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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Claire Thomas knows her food. She's the host of the nationally syndicated show Food For Thought with Claire Thomas, which airs on ABC on Saturday mornings and she's in the process of working on her first cookbook with Simon & Schuster, set to publish late next year. All this, and more, can be found on her blog The Kitchy Kitchen, and yes, we'll admit it, we're obsessed with it. She pointed us to her favorite spot in Pasadena that enables her cookbook-collecting habit.
"A few Christmas's ago my dad and brother gave me a stack—a STACK—of vintage cookbooks and kickstarted something that has become a recent obsession. Old-school techniques, obscure ingredients and references to victory gardens made these vintage cookbooks feel more like paper time machines than a book on a shelf; and the best place to load up is Cookbooks By Janet Jarvits in Pasadena. Dusty and packed to the rafter with books, Janet will help you find whatever you're looking for—whether it's 1930s American regional cuisine, a cocktail book from the 19th century or the Betty Crocker cookbook your mom used to own. It's the perfect place to hunt for an obscure book or just browse the shelves."
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· The Kitchy Kitchen [Official Site]
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