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[NOW IN L.A. ] FAB 5 Fresh Reads EVERYONE FROM FOODIES TO DECOR-FIENDS WILL FIND INSPIR ATION IN THESE PERFECT-FOR-SPRING NEW BOOKS. – LEJ After shooting the urban jungles of New York and Paris, photographer Bruce Davis turned his lens on L.A. to capture a vast botanical landscape rendered in stark black and white. $45, Steidl, Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 1. BUTTERED BREW Bulletproof Coffee combines organic coffee, grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil. Meredith Baird—the former creative director for raw-food magnate Matthew Kenney in L.A.—presents a bevy of inventive recipes that revolve around one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. $20, Familius, Coconut Kitchen 2. EAT SHEET CULT BEVERAGES When it comes to healthy beverages right now, you’re just as likely to find mushroom powder or buttery coffee in a cup as you are cold-pressed fruits and vegetables. Four Sigma Foods (, a group of Finnish health nuts touting the magic of mushrooms—they actually call themselves “Funguys”—have brought their superfood instant mushroom drink (from $30 per box of 20 packets, Erewhon, 7660 Beverly Blvd., L.A., to Los Angeles. Founder Tero Isokauppila recently made Venice home and is speaking for the benefits of the antioxidant-rich chaga, reishi, Cordyceps and lion’s mane mushroom powders. Nutritionists, models and athletes are going bonkers for the benefits, from acting as a sleep aid to increasing energy or making skin more radiant. Bone broth is another umami-rich cure-all and is now served as a sipping elixir at places like Belcampo Meat Co. at Grand Central Market ($3.50 per cup, 317 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.625.0304, and the fast-casual chain Asian Box ($9 per container, 445 S. Figueroa St., L.A., 213.265.7955, Made with nutrient-rich meaty bones, the broth helps with intestinal health and hydration, and is also great for skin, hair and more. When Dave Asprey opens his Bulletproof Coffee (3110 Main St., shop in Santa Monica, it will be the first location to specialize in the cultish frothy coffee drink (it’s been available at Erewhon for years and is also served at the Earthbar on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood). Asprey, a former Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur, based his Bulletproof-branded concoction—a blend of toxin-free java, melted unsalted grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil—on Tibetan yak butter tea, and it’s gained a following for aiding in weight loss and boosting energy. –Lesley Balla 30 ANGELENO APRIL 2015 L.A.-based lensman Charles Christopher’s lush photos anchor this dedication to the Italian destination, while personal anecdotes from notables such as Woody Allen—who filmed Everyone Says I Love You there—run throughout. $26, Bella Figura Publications, Dream of Venice 3. The popular fashion and travel app has collaborated with Assouline for the first in a series of three books. This one is a stylish take on the world’s best food. Look out for recs from the team behind local boutique Curve. $25, Assouline Publishing, Farfetch Curates: Food 4. East L.A.-based designer Justina Blakeney uncovers 20 boho-chic homes—complete with style guides and how-tos—in this ode to free-spirited living. $35, Stuart, Tabori & Chang, SWEET DREAMS Photographer Charles Christopher’s new book pays homage to the beautiful city of Venice. BULLETPROOF COFFEE PHOTO BY RICHARD LAUTENS; DREAM OF VENICE PHOTO BY CHARLES CHRISTOPHER The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes 5.

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