Fruits and vegetables rich in lycopene and carotenoids, such as tomatoes and carrots, can help ward off skin cancer and sun damage. They can act as antioxidants and help improve blood circulation to the skin.
The classic Catalonian sauce, called romesco, is packed with flavor, rich in color and thick in texture. Los Angeles-area chefs talk about how they use the sauce and enhance its favor with spice from paprika, pepper and chili.
Growers, roasters, exporters, baristas and coffeehouse owners now discuss coffee with the same sort of critical palate associated with wine tasting. A recent industry event studied coffee's fragrance, aroma, taste, flavor, aftertaste and body.
Chef John Nowakowski can steam vegetables to perfection and create veggie-only dishes that even will please meat lovers. He makes a vegetarian lasagna and a tofu ricotta with tahini, yellow miso and soy mozzarella.