Market Fresh

The first step to becoming a good cook is learning how to buy good ingredients. And then learning how to take care of them once you’ve brought them home. These videos will fill you in on all the little tips that will help you do that – and they will also connect you with hundreds of kitchen-tested recipes from the Los Angeles Times’ California Cookbook.

Market Fresh: Eggplant

Russ Parsons, Food Editor talks about the beauty of the eggplant. Recipes: The silken beauty of summer eggplant, with 12 recipes

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Market Fresh: Tomatoes

Food editor Russ Parsons talks tomatoes. Recipes: How to choose the ripest, sweetest summer tomatoes, with 12 recipes

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Market Fresh: Green beans

Food Editor Russ Parsons tell you the difference of round beans versus flat beans. Recipes: Green beans, the ultimate role player, 12 ways

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Market Fresh: Figs

Food Editor Russ Parsons on what to look for when picking figs. Recipes: Fresh figs - one of summer's most fleeting pleasures, with 12 recipes

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Market Fresh: Plums

Food Editor Russ Parsons discusses picking the perfect plums for summer. Recipes: Sweet, tart plums are the perfect fruit for summer, with 8 recipes

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Market Fresh: Zucchinis

Food editor Russ Parsons shares on the beauty of the zucchini. Recipes: Choose the best zucchini for the job, and 12 recipes for using them

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Market Fresh: Peaches/Nectarines

Russ Parsons explains the difference between nectarines and peaches. Recipes: A fruit geek's guide to great peaches and nectarines, with 12 recipes

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Market Fresh: Corn

Food Editor Russ Parsons talks about corn at the farmers market. Recipes: Forget what you've heard, choosing corn is easy, and here are 12 ways to cook it

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Market Fresh: Apricots/Apriums

Food Editor Russ Parsons teaches you how to pick apricots or apriums. Recipes: For real apricot flavor, look beyond the apricot, with a half-dozen recipes

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Market Fresh: Tomatoes

Food Editor Russ Parsons talks about cherry and grape tomatoes at the farmers market. Recipes: Tiny tomatoes, terrific taste: Great recipes for grape and cherry tomatoes

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Market Fresh: Cherries

Food Editor Russ Parsons on what to look for when buying cherries. Recipes: Let's hear it for old-time cherries, with a dozen recipes

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Market Fresh: Carrots

Food Editor Russ Parsons shares the beauty of carrots at the farmers market. Recipes: Consider the carrot, with 11 recipes you'll find appealing

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Market Fresh: Green garlic

Food Editor Russ Parsons discusses green garlic at the farmets market. Recipes: Spring's kinder, gentler garlic, with 7 recipes to get you started

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Market fresh: Radishes

Food Editor Russ Parsons at the farmers market talks about the beauty of radishes. Recipes: Peppery, crisp radishes are one of spring's stars, with 8 recipes

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Market Fresh: Rhubarb

Food Editor Russ Parsons shares the delights of rhubarb at the farmers market. Recipes: Falling in love, again, with rhubarb, and five recipes to show you how

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Market Fresh: New potatoes

Food Editor Russ Parsons shares the deliciousness of new potatoes. Recipes: What's new? Freshly dug potatoes, and 8 recipes for using them

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Market Fresh: Strawberries

Food Editor Russ Parsons on picking the perfect strawberry at the farmers market. Recipes: Here's how to find strawberries with the taste you remember, and 13 recipes for using them

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Market Fresh: Fava beans

Food Editor, Russ Parsons on how to pick and what to do with fava beans. Recipes: Our love-hate affair with favas, and 6 recipes you'll adore

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Market Fresh: Cauliflower

Food Editor Russ Parsons gives cauliflower its moment at the farmers market. Recipes: Exploring the different sides of cauliflower, with 13 recipes

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Market Fresh: Peas

Sugar snap peas and the English peas look similar, but don't mistake them. Recipes: Spring's many forms of peas -- with 14 recipes

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Market Fresh: Grapefruit

The grapefruit, it's not just for breakfast anymore. Recipes: 11 great recipes to make the most of grapefruit

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Market Fresh: Artichoke

The artichoke has a heart of gold but you have to dig through some sticky armor to get to it. Recipes: There's an artichoke glut, and here's 12 recipes to help you take advantage

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Market Fresh: Beets

Russ Parsons talks selecting beets at the Farmer's Market. Recipes: Behold the beet -- a dozen recipes (and two latkes)

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Market Fresh: Navel oranges

Food Editor Russ Parsons discusses picking navel oranges from the farmers market. Recipes: It's time for navel oranges: 10 recipes highlighting their exceptionally rich flavor

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Market Fresh: Swiss chard

Food Editor Russ Parsons talks about Swiss chard at the farmers market. Recipes: Chard was cool way before kale. Here are 10 recipes that show you why

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Market Fresh: Blood oranges

Talking blood oranges at the farmer's market with Food Editor Russ Parsons. Recipes: Oranges of a different color: 7 recipes for making the most of bloods and Cara Caras

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Market Fresh: Meyer lemons

Food Editor Russ Parsons shares insights on Meyer lemons at the farmers market. Recipes: Making the most of Meyer's magic, with 10 recipes

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Market Fresh: Broccoli

Talking broccoli at the farmer's market with Food Editor Russ Parsons. Recipes: Yes, it's broccoli and yes, you will eat it — especially with these 9 recipes

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Market Fresh: Winter squash

Food Editor Russ Parsons gives the low down on what to do with winter squash. Recipes: Winter squash to the rescue, with 8 great recipes

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Market Fresh: Mandarins

How to pick mandarins with Food Editor Russ Parsons.Recipes: Mad for mandarins: Six great recipes for winter's sweetest fruit

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Market Fresh: Brussels sprouts

Talking Brussels sprouts at the Farmers Market with Food Editor Russ Parsons. Recipes: Six recipes for making the most of winter's hardy greens

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Market Fresh: Persimmons

Talking persimmons at the farmers market with Food Editor Russ Parsons. Recipes: Persimmons at the farmers market, plus 5 cool-weather recipes

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