Jonathan Gold food quizzes
8:00 AM PST, January 13, 2014
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ate pizza and saved New York City. Imagine what you might do after taking our pizza quiz.
4:25 PM PST, November 8, 2013
10:58 AM PDT, October 29, 2013
7:03 AM PDT, October 4, 2013
Is it National Taco Day? Already? In the spirit of celebration, and tacos, may we offer you a taco quiz? Con todo!
3:22 PM PDT, September 27, 2013
Rock ’n’ roll, some say, appeals to the baser appetites. Some of those appetites may even involve food. …
5:22 PM PDT, September 11, 2013
This week, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold tests your knowledge of icy desserts.
9:30 AM PDT, September 5, 2013
Just in time for back to school, a quiz that sticks to the roof of your mouth.
9:18 AM PDT, August 21, 2013
"When one has tasted watermelon," wrote Mark Twain, "he knows what the angels eat." Doesn't a dripping, juicy, ice-cold slab of watermelon quiz sound good right about now?
2:15 PM PDT, August 14, 2013
You can sun-dry it, wind-dry it, oven-dry it and grind it into sauce. It's the T in your BLT. And in 16th-century Germany, they thought it had something to do with werewolves. Wouldn't you like to try our tomato quiz? It's vine-ripe and ready to go.
9:08 AM PDT, August 5, 2013
Argue as much as you want about where the burrito was created, but when you're out of breath, won't you relax with our burrito quiz?
8:45 AM PDT, July 26, 2013
Does smoke get in your eyes? Have you ever spent an hour with your brother-in-law discussing the merits of hickory and pecan? Would you rather pluck your eyes out than cook your spareribs over gas? You may be ready for this week's Barbecue Quiz.
5:46 PM PDT, July 11, 2013
Up to date on your calciferous treats? It may be time to bone up.
1:52 PM PDT, July 1, 2013
"The day is coming," said Paul Cezanne, "when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.'' Might you find that singular vegetable in our carrot quiz? Give it a try!
7:00 AM PDT, June 21, 2013
May we be frank? You're going tube so glad you clicked this link. Everyone's a wiener!
4:26 PM PDT, June 12, 2013
It's the cherry quiz, round two.
8:30 AM PDT, June 7, 2013
I cannot tell a lie . . . I did chop down the cherry quiz.
10:55 AM PDT, May 22, 2013
In honor of the new season of “Arrested Development” and the Bluth Banana Stand, may we present our banana quiz? We believe you may find it appealing.
3:53 PM PDT, April 25, 2013
If you've just finished off a big bowl of pasta all'amatriciana, you'll get at least one question right. Before you fall asleep, won't you take our quiz to see how many more questions you can master?
4:29 PM PDT, April 17, 2013
Spring has sprung
6:42 PM PDT, April 9, 2013
Roses are red
2:25 PM PDT, April 5, 2013
Did civilization begin at the moment when the first human impaled a bit of meat on a twig and charred it over a lightning fire? Claude Lévi-Strauss had a theory about it, we are sure, but we haven't taken an anthropology class for a long, long time. At any rate, the oldest form of cooking is still one of the best. How would primitive man do on this quiz?
5:34 PM PDT, March 28, 2013
Spring: A time of rebirth. A time of renewal. A time for young love. And apparently, a time for oval capsules of joy. Won't you join us for an egg quiz?
12:06 PM PDT, March 20, 2013
Don't be a sourpuss - give our pickle quiz a try.
3:55 PM PDT, March 14, 2013
Even if you’re a little unsure of the answers, you might enjoy winging it on this week’s culinary quiz.
5:02 PM PST, March 7, 2013
Was the sandwich indeed invented by a genteel earl averse to smearing mutton gravy on his hand of whist? Did Apicius once enjoy a hoagie made with flamingo tongues, rhinocerous and gold? Alas, we shall never know the answers to these pressing questions. We can, however, take a run at this week's sandwich quiz.
11:37 AM PST, February 27, 2013
Panna cotta, bavaroise, empurpled mazamorra, chocolate mousse – we say it’s pudding, and we say to hell with it. As beloved Jell-O pudding spokesman Bill Cosby was fond of saying, you can’t be a kid without it.
5:38 PM PST, February 21, 2013
Getting caught up in the drama and romance of a movie plot is no reason to ignore the food onscreen. What food was used in that food fight? What does one use to flip enormous pancakes? If you love films (and food), then you'll enjoy taking this quiz.
