Celebrate with Recipes and Tales of Hollywood’s Golden Age with L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants
The beautiful and famous love to see and be seen during awards season. Some of L.A.’s famous restaurants served as the backdrop for spectacular Oscar parties and hang outs. Bob Hope routinely went to C.C. Brown’s for a hot fudge sundae after hosting the Academy Awards. Before Spago many celebrities headed to Chasen’s, Romanoff’s, Trader Vic’s, Ciro’s and The Coconut Grove to celebrate.
From Trader Vic’s to Perino’s, there are stories to tell and food to talk about. Best-selling cookbook author and chef, George Geary, takes readers on a journey to where the rich and famous ate in the golden age of Hollywood in his new book, L.A.’S LEGENDARY RESTAURANTS (Santa Monica Press/October 2016), an illustrated history Los Angeles’ landmark eateries. The book features over 100 celebrity favorite recipes, from classic eateries such as the Musso & Frank Grill, The Brown Derby, The Zebra Room, and The Florentine Gardens, to name only a few.
Geary gives us an insider’s tour of Hollywood through its restaurants, sprinkling in fun facts and trivia such as where a table was sawed off to accommodate a pregnant Lana Turner, to the soda fountain where composer Harold Arlen wrote “Over the Rainbow” for The Wizard of Oz.
Some of the restaurants Geary has featured include: Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakery, Formosa Café, Tick Tock Tea Room, Miceli’s, Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel, Cyrano, Chez Jay, Hamptons, L’Orangerie, Tam O’Shanter Inn, Bullock’s Wilshire Tea Room, Zebra Room at the Town House of Lafayette Park, Don the Beachcomber, Cock ‘n Bull, Hollywood Palladium, Scandia, La Scala, Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton, Dan Tana’s, Le Dome, and many more.
About the Author
George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, Geary is a Certified Culinary Professional and was recently named Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes used on The Golden Girls television series and other top-rated television shows. George has worked as a casting judge and critic for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular cooking shows. He also teaches popular cooking classes aboard Holland America Line’s cruise ships as well as cooking schools across the country. George is the author of nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. George is a regular on San Diego Living on the CW Network. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
This book is a fun read incorporate some of the most famous meals of a legendary time in the L.A. Restaurant scene.
Want to make the famous Trader Vic’s Crab Crepes Bengal? Find the recipe here. .
The book is available in book stores and on Amazon and BN.com. Recipe from L.A.’ Legendary Restaurants by George Geary/Santa Monica Press; 2016.