Photo of sweet potato tacos from Guerrilla Tacos. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Dylan James Ho and Jeni Afuso.
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How is “a fat kid from Pico Rivera, turned DJ, turned teamster, turned fine-dining cook, turned DIY food-truck chef” changing the taco game in L.A.? Bite into Wesley Avila's new cookbook to discover more about his career, recipes, and hotly anticipated brick-and-mortar location in the works.
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