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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New vegetarian cookbook has its roots in Echo Park

Alex Brown (left) and Evan George/Amanda Marsalis

Former line cooks turned food bloggers Evan George and Alex Brown have now released their first cookbook that was conceived, written and photographed in Echo Park.  The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook: Salad Daze reflects the pair’s love of vegetarian and vegan fair and the irreverent, chatty style found in their Hot Knives blog. Says Mark Batty Publisher:

Paired with beer selections and soundtracks, these recipes rely on hearty tubers, root vegetables, and bushels of other ingredients readily available during the winter months. Imagine a rice bowl that echoes Primal Scream’s decadent psychedelia; mushrooms with the musty umami of early Rolling Stones; squash ice cream as sweet and tangy as Os Mutantes.

George, who moved from Echo Park to Boyle Heights, said the Salad Daze meals were created and refined in a home kitchen on Avon Street. The meals where then photographed nearby in the home and kitchen of photographer Amanda Marsalis. On Saturday, Nov. 12, George will return to Echo Park with Brown for a book signing and demonstration at Stories Books and Cafe.

What’s on the menu? Homemade NyQuil that, George said, is “one-part elixir, one-part cocktail.”



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  1. putting echo park veg on the map! way to represent!!

    disco stu don’t advertise

  2. Evan and Alex are awesome people.

  3. Is he clutching a cabbage?

  4. So great! Congrats to Alex and Evan!

  5. super rad guys- their love for what they do really shows.

  6. i hope i dont offend anyone, but that really is a ‘flamboyant’ picture of these guys.

  7. ah…… fwiw IVE BEEN to veggie venues all over the USA ,many of them quite famous. None served me a meal more enjoyable than a QPWC at a Mc Donalds

  8. Great story. I’ve enjoyed their blog and am thrilled that they have a cookbook out. Thanks for sharing the news!

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