Author, Natalie Coughlin nurtures several passions, food being one of them. Raising her own vegetables, fruit trees and chickens in her San Francisco Bay Area backyard has given her access, like so many others living in Mediterranean climates access to a diversity of fresh ingredients. She has brought her passion to a number of food focused Television shows including the Food Network's Chopped and was a judge on Food Network's Iron Chef … [Read more...]
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This mouth watering culinary tome written by long time Napa Valley Silver Oak Winery chef Dominic Orsini (with a forward by chef Charlie Palmer) features a treasure trove of recipes that anyone with a culinary interest in preparing creatively inspired dishes made from fresh ingredients will want to get their hands on. Just thumbing through the recipes - each one with a 'tasty' photograph will leave you salivating, regardless of whether you are … [Read more...]
This is a story of family, food and great conversation, complemented with recipes that have been handed down from the generations by the author's immediate family or their friends. Connecting memories to these recipes Kim and Nick take turns sharing individual stories. As we read through each story, we can vividly hear Kim and Nick speaking (authors note: we personally know both Kim and Nick); their passion for food, family and friends is as real … [Read more...]
Author Pascal Baudar is a professional forager. But he is much more then this - he has spent the past 15+ years researching and investigating pretty much anything that grows or is found in the wild (native and non native plants) in Southern California that one can eat, or use in in food. His vast array of plant knowledge and their uses is truly remarkable (we have joined him on one of his private foraging sessions, highly recommended by the way … [Read more...]
The World's Best Street Food by Tom Parker Bowles Ever wondered how you could get hold of a recipe for your favorite dessert street food that perhaps you sampled at some random market in New Delhi? Or perhaps that Ceviche you enjoyed on the streets of Lima Peru? This book contains 100 recipes written by food writers located around the world. The foods are simply organized into two sections in this book; savory and sweet. Recipes are not … [Read more...]
Crazy Sista Cooking by Lucy Anne Buffet This is a collection of Lucy's favorite recipes sprinkled with her "food philosophy" and stories about how the recipe was created. Lucy is Jimmy Buffet's younger sister; the Buffets grew up with food, music and hospitality in their blood. Lucy has operated Lulu's Buffet Restaurant in Gulf Shores Alabama since 1999. From how to knead the dough, salads, specialty drinks, to southern cuisine this book … [Read more...]
Extreme Cuisine by Eddie Lin Ever wonder about all these "weird" looking delicacies you see at random locations on your foreign travelers? Ever wonder about trying them? If so, check out "Extreme Cuisine", the new book from Lonely Planet that features "exotic tastes from around the world". Some cuisines which are taboo in one culture are accepted in another. These are the types of food that author Eddie Lin seeks out and has highlighted in … [Read more...]
Fruit & Nuts by Susanna Lyle This is a fabulous 475+ page full color book with excellent detailed descriptions about each of the highlighted fruits and nuts. There are accompanying photos for each item. Several of our own photographs are even included! This book is extensive and thorough in its descriptions; it is a must have for anyone interested in temperate and subtropical fruit and nut plants. Over 300 species are presented. … [Read more...]
660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer When one person has compiled 660 curry recipes as indicated in the title of this book, that person has conducted years of research. This person is Raghavan Iyer, a native of India who is a former chef with a degree in hotel & restaurant management. In depth sections on the components of curries, follows with 9 different curry chapters, finishing with a chapter about curry accompaniments dishes. This is a must … [Read more...]
Beyond the Great Wall by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid A must have table book for anyone interested in Asian cuisine especially in China. 376 pages of recipes and insights into Chinese foods. This is not merely a cookbook - accompanying cultural and historical information with some background behind specific recipes is given. Mouth watering photos are included with many of the recipes. Both authors have been traveling to China for more than … [Read more...]