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City of Gold (2015)

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In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery-whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.


  • David Chang
  • Roy Choi
  • Jonathan Gold
  • Ludo Lefebvre
  • Peter Meehan
  • Ruth Reichl
  • Allen Salkin
  • Robert Sietsema
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Garth Trinidad

Did You Know?


  • Jonathan Gold played 'Cello while studying at UCLA.
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Mar 8, 2016

Director Laura Gabbert pairs her wide-ranging, blithely fawning approach to Gold with a vision of Los Angeles as blinkered as it is tempting.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Mar 7, 2016

The film affectively defends food critic Jonathan Gold's assertion that it's ultimately cooking that makes us human.

Metacritic review by Oleg Ivanov
Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine
Feb 1, 2015

[An] accessible and informative close-up documentary.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter