Six of our critic’s favorite new food books

At year’s end, with the all-consuming project — our annual guide to L.A.’s 101 best restaurants — behind me and some holiday downtime forthcoming, it’s a pleasure to turn my attention briefly from restaurants to excellent, recently published cookbooks and food-focused literature. There are many, and I’ll continue to highlight standouts in this space in the coming months. Here are six favorites that are as immersive and rousing to read as they are to cook from — ideal for last-minute gifts, or as a personal escape in these exhausting times.

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Bayrut The Cookbook: Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen

Food stylist, photographer and culinary tour guide Hisham Assaad wrote his first cookbook, a celebration and archive of the foodways of Beirut, during two catastrophic years in Lebanon: an ongoing economic and political unraveling that accelerated in

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Newsweek Names Teriyaki Madness One of America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains for 2022 | News

DENVER, Dec. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — They said we were crazy. They said our obsession with spreading the greatest Seattle-style teriyaki worldwide was pure madness — that it would never catch on like it did in Seattle. Well, the people have spoken and the results are in: Teriyaki Madness, the Seattle-style teriyaki shop franchise with over 100 units throughout North America, has officially cemented itself as one of America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains for 2022, according to Newsweek. This year’s list saw the 220 brands in 16 categories and Teriyaki Madness received five stars in the “Noodles and Ramen” category.

According to Newsweek, the awards are based on the results of a survey of more than 4,000 customers and employees of restaurant chains in the U.S. The survey, which was conducted by Newsweek and global data firm Statista, asked respondents to specify which restaurant chains they would recommend

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Meet the Petaler, San Francisco’s Cult Favorite Restaurant Florist

The day starts at 4:30 a.m. That’s when Rebeka Northway rises well before the sun to hit the market where she pursues offerings from her favorite vendors, hoping to beat the rush and benefit from the best selection. As the summer begins to retreat into fall, there’s more inventory from nearby farms, so she makes her purchases taking into consideration what goes best with what, balancing color, freshness, and smell, among other factors. By mid-morning, she’s unloading her treasures at Zuni Cafe, the iconic wedge-shaped restaurant known for its roasted chicken and seasonal California cuisine.

But Northway doesn’t deal in edible wares like dry-farmed tomatoes and delicate little gem lettuces. Under her business name the Petaler, she’s become the go-to florist for many of San Francisco’s powerhouse dining destinations, including Zuni Cafe, State Bird Provisions, Octavia, and Nopa. On a recent Tuesday, her haul includes sprawling

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TPG’s favorite restaurants in London

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There are thousands of restaurants in London, offering cuisine from every corner of the globe. Trip Advisor alone lists almost 20,000 restaurants. That’s an overwhelming selection of options.

Any “best restaurant list” is very subjective. Is it the best rated? These are likely to be the most expensive. The best food? What if you don’t care for a particular cuisine?

Instead, we want to share with you our personal favorites. The TPG U.K. team all lives in London, so we’ve had the opportunity to try out plenty of options around the city.

These are our tried and tested favorites.

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For a taste of Austria in London, Nicky Kelvin recommends this old school Austrian brasserie

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