by the seafood shacks on the beach, Chef Gabriela Cámara brought the ocean to her restaurant in Mexico City. Up the coast, Renee Erickson brings a French culinary education and time in Normandy to her Seattle restaurants.

Ghosts, vegetables, hot sauce

Good Food host Evan Kleiman is a born and bred Angeleno. This week she speaks to Elizabeth Ito, the animator and creator of "City of Ghosts," a six-episode Netflix series which Kleiman describes as "a love letter to Los Angeles." Journalist Emilie Friedlander used Google as her metaphoric magnifying glass and fingerprint kit on her wild goose chase to uncover the origins of "F*cking Good Pizza." Chef Eric Ripert knows his way around seafood and turns his focus to vegetables in his latest cookbook. Summer squash has hit the farmer's market. Finally, Eater LA's Farley Elliott has the story behind El Pato hot sauce.

Wild mustard, mushrooms, dudes and diets

As the world opens back up, food and travel writer Yasmin Khan explores what locals and refugees are eating in three Eastern Mediterranean countries. Master gardener and fruit tree specialist Alyssa Kahn has ideas about what to do with the wild mustard flourishing across the Southland. Doug Bierend documents the people leading the current mushroom movement. Chef Chris Yang estimates that his restaurant in Alhambra pivoted five times during the pandemic before reopening last month. Professor Emily Contois discusses the intersection of men and food in the media. Finally, it's a celebration of strawberries at the farmer's market.

Sons and mothers, chef-worthy vegetables, lechon

There's something special about the relationship between a boy and his mom. In anticipation of Mother's Day, Good Food hears from Eric Kim, who returned home to Atlanta to work on his upcoming cookbook with his mom. This week's "In the Weeds" takes listeners to Woon Kitchen in Historic Filipinotown, where Keegan Fong and Mama Fong are making a mean bowl of beef noodles. Farmer Lee Jones shares how his family's rags-to-riches farm went bust but rebuilt with vegetables that are sought after by the world's best chefs. Edible flowers are blooming at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Artist and illustrator Lindsay Gardner pays homage to 112 women in the food world. Finally, Bill Esparza is excited about a lechon taco that can be found in the city of Cudahy.

Healing spices, Old Bay, fava beans, Angelini Osteria

Spices are used every day to give our food character and identity, and the spice trade was a blueprint for colonization and capitalism. But the spices themselves are magical gifts that bring together nature, culture, flavor, and tradition. To witness the resilience of culture and of community, just follow how spices, and in particular spice blends, travel with diasporas across the globe. Also this week, Dr. David Shorter of UCLA shares how his team documents the history of foods for healing and wellness. Scott Hattis celebrates the Latin pantry. Food writer Leah Siefeld uncovers the origins of Old Bay. Chef Anas Atassi shares how sumac is used in the kitchen throughout the day in Syria. Fava beans are sprouting up at the farmer's market. Finally, an Italian institution on Beverly Boulevard is the focus of this week's "In the Weeds."

Ramadan, roving farmer's market, food apartheid, pizza

It's the second week of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world gather together to fast and reflect. Chef Anas Atassi shares ways he is breaking the fast. SÜPRMARKT founder Olympia Auset discusses the dearth of healthy food options in South LA. Carmen Dianne and Kara Still were catalyzed by the pandemic to create Prosperity Market, a roving farmer's market to uplift Black businesses. Stacy Michelson creates whimsical drawings to inspire people to eat and shop well. Bita Rabhan shares the story of her family's immigration and their bakery takeover in this week's "In the Weeds." Finally, LA Times restaurant critic Bill Addison delivers his recommendations for LA pizza.

Food and family memoirs, Filipino and Hawaiian chicken, squash blossoms

"Food is a love language between a lot of parents and their children," Michelle Zauner tells host Evan Kleiman. In her new memoir, Zauner recounts the solace she took in learning to cook Korean dishes after her mother's cancer diagnosis. Lyn Nguyen describes the unlikely pairing between her chef mother and the woman who took her in as a refugee from Vietnam. Chef Brandon Jew shares his prodigal son story of returning to San Francisco's Chinatown. Sheldon Simeon talks about how different cultures make do with what's on hand to come together as Hawaiian cuisine. Chase Valencia brings Filipino rotisserie to Lasita for this week's "In the Weeds." Finally, squash blossoms have returned to the farmer's market.

Mother grains, food TV for kids, Tasmanian cuisine, pie

Need a hug straight out of the oven? A tray of chocolate chip cookies may just do the trick. Roxana Jullapat has a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is simple, using one of seven types of flours.

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