In 2008, Ten Speed Press published my first book, A16 Food + Wine. It received both the IACPJulia Child/First Book award and the IACP Cookbook of the Year for 2009. I still regularly make the meatballs and the salted chocolate shortbread cookies from this book. The book also was selected as a Gourmet cookbook of the month and praised in O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Cucina Italiana, and Publishers Weekly. Food & Wine included recipes from the book in its 2009 Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes.
IACP International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, First Book/Julia Child Award Category Finalist
"Savvy diners focus on the kitchen's soulful renditions of dishes from Campania, the region surrounding Naples, and a wine list that brims with discoveries from southern Italy. Sure, have a bit of pizza, but save room for dishes such as roasted porcini with green garlic, ricotta gnocchi with squash blossoms, or sweet pea ravioli with braised pork, pecorino, and black pepper."
"This is a cook's cookbook; it deserves a quiet season filled with long chilly nights, the ideal time to enjoy its gutsy dishes."
"A book you really can cook and learn from."
"A testament to the rustic fare and a convivial atmosphere of the restaurant."
–San Francisco Chronicle
“… make fascinating reading for lovers of Italian food and wine.”–Publisher’s Weekly *starred review*
“A16: Food + Wine is the best of the bunch. This debut book … strikes a satisfying balance between simple and complex.”–Amy Scattergood, LA Times