THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE named one of “The Best Cookbooks of 2014” on KCRW’s “Good Food”

Saturday, December 6, 2014


“I’m beyond impressed….I’m blown away by this book.”
–Evan Kleiman, host, “Good Food” on KCRW (Los Angeles)

“Based on the same principles of their original work [THE FLAVOR BIBLE], [THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE] focuses on how to pair vegetal flavors and how to achieve balance with your ingredients. Their legions of fans will rejoice.”
–Celia Sack, owner, Omnivore Books (San Francisco)

Evan Kleiman (above, top) has been hosting “Good Food,” one of America’s very best public radio food shows, for more than 15 years on KCRW, Los Angeles’ flagship NPR affiliate.  Since 1997, she’s brought to bear her considerable expertise as a chef-restaurateur (of the late, much-beloved Angeli Caffe, which had a 28-year run) and cookbook author.  Evan has developed an enthusiastic national following for her show (which can be accessed online) by bringing an insider’s insight to her interviews with literally thousands of leading experts, from farmers to chefs to cookbook store owners.

That includes Celia Sack (above, bottom), the proprietor of San Francisco’s Omnivore Books (located in Noe Valley), which is renowned for its extraordinary collection of new, signed, and vintage cookbooks.  Sack is not only a long-time collector of extraordinary cookbooks, but she’s also an author herself (of The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper, from Ten Speed Press). Omnivore Books is not only a favorite of food-loving tourists, but also of countless notable Bay Area food professionals including Alice Waters.  (And a bit of trivia:  Celia’s very first cookbook was Evan Kleiman’s Cucina Rustica, which Celia credits with teaching her how to make pasta and cook for herself when she was just out of college!)

Now you can understand the degree our excitement to discover that when Evan and Celia got together to discuss “The Best Cookbooks of 2014,” our own new book THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE was on their list!  (Celia’s complete list includes Sherry by Talia Baiocchi, Salade by Pascal Biel, Heritage by Sean Brock, Salmagundi by Sally Butcher, Shrubs by Michael Dietsch, A Boat, A Whale, and a Walrus by Renee Erickson, A New Napa Cuisine by Christopher Kostow, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page, and Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell.)

Our heartfelt thanks to both Evan and Celia for their very kind words this year for THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE, which are bringing what we know in our hearts to be our best book yet to the attention of not only food lovers throughout California but all across the country.

“Good Food” and host Evan Kleiman can be found at

Omnivore Books is at 3885 Cesar Chavez St. in San Francisco.  415.282.4712.  Website:

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