Voila! Finally, the big reveal: Presenting the cover of my forthcoming cookbook, “East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries” (Figure 1 Publishing).
I couldn’t be more excited to show off details of my newest cookbook, due out on Sept. 10, which will feature 41 of the best restaurants and bakeries in the East Bay.
To whet your appetite, that’s the paella from La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley, and the lamb larb from Belcampo in Oakland’s Jack London Square prominent on the cover. The photos are all by the incredibly talented photographer Eva Kolenko.
What else will you find inside?
Photographer Eva Kolenko arranging potential images for my “East Bay Cooks” cookbook.
For most of this year, I’ve immersed myself in writing a new cookbook, “East Bay Cooks” (Figure 1 Publishing), which spotlights the diverse, progressive and talented chefs of the East Bay Area.
Writing a cookbook is a major undertaking involving a multitude of interviews, fine-tuning a heap of recipes, and conducting scores of interviews.
For so long, it’s lived mostly as text in my manuscript. But last week, it all came to vivid life when the photography on the project began.
Chef Paul Canales of Oakland’s Duende with a salmon dish ready to go before the cameras.
Chefs from all around the East Bay descended upon the incredibly equipped Rule & Level Studio in Berkeley, where they and their dishes were photographed by the incomparable Eva Kolenko.
Look for my new “East Bay Cooks” cookbook to join this group in summer 2019.
See that stack of beautiful cookbooks above? Soon to join them will be “East Bay Cooks” — by yours truly.
Yes, that’s what I’ve spent the better part of this year working on. In fact, I just finished the manuscript this month.
The cookbook, which will debut in September 2019, will feature 40 of the top restaurants, bars and bakeries in the East Bay, with their stories and recipes. The photography will be by the incredibly talented Bay Area-based Eva Kolenko.
Chocolate Mudslide Cookies by Pastry Chef Rodney Cerdan. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)
Dying for a taste of those rich, gooey, chocolatey cookies above?
You know you are.
Then, come by Omnivore Books in San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, for a taste. I’ll be signing copies of my debut cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press) with Pastry Chef Rodney Cerdan of Prospect in San Francisco and Chef Will Pacio of Spice Kit, with locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Both chefs are featured in my cookbook and will be bringing treats to the event.
The “Chocolate Mudslide Cookies” are not only full of chocolate goodness, but also bits of home-made toffee that sometimes overflow out of the cookies just like a real mudslide. And yes, the recipe is featured in the book.
After doing so many giveaways on this blog, I’d be remiss not to do one for my own new cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), wouldn’t I?
So, here’s your chance to win a copy of the book that I will autograph to you or to whomever you please.
The cookbook is a tantalizing compilation of 54 restaurants and 79 recipes from the food-centric San Francisco Bay Area.
You’ll find everything from trendy new places to landmark establishments — along with dishes that exemplify their individual spirit and unique cuisine.
Each restaurant entry is illustrated by gorgeous photos, too, by award-winning photographer Craig Lee.
I’ve been having a ball hosting cooking demos and signing events with some of the featured chefs, and look forward to many more in the new year to come.
Yours truly, flanked by chefs Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Ame and Terra restaurants. Taken just before the start of our Macy’s Union Square San Francisco event. (Photo taken by Craig Lee)
CONTEST: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a signed copy of my new cookbook. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Dec. 21. Winner will be announced Dec. 23.
How to win?