By Terri Wahl
2014 Nominee, Best Nonfiction, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association!
A MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH (PLUS DESSERT)
Theresa (Terri) Wahl, chef-owner of retro L.A. hotspot Auntie Em’s Kitchen, showcases her simple and beloved recipes for breakfast, brunch, and dessert in a cookbook that celebrates seasonal and local flavors. Drawing inspiration from her past as a punk guitarist, Wahl pairs her recipes with a playlist, sharing her belief that food tastes better when there’s music in the kitchen.
View a sample of the book here.
And listen to a great conversation between Terri and Evan Kleiman on KCRW’s Good Food.
And here’s a swell interview on Conversations with Matt Dwyer; Matt says the book is “a goddamned must-have.”
Check out this piece by Los Angeles magazine featuring the amazing bacon bread pudding.
Theresa Wahl is the chef and owner of Auntie Em’s Kitchen, a café in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. Before her culinary career began she was a singer and guitarist for the all-female punk band The Red Aunts. This gig eventually led Wahl to cater spreads for bands and their crews, and word of her talent diffused soon after. Today, her restaurant features home cooking with quality ingredients such as artisanal cheese, organic chicken and vegetables, and fine chocolates.
“Tenacious D loves Auntie Em’s. Her delicious nutrients are always energizing and indie-fresh. Where does she find those unbelievable recipes? Somewhere over the rainbow?”
—Jack Black (of the D)
“This cookbook is a gem, especially for a foodie who loves music. Beautifully photographed, the book features mouthwatering recipes from Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock, and she pairs them with a playlist. Combining the talents of her old profession as a punk rock guitarist with her newer one in the restaurant business is such a great idea! This book will fly off shelves.”
— Margot Ferris, Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach
“I’m excited to finally be able to bring Terri Wahl’s world home with me to recreate the inimitable Auntie Em’s vibe at home. I’ll throw on some ’80s English punk on the stereo (Siouxsie & the Banshees “Kaleidoscope,” perhaps), gather my friends and loved ones on my porch, and pogo around the kitchen while I cook up some of my fave cravings: Mabel’s Short Stack, the best grits and eggs this side of the Mississippi, and that amazing coconut cake.”
—Kate Schellenbach, Luscious Jackson & Beastie Boys
“I like to go to the races at Hollywood Park, but I don’t usually win with the horses, so afterward I go to Auntie Em’s and drown my sorrows in a red velvet cupcake. It never fails me.”
—Russell Mael, Sparks
“The first time I went to Auntie Em’s, I knew this was my place. I love everything about it and could eat there everyday. Of course that means I’d be eating a cupcake everyday and I just can’t have that.”
—Josh Klinghoffer, Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Anyone with an appreciation for homey and scrumptious food will love this book.”
—LA Weekly Squid Ink