Amazon gets to deliver you food and lists top 2015 books

Amazon introduces 1-hour delivery from local restaurants in L.A.

Amazon introduces 1-hour delivery from local restaurants in L.A.

Amazon.com said on Wednesday that Prime customers in Los Angeles will get to use the company’s one-hour service for restaurant deliveries.

The largest online retailer in North America has expanded its services in this largest Californian city to include delivery from local restaurants, including Umami Burger, Baby Blues BBQ, Wokcano, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, Feast from the East, John O’Groats Restaurant and dozens of others.

Prime members in Los Angeles can now enjoy delivery from their favorite local restaurants, as well as delivery on tens of thousands of items from Amazon and local stores such as Sprouts Farmers Market, Bristol Farms, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Erewhon Organic Grocer and 99 Ranch Market.

Using the Prime Now mobile app, Prime members in Los Angeles can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch in real time as an Amazon delivery driver travels from the restaurant to their delivery address. Food is delivered in an hour or less.

“Los Angeles is known for great local restaurants with cuisines from around world,” said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants. “We’re excited to offer Amazon Prime customers in Los Angeles a fast and convenient way to enjoy some of the city’s best restaurants without having to stand in line or brave the traffic.”

A similar service was offered in Amazon’s home turf, Seattle, earlier this year.

Amazon also unveiled the best books of 2015, heralding Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies as the Best Book of the Year. Here’s the complete list:

1.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: An unusual, fascinating and intricate look at how two people can be married for years and still know so little about each other.

2.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A fiercely intelligent book about race in America, told by a father to his teenaged son.

3.

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt: The inspiring true story of how one transgendered child began to change the world.

4.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Addictive and harrowing, this Young Adult novel is about political power, crippling deceit, and, ultimately, hope.

5.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Two French sisters cope very differently with WWII in this compulsively readable novel.

6.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough: This is classic McCullough: a complete, erudite and engagingly human story about the early days of aviation and the all-American boys who pioneered it.

7.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald: A brilliant memoir about the unusual, personal way one woman dealt with the loss of her father.

8.

Purity by Jonathan Franzen: A big fat novel about disaffected youth, the Internet and journalism. Oh, and love and family, too.

9.

Hold Still by Sally Mann: In her memoir, the award-winning and controversial photographer Sally Mann uses words to create pictures of her life.

10.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: A wildly popular thriller about all the bad things that can happen when you step into other people’s lives.