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Deviled eggs with tarragon and cornichons is a kind of inside-out variation on sauce gribiche. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Are you a fan of deviled eggs? Russ Parsons is; he rekindled his love of the retro treat while eating at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, California. Jonathan Gold also takes us to far flung California cities this weekend with a restaurant recommendation in Chula Vista, a border town near San Diego. Author Mary Roach demystifies how pet food is made and botanist Amy Stewart details what shrubs and berries flavor a gin and tonic. Twitter persona Ruth Bourdain – recently discovered to be food writer Josh Friedland – pays us a visit and Christopher Kimball of Cooks Illustrated, Cooks Country and America’s Test Kitchen explains why adding vodka to pie dough is a good idea. Plus, chef Charles Phan talks about Vietnamese home cooking. At the market, Laura Avery gets an eggplant recipe from Amelia Saltsman and Christina Kelso is back with the first of the season fresh Barhi dates.

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