Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens—it’s the year of the home cook. Need proof? Farmers’ markets have gone from hopping to slammed. Cake baking and chilli cook-offs are televised spectator sports. This summer a movie about Julie Child sold more tickets than Land of the Lost. Some of the renewed enthusiasm for the kitchen comes courtesy of Wall Street, but we also live in one of the world’s great food cities, with butcher, spice, and cheese shops offering Angelenos the highlest-quality ingredients. Want to make the hottest table in town the own in your dining room? Start with these three recipes by some of L.A.’s best chefs, then pick up the November issue on newsstands now for much more.