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L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People & Places

Sunday, September 17, 2 pm, Downtown Central Library Auditorium

The celebration of Mexican cooking that food lovers have been waiting for!

Richly photographed and authentically local, L.A. Mexicano showcases L.A.’s famously rich and complex Mexican-food culture, including recipes, profiles of chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, and vendors, and neighborhood guides. Part cookbook, part food journalism, and part love song to Los Angeles, it's the definitive resource for home cooks nationwide, hungry Angelenos, and food-loving visitors. Features a foreword by Taco USA's Gustavo Arellano and more than 100 photos by Staci Valentine.

Bill Esparza is recent winner of a James Beard award for his coverage of the L.A. taco scene in Los Angeles Magazine. Considered one of the country's leading experts on Mexican food, the L.A. native curates the annual Tacolandia festival in Los Angeles; writes about Mexican food for Los Angeles Magazine and others; appears regularly on CNN, KCRW's radio show Good Food; and appears on such television shows as I'll Have What Phil's Having, Bizarre Foods, and Top Chef. A noted saxophone player, Esparza has traveled and eaten extensively throughout Mexico, Latin America, and, of course, Southern California.

"The pages here not only tell stories and recipes, but capture a moment in time before it disappears: an era in which the pioneers of a "new" style of Mexican food from the last couple of decades are still cooking while newcomers are already creating the next evolution of Mexican food. Far too much history has left us already, and L.A. Mexicano is arriving on the scene at the perfect time." --From the Foreword by Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA and Ask A Mexican.


Copies of L.A. Mexicano will be on sale (cash, check, credit card). Please use to RSVP for the event and help the Friends of the Library determine the number of books to bring for sales and autographs. Search: Bill Esparza Friends of the Library

Visitors to Downtown Central Library receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard Street at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the service desk. Handicapped parking is available on the east side of the building. Short term parking spaces are available on the east and south sides of the building. Metered parking is available on Harvard Street and on the west side of the building in Lot #10.

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