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 […]

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