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Thursday, January 22, 2009

‘Taste This!’ Cookbook

Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of attending a book signing for the new cookbook Taste This by Gina von Esmarch, a fourth generation San Franciscan. It was a lovely evening. Fantastic food (all recipes from the book) and great company.  I’m excited to share Gina and her book with you!

Taste This is a great cookbook.  Easy to read.  Simple but delicious recipes.  I will definitely be using this book…both for entertaining and everyday eating.

My favorites of the evening were the Red Grapes & Red Onions (with Goat Cheese)…and Gina herself!  She is a delight!  I love meeting fellow moms who are doing cool things.

If you’d like to purchase the book, click here!


  1. 1
    emily moore

    Hey Jane. Thought I would pop in to say hi. I have been planning menus lately and I am excited to try some of your new recipes. thanks for your inspiration and great website.

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    Janet Polachek

    Great picture! So excited for you. I’ll definitely be buying and trying the book. Always looking for new, family friendly, easy recipes. Will try to make it to Scotty’s. See you there hopefully.

  3. The food looks scrumptious and – again – the photos are incredible. Does the cookbook have lots of photos too…? I’m not a big fan of cookbooks that are all text.

  4. 4
    Jane Maynard

    thanks, stephanie, for all your nice comments about my photos! 🙂

    and YES…this cookbook has a photo for every recipe. love that…it’s always nice to know what the food SHOULD look like. the layout is really clean and easy to read.

    emily – thanks for your nice comment by the way. 🙂

  5. 5

    I bought Taste This! for Christmas and gave it to my mom. We love the Linguine & Brie pasta, so good. Can’t wait to make the peanut butter cookie bombs and head to the gym 😉

  6. My favorite are those sweet butter knives! 😉 Thanks for sharing this book.

  7. I made the Red Grapes & Red Onions dish last night and we all absolutely LOVED it. Mine looked a bit heavier on the onions than grapes compared to the dish in your photo (which looks GORGEOUS by the way, as all your photos are — and I also love the Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens!), so maybe next time I’ll add more grapes (there will definitely be a next time for this recipe).

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    I need to buy the book asap. Here we go again with good food. Congratulations to you, Gina!! I will lobby to get you on The Food Network.

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