My friend and former boss, Margo True, and all my pals in the food department at Sunset slaved for ages putting this œuvre together. Most of it was pulled from the relatively recent Sunset archive, but I know they developed plenty of new material to fill in holes (bubble teas!), too. The pictures are drool-inducing. The recipes are fresh and simple and modern and lovely. And you can take them to the bank. The recipe testing system at Sunset is intense. Mediocre dishes don’t stand a chance. So-so results will not be borne. It is a cookbook anyone could turn to for basic dishes or new inspiration.
Yet, despite what a great book it is, I am giving my copy away.
As I’ve written before, I have a whole lot of cookbooks. This book is designed to be cooked from, to be turned to for Thanksgiving sides and Monday night suppers. It deserves a home where it will be well used, not sitting here on my shelf making the other books feel puny.
If you’d like to win a copy of the Sunset Cookbook, leave a comment below. I’ll hold the drawing and announce the winner on November 15. If the winner asks nicely I’ll even flag some particular favorites with post-its before shipping it off.
p.s. At the request of a good friend (Young Scallion, I haven’t forgotten!) I’ve started assembling links to my favorites of the Sunset recipes I worked on while on staff. It’s a big, in-process project, but at least I’ve started!