Russ is a veteran of the Los Angeles food scene. He’s been at The Times for twenty years and has been writing about food for thirty years. He’s also the author of two well-received cookbooks.
The first topic was Russ’ observations about what was hot at the end of 2011 that is perhaps off the radar a year later. The best example is the food truck phenomenon in L.A. Perhaps the market got oversaturated with copy cats but the trucks are hardly followed as passionately as they once were.
Russ also spoke about the cooking of Dungeness crab which was the subject of his “The California Cook” column in the December 29th, 2012 “Saturday” Section.