The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars
Before Tartine and Mission Chinese, before Bi-Rite and flour+ water, Foreign Cinema opened their doors in the Mission District of San Francisco, reinventing the neighborhood and transforming the area into a culinary destination. The Foreign Cinema Cookbook shares the chefs' California-Mediterranean cuisine with North African inflection, abundant with color and flavor yet made with ingredients easily sourced locally, or for a few exotic items, ordered online. Throughout the book-in front matter, headnotes, and recipe sidebars-Pirie and Clark shares their stories about the development of a beloved San Francisco neighborhood. It will seduce and entertain anyone interested in San Francisco dining, bringing a piece of the restaurant to home kitchens-even for those who have never dined at Foreign Cinema. After 15 years in service, Foreign Cinema is as popular as ever. Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed an annual 'Foreign Cinema Day'and the restaurant seats more than 2,500 customers each week. The book will capture the experience of the restaurant, featuring atmospheric photography of its dram atic space-the atrium, screening room and veranda overlooking the 220- seat dining room. But most importantly, the chef- owners, Gayle Pirie and John Clarke, offer 125 favorites from the menu, a collection of recipes that reflect their training under Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe and Alice Waters.
by : Gayle Pirie and John Clark