Vintage Menus Are the Special Du Jour

The Los Angeles Public Library’s incredible menu collection goes on display June 13

There are more than 9,000 vintage menus in the Los Angeles Public Library’s massive collection, the subject of “To Live and Dine in L.A.,” a celebration kicking off on June 13. In addition to a massive exhibit at the downtown Central Library and a series of celebrity-chef panels, Angel City Press is releasing a book of highlights with analysis by USC professor and Los Angeles contributor Josh Kun. “These menus are urban texts,” he says. “You can read them the way you would an old map of the city.” Behold, a sampling of the archives to whet your appetite for history.