Los Angeles' Grand Central Market Releases Cookbook to Celebrate Centennial

The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los

Photos Credit: Jill Weinlein

The historic Grand Central Market (GCM) in Los Angeles is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. One of the ways this iconic dining destination is memorializing their centennial is by unveiling a new cookbook—The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles. This cookbook is a collaboration by owner Adele Yellin, creative director of GCM Kevin West and over 40 vendors at the market.

This “culinary quilt” reveals some of the vendors secret recipes from Horse Theif BBQ with their pork belly and apple fennel slaw, Madcapra's Sumac-Beet soda, Mark Peel's warm albacore salad from Prawn, Olio's apple focaccia, McConnell's cinnamon ice cream and EggSlut's coddled eggs.

The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downt

The cookbook is divided into different sections starting with breakfast dishes and ending with desserts and sweet treats. It's a group collaboration, focusing on the uplifting spirit of the dynamic market. “Sticky Rice was once a stand at the Altadena Farmers Market, and EggSlut was once just a food truck,” said West. “A lot of amazing businesses got their start at the Grand Central Market and have now expanded to other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downt

Talking to Fernando Villagomez, the owner of Villa Moreliana and La Tostaderia, I learned he is one of the many success stories at GCM. Fernando grew up at Grand Central Market opening his first stall in 2008. "All I knew how to make were really good carnitas," said Fernando. The recipe of his carnitas is on page 89 of the cookbook. Fernando's slow-cooked pork is prepared Michoacan, Mexico style. "The market supported and guided me as I went back to culinary school. Now I am expanding my restaurants in La Jolla and on Abbott Kinney Blvd."

The GCM Cookbook is an anthology of 80 recipes with nearly 160 photographs by Johnny Autry of the food, people, and the neon signs that bring the experience to life.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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