Richard Foss

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Richard Foss is a culinary historian, author and museum consultant who has lectured around the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He wrote the section on Croatian cuisine in the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures and also contributed to the Oxford Companion to Sweets. He is working on his third book, which is about food in Spanish a

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Iberian Attitudes Live in Downtown Long Beach

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer I don’t usually eavesdrop on neighboring diners, but the guy on the cell phone at the next table made it impossible not to. He had the kind of voice that carrie

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Always Read the Walls Before Ordering

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer If you ask someone what to order at Slavko’s Harbor Poultry, they might think it’s the setup for a joke. We are talking about a restaurant with a giant chicken on the roof and

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Jackson’s Place: The New South Comes to Old San Pedro

The newest restaurateur in San Pedro is serving Louisiana cooking, but not in the surroundings you might expect. Kevin Faciane knows that most Southern eateries feature the rustic cabin look, but that’s not his vision at the new Jackson’s Place.

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Let’s Talk Cuisine, Communication, Cultural Differences

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer   I was scanning the menu at an Indian restaurant, and a plate on its way to another table caught my eye. It

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Roscoe’s: Southern California Meets Harlem

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer

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Tacos Jalisco’s Mole is Finger-Licking Good

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Reviewer Cinco de Mayo is coming up and I was thinking of celebrating the anniversary the way people do in Mexico — by ignoring it entirely. Cinco de Mayo is a much bigger deal here th

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Get High Class Cuisine: Terranea Resort’s Catalina Kitchen

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer Anyone who frequents the island of Catalina will attest that the food served there is mostly oriented to the tourist trade. With few exceptions, I’d rather eat

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Neno’s Norooz is Pure Delight

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer Although there’s no firm agreement about the healthiest diet, there is consensus that the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditions come pretty close. Both

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Gain Confidence in the Kitchen at Chefs Studio

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer   The dining public rarely sees chefs at the everyday practice of their trade. There are occasional exceptions, such as restaurants

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