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by Sally Bernstein

December 31, 2004
Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi: Photographs of Mushrooms and Other Fungi from Around the World by Taylor F. Lockwood. This book showcases 274 of the most enchanting color mushroom images and other fungi from around the world by photo-mycologist Taylor Lockwood. A must-have book for anyone interested in mushrooms and/or spectacular photography.

December 29, 2004
North American Pinot Noir by John Winthrop Haeger: Pinot noir is the moodiest of grapes: at its best, it can be velvety and complex, a good pairing for both seafood and red meat; but its temper can change quickly, as the wine is fragile and unstable. As Haeger explains in this comprehensive guide to the wine, "pinot can show beautifully from barrel and then suffer an acute case of bottle shock. It can taste ethereal one day, but then close down to a shadow of its former self."

December 27, 2004
Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families--Even Yours! by Art Smith. The indispensable new cookbook for today's busy families from the New York Times bestselling author of Back to the Table and Oprah's personal chef. From James Beard Award–winning chef Art Smith comes a book that gives readers more than 150 simple and delicious ways to feed -- and enrich -- their families.

December 25, 2004
Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2004
Cuisine Naturelle: More Than 140 Simple, Elegant Recipes That Bring a Revolution in French Cooking to Your Kitchen
by Jean Francois Meteigner & Brigit Binns. Jean François Méteigner is the chef/owner of La Cachette, which was named by Esquire as one of the top French restaurants in Los Angeles and one of the best new restaurants in the country when it opened in 1994.

December 21, 2004
The Art of Cookies: Easy to Elegant Cookie Decoration by Noga Hitron & Natasha Haimovich A colorful guiude to the art of cookie decoration features an imaginative array of decorating ideas and designs for tasty treats for a wide variety of special occasions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, weddings, birthdays, and baby showers, accompanied by step-by-step photographs and tips.

December 19, 2004
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas in 2004? Look no farther than Monterey, CA where the Monterey Bay Aquarium has great activities and offers in store to celebrate the only white shark on long-term exhibit at any aquarium in the world. December 23 marks her 100th day in the exhibit. No other aquarium has ever kept a white shark for longer than 16 days.

December 17, 2004
About fruit cakes: many people feel that these cakes improve greatly with age.  When they are well saturated with alcoholic liquors, which raise the spirits and keep down mold, and are buried in powdered sugar in tightly closed tins, they have been enjoyed as long as 25 years after baking (from "Joy of Cooking").

December 15, 2004
Sally's Place is pleased to announce its partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program in Monterey, CA.

December 13, 2004
Planning a holiday get together? Since 1988, RESERVATIONS TONIGHT! has helped savvy San Francisco diners find the right restaurant for groups large and small. Not a database, their professional concierge staff provides free personalized referrals and party planning help. 800-392-3463.
December 12, 2004
Whatever holiday you celebrate--Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa--Diana has wonderful recipes with pictures-- Diana's Desserts Newsletter-Edition #25-Holidays 2004.

December 10, 2004
GREAT holiday gift idea! Sally's San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace 2005 tours. Call Sally to book a private tour or Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School. $95 per person includes a 4 course lunch.

December 9, 2004
Erika Lenkert shares her Must-Haves for Holiday Entertaining and says, "I’ve learned that truly great entertaining experiences are not only about whose on the guest list and what’s for dinner." Read on...

December 7, 2004
The Skunk Train in Fort Bragg & Willits: The upcoming Christmas trains are most exciting! See The Polar Express Movie--Now Ride the Train; 800.866.1690; Santa, elves, musicians, storytellers, cocoa, cookies and a gift from Santa for the kids.  Guests of all ages are encouraged to wear their pajamas.  Christmas Train Schedule on Saturdays: December 11 & 18; 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm; Adult $22, Child $17 plus service and tax.

December 6, 2004
Alfajores, delicate melt in your mouth Peruvian butter cookies with fruit filling are the perfect holiday treat and are available exclusively at Destino , San Francisco’s #1 ranked Nuevo Latino restaurant favorite, 1815 Market between Guerrero and Valencia. Stop by 7 days a week at this tiny gem, recently featured on NBC, or go online to http://www.destinosf.com and Click onStore to order specialty gift boxes for under $20.

December 5, 2004
The first light of Hanukkah is Tuesday, December 7th. Make Potato Latkes for your crowd.

December 3, 2004
Gastronomic writer Betty Fussell shares her Apricot-Almond Tart and Brandied Prune recipes for that special Christmas party: Christmas Dried Fruit
December 1, 2004
Who says a fantastic party has to be planned in advance? Read Ten Last Minute Party Tips by Erika Lenkert, author of the entertaining guide and cookbook “The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining" and every party you throw will be a winner.

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