Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles

Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles

by Sarah Portnoy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442251298
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2016
Series: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy Series
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Sarah Portnoy is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California. She has been researching, teaching and publishing about Latino cuisine, culinary culture, and food policy for the past several years. She published a chapter in Global Latin America co-authored with food historian Jeffrey Pilcher, an entry on authenticity in food in The Encyclopedia of Food Issues, and an entry on Latino Cuisine in the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. You can visit her website at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Mexican Gastronomy Bug 1

1 From Tamale Wagons to California Burritos: A History of Latino Food in Los Angeles 11

2 From Border Grill to Broken Spanish: The Evolution of Latino Cuisine in Los Angeles 27

3 Lonchems and Luxe-Loncheras: The Evolution of L.A.'s Mobile Street Food 67

4 Street-Food Vendors in Los Angeles: The Epic Fight for Legalization 85

5 Where Is Trader Joe's'? Food Deserts in Latino Los Angeles 109

6 Grassroots Solutions: Improving Food Equity in Latino L.A. 123

7 Urban Agriculture and Latino Roots in Los Angeles 147

Conclusion 175

Notes 179

Bibliography 201

Index 207

About the Author 213

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