The top food stories from this week at the Los Angeles Times:
A SUBURBAN MEAT PALACE
Patricia Escárcega checks out Kra Z Kai’s in Corona, likely the only Laotian-style barbecue joint in Southern California, maybe even the country.
Bill Addison considers Simone, the new restaurant from Jessica Largey, and finds as many problems as solutions.
THE JOY OF COOKBOOKS
Amy Scattergood profiles the folks behind Now Serving, the only cookbook shop in Los Angeles. Bonus coverage: a list of seven other great American cookbook shops.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PIZZA CRUSTS
Jenn Harris tells us what to do with pizza crusts — or at least what to do with them at Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood. (Dip them.)
MORE FOOD IN THE DESERT
Jenn Harris tells us what to eat at Coachella this year, where many of us go for the food as much as the music.
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