Most corner markets are full of limp produce, processed meats and sweets full of high fructose corn syrup. Ugh! But in Echo Park, there’s an exquisite alternative: Cookbook LA. The unassuming storefront conceals a delightful green grocer with a daily selection of gorgeous, hyper-local, often organic produce from nearby growers and farmers markets—all in a 500-square-foot space.
Owners Robert Stelzner and Marta Teegan, a trained chef and the author of Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook’s Garden, choose the produce and curate a delightful selection of foodstuffs.
Sample grass-fed, pastured meats and sausages from Marin Sun Farms in Northern California and purchase dairy products from the much beloved organic Strauss Family Creamery and other artisanal cheese makers. Also on hand: Rancho Gordo‘s popular heirloom California-grown beans; some of the chewiest, crustiest artisanal breads and baguettes in town; Maestri Pastai; as well as serious coffee, haute chocolate bars and small batch olive oils and vinegars.
In addition, Cookbook LA lives up to its name, and each week the owners feature prepared foods based on recipes from a different cookbook. Do yourself a favor and get thee to this delectable, postage-stamp-sized haven for conscientious cooks ASAP.