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Photo Gallery: Drowning, Not Eating; L.A.'s Tortas Ahogadas

Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold explores the tortas ahogadas of Los Angeles ("you do not nibble at a torta ahogada; you dive straight into it, trusting that you will come out alive"). Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, "Drowning, Not Eating."

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinTortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinTortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

torta ahogada at Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar

Anne Fishbeintorta ahogada at Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar

Super torta at Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinSuper torta at Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

A display of fresh strawberries used for juicing

Anne FishbeinA display of fresh strawberries used for juicing

intensely hot roasted chile pepper

Anne Fishbeinintensely hot roasted chile pepper

fried tacos barbacoa

Anne Fishbeinfried tacos barbacoa

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinTortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinTortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando

Photorealist painting on display in the dining room

Anne FishbeinPhotorealist painting on display in the dining room

Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

Anne FishbeinTortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando

Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar

Anne FishbeinTacos Los Toritos, Sylmar