Karina Longworth’s – Grub Street

At Veselka, one of Karina Longworth’s regular haunts from her days in New York. Photo: Christian Rodriguez

Karina Longworth is one of Hollywood’s premier historians, uncovering its hidden 20th-century stories through her “sublime” podcast You Must Remember This. Now, the native Angeleno has a confession about her own history. “Very embarrassingly, I didn’t have a taco my entire life until I was 19 and living in Chicago,” Longworth admits. But when she’s not thinking about Hollywood — she’s developing a show based on one of her podcast’s seasons, and in November published Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood — she’s making up for lost eating. This week, that meant making homemade cavatelli with her husband, a cost-benefit analysis of a 4 p.m. breakfast burrito in Los Angeles, and going to a cocktail party with pastrami from Katz’s in New York. Read all about it in this week’s Grub Street Diet.

Friday, February 8
I had a boxing workout scheduled for a couple of hours after I woke up and would ordinarily not eat beforehand, as I find it easier to maintain my energy without solid food in my stomach. But I made the mistake of eating mostly vegetables for dinner on Thursday and I woke up staaaaarrrvvving. I drank a glass of water, took a probiotic, then while I made coffee, I broke down and had half a banana. I poured a small cup of coffee (made with Stumptown French Roast beans) and added some Califia Farms Better Half Coconut Cream & Almond Milk creamer. I also dropped an 8Greens tablet into half a glass of water. I drink these while doing morning emails.