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David Aragon

David lives in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles and works in the nearby Pico-Union area. He is a law librarian for a firm specializing in bankruptcy law. David previously worked for the Los Angeles Community College District and Los Angeles and Inglewood Public Libraries as a reference librarian.

Cooking with garlic, chilies, ginger, the freshest Pacific fish and local produce are some of Davidís obsessions.

Working his way through Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA in some of the finest kitchens in Los Angeles provided him with a foundation to appreciate wonderful food. As a line cook at DC3, Pascal, Landís End and Ocean Avenue Seafood, David was able to hone his cooking skills and expand his knowledge and technique. Now, instead of cooking commercially, David cooks extensively for family and friends.

David was inspired by the reviews of his local food hero, Jonathan Gold, as a teenager. Goldís writing encouraged David to follow his passion for great food. The journey has taken him throughout Mexico, France, Italy and Peru and into some of the finest kitchens in the great, great City of the Angels.

You can easily find David somewhere in Koreatown, when he is not working at the law firm. Heíll be eating fermented, garlic laden kimchi, or pork neck and potato stew with a bottle of soju in his hand. There are more Korean restaurants in Los Angeles than anywhere outside of Seoul and David is determined to try as many of them as possible. In addition, he believes the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, is one of the great culinary destinations in the world at the present time and loves Yunan style Chinese food, and Taiwanese dumplings that can be found there.

David earned his Bachelorís Degree in history at Cal Poly Pomona and his M.L.I.S. at UCLA in 1995. He is married to Karina Arizaga Aragon, who is a fine artist and art historian and has an adult daughter.