Synopses & Reviews
Praise for CALIFORNIA HOME COOKING "Michele Anna Jordans book is important to me because you know her enticing dishes
depend on local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. The great diversity expressed in these recipes
connects the reader with California history and food traditions in the most delightful way." (Alice Waters, co-author of Chez Panisse Cooking and author of Chez Panisse Vegetables)
"Michele Anna Jordan is one of the best food writers I know. She breathes life and personality into her recipes, giving you reasons to want to make her dishes." (John Ash, co-author of American Game Cooking and author of From the Earth to the Table) "California Home Cooking is a wonderful book that weaves together great recipes with fascinating California history and lore." (Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook, Still Life with Menu, and Vegetable Heaven)
"The great diversity expressed in these recipes connects the reader with California history and food traditions in the most delightful way." Alice Waters
In this definitive treatment of an important regional cuisine, fresh ingredients express themselves boldly and flavorfully. Rustic dishes from farmhouses and ranchos and the time-tested recipes of waves of immigrants mingle with California's light and casual contemporary fare in this book of more than 400 recipes.
"California Home Cooking is a wonderful book that weaves together great recipes with fascinating California history and lore. Michele Anna Jordan has a poetic writing style at once straightforward and sensual. She also possesses, and shares, an impressive expertise about her subject. This book will do much to clarify that California cuisine is not just a trend but a complex, multicultural fusion of some of the world's best culinary traditions. And it is here to stay." Mollie Katzen
At last! The definitive book on authentic down-home California-style cooking, for food-lovers anywhere!
In "California Home Cooking", the Golden state comes to life in tales and anecdotes and in 400 easy-to-make dishes. Michele Anna Jordan visited a multitude of home kitchens, in small towns and Chinatowns, on ranches and farms, in the barrios and the 'burbs". The result is a book full of tasty recipes for anyone who loves delectable food that's bursting with freshness and flavor. 100 illustrations.
400 Recipes that Celebrate the Abundance of Farm and Garden, Orchard and Vineyard, Land and Sea
A comprehensive and authoritative cookbook covering California cooking and California cuisine, one that unites several different cuisines: Spanish, Mexican, Asian, and Italian, and that makes use of California's year-round harvest of produce. To pull together four hundred recipes, the author combed through old and current newspapers, cooking magazines, and restaurant menus, and talked with home cooks.
About the Author
Michele Anna Jordan, a second-generation Californian who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life, has twelve years of experience as an award-winning chef and has written a multitude of cookbooks.
Currently, she writes three weekly columns for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Savuer magazine, which recently took a first place award from the Association of Food and Wine Journalists.
Jordan has held positions as restaurant critic for San Francisco Focus Magazine, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for numerous national publications, including:Cooking Light, Wine Enthusiast, Kitchen Garden, Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Asian Week, Appellation, Sky, Wine and Spirits, and the Electronic Gourmet Guide.
In addition to cooking and writing, Jordan teaches and lectures on a variety of food-related topics and is a frequent guest on radio and television around the country
Jordan lives in western Sonoma County with her two black cats, Poe and Rosemary.