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Food Lovers' Guide to® Los Angeles: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) Paperback – December 17, 2013

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About the Author

Cathy Chaplin was born in La Mesa, California, educated in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and cultured in Saigon, Vietnam. Now based in Los Angeles, Cathy documents all things delicious on her widely-read and respected website, Gastronomy (gastronomyblog.com). Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications including Saveur magazine, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Traveler. When Cathy isn't planning her next meal or reflecting on a previous one, she's lacing up her kicks and going for a run.
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Product Details

  • Series: Food Lovers' Series
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762781122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762781126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John on January 28, 2014
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This guide has been remarkable. So far every place we have been - ones visited on our own before receiving the book and now the restaurants we have found as a result of the book - have been very good to excellent. The vast majority of restaurants listed are ones I was not familiar with and would not likely have sought out.

Most helpful:
The simply price point ratings - $=under $10, $$= under $20, etc.
Recommendations for restaurants best items
Glossary allowing us to find restaurants by community within Los Angeles

Only thing missing:
Map showing the various communities in L.A. I'm still trying to figure out what is next to what.
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Let's just cut to the chase: "Food Lovers' Guide to Los Angeles" is awesome. It truly does live up to its name.

LA is a city with a wide breadth of cuisines — high and low, refined and rustic — and all too often, dining guides tend to focus on only a sliver of what the region has to offer. Cathy Chaplin delves deeper — way deeper — with her comprehensive list of restaurants that span so many ethnicities and price points that you'll be amazed they can even all fit in one city. I'm honestly shocked that Cathy (full disclosure — she is a friend of mine) has been able to dig up so many eateries.

Of course, this isn't a guide that's only full of obscure taco stands and Filipino skewer shops hidden away in the hinterlands of LA. The book is sure to highlight bright new stars on the LA landscape such as "Trois Mec" and "Connie and Ted's." Old standbys like "Mélisse" and "Spago" are present too, as are a variety of marketplaces and bakeries — truly rounding out the scope of this book. And, for an added bonus, "Food Lovers Guide to Los Angeles" features a handful of recipes from around town — a neat perk, even if it's not totally necessary.

As for the reviews themselves, Cathy writes about each and every place with care and thoughtfulness. This is where the book truly shines. No vague, Frankenstein-esque reviews à la Zagat. Cathy devotes serious real estate on her pages to each entry, describing not only noteworthy dishes but how to eat them too. It's an important distinction, especially at the more culturally foreign restaurants.

I've been lucky enough to eat several meals with Cathy, and I'm telling you all right now, this woman knows her stuff. I'm not giving her five stars out of bias.
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This little gem has lead us to many great eateries, some very close to our home and wouldn't have tried without this rec (there are probably over a thousand small and large restaurants within 4 miles of our home). Very nicely organized, great index in the back as well.

I have this book in my car at all times! I have other great LA books like Eat LA and while I love the others and have had them longer this os is quickly becoming my "go-to" book. Many, MANY, thorough reviews, suggested dishes to try, etc.

Cannot recommend highly enough.
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Wonderful book! Her recommendations are spot on, writing style is clever and engaging. I've looked through several others and this book is really a gem. Such a fun book and a great jumping off point for LA adventures - culinary and otherwise!
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Very well written and researched! I am impressed with the amount of information and coverage, with LA being such a big city full of many restaurants. The author also manages to find so many different ways to describe food without ever sounding repetitive.
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We've purchased a few of these guides for other cities and thought we should give the local edition a read. It's very informative and entertaining and a great gift for one of our foodie friends.
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