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San Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco's famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city's culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms San Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco's famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city's culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.


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San Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco's famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city's culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms San Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco's famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city's culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.

48 review for San Francisco: A Food Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Enjoyable in part, but seemed to have large time gaps within the different sections.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    *NOTE: I would like to make it clear that I use the goodreads suggested rating in which 3 stars don't mean mediocre. It means that I liked it. I didn't "REALLY like it", but it was more than "ok" I have never been to San Francisco, but I hope to do it one day. And I also love food and culture so the book was of interest to me. It is very well researched, I especially enjoyed reading about the connection of ethnic food to the immigration circumstances of the people. Very interesting. As well as men *NOTE: I would like to make it clear that I use the goodreads suggested rating in which 3 stars don't mean mediocre. It means that I liked it. I didn't "REALLY like it", but it was more than "ok" I have never been to San Francisco, but I hope to do it one day. And I also love food and culture so the book was of interest to me. It is very well researched, I especially enjoyed reading about the connection of ethnic food to the immigration circumstances of the people. Very interesting. As well as menus from the old restaurants. There is one topic I hoped to see which wasn't discussed. I often hear from who live or went to San Francisco that it has a big vegetarian culture. As a vegetarian I would have been interested in reading more on that. One problem with this book is that to me at some point, especially towards the end it read like an encyclopedia which makes it a bit harder to get through. But I can see there will be people who will like it even more than I did. It is great for people more familiar with the city or who lie there. As well as people who eat meat may enjoy some of the od recipes provided. *I won this book in first reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Who doesn't associate San Francisco with good food? Sourdough bread, Crab Louis, Irish Coffee, fortune cookies and even Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Author Erica J. Peters presents a historical look at food resources, ethnic influences, markets, and restaurants that have influenced the the culinary scene of the City by the Bay. "San Francisco: A Food Biography" takes the reader from the foodways of early Native Americans, through the boisterous mining boom of the forty-niners to 20th-ce Who doesn't associate San Francisco with good food? Sourdough bread, Crab Louis, Irish Coffee, fortune cookies and even Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Author Erica J. Peters presents a historical look at food resources, ethnic influences, markets, and restaurants that have influenced the the culinary scene of the City by the Bay. "San Francisco: A Food Biography" takes the reader from the foodways of early Native Americans, through the boisterous mining boom of the forty-niners to 20th-century trends. Interesting chapters focus on historical local cookbooks, famous restaurants and signature dishes. Dedicated foodies will find this a unique read. Be prepared to crave a slice off sourdough, fresh fish from the wharf or a specialty from Chinatown. If not from the city one may have to settle for Rice-A-Roni.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This book provides a unique and mouth watering view of the history of San Francisco. I was surprised to find out that the history of food in San Francisco is the history of San Francisco - and the book manages to convey how the two are inseparably connected. I found the section on how the arrival of different immigrant groups and cultures impacted the food scene to be particularly fascinating. It covers the arrival of various immigrant groups (and the counter culture) and how each group impacted This book provides a unique and mouth watering view of the history of San Francisco. I was surprised to find out that the history of food in San Francisco is the history of San Francisco - and the book manages to convey how the two are inseparably connected. I found the section on how the arrival of different immigrant groups and cultures impacted the food scene to be particularly fascinating. It covers the arrival of various immigrant groups (and the counter culture) and how each group impacted the food in San Francisco, and were in turn impacted. The book is very well referenced, and I loved the menus and recipes that supplement the text.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Part of a series, I saw this one on the new books shelf at the library. An entertaining read, a history of all the different types of food that have made up life in San Francisco. Disappointed that there wasn't much reference to the Thai and Vietnamese food that hit San Francisco in the early 80s. Very disappointed that there's not one reference to Anchor Steam beer, a San Francisco classic, whose revival started a whole craft bee revolution.

  6. 4 out of 5

    frances

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elena

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Iovino

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kent

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    394.12097 P4816 2013

  12. 5 out of 5

    George

  13. 4 out of 5

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    Elizabeth

  15. 5 out of 5

    April Chan

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Erica Peters

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  28. 4 out of 5

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    Diana Senn

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    Kayla

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