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California Dish: What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution

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Widely recognized as the godfather of modern American cooking and a mentor to such rising celebrity chefs as Mario Batali, Jeremiah Tower is one of the most influential cooks of the last thirty years. Now, the former chef and partner at Chez Panisse and the genius behind Stars San Francisco tells the story of his lifelong love affair with food -- an affair that helped to s ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Free Press (first published June 29th 2004)
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Apr 27, 2008 Christie rated it it was ok
It's a moderately entertaining, gossipy read. He certainly thinks highly of himself.
Ryan Naples
Aug 05, 2012 Ryan Naples rated it liked it
This author's life is fascinating. Unforatunately, his book has a few too many chapters that are completely unrelated to the story of his life and how he evolved as a chef and lover of great food and wine.

He also isn't very self-critical of how cheesey a name his restaurants "Stars" truly is.

I loved the inside scoop on the real Alic Waters who seems like a fascinating person. Friendly, fierce, focused. The author seems quite similar but he clearly got distracted once he finally had a successfu
Tucker Johnson
Apr 14, 2009 Tucker Johnson rated it liked it
This guy has been around the block more than once cooking krazy stuff around the revolution of cooking when cali was taking over the menus with variety coming from their own backyards.
Jun 03, 2007 ChromaticRat rated it liked it
The stories are very entertaining though the writing could be improved.
Feb 01, 2011 Genie rated it did not like it
Shelves: cooking
don't bother...
Apr 29, 2008 Danny added it
I gained a lot of respect for Jeremiah reading
this. His menus are superb, wine choices very
fortunate, and I loved the backstory on Chez Panisse.
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