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The original California cuisine in Sunset Magazine-NYT

Phaedrus Oct 20, 2010 10:37 AM


  1. tcamp Oct 22, 2010 07:33 AM

    I'd love to hear a first hand account of the cookbook. I'm sorely tempted to emerge from my cookbook buying moratorium.

    My mom subscribed to Sunset all through my childhood in the 60s and 70s. Her mom did not cook and as a result, I'd say pretty much mom's whole cooking repertoire came from either Sunset or the LA Times food section. Memories.

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      DGresh Oct 21, 2010 05:25 AM

      This article brought back memories. I lived for 7 years in Palo Alto years ago and subscribed to Sunset back then (grad school days) and loved it. When I moved east I gave it up as I hated being reminded of the year-round lovely west coast weather all the time! As someone said in another thread, eating seasonally where the ground is frozen 7 months of the year requires a different level of committment (and yes I do try, at least for 9 or 10 of those months).

      1. aching Oct 20, 2010 04:39 PM

        I was raised on Sunset cookbook food - Favorite Recipes I & II were used in our house almost daily. Ah, nostalgia...

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          Squint Oct 20, 2010 09:01 PM

          I just picked up the Sunset Recipe Annual 1988 Edition at a church rummage sale. It was the last day of the sale and it was $5 for everything you could stuff in a paper grocery bag. I picked up several cookbooks. I've flipped through it and have marked several recipes to try. The Sunset recipes I've tried are generally pretty good.

        2. DiveFan Oct 20, 2010 04:33 PM

          Sunset magazine's cooking section has suffered under the various Time Warner regimes. My mom still gets it, but the editorial direction seems to follow the boring quick / lite cooking mantra of its sister publication Cooking Light. The latest incarnation is part of 'Health.com Integrated Solutions Site' - wth?

          Likewise for the few hardcopy cookbooks that see the light of day. This is the first 'serious' Sunset cookbook I've seen since they stopped publishing the Annuals in 2004. The best one I have is 'Cooking With A Foreign Accent', first published in 1952. Surprisingly ethnic, mostly scratch cooking. Wish they would go back to that style ....

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            Caitlin McGrath Oct 20, 2010 09:39 PM

            The Sunset I grew up with had many pages of food coverage, and interesting, technique-driven recipes, but the little they have left has lost a lot.

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              buttertart Oct 21, 2010 09:10 AM

              I subscribed to it until about 2008 (we left Berkeley in 1987) and thought the same thing toward the end. Doesn't stop me from wanting this book, however!

          2. HillJ Oct 20, 2010 03:49 PM

            Living on the eastcoast with family on the westcoast the NYT and Sunset were our meet in the middle mags, especially food-related articles. Today, my sibs & I pass links back & forth instead of clippings. I hope both publications stick around forever. Of course, "California cuisine" is no longer out of my eastcoast reach (althou produce prices are much better in CA markets).

            Early in my home cooking journey, I learned a great deal about produce, spices, cooking light and experimenting with ingredients from Sunset magazine.

            This month's issue of Sunset has a fantastic article with recipe links for spice blends; highlighting some of the more unusual making their way into home kitchens of late. http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/techn...

            1. dave_c Oct 20, 2010 03:46 PM

              The Sunset cookbooks were the first book I purchased when I was in college.
              $5 for a cookbook was a great deal. Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Bread where on my shelf.

              1. emily Oct 20, 2010 03:16 PM

                I've unfortunately found that Sunset has become almost unreadable over the past year. I would spend 5 minutes flipping through the latest issue and then throw it away. I find their sustainable living bent to be almost preachy (though maybe I'm sensitive since moving into a newly built "green-rated" house -- I miss my wood burning fireplace!) and the recipes boring. It was kind of cool to see the photos in the article, though, since I live across the street from their headquarters in Menlo Park and am very familiar with the place.

                1. The Dairy Queen Oct 20, 2010 02:07 PM

                  Oh, I loved Sunset Magazine growing up!


                  1. junescook Oct 20, 2010 01:12 PM

                    Back in the early 70's my sister moved to Seattle and gave us a subscription to Sunset. We used and enjoyed those recipes for years -- early teriyaki, etc,

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