Six California Kitchens:A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine by Sally Schmitt

Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine 
Author: Sally Schmitt
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Food & Wine, Home & Garden
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  660
Date of Publication: 5 April, 2022
My Rating:  4 stars

My Thoughts

Pioneer restaurateur Sally Schmitt has written a wonderful memoir/cookbook that I really enjoyed reading. 

Gorgeous, homey photos interspersed amongst recipes and memories. 

Part awareness and regard of food, part love story of family, my (non-vegan) husband and teens found many recipes in this to try.

While I wouldn’t suggest this for vegans, I would suggest it for others looking to gain a true appreciation of food. 

eARC kindly provided by Chronicle Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Six California Kitchens is the quintessential California cookbook, with farm-to-table recipes and stories from Sally Schmitt, the pioneering female chef and original founder of the French Laundry.

Sally Schmitt opened The French Laundry in Yountville in 1978 and designed her menus around local, seasonal ingredients—a novel concept at the time.

In this soon-to-be-classic cookbook, Sally Schmitt takes us through the six kitchens where she learned to cook, honed her skills, and spent her working life. Six California Kitchens weaves her remarkable story with 115 recipes that distill the ethos of Northern California cooking into simple, delicious dishes, plus evocative imagery, historic ephemera, and cooking wisdom.

With gorgeous food and sense-of-place photography, this is a masterful, story-rich cookbook for home and aspiring chefs who cook locally and seasonally, food historians, fans of wine country, and anyone who wants to bring the spirit of Northern California home with them.

CALIFORNIA CONNECTION: This is a California cookbook from a native Californian chef, who founded one of the most well-known and revered restaurants in California (and in the world). The book was written, photographed, and designed by members of Sally's family.

PERSON OF NOTE: Sally Schmitt is the great unsung hero of California cuisine, a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and original founder of the French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. This book celebrates a respected, reputable chef and shares a collection of her best recipes from a lifetime of cooking.

COMPELLING PACKAGE: This book is full of evocative images of Napa Valley, rustic kitchens, and the rugged California coastline. With lifestyle photography that offers a peek into the history of Northern California and its food revolution, this book will appeal to readers with its lovely design and package—but they'll stay for the inspiring story and approachable recipes.

Perfect for:

• Home cooks who cook locally and seasonally, who live in California, or who enjoy California cuisine
• Foodies who collect regional cookbooks rich with history and visuals
• People who bought Twelve Recipes, Zuni, and Gjelina
• Fans of the French Laundry and Alice Waters


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