Southern California Cookbook wins first prize for Best Published Lifestyle Book/Cooking and Home

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San Diego Chef’s Table wins first prize for Best Published Lifestyle Book/Cooking and Home at the San Diego Book Awards (June 2014).

San Diego is a vivacious and active food community whose eating habits are unpretentious yet familiar, conspicuous yet simple.  Famous for supporting a health-conscious lifestyle, with an abundant supply of fresh and organic products at their fingertips, the attitude of the chefs and diners alike is friendly and laid-back. From celebrity top chefs and James Beard Award Winners to experienced chefs who simply just love to cook, priding themselves on being eco-conscious, using only sustainable meats and seafood, the restaurants in San Diego are quickly becoming enchanting places, suitable for even the most discerning of palates. The the colorful California modern cuisine will tempt your taste buds with fusions of imaginative textures and flavors. With recipes for the home cook from over 60 of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing around full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, San Diego Chef’s Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook.

About the Author

Maria Desiderata Montana is the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds (sandiegofoodfinds.com).  She is a nationally published and award-winning author, freelance food and wine journalist, editor and photographer who learned how to cook and appreciate European cuisine from her parents, who were born and raised in Calabria, Italy. Maria is the author of the Food Lovers' Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press), San Diego Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America's Finest City (2014 San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Lifestyle Book Cooking & Home, Lyons Press) and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She is extensively published in several newspapers and magazines, where she has written a variety of food and entertainment stories, as well as her own monthly recipe series. Maria guest appears on local radio and TV to share her knowledge of food and cooking, and regularly assists celebrity and high profile chefs with cookbook projects.
  • Title: San Diego Chef's Table: Extraordianry Recipes From America's Finest City
  • Author: Maria Desiderata Montana
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages

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