Quite simply, monosodium glutamate, or MSG, makes things taste good, yet it continues to be feared and demonized. Vietnamese food authority Andrea Nguyen has written about the history of its use in pho and has sought to debunk some of the myths surrounding it.
Did you ever wonder how sound transforms the taste of a piece of chocolate when you pop it into your mouth? Deliciousness is an experience that we think is centered in our noses and on our tongues. But Good Food contributor Simran Sethi says it’s actually influenced by so much more.
Rye bread, which has long been a staple in European carb culture is finally having its renaissance in the United States. Baker Stanley Ginsberg gives us a primer on the terroir of rye and shares his recipe for Swedish limpa from “The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America.”
For the Japanese, New Year’s is a holiday steeped in tradition. Chef David Schlosser marks the occasion with ozōni and handmade soba at his restaurant, Shibumi, in Downtown LA. Learn how he makes his buckwheat noodles and go behind-the-scenes with our digital producer, Camellia Tse, to the annual mochi-making celebration at Chino Farms.