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Driving along the winding roads of Highway 1 in Big Sur, you may stumble upon the charming, stylishly rustic Big Sur Bakery, perched in an old house behind a gas station on the ocean side of the road. You may think you’ve made an amazing discovery—until you walk in and see the many happy people eating there who beat you to it. The three people who own the restaurant, Chef Philip Wojtowicz, baker Michelle Rizzolo, and manager/sommelier Michael Gilson, escaped the LA food scene to create their version of the perfect restaurant--in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in the world. Simple, wood-fired American cooking lets the finest organic and seasonal ingredients shine, whether in their nine-grain pancakes and open-face grilled-cheese sandwiches during the daytime or their wild salmon with succotash or hearty buffalo mozzarella margarita pizza at night.
Filled with 100 original recipes, this beautiful full-color book is more than just a cookbook; it is a glimpse into a year in the life of Big Sur, with its natural ingredients, gorgeous settings, and a belief in the simpler things. Like the restaurant’s menu, which changes monthly to reflect the changing seasons, the book is organized by month. March, for example, features Meyer-Lemon Bars, made with cornmeal, pine nuts, and farm-fresh Meyer lemons, as well as a Breakfast Pizza, topped with fresh eggs, bacon, and fresh minced herbs—baked until the egg yolks are set but still soft. December highlights fresh fish entrees like Salmon Trout Wrapped in Prosciutto and holiday treats like Stollen, a German Christmas bread stuffed with rum-plumped raisins, candied fruit, and almond paste, all dipped in butter and sugar The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook includes colorful profiles of the local organic farmers, ranchers, fishermen, beekeepers, and others--emphasizing the people and places that make the restaurant’s renowned food possible. With truly outstanding photography, an inclusive, positive spirit, and dozens of must-make recipes, this book brings the coveted Big Sur lifestyle home.
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