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Eat LA: Home cooked coffee beans, raw meat, and what's an Aeropress?

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Don't cook that meat! Don't turn on that coffee maker! And whatever you do—do not buy roasted coffee beans ever, ever again.

This week we're finding new ways to cook--and not cook--some of our favorite foods. We'll learn about a relatively new way to brew coffee, and we'll travel to the home of a writer who's learning how to roast her own beans using nothing more than a stovetop popcorn popper.

Raw Meat

Eat LA's Linda Burum talks about Los Angeles's new fascination with raw meat. There are plenty of new restaurants bringing raw meat to their patrons--but Burum says that's nothing new. Korean and Lebanese restaurants, for example, have served Angelenos uncooked meat for decades now. Here's a list of some of Linda Burum's favorites:

Mainstream and Hip

Freddy Smalls
11520 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064
(310) 479-3000
Seared tartare with smoked egg yolk

8432 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 90048
(323) 782-1778
Beef heart tartare

Red Medicine
8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90211
(323) 651-5500
Vietnamese flavor with fresh herbs and fish sauce

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 90069
(323) 651-5866
Tartare with sea bean chimichuri sauce

321 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 90048
(310) 271-6300
Tartare layered with caviar

The Grill on the Alley
9560 Dayton Way Beverly Hills, 90210
(310) 276-0615
Classic American tartare


Laon Dining
1145 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, 90006
(323) 373-0700
Modern Korean tartare (yook hwe)

3385 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles, 90006
(213) 385-5665
tartare bibim bap


Hayat’s Kitchen
1109 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601
(818) 761-4656
"Our favorite" with pungent garlic sauce


1041 S. Fairfax Ave.,90019
(323) 938-8827
Tartare tossed with berbere and other Ethiopian spices

Home Coffee Roasting

Now from something you don't want to cook, to something you do: coffee beans. Eat Los Angeles contributing editor Jean Barrett talked with professional roaster Ian Riley, who roasts beans for Plow and Gun Coffee. Did you know you can roast your own coffee beans at home using nothing more than a stovetop popcorn maker? Ian shows Jean how it's done.

Ian and Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology (and Eat LA) offer regular classes on the specifics of home roasting: where to buy green beans, what to look and listen for when roasting and you'll get a free pound of beans to get started.

The Aeropress

Speaking of coffee, Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson stops by to show off the Aeropress. It's a relatively new coffee maker that's portable, cheap, easy to clean, and makes a surprisingly tasty cup of brew. Want to know how it works? Take a look at the video below for a demonstration from Kevin and the KPCC digital team:

You can pick up the new Eat Los Angeles 2012 book at your local bookstore, or you can download the e-book so you can keep it in your pocket.

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