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Read Before You Eat: Hungry? Los Angeles

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Earlier this year we came across Hungry? Los Angeles, a slim little volume that gives "The lowdown on where the real people eat." Essentially the editors of the guide are concerned with quality and value in dining experiences, so their dollar-sign icons represent a more cash-conscious range of $5 and under to $15 and over. Each of the over 240 entries break down the restaurant with a quick one-liner, the vital location info, and then some valuable extras, like the dish on parking, popular and unique dishes available, seating, and any extras that might make your meal more memorable. The guide is broken down into areas and then sub-categorized by neighborhoods. The icons are fun and user-friendly, and there's even a glossary of cuisine terms in back in case you're mixing up your moussaka with your mofongo. If you, or someone on your Christmukkah shopping list, ever gets hungry, why not get Hungry? We are, however, not sure if the fact that the book has a MySpace page (and purports to be a 21-year old female), is a sign of its hipness, or just of the times.