9 Cookbook Recommendations from a Little Corner of Paradise
Sylvia Lopez Georis lives and breathes food, wine, and ambrosial produce. Co-owner with her husband, Walter, of the Corkscrew Café, and Georis Vineyards and Winery, in Carmel Valley, California, a little corner of paradise, she has done her share of gardening, cooking, examining recipes and researching food—most lately in Mexico. When her sons were in school, she helped develop a culinary teaching program at their lower and middle schools in partnership with Alice Waters of the iconic Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. She was an inspiration to her family to understand delicious and healthy food by cooking daily for their family dinners. One of her sons is now on his way to becoming an exceptional chef himself. In the holiday spirit, Sylvia recommended some of her favorite cookbooks here for Bookwitty readers who might be searching for gifts:
Just let me start by saying this owner/ co-founder has one of the best bakeries on the West Coast, and it happens to be in San Francisco. This cookbook is filled with down to earth recipes that are healthy, fresh, delicious and easy to follow for the home cook.
There's Sara Forte's the Sprouted Kitchen, Bowl + Spoon with photographs by her husband, Hugh.
I’m a sucker for food in bowls!
I have followed Sara's blog for a while and have tried many recipes. Her focus is on fresh vegetables and whole grains. Nothing wrong with that! When you're making your New Year's resolutions and want to cook healthily, this is the cookbook for you.
Then there's It's All Easy, by
I know, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow! But she has some very tasty and solid recipes in this cookbook. It's super easy for the busy cook.
If you're in a hurry, though, this is not the book for you. But if you want to take your cooking to the next level and impress guests at your next dinner party, this is the one!
When you're wondering what to make for dinner and want to put something on the table quickly, Melissa Clark's Dinner, Changing the Game is my go to. It's fun, and includes delicious, nutritious, recipes.
Margarita Carrillo Arronte's Mexico is the Bible of Mexican cooking.
There are nearly 700 recipes from across the entire country in it. If you want to make authentic Mexican dishes or just dream about some amazing food, then this is the book for you.
Get your L.A. street tacos on! This guy is in downtown L.A. making some killer tacos and now he has a cookbook.
For the taco-lover in your life...
Get your French on! The recipes, the pictures, the food, the kids, the dogs, the house.... Perfection! My dream life!
Last but not least, and because everyone in California has a grill, right? Charred & Scruffed by Adam Perry Lang is for anyone who loves to grill, has ever thought about grilling, or just wants to up their game.