Good Food with Evan Kleiman: The Art of Bento and Whale Tales

Good Food with Evan Kleiman: The Art of Bento and Whale Tales

Emma Christensen
Apr 2, 2008

After last week's sobering discussions of rising food costs and the hidden fallout of the farm bill, Evan Kleiman kept this week's radio show on the lighter side with a look at fine dining at its highest (literally), bento box artwork, and wood-aged beers.

And as usual, the market report from the LA Farmer's market made us question why we don't all just pack up and move to LA. Sure, there's the urban sprawl and traffic, but the produce! And the fact that you have a year-round farmer's market! So all you southern west coast folks will be happy to know that there are plenty of peas and spring greens available for your culinary enjoyment.

Click through for more details on our favorite segments!

We love our bento, but Japanese parents have taken it to an art form. Christopher Slayers tells Evan about the time and effort parents in Japan spend landscaping bento lunches to look like their children's favorite manga and cartoon characters. His descriptions had us itching to pick up our paring knives and try our hand at crafting apple wedges into creative shapes and figures.

As beer lovers, we were excited to hear about a new breed of artisan beers starting to appear on the scene in the US. These beers are aged in oak barrels, which impart complex layers of flavor not traditionally found in beers. The barrels were previously used to age alcohols like wine and bourbon, and Evan enthusiastically describes fruity notes and lip-smacking tannins that the beer has picked up from the barrels' previous tenants. We can't wait to scout around and get our hands on some. (maybe at the Boston Beer Summit!)

It's so rare that we hear the term "whale hunt" used in a positive context, so we were understandably entranced listening to Evan's interview with Jonathon Harris and his experience of a modern tribal whale hunt. Mr. Harris is a visual artist and storyteller who spent nine days with an Inupiat Eskimo family as they prepared for and embarked upon their traditional spring whale hunt. His experience is documented in a series of 3,214 photographs, all of which are on his website as a fascinating and interactive art story.

If you missed Good Food this week or are new to this fantastic LA-based radio show, visit the Good Food website to download an mp3 of the entire show!

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