The sights, sounds and smells at the Original Farmers Market--metal folding chairs scraping on cement; chatter from butchers at meat counters; aromas from Brazilian, Creole and Mexican food lingering in the air--have made it one of L.A.'s most beloved attractions since 1934. Now there's a new book that celebrates the market's colorful history.
In L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook: Meet Me at 3rd and Fairfax, JoAnn Cianciulli gathers recipes from perennial favorites like Magee's Kitchen (the market's first restaurant) and Monsieur Marcel, but also stories from the people behind the counters. We meet vendors like Manny and Angie Chang, who opened China Depot after the restaurant's previous owner got "discovered" by a producer and sold the business to make movies. Only-in-L.A. details like this, coupled with Karl Petzke's gorgeous photographs, help create a richly textured tribute to one of Los Angeles' great culinary destinations.
Cianciulli knows the "melting pot of food and people" better than anyone, and one of her favorite dishes is Loteria Grill's chilaquiles verdes, a breakfast staple that's served all day at Jimmy Shaw's Mexican restaurant. Click here for the recipe (pdf).