Synopses & Reviews
Theresa Wahl, chef-owner of L.A. retro-hip 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. Rich with photography by David Kiang, The Auntie Em's Cookbook takes American comfort food into the modern era with a relaxed style and a commitment to deep flavor.
Theresa Wahl is the chef and owner of Auntie Em's Kitchen, a cafand#233; and catering business in L.A.'s Eagle Rock neighborhood. In the 1990s, she was a singer and guitarist for the Red Aunts, an all-female punk band that toured the United States and Europe for a decade. Her travels inspired a love of hearty American home cooking, and when she retired from performing, she started catering gigs for bands and their crews. This led to the 2002 opening of her cafand#233;, where she quickly developed a following for her comfort food and baked goods with a punk-rock edge. Wahl lives in Los Angeles, California, with two dogs and several chickens.
"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?and#8221;
and#151;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 Emand#8217;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."
and#151; Margot Ferris, Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach
and#147;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 and#8217;80s English punk on the stereo (Siouxsie and 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.and#8221;
and#151;Kate Schellenbach, Luscious Jackson and Beastie Boys
and#147;I like to go to the races at Hollywood Park, but I donand#8217;t usually win with the horses, so afterward I go to Auntie Emand#8217;s and drown my sorrows in a red velvet cupcake. It never fails me.and#8221;
and#151;Russell Mael, Sparks
and#147;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.and#8221;
and#151;Josh Klinghoffer, Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Anyone with an appreciation for homey and scrumptious food will love this book.and#8221;
and#151;LA Weekly Squid Ink
Punk musician turned restaurant-owner Theresa Wahl shares her love for seasonal comfort food in these musically-inspired breakfast and brunch recipes.
About the Author
Theresa Wahl is the chef and owner of retro-hip hotspot Auntie Emand#8217;s Kitchen in L.A.'s Eagle Rock neighborhood. In the 1990s, Terri was a singer and guitarist for the Red Aunts, an all-female punk band that toured the U.S. for a decade. Her travels inspired a love of hearty American home cooking, and when she retired from performing she started catering gigs for bands and their crews. This led to the 2002 opening of Auntie Em's Kitchen, where she quickly developed a following for her baked goods and comfort food with a punk-rock edge. Wahl lives in Eagle Rock with her two dogs and several chickens.