Five Amazing Cookbooks for Foodies October 28, 2015 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ


It’s hardly a secret that The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles is a foodie paradise. With more than 50 eateries, many of them serving up some of Los Angeles’ top-ranked treats, there’s always a way to indulge your cravings at the Market.

But for those times when you just want to dine at home, our merchants also offer a tasty variety of how-to books. Not a DIY type? The holidays are just around the corner and cookbooks make great gifts. Here are five amazing cookbooks available now at Farmers Market.

To Live and Dine in L.A.

By Josh Kun

Available at Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market

To live and Dine in L.A., produced by The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, is a fantastic way to explore L.A.’s foodie culture. This book, written and edited by USC Annenberg Professor Josh Kun, showcases a carefully curated selection of the vast menu collection on display at the Los Angeles Public Library.

With more than 200 menus--some dating back to the nineteenth century—including one from our Du-par’s Restaurant, To Live and Dine in L.A. celebrates the city’s rich restaurant history. More than a walk down memory lane, however, the book also provides a social commentary on the politics, economics, and sociology of eating in Los Angeles.

Meet: Josh Kun will be signing his book To Live and Dine in L.A. at Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market on Sat., November 21 from noon to 2 pm. 

The Broad Fork

By Hugh Acheson

Available at Sur La Table

Guests who love the bounty found at farmers markets will want to include The Broad Fork in their library. James Beard Award-winner Hugh Acheson takes a look at the four seasons of produce and introduces recipes for 50 fresh ingredients, ranging from kohlrabi to carrots, beets to Brussels sprouts. From apple butter to snapper ceviche with apple and lime in fall, to blackberry vinegar and raspberry cobbler with drop biscuits in summer, more than 200 recipes help you explore healthy eating year-round.

Meet: Sur La Table at Farmers Market is hosting a demo and book signing with Hugh Acheson on Sat., Nov. 7 at 10 am. Please note advance reservations are required to attend this event, which can be secured here: http://www.surlatable.com/category/cat1790419/?om_u=NskEpe&om_i=_BWJ8SWB9GyhrGw&ch=em

Inside Chefs’ Fridges, Europe

By Carrie Solomon, Adrian Moore

Available at Taschen Books

The fascination with fine food and the celebrity personalities who create these treats tends to translate into a focus on the public personas of these chefs. We meet them at food festivals, see them in their celebrity restaurants and view them on television. So it’s a rare treat to be able to take a look behind the scenes to see how these famed chefs manage their home kitchens. Inside Chefs’ Fridges profiles 40 of Europe’s top chefs (who collectively boast 60 Michelin stars) alongside their personal home fridges. Each chef reveals their go-to fridge contents, their favorite local ingredients and two of their most treasured home recipes.

The Truck Food Cookbook

By John T. Edge

Available at Cost Plus World Market

Sorry New York, but angelenos know that the “Food Truck Movement” began right here in Los Angeles. Still, the trend rapidly expanded nationwide and now many of America’s great cities are serving up amazing fusion cuisine from mobile kitchens. If you don’t have the time to travel to New York, Austin or Portland, The Food Truck Cookbook provides more than 150 recipes and full-color photos that can help you recreate favorite food truck items at home. Recipes include Tamarind-Glazed Fried Chicken Drummettes. Kalbi Beef Sliders and a whole chapter of tacos, including Mexican, Korean and Chinese fusion. 

L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook

By JoAnn Cianciulli

Available at Farmers Market Office, online

Admittedly we might be biased, but we think the L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook is a pretty great book. Not only does it serve up amazing recipe ideas from our merchants—steak frites with cognac mushroom sauce, anyone?—it also celebrates the history of the people that have made this a beloved landmark for more than 80 years. The book is heavily laced with food images as well as archival images from throughout the Market’s 81 year history, creating a terrific cookbook plus chronicle of the Market’s history. And it’s only $15.