Get Inspiration From California's Food Scene in These Cookbooks

Plate Staff

All you have to do is walk through Gjusta in Venice to understand what California cuisine is all about. The 5,000-square-foot bakery/café is a mouth-watering, one-stop shop for bread, baklava croissants, smoked and cured fish platters, seasonal vegetable salads, porchetta sandwiches and kefir banana smoothies—not to mention baked eggs and lox hash for breakfast and chicken Parmesan for lunch. The owners of Gjelina opened the grab-and-go spot two years ago, but like their cookbook, this is the antithesis of fast food. It’s the best of Golden State bounty, quality and creativity served all in one place, like the recipes and ideas in these other books about the California food scene.

  • Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking, Jessica Koslow with Maria Zizka (Harry N. Abrams, 2016)
  • Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California, Travis Lett (Chronicle Books, 2015)
  • Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness, Joyce Goldstein (University of California Press, 2013)
  • L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played, George Geary (Santa Monica Press, 2016)
  • Finding the Flavors We Lost: From Bread to Bourbon, How Artisans Reclaimed American Food, Patric Kuh (Ecco, 2016)
  • To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City, Josh Kun (Angel City Press, 2015)

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