San Diego is a vivacious and active food community whose eating habits are unpretentious yet familiar, conspicuous yet simple. Famous for supporting a health-conscious lifestyle, with an abundant supply of fresh and organic products at their fingertips, the attitude of the chefs and diners alike is friendly and laid-back. From kitchen celebrities and James Beard recognized chefs, to those who simply just love to cook, priding themselves on being eco-conscious, using only sustainable meats and seafood, the restaurants in San Diego are quickly becoming enchanting places, suitable for even the most discerning of palates. The colorful California modern cuisine will tempt your taste buds with fusions of imaginative textures and flavors. With recipes for the home cook from over 60 of the city's most celebrated restaurants and showcasing around full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, San Diego Chef's Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook.
Maria Desiderata Montana is the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds (sandiegofoodfinds.com). She is also a published author, editor, and award-winning freelance food and wine journalist who learned how to cook and appreciate European cuisine from her parents, who were born and raised in Calabria, Italy. Maria is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press) and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She was also a contributing editor of the award-winning cookbook Flying Pans. She has been a regular contributor to U-T San Diego since 2005, where she has written a variety of food and entertainment stories, as well as her own monthly “Step by Step” recipe series. She loves to cook and create new recipes and strongly believes that eating with family and friends is a celebration of life itself. She lives in San Diego with her husband, John, and their two children, Lucia and Frank.