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PETE TITTL: Holy mole! El Puesto a great addition to dining scene

This summer we lost one of the most revered food writers of recent decades in Diana Kennedy. She was the Brit who wrote the influential book "The Essential Cuisines of Mexico" that argued this cuisine was underrated when compared to Chinese, French and Italian, that the regional variations were rich and diverse and worthy of honor.

Of course, not everyone is a fan. L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano was critical of her for dismissing all U.S. versions of Mexican food, saying that most kitchens in East L.A. can match what she found in her adopted country of Mexico. And I do see his point in that, given what we've sampled in our travels north of the border.

Pete Tittl's Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at or follow him on Twitter: @pftittl.