Food

Homegrown: More artisan fare in and around L.A.

  • The artisan: Bread baker Mark Stambler
    The artisan: Bread baker Mark Stambler

    The unofficial master boulanger spends his weekends creating artisan breads in his Los Feliz kitchen and handmade backyard bread oven.

  • Laura Ann's Jams: Preserves with an edge
    Laura Ann's Jams: Preserves with an edge

    Once, Laura Ann Masura was a punk rock drummer. Then she discovered jam making. Now, her sweet calling is also helping her recover from a serious motorcycle accident.

  • Brewing premium sake on Sado Island
    Brewing premium sake on Sado Island

    At Obata Brewery in Japan, a brew master carefully oversees the details that go into making high-quality sake. He even moves into the brewery at one point to keep a closer eye on the mash.

  • The Artisan: Yvan Valentin is exacting with his chocolate truffles
    The Artisan: Yvan Valentin is exacting with his chocolate truffles

    'People must respect chocolate,' the French-born former L'Orangerie pastry chef says. Besides Yvan Valentin Chocolate Truffles, he also owns a wholesale bakery, Sweet Temptations.

  • Three generations of Turkish delight in Southern California
    Three generations of Turkish delight in Southern California

    Nory Hovagimian opened Nory Candy & Pastry in Hollywood in 1964. Dickran Jibilian bought the candy-making business and moved it to the San Fernando Valley in 1981. Now owner Armand Sahakian runs the show.

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