The sun was shining mightily on the LA Times Festival of Books last weekend. There were countless interviews and panels to attend, but that wasn’t the whole show. Writers signed books, vendors plied their wares, and chefs demonstrated their specialties. Oh, and some seriously creepy girls promoting “A Handmaid’s Tale” wandered the campus in sets of two, calmly intoning “Praise be” in answer to any queries.
Bill Esparza and Chef Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos) made tripas tacos for the crowd and talked up Esparza’s upcoming book, “LA Mexicano,” which will be available on July 11, 2017. On Sunday, Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, LA’s infamous underground-turned-legit restaurant, made their delicious Singaporean Chili Crab from “Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America’s Most Famous Underground Restaurant.” The cookbook, which is filled with Nguyen’s hilarious stories, is due out June 6th.