The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Restaurant: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Restaurant is on sale today for $1.99.
This was an absolutely formative cookbook for me. I read it cover to cover, learned so much from it, made some of the recipes (the baked artichokes) repeatedly, and was so, so pained to give it up when I moved into the camper. I had to close my eyes to drop it into the library donation box. Actually, I think I rescued it the first time, then closed my eyes the second time. But it’s an absolute bargain for $1.99. I’ve been trying not to buy cookbooks, but I didn’t even pause before hitting click.
I picked up a copy. I’ll let you know what I con from it.
It is much better to actually read it, like it’s a book, than to just browse through the recipes. All the learning is in the prologues and in-between bits.
Carol Scheffler said:
I want to read more of your stories, your blog is great. We are the same age and single, I learn how to survive this through other women. The getting older,empty nest, and being single. I haven’t adjusted really. So to hear your days makes it seem well that I’m not alone as well as get ideas . So thank you
Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! The combo of empty nest & being single can be lonely and feel isolating, but I’m definitely loving the freedom to take care of myself first now. I hope you can enjoy the same sense of freedom!
Kyla Bendt said:
I got a copy too and the intro was enough to inspire me to do a bit of cooking yesterday.
My food itself turned out to be a disappointment. Somehow the cashier at the store didn’t get my basil in the bag despite the fact that it showed up on my receipt. I tried to convince myself that tomato-mozzarella-basil salad would be OK without the basil, but really it wasn’t. Then I made this sesame steak & bell pepper stir fry that despite looking amazing was bland and a total let down. But, I had fun making the stuff and feel kind of inspired to cook some more.
If I’m in the right mindset, I really enjoy cooking (other times, it just feels like such a chore). Maybe that mindset is something that one can cultivate though.
Anyway, thanks for the recommendation on the cookbook!
I’m glad you liked it! I think that cooking definitely has times when it feels like a chore, no matter what. Anything that you have to do every day, sometimes three times a day, is going to feel like that. But the more I’ve learned about cooking, the more fun it has become. Mostly because I’ve gotten a lot more open to experimenting when something isn’t turning out the way I want it to, I expect. I hope the same is true for you, and I’m glad you got the book. I loved that cookbook!