Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her friends and family were constantly asking her where and what to eat. Three months after it launched, Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the top five best food blogs, praising her writing as “smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and the world. In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a guest contributor to the blog, and Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes restaurant reviews for SF Station. Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook reviews along with some interviews and current events. Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer. She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine. She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

Calling all cupcake lovers! Make them or buy them and share or just eat them, this Sunday at CupcakeCamp. Cupcake tastings will be scheduled at different time slots (e.g. by flavor, baker, or store) and categories to be judged include Best Frosting (flavor), Best Cake, Most Creative/Unique/Original/Bacon. For those bringing cupcakes, the limit per person … Continue reading CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe →

Events: Penny Saving Dining Deals

With talk of an economic downturn people may be tightening their belts a bit. Not surprisingly, restaurants are trying to make eating out more enticing with special deals. Here’s a round up of deals, just be sure to check with each restaurant before dining since these offers do come and go… Dine About Town is … Continue reading Events: Penny Saving Dining Deals →

Events: Sip & Shuck

As the weather warms up it’s prime time for outdoor festivals. Head to Ghirardelli Square for sipping wine at the third annual Uncorked Wine Festival or to Golden Gate Park for shucking oysters at the ninth annual San Francisco Oyster Fest. Better yet, enjoy both! Ghirardelli Square hosts Uncorked! in partnership with COPIA, the American … Continue reading Events: Sip & Shuck →

Events: Fireworks & Farmers

I know, fireworks and farmers aren’t usually uttered in the same sentence, but why not? In San Francisco you can have up close and personal access to both at these special events. Every year KFOG puts on a fireworks extravaganza. You can fight the crowds on the pier or treat yourself to an upgrade. Head … Continue reading Events: Fireworks & Farmers →

Foreign Food Affairs

Next Monday May 5th you can join the Cinco de Mayo crush at local Mexican restaurants, or you can meet the authors of celebrated Italian and French book on food, instead. We suggest the latter, besides, the best community celebrations will take place on the weekend, such as San Francisco Cinco de Mayo San Francisco … Continue reading Foreign Food Affairs →

Asian Culinary Events April & May 2008

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the Asian American Journalists Association San Francisco Chapter is holding it’s annual fundraiser, East West Eats, An Evening with the Bay Area’s best Asia American chefs. Participating restaurants include Betelnut, Straits Restaurants, Butterfly, Junnoon, Namu, Poleng Lounge, Ponzu, Red Lantern, Three Seasons, Maharani and Hilton San Francisco. … Continue reading Asian Culinary Events April & May 2008 →

Dining Out for Life 2008

Last year I dined at Acme Chophouse in support of Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for the STOP AIDS Project and it was a blast. There were lots of people I knew in the restaurant and the atmosphere was festive and fun. This year is the 7th year in the row for this event … Continue reading Dining Out for Life 2008 →

Celebrate The Sweet Life

A chilly Spring has me longing for a tropical vacation. One way to get a little taste of the islands in our own backyard is to dine at Roy’s. Chef Roy Yamaguchi is one of the most influential and well-respected Hawaiian chefs. His style of fusion cuisine combines Asian, French and Hawaiian ingredients and techniques. … Continue reading Celebrate The Sweet Life →

More Chocolate Cookbooks & Double Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti Recipe

We can’t ever have too many chocolate recipes, can we? Since the quality of chocolate available in the supermarket has dramatically improved over the past twenty years or so, it’s great to have a few more cookbooks that focus on using the most widely available products including chocolate bars, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Here … Continue reading More Chocolate Cookbooks & Double Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti Recipe →

Burgers or Steak?

We may not be in a recession yet, but you wouldn’t know that from the way we’re eating. According to Allrecipes, an online cooking community with over 35 million unique visitors annually, the economic downturn might just be causing Americans to cut back on food spending. Traffic to recipe pages using low-cost ingredients, such as … Continue reading Burgers or Steak? →

Toasts, Tastes & Tapas

There are so many great food events going on in the next few weeks, it’s hard to choose. Here are three that particularly caught my eye and whet my appetite. Next Thursday March 27th, 2008 is the Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town. Attending will be 70 domestic and international wine producers including Trinchero, Mumm … Continue reading Toasts, Tastes & Tapas →

Delicious Art at STUDIO Gallery

I couldn’t have been more pleased when STUDIO Gallery opened up on Polk street a few years ago. The gallery is unlike any other I know. First of all, it’s not airy and industrial, it’s a tiny and cozy storefront, and it showcases the work of only Bay Area artists. Art shows are accessible, sometimes … Continue reading Delicious Art at STUDIO Gallery →

Bake Until Bubby & Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

When I worked as a counselor in a homeless shelter I gained an appreciation for casseroles. The shifts were long and dinner was often the main focus of the evening for counselors as well as guests. Churches and synagogues provided meals at the shelter, and casseroles were served night after night. Because we didn’t always … Continue reading Bake Until Bubby & Macaroni and Cheese Recipe →

Massimo’s Italian Kitchen & Pork Spareribs and Cabbage Recipe

Lee’s favorite food is Japanese. When we celebrate his birthday or really any occasion it’s Japanese food that he wants. Much as I love Japanese food, and I really do, I have to say Italian is still my all-time favorite. Italian food just spells comfort to me. I love rustic food and great ingredients treated … Continue reading Massimo’s Italian Kitchen & Pork Spareribs and Cabbage Recipe →