You Say Tomato
Sonoma County Independent food and wine editor Michele Anna Jordan's cookbooks do more than offer recipes; they also delve into history, botany, commercial products, even health issues. Her latest, The Good Cook's Book of Tomatoes, just published by Addison-Wesley, is no exception. Among its gems, a portrait of Charles "Mr. Tomato" Rick, the father of tomato genetics; the results of a visit with the woman responsible for the sun-dried tomato industry; and the resuscitation of an old Sicilian recipe for gudene, which features pork skin rolls among its ingredients. Dish whipped up the risotto with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and brie, but had to stop short before adding the 3 ounces of cheese listed in the recipe. With the addition of the half-cup of cream called for before serving, the dish was already rich-rich-rich. And bound to become a classic Chez Dish.
What do Jackson Square, Sausalito and the Castro have in common? The answer will soon be restaurants by John Cunin (Cypress Club and Gate Five), who thinks the Market/Castro corridor is so hot he's opening his as-yet-unnamed new restaurant there at the end of June. The new place will be low-key and neighborly, according to Eric Gallanter (of the recently closed Eric in Rincon Center), who's working with Cunin as a consultant on the new venture. Notes Gallanter of the Castro location: "There's more foot traffic there than anywhere else in town."
By Barbara Lane