Paul Bocuse Menu, Lyon, France, Spring 1980

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I was extremely fortunate the day I discovered a sizeable collection of vintage menus, all from the finest restaurants in France. I found them while rummaging through an antique shop in Berkeley, and from what I could gather, they were simply souvenirs collected by someone who liked to travel […]

“The Natural Cuisine of Georges Blanc,” 1987

Zuchini Flans with Sliced Zucchini and Salmon Cream.

While killing some time between meals the other day, I finally turned up a copy of “The Natural Cuisine of Georges Blanc” at a used bookstore in Berkeley. It was a nice find, and one of the best discoveries that I’ve recently made “in the field” […]

“Ekiben: The Art of the Japanese Box Lunch,” 1989

“Ekiben: The Art of the Japanese Box Lunch,” Chronicle Books, 1989.

I’m convinced that used bookstores offer much more than any big box book retailer (what’s left of them, anyway). The problem with Barnes & Noble, or Borders when it existed, is that these stores don’t offer any old out-of-print books in […]