Disappearing saffron, edible gardens, and regional Chinese food
Kashmiri saffron is the most precious spice in the world, and it’s on the verge of extinction. Sharanya Deepak explains why that matters. Also, two gardening experts offer tips on planting an edible garden at home, and we examine the foods of Yunnan and Chaoshan. Plus, the four life stages of a polarizing herb.
California’s new food critics, “Zaitoun,” and Tomatomania
Soleil Ho and Tejal Rao belong to a new wave of food critics who are helping to redefine the craft. Writer and activist Yasmin Khan talks about her travels to modern Palestine, which have yielded a book full of humanizing stories and recipes. Plus: the return of the world's largest tomato seedling sal.
The “ugly produce” debate, LA Foodways, and trailblazing women
Two writers have gathered the stories of women who changed history through food. There’s a new documentary on how LA’s agricultural past informs its present. Patricia Escárcega returns to discuss a new “Pan-Latin” restaurant in DTLA. A crop scientist is skeptical about the “ugly produce” business, and we also explore the range of life experiences in one LA neighborhood.
Filipino food: roots and new directions
Filipino food may be having a moment, but the cuisine has a long history here in Los Angeles where Filipino Americans have lived for nearly a century. Evan and friends embark on a food crawl of Northeast LA to learn more. We also hear from some leading voices in the new Filipino food movement about the origins and diversity of the culinary tradition.
French fry fight, the Oscars & Wolfgang, Northern Thai food
This is the 25th year that Wolfgang Puck has catered the official Oscars after-party. So how does he pull it off year after year? Also, we explore some controversial french fry rankings. Writer and photographer Austin Bush dishes on the food of Northern Thailand, and we learn about an exciting new taco stand from Bill Addison. Plus: gentrification in Virgil Village.