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Florence: Authentic Recipes Celebrating the Foods of the World Hardcover – 26 Feb 2008

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious And Varied Food Choices! 2 July 2015
By Jorge - Published on
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Many visitors to San Francisco spend a majority of their time on Fisherman's Wharf and in the immediate area, where there are indeed plentiful choices of delicious local specialties such as steamed crab, clam chowder and sour dough bread. However, there are many neighborhood establishments available to those who have more time to explore and seek out the smaller not so touristy locations. There are many ethnic neighborhoods in San Francisco where you will find such restaurants and non ethnic areas as well where good food is available. This book, which includes many recipes also provides good suggestions for the food varieties that you will find.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The San Francisco Treat Courtesy of Chuck Williams 7 Nov. 2004
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on
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As a resident of San Francisco who loves his city, I am hardly the most objective reviewer of this book, but I do think this is a worthy if rather cursory overview of the culinary treats and idiosyncratic dining experiences that make up the best of what this city has to offer to local and tourist alike. Chuck Williams has established one of the more unavoidable upscale gourmet store chains in Williams-Sonoma, and this tome is the latest in a series of cookbooks focused on the premiere food capitals of the world. The first third is actually a well-organized explanation of what makes San Francisco unique from its culinary history to the distinctive flavors currently found in its major neighborhoods. There are sections on local specialties such as artisan bread, coffee, wine, Asian produce and chocolate. The breezy but informative text is by Janet Fletcher.

The recipes actually don't start until page 79, but the 45 selections all look tasty and not overly complex to prepare. I have always had good luck with the recipes in the Williams-Sonoma catalog, and this one is proving to be no exception so far. Personally I have tried making the orecchiette with broccoli rabe; the braised chicken with tomato, pancetta and zinfandel; and the stir-fried long beans with Thai chile paste. All were hits with friends, though I would think items such as Chinese long beans may be harder to find outside the major metropolitan areas. There are even snippets of local information interspersed among the recipes. The book is also abundant in nice color photographs courtesy of Jean-Blaise Hall, though I wish the editors would have included captions so you know where some of the places are. Highly recommended for those who left their palettes in San Francisco.
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Florence 23 May 2016
By Cali Flower - Published on
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If you have visited Florence, and liked it, you'll enjoy re-experiencing your visit via Williams Sonoma Foods of the World series cookbook 'Florence' through classic recipes and large photographs of the regional dishes. The recipes are authentic to Tuscano, easy to prepare, delicious, and require ingredients that are attainable in the US. The book is good sized, easy to read (no teeny tiny text that requires a magnifying glass), and inspires spur-of-the-moment answers to, "What's for dinner?" This is a serious book for conscientious people who love to cook.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books 3 Jun. 2016
By Savanna - Published on
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I have all the Foods of the World books, I really enjoy them. The beginning of the book starts with info about Florence, the markets, the common food staples and the history of them. Then it goes through recipes of classic dishes from the area, from antipasti to desserts. Great for cooks who genuinely want to learn the building blocks of cooking from certain regions.
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories not to forget! 11 Jun. 2015
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Florence is a glorious place and books/recipes connect you with the feel of travel. I purchase these kinds of books to reacquaint me with visits. I do try the recipes, but that's only for fun and what I can translate to home. I recommend such books, lest I forget the memories and tastes of the experience. Pat Smith
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