Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Cookbook Review: The Grand Central Market Cookbook by Adele Yellin and Kevin West
The very first thing to say about this cookbook is that the cover is absolutely amazing. You can't tell from photos, but this dust jacket-free book is not only printed with the design of 50s oil cloth; it's actually got the rough yet glossy texture of oil cloth. It's such a cool touch. The design of this book overall is excellent. It's colorful, with cool fonts, and then are lots of photos. There is also an excellent range of recipes from the various vendors at the Market, including both the newer hipster vendors and the more long-established old-school vendors. This is also not the stereotype of California food that people who know nothing about California have: the food is, yes, made of whole, fresh foods, but the recipes are by no means all vegan (or vegetarian), or healthy. There's Eggslut's famous The Slut (coddled eggs with potato puree), Market Recipe's Coconut Cream Doughnuts, Golden Road Brewing Vegan Crunchy Avocado Tacos with Corn Salsa and Chipotle "Mayo," Sticky Rice II's Drunken Noodles, Ramen Hood's Soy-Chile-Glazed Broccoli, Golden Road Brewing Artichoke Hot "Wings", and Valerie Confections Bakery & Café's Salted Caramel Bread Pudding. This is a great souvenir for those who love LA, both old-school and hipster, and it also has some yummy recipes.
(I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)