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We're not all geniuses in the kitchen—some of us even have a hard time making a grilled cheese or pastrami sandwich—but there have been times when we wish we could make the spaghetti from Scarpetta. Or Roy Choi's chicken satay. Or a knockout entrée from one of the best vegan restaurants in town. Well guys, you can. Some of our favorite restaurants and chefs in LA have shared their coveted recipes in beautiful, glossy cookbooks, detailing dishes that have stood the test of time. If you're looking for the perfect foodie gift, here are 13 LA cookbooks, both new and old, that almost—almost—make us want to cook at home every night.
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