Flourless chocolate cake from Old Towne Danville Bakery. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Remember when you were a kid, and beamed with pride and happiness the first time you donned a snazzy new pair of red cowboy boots?
That’s how I feel about my newest cookbook,
“East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries” (Figure 1), which debuts this week. Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people, it turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Just get a load of the images here from the book, all of them shot by the incredibly talented Bay Area photographer Eva Kolenko.
Chorizo sourdough toast from Sabio on Main in Pleasanton. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Whether you’re a Bay Area native or not, this book will have you enthralled with the East Bay, the most populous region in the Bay Area. It spotlights 41 restaurants and bakeries, some brand new, and others that have endured for decades — no easy feat in this challenging and competitive market.
Drum roll please: In just about a month, my new cookbook, “East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries” (Figure 1), will debut.
The book is a salute to 41 top establishments in the East Bay, with a spotlight on their intriguing stories and delectable recipes. I hope you’ll join me in the celebration of this cool new cookbook at one of the many fun events planned, including signings, lunches, dinners, and a whole lot more.
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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.