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So I just finished The Long Good-Bye, by Raymond Chandler, which I loved for its priceless assessments: "She opened her mouth like a fire-bucket and laughed. That terminated my interest in her. I couldn't hear the laugh but the hole in her face when she unzippered her teeth was all I needed." And also because it helped me go a little easier on LA. Whenever I don't feel like I'm understanding or appreciating someone or thing in my life, it always helps to take a step back and re-enter through the eyes of someone else or some other era. Disagreeing with a friend? Access his baby photos if you can. Down on yourself? Revisit some essay you wrote when you were 7.

When I wanted to connect more to the neighborhood of Brentwood, I read Blonde. When my commute took me past 1403 N. Laurel, where Fitzgerald lived, I reached for The Last Tycoon. When I wanted to love Ivar Street more, I picked up Day of the Locust and was touched to know it was once called "Lysol Alley." Obviously, cities are memorialized in film and TV all the time, and when I miss New York I'll absolutely put in something Woody Allen (those panoramic apartment shots!) or When Harry Met Sally or (my favorite) Splash. images-13.jpgBut since LA is where I live now, I stand to benefit more from investing in its lore. Why did people come here fifty years ago and what was it like? It was heartwarming to hear Philip Marlowe kvetch about the misery of 1953-era smog or how it feels to drive home after a bad gig: "I drove back to Hollywood feeling like a short length of chewed string." What about you? Which books have helped you love your city more?

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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