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The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.'s Eastside (Hardcover)

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By Elisa Callow, Ann Elliott Cutting (Photographer)
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Allow me to confess: I am not a cookbook reader, and the fine art of cooking has ever been beyond my grasp, but I read The Urban Forager all the way through because this is a celebration of the diversity that defines LA through descriptions of foods and the histories they evoke. The recipes demand to be made – run your tongue over the rich stories of these chefs, enjoy the clear instructions encouraging you too to flourish your chef-self, and finally, just try to resist the beautiful photos of the food and the taste of LA. This is like finding an old cookbook stuffed with handwritten comments and added recipes not in the house of your grandmother, but in the home of your region. Enjoy!

— Linda


The Urban Forager is a cookbook, guide, and irresistible invitation to both the novice and adventurous food lover to explore the rich, diverse culinary cultures of Los Angeles' eastside. Food makers representing the eastside's diverse traditions share beloved recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources. It's a hands-on, stunningly photographed collection of inspiring recipes, profiles, and references for both novice and adventurous home cooks, as well as the culinarily curious. Includes profiles of and recipes by such acclaimed cooks as Minh Phan (porridge + puffs), Sumi Chang, and Mario Rodriguez, as well as Elisa Callow's wise, clear kitchen advice and foolproof recipes for delicious everyday dishes.

About the Author

Author Elisa Callow shares her recipes and food discoveries on her blog, The Urban Forager, She is a well-known arts-nonprofit consultant in Los Angeles.Photographer Ann Elliott Cutting is on the photography faculty of ArtCenter College of Design. She is also a ceramicist and, to really round things out, a molecular biologist who has worked at Caltech.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781945551420
ISBN-10: 1945551429
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English