Eat This Book by Stacy Michelson

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The photo above is from author and illustrator Stacy Michelson's Eat This Book, a collection of food investigations to entertain and enlighten food nerds and eaters of all ages. Check out our deep dive into her work which covers history, nomenclature, taste, usage, and more with her exuberant drawings that bring the subjects to life. We will always love Stacy for her work on behalf of the station (tote bag and blanket) and the fact that in 2017 she illustrated every single Good Food show.  A work of extreme generosity.

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 in another year of limited gatherings.

Founder of SÜPRMARKT, Olympia Auset says the term “food desert” is an occurrence of nature and a more appropriate phrase is “food apartheid,” which gives agency for change. She discusses the dearth of healthy food options in South LA a seemingly intractable problem she is determined to solve with a community of stakeholders.

Carmen Dianne and Kara Still were catalyzed by the pandemic to create Prosperity Market, a roving farmer’s market to uplift Black businesses.

This week's "In the Weeds" introduces us to Bita Rabhan who shares the story of her aunts’ immigration from Iran in the 1980s and their takeover of beloved institution Vienna Pastry. They need community support to relocate. 

Finally, LA Times restaurant critic Bill Addison delivers his recommendations for LA pizza. In my experience pizza makes everything better.

I had my first in-person visit sitting on a friend's couch for a most needed hit of in-person friendship.  It was divine. God, I missed hugs.


Anas Atassi Sumac Cookbook Ramadan Feast Photo courtesy of Interlink Books

Anas Atassi's Ramadan Break Fast Feast  

“The non-Muslim world associates the holy month of Ramadan with fasting and privation,” writes Anas Atassi in his book Sumac. “But Ramadan isn’t about suffering: it is about empathy.

Syrian Food Remembrances
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Olympia Auset and SÜPRMARKT share healthy food photo John F Peters

Olympia Auset (r) uses her organization SÜPRMARKT to bring healthier options to underserved communities

Shopper at Melrose event in March- photo credit Alex Solomon

Vendors and Shoppers at Prosperity Market event on Melrose in Los Angeles

Black Farmers' Platform

Photo of Brandoni Pepperonis first Pandemic Pizza

Pizza always delivers – check out Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Bill Addison's list

Photo of Bita Rahban’s mother, Jaleh Rahban, who has been the head cake decorator of Vienna Pastry in Santa Monica since the1980s. Photo courtesy of Vienna Pastry.

Jaleh Rahban head decorator at  Vienna Pastry and her sisters had a motto "Never decline a customer's creative requests"

What I'm Consuming

Catch up on Oscar Nominees: It's overcast. You have the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on Oscar nominees you missed. My favorites of the year are The Sound of Metal and Minari. Both are quiet, intimate, and deep.  

Annie's Annuals: Why am I telling you this? Plants on my wish list already sell out so fast. Annie's Annuals in Richmond, CA sells the highest quality ornamental plants for our climate. Be careful. It's an addiction.

Lunch Box Lucha: I follow tiktoker Mateo.Brown for his happy feet announcing the lunch box throw down at the construction site. This one made me wonder why I'm not living that lunch life.

Oscar Grazing Spread: On Press Play this week I give you a list of some of my favorite cheese stores and what I call "specialty food wonderlands" so you can put together a spread of nibbles for tomorrow's award show.

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