Work Title: A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes: A Year of Menus For a Table of Friends
Work Author(s): David Tanis
Reviewer: Matt Sutherland
A culinary tour of the west coast wouldn't be complete without visiting Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Therein we discover A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes: A Year of Menus For a Table of Friends (Artisan, 978-1-57965-346-0), the newly penned cookbook by David Tanis, current chef at the restaurant and a twenty-five year associate of Alice Waters. In fact, Tanis has assisted Wa-ters on some of her acclaimed cookbooks, so the expectations are high. A Platter of Figs delivers on every promise. Culinary historians will cite it as one of the game-changers, a genuine peek into the mind of one of this era's celestial talents. But if you're looking for recipes full of fireworks and fanfare, this is not your guy. The number of ingredients used in Tanis's reci-pes usually number in the single digits, most often just three or...