The chef of the former Angeli Caffe and host of KCRW’s Good Food shares what a typical day looks like for the woman who goes face-to-face (or voice-to-voice) with the culinary world’s elite:
7 a.m. Wake up. Take my dog, Paco, for a walk.
8 a.m. Check my e-mails over iced coffee—I am not a breakfast person. Prep for my interview with the Food Network’s Aarti Sequeira, who has a new cookbook.
9:30 a.m. Meet producer Gillian Ferguson at KCRW for my talk with Sequeira. Afterward I beg Sequeira to do a demo at a culinary event I’m working on. She says yes.
10:30 a.m. Meet with KCRW’s events department about upcoming annual pie contest. After 30 years as an Italian chef, I’m now known for pie.
1:30 p.m. Pick up an egg salad sandwich from Clementine—my first food today.
2 p.m. Tape an episode of Joe Bastianich’s CNBC show, Restaurant Startup.
4:30 p.m. Head home to check on my elderly mother, who lives with me. Take Paco for a walk.
5 p.m. Work on a blog about my summerlong tomato canning project.
6 p.m. Tonight’s dinner is a huge salad with tuna my cousin canned in Oregon.
8 p.m. Bake a stone fruit pie for the volunteers at KCRW’s pledge drive.
1 p.m. I’m reading constantly. Now it’s All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
1 a.m. Still awake. It’s a hangover from working in the restaurant world. Paco is at my feet.
Evan Kleiman is one of 25 L.A. “Food Lovers” featured in our November, 2014 Food Lovers Guide on newsstands now