Hoshigaki -- peeled, dried and hand-massaged persimmons -- are an old traditional food, usually reserved for celebrating the New Year. You start the process in the fall, leaving a stem attached when harvesting (stems are usually clipped off to prevent them from damaging other fruit), removing the t ... More >>
Summer squash aren't a surprise at a June market; they're as ubiquitous as baseball and rattlesnake warnings for hikers. Worse -- or great, depending on your perspective -- they're easy to grow. Perhaps too easy given how many bags of them quietly appear on neighbors porches. Farmers know this, an ... More >>
For many, the piles of corn and stone fruits at the farmers markets are all that's needed to assert that summer has officially arrived. A glance at the calendar tells us that last week was the summer solstice, and planetary orbits are a better marker if you're looking for something concrete and pre ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaFuyu persimmons from Walker Farms at the Pasadena market.California orchardists just cannot get a break this year. The long, very cold winter we had was followed by a finicky spring that teased trees into blooming and then spanked them with a hard frost. Some crops were lost ... More >>
And Marion Cunningham, Alice Waters, Rick Bayless et al.
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold: Do you always eat out? Do you ever eat at home? Do you have any cookbooks that you use a great deal? Just curious. −Maggs, Mar Vista Dear Maggs: Actually, I cook kind of a lot. A weird amount. I'm the guy who cooks red beans and rice ... More >>