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Our San Francisco Store is Closing

by steve@ranchogordo.com in Misc

It’s with very mixed emotions that I have to announce the closing of our San Francisco store in the Ferry Building Marketplace. It’s been an incredible experience and I wouldn’t change a minute of it. I grew up in the Bay Area – having a shop in the landmark building was a key goal of mine as a food entrepreneur. As we made the transition from a (Click for more)

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Books I Like

A Recipe for Cooking by Cal Peternell
I expected nothing from his previous book, 12 Recipes, and it ended up being one of my favorites. In addition to the very clear instructions, there's lots of talk about preparing food that's just fascinating. I have Post-It Notes throughout, all for recipes I can't wait to try.

Mozza at Home by Nancy Silverton
If you love to entertain, I think this book is more than worthwhile. There are many great recipes but the real value for me is the help and techniques for planning and execution.

Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera
All these years later, this is still one of my favorite books on Mexican cooking. Some of the reicpes seems a little vague but I've never cooked a dud from this book.

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
I think this must be one of my very few Desert Island books. I don't think I could cook without it. At least not happily. Lot of bean ideas, too.

Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel
Lots of theory and insightful politics but most imortantly, great food, whether you're vegan or not.

 

In the Kitchen

In the spotlight

The Eternal Question: Bean Soaking. Or Not.

by steve@ranchogordo.com in In the garden

You know you’ve gone from casual cook to bean freak when you find you are interested in whether or not to soak beans. Like the amount of vermouth in a martini, nothing (Click for more)

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