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.”