Burnt Toast Podcast

Jonathan Gold on L.A. Food, Anonymity, and Thousand-Year Eggs

March 24, 2016

Getting 30 minutes in a room with L.A. restaurant critic and Pulitzer-winning food writer Jonathan Gold is a little like feeding the man himself a single taco. I do it anyway, for today's episode of Burnt Toast.

Listen as Jonathan and I discuss City of Gold—the new documentary featuring him—plus the role of a critic, the insignificance of anonymity, and the great mosaic that is L.A. food.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


Nicola H. May 5, 2016
On the spur of the moment I followed the link to this interview-so glad I did. Jonathan Goold is totally engaging and I liked kenzi's understated approach and style of questioning.
Nicola H. May 5, 2016
sorry that should be Gold!
Transcendancing April 22, 2016
Jonathan, loved that your explanation for why use of the word 'ethnic' in relation to food is problematic, always glad to see respect levels increased in these small but meaningful ways.
Julie S. April 11, 2016
Did you happen to catch the name of the baller congee restaurant?
The M. April 6, 2016
That is a wonderful interview. Jonathan Gold explanation for not liking the term "ethnic" really resonated with me. So true! I also loved how he described his journey down Pico which actually turned into a discovery of the fine yet profound distinctions between cuisines that often get lumped together.
AntoniaJames March 25, 2016
Nicely done. More like this one, please! (Though I fully appreciate that Jonathan Gold is clearly one of the hardest acts to follow.)

Also, how nice to see LA, truly a food mecca, getting the attention and love it richly deserves. ;o)
Kenzi W. March 25, 2016
Thank you!