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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Bought this as a gift for some friends that just moved to L.A. They seem to like it!Published 6 months ago by Ashley Merritt
Gift for foody daughter studying in LA. Not sure if she has used it, but she was excited about it.Published 16 months ago by Brigid C. Noone