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The Bay Area's foodie scene is phenomenal. And, so is spending a nice, quiet night nesting at home. It's cheaper. There's no two-hour wait. You get to pick who's sitting at the table next to you. You never need to make reservation. But, is it really worth missing out on the city's best dishes in order to avoid a few hassles?
Thanks to a recent deluge of to-die-for cookbooks by chefs from your favorite local restaurants — we're talking spots like Brown Sugar Kitchen, Tacolicious, and The Slanted Door — you no longer have make that kind of impossible choice. You really can make restaurant-quality meals at home. We promise.
Worried that your skills in the kitchen won't stack up? Not an issue. These new releases cater to a wide range of abilities, whether you're the kind of person who needs help boiling pasta, or you already own your own pasta-maker. More importantly, they'll inspire you to be bold in the kitchen and create something new — not to mention delicious! Let's get cooking, shall we?
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