Since Crossroads kitchen opened about 3 years ago on Melrose, it has been a favorite of the vegan crowd, and celebrities, but also non-vegan eaters have embraced Chef Tal Ronnen’s creative and tasty plant based dishes.
Ronnen’s latest cookbook proves that healthy doesn’t mean throwing out the flavor and texture profile of your comfort food favorites or killing any cravings.
When you’re not at home trying to master vegan cheese, pizzas or pasta from the book, you can also enjoy more of what Chef/Co-Owner Tal Ronnen and Executive Chef Scot Jones have been whipping up for their new brunch dishes available Monday through Sunday right here in West Hollywood.
Indulge in porcini mushroom scramble, fried chicken and waffles, egg sandwiches and more that will taste so close to the real thing that you might just never turn back and eat animal proteins again. Add to this list a few bloody Mary’s or mimosas, once again proving there is no need to deprive yourself to live well.
One of our favorite modern-day culinary families behind the Asian eateries, Crustacean, and the creator of the world famous garlic noodles (everyone from George Clooney to Kim Kardashian are fans), Helene An – the executive chef of the restaurants has just released AN: TO EAT.
Yes, An actually means ‘to eat’ in Vietnamese and the cookbook not only shares delectable recipes and Helene’s Eastern culinary approach to using herbs and spices but her heroic story as well. Helene is a cooking visionary that has had an effect on the culinary landscape for decades and helped put Vietnamese cuisine on the map in the US. She is hailed as the “mother of fusion” and was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for her signature style that brings together Vietnamese, French, and California-fresh influences – making a unique cuisine that is all her own.
Now you can finally try your hand recreating some of these delicious recipes from banh mi to lemon grass roast chicken and drunken crab. It’s also a courageous story of An fleeing her life as a pampered “princess” in French colonial Vietnam during the fall of Saigon as a refugee and starting over in the US to eventually build a restaurant empire on the West coast. This book was of course another family affair, Co-Authored by her daughter Jacqueline An.