This week we spotted chef David Lefevre shopping for figs at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. At Fishing with Dynamite he tosses fresh black mission figs with quinoa, arugula, asparagus and a dollop of sumac aioli for this refreshing late-summer salad.
Libby O’Connell is chief historian for the History Channel and author of several books. Her new book, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, catalogs our edible heritage bite by bite. In it she recounts the origin story of the Hangtown Fry, named after Hangtown, California which is now Placerville.
Massimo Bottura is the chef at Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin starred restaurant in Modena, Italy. The restaurant is currently ranked second in the world on the San Pellegrino 50 Best List. The evolution of his restaurant along with an exploration into his twenty-five year career are documented in his book Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Belcampo in Santa Monica. It is the Southern California flagship for Belcampo Meat Company, the first vertically integrated meat company to oversee their animals from the ranch to the table.