This week on Good Food, we got a taste of what it would be like if Evan Kleiman covered New York instead of L.A.! We get a Good-Food-style tour of the Union Square Greenmarket, a special interview with Russ and Daughters, a look at a Brooklyn knife-crafting studio, and much more...
Here were our favorite segments from last week's New York special. What were yours?
Union Square Greenmarket Report - Although we didn't quite believe Kleiman when she said she was jealous of our selection of New England produce, we were excited to hear reports of kohlrabi, ramps, and other indicators that fresh produce has finally arrived in our area!
An Appetizing Store - Russ and Daughters is the place to go for lox, fresh herring, and other Old World delicacies. Niki Federman, one of the Russ's, talks about the history of the story and explains that "appetizing" means more than just good food.
Handcrafted Knives - Many traditional crafts are getting a well-deserved renaissance these days, and Joel Bukiewicz is doing his part to bring back the craft of the handmade kitchen knife. He takes Kleiman - and us - around his studio in Brooklyn and explains his process of shaping and grinding.
Serving Atlantic Avenue for 60 Years - Do you shop at Sahadi's Fine Foods on Atlantic Avenue? We'll be planning a trip soon because Kleiman's description of barrels of dried spices and jars of nuts and dried fruits sounds too good to pass up.
Bean-to-Bar in Brooklyn - Like Taza in Boston, Mast Brothers in Brooklyn buys their cacao beans directly from growers in the Dominican Republic and Madagascar, and make them into uniquely-flavored bars right in their Williamsburg factory. They sell their chocolate nationwide, so keep your eyes open!
We absolutely loved this brief culinary tour of our own backyard. Evan, don't you think you could stay in New York just a few more weeks?
• Listen to the entire show and catch a few videos of Evan Kleiman interviewing these New York artisans on the Good Food website.