With A Measure of Grace

I was recently given a book out of the blue, and very unexpected.  Some friends were in Utah exploring Bryce Canyon and Utah’s Red Rock Wilderness.  Being foodies, they heard about a small restaurant in the very small town of Boulder and had to make the trip.  The journey is intriguing because to get to […]

Tapas, A Taste of Spain in America

Tapas, and Spanish foods in general are filled with aromas, flavors and marvelously fresh ingredients.  I first got hooked while living in Chicago where a plethora of ethnic food restaurants are available.  After traveling in Catalonia and the Basque last year, I discovered José Andrés.  Currently cooking a variety from my latest cookbook. Has anyone […]

Comfort Me With Apples

I just so happened to be reading this book, which is her second memoir, when I learned about Ruth Reichl coming to Sacramento.  Although not able to attend the event, I heard it was striking, as is this book.  I reveled in Mrs. Reichl’s free spirit and expressiveness.  For laughs, surprises, travels, vivid food descriptions […]

The Jewish Julie and Julia?

If you haven’t seen the movie “Julie and Julia” by now, or read the book, then just know that it’s the story of a love affair with a cookbook. Many of us have them: a little crush here, a major obsession there. But how many times have you actually cooked even half of the recipes […]

Coconut Tapioca with Mint Syrup

Local authors Dina Guillen and Michelle Lowrey–authors of The Plank Grilling Cookbook–have just written a new book with perfect timing. Cooking Club: Great Ideas and Delicious Recipes for Fabulous Get-Togethers was released just in time for the outdoor eating season. The Folsom residents write about their years of fun as members of a dining club–a […]

In the Soup with SN&R

This week’s Sacramento News & Review features our own Lynn Gowdy on her favorite soups and stews for the season. Check it out!

Cooking with Diana Kennedy

Last Thursday, I got the opportunity to assist cookbook author Diana Kennedy with a presentation for her re-released cookbook The Art of Mexican Cooking It was originally published in 1989, but this new version is slightly redesigned to give more prominence to the area of Mexico from which each recipe comes. Diana demonstrated three recipes […]

From 10W-30 to Extra Virgin

In case you missed it, there was a really interesting article in the Bee the other day about the number of restaurants in Sacramento that used to be auto shops or car showrooms. They range from Zocalo to Suzie Burger (pictured above). What with the price of gas these days, we might just see more […]

Looking for a Farmer’s Market?

Got a sudden jones for Bing cherries or local peaches? The Sacramento Bee Web site has a great new interactive guide to area farmer’s markets. It lists markets by day of the week, with maps, hours, and months of the year that they’re open (for instance, the Cesar Chavez market just opened earlier this month […]

New Edible Issue Whets the Appetite

The latest issue of Edible Sacramento has just hit the streets. I wrote back in March about Raphael Garden Biodynamic farm at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. I go into more depth about what exactly constitutes Biodynamic farming in this issue of Edible. Did you know that a lot of California and French […]

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