A new guide to the L.A. food scene
L.A.'s food scene changes about as quickly as, well, the recent stock markets. To help maneuver us through these volatile times, a new L.A. food book hits the bookstores Dec 1. "EAT: Los Angeles" is a 320-page guide to Los Angeles County restaurants, wine shops, coffeehouses, ethnic markets, even taco trucks. Published by Prospect Park Books in Pasadena, it's a collaborative effort by area writers and bloggers. Contributors include Amelia Saltsman, author of the "Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook," Eating L.A.'s Pat Saperstein, The Great Taco Hunt's Bandini, and L.A. food writers Jean T. Barrett, Linda Burum and Jenn Garbee (all three contributors to this publication).
The glossy book is small enough to lug around, printed on sugarcane paper and has nifty chapter tabs ("Breakfast + Lunch," "Food That's Fast," "Gourmet to Go," "Shops," etc.), as well as separate chapters delineating 10 "Good Food Neighborhoods," such as Culver City, Boyle Heights and Koreatown. The book's editor and contributor, Colleen Dunn Bates, says that she wanted to focus on sources as well as restaurants, local businesses instead of corporate chains. "It's what I wanted to have in my car when I'm out in the world."
"EAT: Los Angeles, The Food Lover's Guide to Los Angeles," $19.95. Available Dec. 1 in area bookstores.
-- Amy Scattergood
Cover art of "EAT: Los Angeles" courtesy of Prospect Park Books