Six California Kitchens Cookbook Review
|Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine|
|Published:||April 5, 2022, Chronicle Books|
|No. of Pages:||352|
|Cover Price:||$35.00 Hardcover, $13.79 Kindle|
Foodies love to read about other foodies, especially when the stories and recipes come from an innovative food pioneer. Sally Schmitt is the original founder of The French Laundry, and Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine recounts the culinary life of one of the most ingenious creators of California Cuisine. This excellent cookbook is one that anyone who is interested in food will want to curl up in a corner and read cover to cover. The prose is well-written, and it will keep every reader’s interest.
The recipes cover decades of food trends, and are appealing to modern cooks because they have a history. While Schmitt’s recipes are not written in the traditional manner that is in most cookbooks today, they are easy to follow.
The photographs are both in color and black and white; they are from the past and also from the present, making it fascinating. The photos are very well done and are one of the reasons that this is such a wonderful book. Unfortunately, there aren’t photos of every recipe, which is most likely the only negative in the book. Schmitt’s personality comes through, and makes readers love her even though they may not have been introduced.
Anyone who is serious about food and likes to learn as much as possible about it will love to own this excellent cookbook. It will have a special place in my cookbook collection, and belongs on every serious cooks collection next to classic cooks like Julia Child and Marcella Hazen.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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