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Brooklyn Comes To L.A.: A Book Signing with the Sussmans

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Even as native Angelenos, we have to admit that Brooklyn is pretty darn cool. But there's no way in heck we're heading over to the East Coast right now -- especially with that historic blizzard looming. Which is why we are thankful that two of the area's noted chefs, Eli and Max Sussman, are escaping Nemo and coming our way.

The brothers will be signing copies of their new cookbook, which is cheekily titled This is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life, at the Williams Sonoma in Beverly Hills on Saturday from 3 - 5 p.m. The book compiles over 75 recipes for the home cook, with comforting dishes like grilled meatball sandwiches, savory waffles and chocolate-peanut butter pie, along with restaurant classics like pulled pork and butter-poached cod. Their hipster humor is interwoven throughout. Each chapter is organized by a key occasion: Lazy Brunch, Dinner Party, Backyard Grub, Night In, Midnight Snacks, and Sweet Stuff. And there's even an accompanying playlist on iTunes.

Why do you care what these two have to say? Well, let's see. Max is the chef de cuisine at uber-cool Roberta's in Brooklyn, and Eli works as a line cook at Mile End Delicatessen, also in Brooklyn. (There's a second location in New York's NoHo.) The brothers have gotten several prestigious nods from the powers that be as of late: Max was one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 food and wine stars and a 2012 James Beard nominee for Rising Star Chef, while in 2012 Eli was named one of Zagat's 30 Under 30 and one of's top-50 food professionals. Oh, and he used to write for LAist before taking off for NYC, focusing on chef interviews and visits with them to farmers' markets.

Yeah, they're kind of a big deal.