A Taste of San Francisco is a small, illustrated cookbook featuring the traditional neighborhood dishes of San Francisco. Acting as both cookbook and guidebook, A Taste of San Francisco offers readers recipes for signature dishes celebrating the flavors of everyone’s favorite city by the Bay.
Exploring the sweet and savory dishes of San Francisco has never been easier. This exquisitely prepared guide through the numerous flavors of one of the most popular cities in America will take you on an unforgettable adventure with steep hills, exciting landmarks, and incredibly delicious foods from food trucks, restaurants, and the like.
Drinks 1. Irish Coffee 2. Mai Tai 3. Pisco Sour 4. Horchata 5. Agua Fresca: mango, watermelon, mango, Jamaica (hibiscus) 6. Backyard Meyer Lemonade
Appetizers & Small Bites 7. Bruschetta Duo: Fava Bean and Mint; Smashed Fig and Ricotta 8. Steamed Shrimp Dumplings 9. Ballpark Garlic Fries 10. Grilled Artichokes 11. Barbecued Oysters 12. California Snacking Plate
Soups, Salads & Sandwiches 13. Farmers Market Greens with Warm Goat Cheese 14. Autumn Salad with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese 15. Chowder in a Bread Bowl 16. Crab Louie 17. Tofu Banh Mi 18. Avocado Toast
Main Dishes 19. Carnitas Tacos 20. Cioppino 21. Dungeness Crab with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette 22. Chinese Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger and Garlic 23. Quinoa Kale Buddha Bowl with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing 24. Roast Chicken with Arugula Bread Salad 25. Joe’s Special 26. Petrale Sole Doré 27. Homemade Rice-a-Roni
Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Light, moist, and extra-lemony, these delicate ricotta pancakes are a must-have morning dish and an extraordinarily popular brunch pick. But they also make an excellent dessert when topped with lemon curd and a dusting of powdered sugar. Since wild blackberries grow all over the city from Bernal Hill to China Beach, it’s nice to add a handful to the pancake batter. Meyer lemons are deeply fragrant and sweeter than the more common Eureka variety; if you don’t have a Meyer lemon tree in your backyard, you can use a supermarket lemon instead, but halve the amount of zest and juice.
MAKES ABOUT 12 PANCAKES; SERVES 4 1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ cup milk 3 large eggs, separated 2 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest 1 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 cup blackberries
1 In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, milk, egg yolks, sugar, salt, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. Stir in the flour and melted butter until just combined. 2 In a separate bowl, using a whisk or hand-held electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture. 3 Lightly grease a griddle or wide skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Using a quarter-cup measure, spoon out circles of batter. Add a few blackberries to each pancake. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, until both sides are golden. Repeat to use the remaining batter. Serve warm.