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
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 winning.
Cooking for two, dating sans alcohol, and edible underwear
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.
Remembering produce and BBQ pioneers, and learning to blend spices
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
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’ Market where limes are in season.