Synopses & Reviews
San Francisco is world-renowned for its chefs and restaurants, and the acclaimed food section of the San Francisco Chronicle is widely acknowledged to be one of the best food sections in the country. Regular contributors include some of the finest chefs and food writers anywhere, among them Joyce Goldstein, Flo Braker, Alice Waters, Jeremiah Tower, Marlena Spieler, Janet Fletcher, and Georgeanne Brennan. Michael Bauer, the food editor of the Chronicle, has assembled here a definitive collection of recipes that represent the best of California cuisine simple and stylish, with an appreciation for ethnic flavorings and a commitment to fresh ingredients. Including 325 recipes, for soups, salads, appetizers, meat and vegetable entrees, condiments and relishes, as well as desserts, this inspiring new cookbook is sure to take its place with The New York Times Cookbook as an indispensable and beloved classic
"With over 300 ethnically influenced, well-constructed recipes from the agricultural and culinary Eden of Northern California, this cookbook delivers great fun and at a bargain. Culled by food editor Bauer and staffer Irwin from the 13,000 or so recipes published in the San Francisco Chronicle over the last 10 years, this selection is aimed directly at adventurous home cooks eager to try out new flavors." Publishers Weekly
"The best of what can be had in the San Francisco melting pot is available here for the eclectic palate of the discriminating gourmet....The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook covers the whole gamut of the ethnic potpourri that is American cuisine." Jacques Pépin
"My gratitude to Michael Bauer, Fran Irwin and to The Chronicle for gathering together so many fine recipes from so many of my favorite cooks. This is a book that makes it clear why we're so lucky to live here in the Bay Area, where the quality and abundance of fresh, local ingredients both inspire recipes like these and also put them within the grasp of home cooks and professionals alike." Alice Waters
San Francisco Chronicle food editor Michael Bauer and Chronicle copy editor Fran Irwin combed through ten years of the newspaper's weekly food section and compiled 350 of its finest recipes for The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook. The recipes represent the diversity and innovation of Northern California cooking by such Bay Area culinary heavyweights as Paul Bertolli of Oliveto and Nancy Oakes of Boulevard.
Choosing the best recipes ever published in the San Francisco Chronicle's weekly food section must be like selecting jewelry at Tiffany's: It's difficult to make many mistakes. For this cookbook, the editors draw on some of San Francisco's reigning restaurant chefs and numerous proficient, local food writers.
Experts on the cuisines of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas contribued recipes that attest to a multicultural San Francisco, where walking a few city blocks can mean traveling thousands of culinary miles. I tested more than a quarter of the 350 dishes printed and found almost all of those worth making again and again. Many are quick and simple, but most require at least an hour in the kitchen and some cooking know-how.
I only wish this cookbook had photographs, because choosing the best recipes without visual clues is like shoping at Tiffany's in the dark.
These 325 recipes reflect the finest cooking in Northern California, collected by the San Francisco Chronicle's
food section, the most innovative in America. Praise from Marion Cunningham
Choosing the best recipes ever published in the San Francisco Chronicle's weekly food section must be like selecting jewelry at Tiffany's: It's difficult to make many mistakes. Appelation
Two food editors of the "San Francisco Chronicle" continue their celebration of Bay Area cuisine in this second volume that contains 375 new recipes submitted by their fellow respected food writers, offers busy cooks tips designed to get the most flavor from a dish with the least effort. 100 color illustrations.
About the Author
Michael Bauer has been a food journalist for more than 15 years and has been the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle food section for 10 years.
Fran Irwin has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1977 and is an editor in the food section.