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Micah Wexler's revelation about American food for 'To Live and Dine in L.A.'

Wexler's Deli at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles.
Wexler's Deli at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles.
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The book, "To Live and Dine in LA," showcases Los Angeles' history through food and the meals that restaurants served.

A companion exhibit at the Los Angeles Central Library also offers the chance to see menus up-close that span decades.

But the name for both is borrowed from Micah Wexler, a chef who used a play on words from a Tupac song for his own pop-up food series.

Now he runs Wexler's Deli in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market, where he brings a new spin on old-school Jewish deli food.

The menu for a gala honoring Albert Einstein at L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel in 1931. The menu is on display as part of the exhibit, "To Live and Dine in L.A." at the Los Angeles Public Library through November.

Wexler contributed to the book project by updating and reimagining a menu for the gala dinner thrown for Albert Einstein at the Ambassador Hotel in 1931.

In the process of examining old menus, he realized that American food isn't necessarily cheeseburger and fries; it's all about bringing together different cultures and traditions together, which he says is very much in the tradition of Los Angeles and its people.