Thyme in a Bottle Cookbook - Ingrid Croce - SIGNED
Thyme in a Bottle cookbook was penned by Ingrid Croce, widow of Jim Croce and owner of Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar in San Diego's Gaslamp District. This edition was signed by Ingrid. The cookbook contains Southwestern and American cuisine served in Ingrid's Cantina and Sidewalk Cafe in addition to Italian, Russian and Jewish recipes.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 278 pages
Copyright: 1998. Second edition.
Publisher: Collins Publishers
Author: Ingrid Croce
Description: In 1985 Ingrid Croce opened Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar in San Diego, California's Gaslamp District as a tribute to her late husband, singer and songwriter Jim Croce. Attempting to recreate the warmth and energy from their early days of entertaining together, Ingrid infused Croce's with great food, live music, and an inviting, casual atmosphere. She has since parlayed the success of this unbeatable combination into a group of popular restaurants and clubs as one of the pioneers in the rejuvenated Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego.
Now many of the recipes that have made her restaurants famous are available here. Current culinary trends are reflected in the seasonal American cuisine and Southwestern fare of Ingrid's Cantina and Sidewalk Cafe in recipes such as Santa Barbara Sea Bass with Caramelized Onions and Figs, Ricotta Gnocchi with Mild Mushrooms and Sage, and Pacific Rim Tamales.
Drawing on Ingrid's multicultural background and interests, Thyme in a Bottle features Italian favorites as interpreted by the Croce family, like Roasted Pepperonata Salad and Fried Zucchini Blossoms/ as well as the Russian and Jewish classics of her childhood, such as brisket and tzimmes with kasha and varnishkas. Ingrid also reveals the secrets behind her own signature blintzes and poppers."
Interspersed with the recipes is Ingrid's own inspired story. She writes openly about her intense romance with Jim Croce, their happy but occasionally troubled marriage. She tells of the difficult repercussions of Jim's early death, from battles with the music industry to rearing a young son on her own. And she shares the challenges of starting a restaurant and becoming a real player in a notoriously competitive business It is all told with such candor, warmth, and enthusiasm that by the time Ingrid concludes her story with personal and professional triumphs, we are cheering the heartening success of such a vibrant spirit.
Condition: Bookboards and interior pages are in beautiful condition. Dust jacket has a tiny scrape mark on the front cover and back cover interior flap has a crease.
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