We were lucky enough to make it to the To Live and Dine in L.A. exhibit during the week. It was relatively quiet (except for the piped in restaurant/diner/cafeteria/lunch counter din) so we were able to spend time taking it all in. The exhibit has been written up numerous places online so I'll spare you the blow by blow. Just go and check it out for yourself, before it ends in November.
And read the book. I'm enjoying the book and it has pushed me to revisit half-baked/half-written/half-thought out ideas that have been laying around for years waiting for the time to polish them and post them on Hollywood Gastronomical Haunts. Life is too short to polish everything, so I'll be posting a few of "those" things over the summer.
One thing I have enjoyed about the To Live and Dine in L.A. project is the way it melds three of my favorite things: Los Angeles, the city's restaurant history, and libraries. Most importantly Los Angeles Public Library is held up as both a repository of awesome things (i.e. menus) and as an organization that is creating a dialogue about food inequality and offering places to get information. In addition to some events at the branches and Library Foundation events that 'sell out quickly,' there are links to community based food organizations in Los Angeles and great essays from Culinary Historians of Southern California president Charles Perry and Los Angeles Food Policy Council's Alexa Delwiche. It is difficult to find if you don't know what to Google but THIS IS THE WEBSITE you want if you are looking for food resources in Los Angeles.
Its only one of the many website tie-ins from both LAPL and the Library Foundation.