Synopses & Reviews
In , a book customers have been anticipating for years, chef and owner Judy Rodgers provides recipes for Zuni's most well-known dishes, ranging from the Zuni Roast Chicken to the Espresso Granita. But Zuni's appeal goes beyond recipes. Harold McGee concludes, "What makes a real treasure is the voice of Zuni's Judy Rodgers," whose book "repeatedly sheds a fresh and revealing light on ingredients and dishes, and even on the nature of cooking itself." Deborah Madison () says the introduction alone "should be required reading for every person who might cook something someday."
"I am always inspired eating at Zuni Café. Judy Rodgers cooks with an artist's palette; a very special taste that transforms impeccably pure and beautiful ingredients into her own wonderful combinations of flavor and texture. Although her recipes are straightforward and traditional, each one is unique." Alice Waters, author of Chez Panisse Fruit
"Rodgers, chef-owner of the Zuni Café, cooks like a dream and writes like one, too....Unlike many chefs who style themselves as creative forces, Rodgers has a deep sense of how, as she puts it, 'the simplest dish can recall a community of ideas and people.' Rodgers's cookbook embodies that ideal beautifully." Publishers Weekly
For twenty-four years, in an odd and intimate warren of rooms, San Franciscans of every variety have come to the Zuni Café with high expectations and have rarely left disappointed.
About the Author
Judy Rodgers (1956--2013) was chef and owner of the Zuni Café in San Francisco.Gerald Asher is a lifelong devotee to wine. Wine editor of Gourmet for 30 years, he has been honored for his writing and work in the international wine trade. He holds the Order of the Mérite Agricole from the French government and is an inductee of California's Vintners' Hall of Fame.