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The San Francisco Taste

The San Francisco Bay Area is a mecca for great food. Local, sustainable, organic dining may be a catch phrase in many cities, but here it’s the standard. You’ll find artisan chocolate, hipster coffee, the best pizza restaurant, Italian staples, dishes inspired by divas, and burritos that make grown men weep.

The following books and accessories will bring a wee bit of SFlavor into your kitchen.

Alice Waters

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious RevolutionAlice Waters is more than a chef, she’s revolutionized the dining experience by establishing the local, sustainable, organic food movement.

Unlike other superstar chefs, Waters’ recipes focus on superior products and minimal manipulation. So you can do everything her book. Just make sure you use fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients.

Thomas Keller

While Alice Waters represents simple presentations of impeccably ripe ingredients, Thomas Keller’s French LaundrBouchon Bakery Cookbooky revolutionized Napa Valley dining and made Yountville a destination. Keller’s restaurants bring high-end French dining to ingredient
s grown across the street in a private garden.

Keller’s Bouchon Bakery cookbook will teach you how to make the finest French breads and sweets. It also includes the world’s finest dog biscuits.


Tartine Cafe and Bakery CookbookBouchon’s not the only bakery making waves in the Bay Area. Tartine opens every morning to a line of hungry customers and sells out before the last one is served.

While Tartine’s bread is epic, their tarts are even fancier than those lighting up the Castro district.

This video gives you a glimpse inside the book.

Tartine Bread from 4SP Films on Vimeo.

The San Francisco Treat

Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters
Do you remember the cable car commercials and game show features for Rice-A-Roni® ? It’s the San Francisco treat! But leave it to the Kitchen Sisters to interview the family that created this iconic meal.

“Mrs. Captanian, I had a liking for her right away. So we moved in. Tommy would work until about 7 o’clock at the pasta factory and I was alone a lot,” Lois said. “I was only 18 and I was pregnant. And I had kitchen privileges. Well, I really wasn’t much of a cook. And here was this Armenian lady, probably about 70 years [old], making yogurt on the back of the stove, all day, every day. I didn’t even know what the word ‘yogurt’ meant.”

Mrs. Captanian taught Lois how to make paklava (baklava), soups and her specialty, Armenian pilaf.

“We would bring her Golden Grain vermicelli from the factory,” Lois said. “She wanted us to break it as small as rice if we could.”
Birth Of Rice-A-Roni: The Armenian-Italian Treat – NPR Radio

You can learn more about this and much more in their book.

Hipster and Artisanal

The Bay Area is also home to many small companies that are gaining recognition and rewards for their hyper-attention to quality.

Equator Coffees Bouchon Blend Dark Roasted Whole Bean Coffee
The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes

TCHO Chocolate Bar, Tcho-a-Day

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Cowgirl Creamery Cooks

At the end of the day… It’s time for a Mission-style Burrito.
Mission Burrito

Casabella does one thing with pizzazz

There are two types of gadget collectors. Some follow the Alton Brown school of kitchen gadgets that mock single use tools. Then there are others that embrace objects that do a single task, but do it with style.

Should your Juicy Salif mash potatoes and hull strawberries? Or is it ok for it to sit on your counter looking pretty; waiting for the occasional juicing? Casabella subscribes to this school of thought. They’ve got an assortment of fabulous and specialized gadgets.

Casabella Apple Corer

This bright green apple corer will help you make fast progress through a bushel of apples as you make a pie and quarts of apple butter.
Casabella Apple Corer


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There’s a microwave oven in that drawer!

Universal design leads to products that are usable by all individuals, regardless of their abilities. This is something that has been lacking in microwave ovens, which are normally placed on the counter or above an oven. This makes it difficult for people in wheelchairs, of short stature, or those without the arm strength to lift their food up into the oven. This also makes it dangerous to bring hot food down from the built-in oven.

Sharp has a line of microwaves that solve this issue. The ovens are built like drawers. The cooking space slides out effortlessly and can be placed under the counter.

Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven, Stainless

This video gives a better view of the oven. Just don’t follow this guy’s method of inserting a casserole dish, you may end up with half of it on the floor.

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How to cook with one hand tied behind your back

Sooner or later you will find yourself with out full usability of both hands.  It could be a broken arm, sprained wrist, arthritis, or even a bad cut. For some, this is a more permanent situation. Having the use of only one hand shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the kitchen. The following gadgets make it easy to open bottles, chop veggies, and be the hostest with the mostest… just minus one appendage.

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Pop o’ Pop me some Popcorn

You’ll need a lot of popcorn to create your vintage Christmas tree garlands. Luckily this Waring Popcorn maker can whip them up in no time.

Waring WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

This ain’t your grannie’s popcorn maker. It uses a halogen heater and the built in mixer arm will make sure you pop every last kernel.

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Shiny Happy Monkeys Tortured by Bananas

There’s something sadistic about this banana holder. Think of the poor monkey that has to hold up the juicy, tasty bananas with his tail while they sit just beyond his reach.

Arthur Court Monkey Banana Holder with Bowl

Like the Chinese bound feet, this may look pretty but think of the highly polished aluminum agony. Here’s how a monkey should be snacking on his nanner.