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Shopper’s Diary: Cookbook in Los Angeles

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Shopper’s Diary: Cookbook in Los Angeles

June 24, 2011

Our friend Kathleen lives in the LA neighborhood of Echo Park and recently tipped us off to her local greengrocer, Cookbook. Owners Marta Teegan (she’s a trained chef, master gardener, and author of Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook’s Garden) and Robert Stelzner sell local, responsibly grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, as well as meats, poultry, cheeses, and select dry/canned goods. As the name suggests, Cookbook offers a daily selection of prepared foods from a different featured cookbook every week; some past favorites have included the Moro cookbooks, Ottolenghi, and Canal House.

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Above: The shop exterior, with produce displayed in Douglas fir boxes.

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Above: The airy interior is stripped down to the essentials so the wares take center stage.

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Above: A framed French activist message (translating to “What do you do against hunger? Struggle against imperialism.”).

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Above: Robert Stelzner and Marta Teegan, Echo Park’s local greengrocers.

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Above: The shop sells locally grown, organic flowers from the North Hollywood High School garden.

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Above: A bundle of citrus wood for grilling.

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Above: Reclaimed Douglas fir produce boxes, displayed out on the sidewalk just as one would expect from any friendly greengrocer.

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Above: In May, Cookbook added No. 2, a storefront next door that serves as a classroom for food history lectures, classes on edible gardening, still life painting, and ikebana with fruits and vegetables.

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Above: The spare interiors are adorned with Victoria Morris ceramics and Hadley Holliday artwork.

Photos via the Eastsider, Flickr, J. Ritz, LA Times, and Kathleen Whitaker.

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