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In Lucky Peach’s first-ever destination issue, we explore the people, places, and foods that make Los Angeles one of the best places to eat in the world.
There are profiles of the personalities who have shaped the past, present, and future of LA dining: Nancy Silverton, the founder of La Brea Bakery who now runs the Mozza empire; Jazz Singsanong and Tui Sungkamee, the proprietors of Jitlada, a mind-meltingly great restaurant in a strip-mall restaurant in Thai Town; and Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and Ludo Lefebvre, who are building a modern-day Los Angeles restaurant dynasty. Lucas Peterson explores the challenges street vendors face through the story of Caridad Vasquez, the last vendor left on Breed Street; Zan Romanoff checks in with Ron Finley, a self-described “urban gangsta gardener.”
Of course, there is plenty of food, and where to go to eat it: Walter Green taste-tests his way through the healthy-eating world of shakes and juices; Gillian Ferguson hand picks where to shop at the Santa Monica farmers’ market; Ed Ruscha and Eve Babitz concur on where to eat steak. And for those of us far from the sunny streets of LA, we have recipes from Seongbuk-dong, Guelaguetza, Guerrilla Tacos, Mian, and more, to bring the best of the city into your own home.
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