We've all thought it before: You're in a local restaurant having a love affair with your meal and you exclaim: "I wish I could make this at home!" Maria Desiderata Montana understands this sentiment, and her new book San Diego Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from America's Finest City is the cure you've been waiting for. Filled with great recipes from some of San Diego's finest chefs, this book allows readers to learn secrets from the culinary professionals all over America's Finest City. Get your copy and learn to make dishes such as the Marine Room's lamb osso buco, Nine-Ten's Jamaican jerk pork belly, Jsix's grilled whole sea bass, and so many more!
"Perhaps the best description of San Diego cuisine is the fusion of many different cultures and styles," explained Maria. "Each chef brings their varied backgrounds and experiences to the plate, which often includes several different flavors and techniques, but melds them into a phenomenal dish you can’t find anywhere else."
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"Certainly, a majority of examples also utilize farm fresh ingredients, typically sourced from local proprietors," continued Maria. "I am passionate about our local farms in San Diego and strongly believe that using the freshest ingredients possible is paramount to a successful dish."
San Diego Chef's Table offers something for everyone, from the Hangover Soup at Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge to Chef Hanis Cavin's famed beet terrine from Carnitas' Snack Shack. From breakfast to dessert, to sides and sauces, readers can mix and match recipes for a one-of-a-kind San Diego chef-inspired meal.
Maria explained how the recipes came together into one cohesive book: "Since the book needed to cover a variety of categories, I worked with each chef to identify a few options spanning appetizers to desserts. Many wanted to highlight a signature dish or something close to their heart."
In addition to San Diego Chef's Table, Maria Desiderata Montana is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to San Diego and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. Maria is also the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds, and has been extensively published in several newspapers and magazines, where she has written a variety of food and entertainment stories, as well as her own monthly "Step by Step" recipe series.
"Writing is my passion! I love to explore every corner of San Diego County, but you will most typically find me in a coffee shop sipping on a cappuccino, devouring a croissant and working on my laptop," revealed Maria. "I’m amazed with the variety and sheer number of local culinary offerings here in San Diego. But my family still tells me that the best meal is created in my kitchen!"
So the only question that remains is when are you having us over for dinner, Maria?
Be sure to check out Maria's website SanDiegoFoodFinds.com, and get your copy of San Diego Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from America's Finest City today from Amazon or from your local Warwick's and Barnes and Noble.