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At the L.A. Farmers Market, shoppers can select from the best farm-fresh goods representative of Southern California's bounty, but the market, a favorite among tourists and locals almost since its 1934 founding, also hosts dozens of small restaurants, bakeries and stalls selling prepared food. In time for the market's 75th anniversary Cianciulli, a food writer and Food Network producer, collects recipes from 48 of these eateries, some that have been around since the market's beginning or close to it, others more recent and reflective of L.A.'s diverse, ever-changing population. Cianciulli divides the book into four categories (breakfast, sandwiches and light bites, main meals and desserts), with such dishes as La Korea's Korean-style short ribs, a Middle Eastern falafel sandwich at Moishe's and Breadworks' toothsome Hungarian cinnamon loaf. Cianciulli prefaces recipes from each place with a brief history, an introduction to the lively owners and an evocative description of the atmosphere it generates, so reading feels like a walk down the bustling market aisles. Though most of the recipes use ingredients available from the farm stands, the farmers and the ideal of sourcing food locally are not the book's focal point, which may disappoint some readers. Most, however, will be thrilled to have access to such a wide array of favorite recipes and to help celebrate the long life of this vibrant institution. (May)
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At the L.A. Farmers Market, shoppers can select from the best farm-fresh goods representative of Southern California's bounty, but the market, a favorite among tourists and locals almost since its 1934 founding, also hosts dozens of small restaurants, bakeries and stalls selling prepared food. In time for the market's 75th anniversary Cianciulli, a food writer and Food Network producer, collects recipes from 48 of these eateries, some that have been around since the market's beginning or close to it, others more recent and reflective of L.A.'s diverse, ever-changing population. Cianciulli divides the book into four categories (breakfast, sandwiches and light bites, main meals and desserts), with such dishes as La Korea's Korean-style short ribs, a Middle Eastern falafel sandwich at Moishe's and Breadworks' toothsome Hungarian cinnamon loaf. Cianciulli prefaces recipes from each place with a brief history, an introduction to the lively owners and an evocative description of the atmosphere it generates, so reading feels like a walk down the bustling market aisles. Though most of the recipes use ingredients available from the farm stands, the farmers and the ideal of sourcing food locally are not the book's focal point, which may disappoint some readers. Most, however, will be thrilled to have access to such a wide array of favorite recipes and to help celebrate the long life of this vibrant institution. --Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811855686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811855686
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine if you will, having the chance to sample some of the freshest and best cuisine from all over the world; a French Fondue Savoyarde, some Mexican Chilaquiles Verdes, Singapore's Mee Goreng, or some Korean Kalbi. The passport and travel tickets alone might be enough to break the bank. Unless, of course, you live in Los Angeles and want to `meet me at 3rd and Fairfax' where for 76 years this month, culinary patrons from the world over have gathered at the dozens of homegrown eateries that comprise L.A.'s Farmers Market.

Now, through the efforts of author and Food TV producer, JoAnn Cianciulli (and Bay Area food photographer Karl Petzke), Chronicle Books has assembled some of the best recipes from the legendary vendors into one book of international and domestic delights called "L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook."

Unlike most cookbooks that rely on one particularly style or a single chef's output, the Farmers Market Cookbook combines dishes for every meal - including snacks and desserts - from a veritable cornucopia of chefs, genres, styles and nationalities - all blended together to replicate what a visit through the aisles of the legendary marketplace are like in real life.

In addition to the recipes, there are the storied histories of each of the featured vendors, some of which date back to the origin of the market that now resides on the old Gilmore Oil fields and is one of L.A.'s official Historical and Cultural Landmarks (second only to Hollywood itself.
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An adventure in a book - I love the behind the scene stories and photos of the Farmers Market vendors and of course the recipes from my favorite stalls!! You can tell JoAnn the author has a personal relationship with each of the stall owners and an all-encompassing understanding of food history and preparation. I cannot wait to make the Cabernet Sauvignon Sorbet. Happy reading / cooking.
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A friend gave me this book because they know I liked going to the Farmers Market when I lived in LA, and I absolutely loved this book! It is more than terrific recipes - it tells about traditions and an iconic part of Los Angeles. The writing and the pictures are wonderful! If you love great food and great stories, this book is for you...it actually makes me miss LA (and as a jaded New Yorker who couldn't wait to move back home, that's saying a lot).
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This cookbook have more literature in it than recipes. Even though this is a farmers market cookbook, it doesn't really use much fruits and veggies from the farmers market. The recipes are from cafe's and restaurants, so needless to say they are a little complicated. If your like me, whose refrigerator is stocked with seasonal fruits and veggies, needs to be able to whip up something without having to go to the market to buy "special" ingredients, and like delicious easy recipes, than this is not the book for you. Honestly, I only read the recipes, I didn't try them out yet, but the book is already in my pile of stuff to freecycle :(
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Wow this is a history of the LA farmers market place. It is fun to know what to expect and where to find wonderful food. A must read book before visiting the city. I would recomend this read to everyone.
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Having visited The Market 5 years ago from the east coast, I immediately fell in love with the place. There's no other like it! This book brought me back again, but in a more exciting way. The recipes are terrific. Visually, it's a treat for the eyes. More than anything though, Cianciulli captures the flavor, history & significance of LA's original farmers market. Expect great things from this author! At this price, not only a feast; it's a steal. Brava!
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We loved the book! The way this beautiful book is written and presented, it captures the experience of being at The Farmers Market! Our family used to live in LA, and often my kids and I would go to The Farmers Market for a quick lunch. The perfect spot for different appetites. Our whole family enjoyed pouring over this book, reminiscing with the vendors' stories, pictures and recipes. It made us feel like we were there again!
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I absolutely love this book! This author writes beautiful stories making me feel as I now have a personal relationship with each of the vendors in the stalls at Farmers Market. The stories make me want to go there and hang out with these people. But, most of all, this book shares amazing recipes. I will be trying them one by one! For anyone who loves food, this book is a must have in your collection!
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