10:50 AM PST, February 13, 2013
Food and hip-hop; hip-hop and food: two dissimilar things as intriniscally linked as a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Up for a quiz? You can even get busy in a Burger King bathroom.
5:57 PM PST, February 5, 2013
Aztecs used cacao as money. Spaniards used it as a drug. Hogarth painted chocolate houses of ill-repute. On Valentine's Day chocolate equals love. And today - today chocolate is the subject of our quiz. What could that possibly mean? Take it and find out.
4:37 PM PST, December 25, 2012
Sure, you know about Champagne and hangovers. But what about some of the world’s other great New Year’s traditions? Check out our quiz.
3:31 PM PST, December 18, 2012
It’s both historical and au courant. Trivial and significant. Decorative and substantial. It’s gingerbread — and if you think you know all about it, try our quiz and see if you do.
10:04 AM PST, December 13, 2012
The ancient Greeks made them—and served them for breakfast. Indonesians use rice flour and coconut milk. In Ethiopia they are traditionally made with teff flour. We are speaking, of course, of pancakes. Check out our quiz below to check out your pancake IQ.
12:15 PM PST, December 5, 2012
Did you know there are no hamburgers in Hamburg, Germany? Well, there kind of are, but they are called Frikadeller, and they're really more like pan-fried meatballs. But if you walk into McDonald's, there they are -- real hamburgers -- from the Big Mac on down. Won't you take our hamburger quiz? Ich liebe es, as they say.
1:02 PM PST, November 27, 2012
Cooking isn't all fun and games, you know. Sometimes you have to do the math. Because while a spoonful of sugar may well help the medicine go down, it is useful to know whether said spoon is a teaspoon or a tablespoon, a dessert spoon or a runcible spoon. And so shall it ever be.
5:42 PM PST, November 20, 2012
What do Hermano Cortez, Martha Stewart and Pliny the Younger have in common? Turkey, as it turns out, America's glorious, misunderstood bird. You're going to spend hours cooking it, eating it or admiring it this week — why not spare a few minutes for the quiz?
3:56 PM PST, November 15, 2012
French fries. Chicago fries. Duck fat fries. Bacon drippings. Cheese curds and brown gravy. So you think you know fries? Take this quiz and find out what’s what.
8:56 AM PST, November 7, 2012
Despite what they may tell you in New York, we all know there’s more to food in the Golden State than bacon-avocado cheeseburgers. But how much more? Take our Eating California quiz and find out.
5:35 PM PDT, October 30, 2012
A World Series-related food quiz? No, not this one. We had some perfectly good questions about San Francisco and Detroit lying around, that’s all; two perfectly good cities with interesting food and great starting pitchers – except for Detroit, apparently, but that’s a matter for the sports desk. So anyway, the quiz. Which may or may not have anything in it about the roast peanut guys outside Comerica Park. Or crabs. Won’t you give it a try?
2:26 PM PDT, October 23, 2012
Does kale cure cancer? Will it make your teeth whiter and brighter? Has it publicly canoodled with Pippa Middleton, Khloe Kardashian or J.K. Rowling? Not that we know of, no. But kale is this year's glamorous “it” vegetable, served at all the best restaurants, as beloved in smoothies as it is in a vegan gratin. It seems like just yesterday that kale was an ornamental garden border that even hungry rabbits wouldn't touch. Just look at it now.
8:16 PM PDT, October 16, 2012
Will you be hungry after taking this quiz? Hard to say. But you may finish with a little insight that you won't get from their use as gross-out challenges on reality TV shows.
3:39 PM PDT, October 4, 2012
What do the Sex Pistols, Suicidal Tendencies and the Germs have to do with food? Not much, as it turns out. But won't you give our punk-rock food quiz a try anyway?
5:33 PM PDT, October 2, 2012
The real place the French Dip sandwich originated. Lawry's most significant contribution to American dining. What L.A. galbi at a Korean barbecue restaurant means. Take this quiz to test your beef knowledge.
3:30 PM PDT, September 24, 2012
In the spirit of disclosure, it must be confessed that the author of this quiz has occasionally been unkind on the subject of dietary restrictions, perhaps as a result of exposure to more than his share of Tofurkey sausage pizza and gluten-free bakery treats. Yet when an invitation to a halal meal is broached, dishes prepared according to precepts of Islamic dietary law, the anticipation becomes nothing but joy. The cuisines of the Islamic world are as varied and delicious as any on Earth, as different in their flavor as Beirut is from Java. Is Islamic cooking unknowable? Try this quiz and decide for yourself.
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