Jonathan Gold writes about food the way Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote about love. Gold’s articles can wax romantic, lyrical, and even a little dramatic. Perhaps it’s because he loves not only the food, but he loves the people who make it. He has always admired a really good Thai cook over the big-name celebrity chefs that demand so much of our focus. More importantly, Jonathan Gold loves this city, and through food he is able to take us on a journey through the multicultural mecca that is Los Angeles.
This week 360 Degree Communications announced that “City of Gold” will open
March 11, 2016. This is exciting news for Gold’s acolytes, who have been dying to see this movie ever since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. The documentary is an exploration of Los Angeles and its many cultures through its veritable bonanza of culinary treasures, led by the trailblazing, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. In the trailer we see the familiar smiling faces of Jazz Sing of Jitlada, which serves up the best Thai food in LA, and Bricia Lopez of Gueleguetza, the Koreatown outpost of Oaxacan food, named an ‘American Classic’ by the James Beard Foundation. Roy Choi’s Kogi truck makes an appearance, so he probably isn’t far behind. It will be exciting to see our own stomping grounds on film, as well as discovering the many hidden restaurants we have yet to explore.
“As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.”
And all this without once accepting a free meal.