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Sep 23, 2009 10:05 AM

Cookbooks and chefs similar to A Platter of Figs / David Tanis?

I've never been to Chez Panisse, but I recently picked up A Platter of Figs at the library and feel like David Tanis is my soul mate. Our palates, methods of preparation, and interest in certain ingredients all seem very similar. What books or chefs would you recommend I pay attention to given that I'm loving this one?

I got Sunday Suppers at Lucques on the same trip but haven't cooked from it yet - I suspect I won't enjoy it as much because Goin's palate seems inclined to sweeter flavors and starchier textures, and her preparations can be a bit more involved. It seems a fine book though - I'm just mentioning that I have it as I imagine it will be a popular recommendation.

Anyways, I appreciate any recommendations in the direction of Tanis. I'm also curious to hear what chef, book, or style you feel is perfect for you, and why :) I'm fascinated by how flavors are perceived and preferred differently.

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  1. How about any of the Chez Panisse cookbooks?

    Let us know what you make from Platter of Figs. I have it, but haven't used it. Love Sunday Suppers though.

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    1. re: mrs lilo

      Canal House Cooking by melissa hamilton and christopher hirsheimer. They worked with David Tanis on a Platter of Figs, stylist and photographer. There will be 4 seasonal booksl. you can order the book online from their website Canal House Cooking.

      1. re: mrs lilo

        We love the Epiphany Parsnips...

      2. I would agree that the Chez Panisse cookbooks are an obvious place to go for you. You might also consider the Zuni Cafe Cookbook (note that the recipes are said to appear long and involved, but really they include lots of text because Rodgers is very detailed in her instructions and technique, which people who like the book value).

        Both Zuni and Sunday Suppers were Cookbooks of the Month, and you can find lots of valuable info about them from perusing the related threads:


        Sunday Suppers:

        Another COTM that comes to mind immediately is Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, also sort of Mediterranean flavors, seasonal cooking, with straightofward technique and interesting flavor combos. (The only caveat: it's a British cookbook without an American edition, so it's not possible to preview from your library and you must buy from the UK; it's avail. from many third-party vendors on Amazon and from Amazon UK. The COTM and earlier threads on Home Cooking give a good sense of it and include links to a bunch of the recipes.


        1. I just got Platter of Figs recently too, and the cookbook it most reminds me of is Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater, which is another book about eating seasonally. Simple recipes, on the whole, great writing.