The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin and Kevin West – Review

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Book Description

Founded in 1917, Grand Central Market is a legendary food hall in Downtown Los Angeles that brings together the many traditions and flavors of the city. Now, GCM’s first cookbook puts the spotlight on unique recipes from its diverse vendors, bringing their authentic tastes to your home kitchen. From Horse Thief BBQ’s Nashville-Style Hot Fried Chicken Sando to Madcapra’s Sumac Beet Soda to Golden Road’s Crunchy Avocado Tacos, here are over 85 distinctive recipes, plus spectacular photography that shows off the food, the people, and the daily bustle and buzz. Stories about the Market’s vibrant history and interviews with its prominent customers and vendors dot the pages as well. Whether you’ve visited and want to make your favorite dishes at home, or are simply looking for a cookbook that provides a plethora of multi-national cuisine, The Grand Central Market Cookbook is sure to make your kitchen just a little bit cooler.

About The Author

Kevin West is from rural Blount County in eastern Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs, an experimental college in the White Mountains of California, and Sewanee: The University of the South. For thirteen years he was on the staff at W magazine, with postings in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, where he was West Coast editor and where he still lives. He is certified as a Master Food Preserver by the University of California Cooperative Extension.

My Thoughts

Divided into sections like breakfast, tacos, carbs, happy hour, meat and fish, veg and sweets, this book offers recipes for a wide variety of foods. The market is a haven of inspiration for both professional chefs and home cooks. If you visited the Grand Central Market every day, you still wouldn’t have time to see, hear, touch, and taste everything, but you definitely would have fun trying out everything. This cookbook allows you to experience a part of the market at home. All of the recipes in this book sound amazing and I can’t wait to try them out! This cookbook can be found on Amazon here.

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