Join us on Thursday, October 1st, at 7:00pm, as we welcome Josh Kun, author of To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City, in conversation with special guest Bricia Lopez, connoisseur of Oaxacan food and partner at Guelaguetza Restaurante.
With more than 200 menus – some dating back to the nineteenth century – culled from thousands in the Menu Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, To Live and Dine in L.A. is a visual feast of a book. In his detailed history, Josh Kun riffs on what the food of a foodie city says about place and time; how some people eat big while others go hungry, and what that says about the past and now. And, of course, the menus delight: Tick Tock Tea Room, Brown Derby, Trumps, Slapsy Maxie’s, Don the Beachcomber, and scores more.
Josh Kun is an Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. His previous collaboration with L.A. Public Library was the award-winning book and exhibition Songs in the Key of Los Angeles. He is author and an editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race and America,Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, and Black and Brown: Los Angeles Beyond Conflict and Coalition.
Bricia Lopez is partner at Guelaguetza Restaurante, LA’s temple for Oaxacan cuisine. She currently serves as the active President for The Taste Of Mexico Association. She was recently invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama on immigration and economic issues. She has also spoken of young immigrant issues in front of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto. Bricia and her family were most recently granted the coveted “American Classics” recognition by the James Beard Foundation.