A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine
Six California Kitchens is the quintessential California cookbook, with farm-to-table recipes and stories from Sally Schmitt, the pioneering female chef and original founder of the French Laundry.
Sally Schmitt opened The French Laundry in Yountville in 1978 and designed her menus around local, seasonal ingredients—a novel concept at the time.
Six California Kitchensweaves her remarkable story with 115 recipes that distill the ethos of Northern California cooking into simple, delicious dishes, plus evocative imagery, historic ephemera, and cooking wisdom. The six kitchens include: Her Mother’s Kitchen in Roseville, CA, The Vintage Cafe in Yountville, CA, The Chutney Cafe, Yountville, CA, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA, The Apple Farm in Philo, Mendocino, The Elk Cottage, Elk, CA.
With gorgeous food and sense-of-place photography, this is a masterful, story-rich cookbook for home and aspiring chefs who cook locally and seasonally, food historians, fans of wine country,
and anyone who wants to bring the spirit of Northern California home with them.
About the Author: Sally Schmitt
Sally Schmitt is the founder of the French Laundry and one of California’s most influential food pioneers. She was born and raised in Northern California and started cooking professionally in 1967. After 11 years spent in Yountville running a café and a restaurant, she opened the French Laundry with her husband, Don. She designed her menus around local, seasonal ingredients— a novel concept at the time. This style of locavore cooking caught the attention of critics and inspired other local chefs, helping propagate the farm-to-table movement. After selling the restaurant in 1994, Sally taught cooking classes in a renovated farmhouse on an apple farm in Mendocino. Nowadays, she lives on the Mendocino coast.