Good Food

Good Food
Evan Kleiman’s taste of life, culture and the human species.

Gaijin cooking, Tex-Mex origins, and oregano
Oct 18 • 56 min
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…
Favreau and Choi: A Match Made in the Kitchen
Oct 11 • 56 min
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…
Eat globally, cook locally
Oct 4 • 56 min
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…
“The Way We Eat Now”
Sep 27 • 56 min
Generational shifts in our eating habits have had an incalculable impact on our health and world, says Bee Wilson. Ahead of the High Holidays, we look at the tradition of “Cucina Ebraica,” or the Jewish-Italian table. Plus: online ordering is…
A look back at Filipino foodways
Sep 20 • 56 min
Filipino American History Month is coming up, so we’re revisiting our special on Filipino food from earlier this year, when Evan and friends embarked on a food crawl of Northeast LA. We also heard from voices of the new Filipino food movement…
Evan Funke, Musso & Frank’s 100th, Redzepi adventures
Sep 13 • 56 min
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…
Tex-Mex tortillas, natural wine explained, coffee journalism
Sep 6 • 56 min
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.
Meat and climate change, tortilla chemistry, chicken pageant
Aug 30 • 56 min
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.
Iowa State Fair, market drama, cooking with fire
Aug 23 • 56 min
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…
Sonoran tortillas, Korean Home Cooking, Jet & Ali Tila
Aug 16 • 56 min
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.
The return of the Great Tortilla Tournament
Aug 9 • 56 min
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…
How food is starring on the big screen
Aug 2 • 56 min
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…
Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018)
Jul 26 • 56 min
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.
One year after Jonathan Gold
Jul 19 • 56 min
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.
Memoirs of a food media pioneer
Jul 12 • 56 min
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…
Netflix’s “Street Food,” Madhur Jaffrey, baking with fruit
Jul 5 • 56 min
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…
“Breakfast: The Cookbook,” La Cocina, how Italians actually eat
Jun 28 • 56 min
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…
A day to remember Anthony Bourdain
Jun 21 • 56 min
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….
Leah Chase’s legacy, tiki bar origins, sake school
Jun 14 • 56 min
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.
José Andrés, rating the Michelin Guide, and going flexitarian
Jun 7 • 56 min
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…
Menu mind tricks, The Black Sea, and Alta Adams
May 31 • 56 min
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…
Kwame Onwuachi’s rise, steak hacks, and cooking foundations
May 24 • 56 min
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…
Roy Choi’s Broken Bread, the catering biz, and Taqueando
May 17 • 56 min
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.
Samin Nosrat, Ramadan food traditions, and eating goat
May 10 • 56 min
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…
LA’s “Bar Chef,” storied Mexican restaurants, and saving citrus
May 3 • 56 min
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…