City of Gold

City of Gold

DVD - 2016
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Jonathan Gold pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.
Publisher: [United States] : Mpi Home Video, 2016
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: 641.59 Cit
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Chang, David
Choi, Roy
Gold, Jonathan
Audience: MPAA rating: R


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Nov 08, 2018

Didn’t make it through the film, but it was good. I don’t live in LA, so listening to a food critic talk about the great food there makes me thing, SO?

Jul 26, 2018

Very recently the LA Times posted the obituary for Jonathan Gold.
He was one of the individuals who taught me to appreciate the thought of eating something completely unknown into something with love.

This movie gives you an idea of how Gold did it. He was one-of-a-kind, an egalitarian, and, as someone noted in the movie, empathetic. He offered an expanded appreciation to the diversity of food offered in the greater L.A. Basin. I started reading his reviews in the LA Weekly and would look forward to his comments on KCRW's Good Food with Evan Kleinman. I discovered a variety of ethnic foods I'd never heard of and his love of Asian cuisine opened my eyes to what was in my neighborhood, including several restaurants which were literally down the street from where I lived.

Thanks to the director Laura Gabbert, this is a love letter to Gold and the city where he lived.

Jan 19, 2017

My eating itinerary for my LA trip next week just went out the window - so long Pink's hello Tom's No 5 for example. Great doc - I got a little "sniffly" at the end when he read his essay at the book store. Copious notes made. LA here I come...or should I say eat. We could probably find the same jewels here in Surrey - I know I have. Bon appetite!

Jan 14, 2017

I enjoyed this valentine to LA and its diverse culinary arts. Jonathan Gold is an interesting and complex character and a worthy star of the documentary. I wish we had some of these eateries in the KC area!

Dec 30, 2016

Brilliant- savored every minute

Dec 14, 2016

First, I must admit that I am a lover of all things Los Angeles. That may bias me somewhat but nevertheless, I highly recommend this documentary.

Dec 05, 2016

Wait-listed a looong time for this one...and man, was it worth it. One of the nicest documentaries I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. The pacing, music, footage and interviews all woven together as tightly perfect as one of Jonathan Gold's reviews.

I can't stand L.A., but this love letter of a film to the city and its cultures, experienced through cuisine, made me want to book a flight tomorrow and stay for a month. Gold is an extremely talented writer and this film proved itself worthy of telling his story. Kudos!

Btw, wait through the credits for a real treat. Just what you wonder about food critics.

Dec 02, 2016

Interesting DVD about the eclectic food scene in Los Angeles, how it evolved and how great sacrifices, by many immigrant families impacted the situation and improved the variety of food available in L.A. The critic talked about both excellent and unique choices something that would not be appreciated by a large number of customers. Interesting DVD, specially for me as we like to travel, enjoy the culture, food and customs of others.

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