Eat Cook LA

Eat. Cook. L.A. with Aleksandra Crapanzano and Amanda Hesser

Friday June 7, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


Grants entry for 1 plus $10 voucher towards any purchase at our bookstore.

Join us as we celebrate the food of Los Angeles! Our cafe will offer one of the signature cocktails from the book to help us get in the mood.

EAT. COOK. LA is an intimate culinary portrait of Los Angeles—a city with a complex food history and an international sensibility—with 100 recipes from its restaurants, juice bars, coffee shops, cocktail lounges, food trucks, and hole-in-the-wall gems. 

Once considered a culinary wasteland, Los Angeles is now one of the most exciting food cities in the world. Like the city itself, the food of Los Angeles is utterly its own, an amalgam of international influence, disposable income, glamour, competition, immigrant vitality, health consciousness, purity, and beach-loving, laid back, hip, unrestrained creativity. With 100 recipes pulled from the city’s best restaurants but retooled for the home cook—like Charred Cucumber Gazpacho, Roast Chicken with Spicy Harissa, Vietnamese Coffee Pudding, and Thai Basil Margarita—EAT. COOK. L.A. is a culinary roadmap and a sophisticated insider’s look at Los Angeles’s rich culinary culture.

Aleksandra Crapanzano is a screenwriter, food writer and consultant in the food-investment space. A recipient of The M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing from The James Beard Foundation, she has been widely published in The New York Times Magazine, Food & Wine, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, Elle, Departures and the Wall Street Journal, where for the last 8 years she’s been a food columnist. Her essays have been anthologized, most notably in Best American Food Writing, and she is the author of The London Cookbook. In her books, she explores cities that are undergoing culinary transformations, looking at the who, how, why and where of it all – and, of course, collecting the best recipes. Her next book will be about Paris, where she spent a chunk of her childhood. Aleksandra is currently writing a scripted TV series set in the food world. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the novelist John Burnham Schwartz, and their son, Garrick.


Amanda Hesser is the Co-Founder and CEO of Food52. Before she and Merrill Stubbs started Food52, Amanda cooked in Europe and got her first "real job" as a Feature Writer and Food Editor at The New York Times. She wrote Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection, Eat, Memory. Her last book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, was a Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard Award. But the best part of this book project was getting to meet Merrill, who she's now been working with for 10 years! Amanda has been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet, played herself in the Nora Ephron film, Julie & Julia, created the Twitter app Plodt, and was recently appointed by President Obama to the Commission on White House Fellowships. Amanda lives in Brooklyn (not the cool part) with her husband and 11-year-old twins.