Nora Pouillon: A Legend in Organic Cooking

I recently met Nora Pouillon, after reading her autobiography and admiring her for years. I was able to eat at Restaurant Nora with her, my daughter, and members of Les Dames D’Escoffier International. The Davis Enterprise recently published my story about this remarkable pioneer who started the first certified organic restaurant in the United States. Read more. 

Farm to Family — using Davis Farmers Market Cookbook

Kate Washington did a beautiful job in today’s Sacramento Bee Food Section feature story  (12/21/16) on gifts from your garden or the farmers market to your friends and family. As I said in my interview with her, who doesn’t want a cute basket of Navel oranges and Meyer lemons? I just gave a basket of those yesterday to a friend. Read more here for ideas on using herbs, cheese, and my recipe on how to candy orange peels from my Davis Farmers Market Cookbook.


Books for Cooks

Not everyone, I discovered recently, reads cookbooks from cover to cover. To that end, I describe here how best to read a cookbook, as well as some of America’s earliest cookbooks and some of my favorites — one funny, the other heartbreaking.

How do you read a cookbook?