A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

By David Tanis; Christopher Hirsheimer (Photographer); Alice Waters (Foreword by)

Artisan Publishers, Hardcover, 9781579653460, 294pp.

Publication Date: October 2008

Forget about getting back to the land, David Tanis just wants you to get back to the kitchen
For six months a year, David Tanis is the head chef at Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California, restaurant where he has worked alongside Alice Waters since the 1980s in creating a revolution in sustainable American cuisine. The other six months, Tanis lives in Paris in a seventeenth-century apartment, where he hosts intimate dinners for friends and paying guests, and prepares the food in a small kitchen equipped with nothing more than an old stove, a little counter space, and a handful of wellused pots and pans.
This is the book for anyone who wants to gather and feed friends around a table and nurture their conversation. It's not about showing off with complicated techniques and obscure ingredients. Worlds away from the showy Food Network personalities, Tanis believes that the most satisfying meals for both the cook and the guest are invariably the simplest.
Home cooks can easily re-create any of his 24 seasonal, market-driven menus, from spring's Supper of the Lamb (Warm Asparagus Vinaigrette; Shoulder of Spring Lamb with Flageolet Beans and Olive Relish; Rum Baba with Cardamom) to winter's North African Comfort Food (Carrot and Coriander Salad; Chicken Tagine with Pumpkin and Chickpeas). Best of all, Tanis is an engaging guide with a genuine gift for words, whose soulful approach to food will make any kitchen, big or small, a warm and compelling place to spend time.

About the Author
David Tanis is the author of" A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, ""Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen""Journeys, "and "One Good Dish". His weekly column, City Kitchen, appears in "The New York Times".

Christopher Hirsheimer is an award-winning photographer and cofounder of Canal House. Her experience includes establishing a publishing venture, running a culinary and design studio, and publishing an annual series of three seasonal cookbooks titled "Canal House Cooking". Prior to starting Canal House in 2007, in Lambertville, New Jersey, Hirsheimer was the executive editor of "Saveur", which she cofounded in 1994, and the food and design editor of "Metropolitan Home". She cowrote the award-winning "Saveur Cooks" series and "The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook". Her photographs have appeared in more than 50 cookbooks for such notables as Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and Alice Waters, and in numerous magazines, including "Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, InStyle", and "Town&Country".

Janet Fletcher is a Bay Area-based cookbook author.