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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 Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

torta ahogada at Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar; Credit: Anne Fishbein

torta ahogada at Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Super torta at Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Super torta at Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

A display of fresh strawberries used for juicing; Credit: Anne Fishbein

A display of fresh strawberries used for juicing; Credit: Anne Fishbein

intensely hot roasted chile pepper; Credit: Anne Fishbein

intensely hot roasted chile pepper; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fried tacos barbacoa; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fried tacos barbacoa; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Radillo, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Photorealist painting on display in the dining room; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Photorealist painting on display in the dining room; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales, San Fernando; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Tacos Los Toritos, Sylmar; Credit: Anne Fishbein