You'll no doubt find many familiar sounding dishes among the more than 300 kitchen-tested recipes in this cookbook. Most are for good, simple fare and are easy enough to be prepared by even novice cooks. Some include a nutritional analysis.
The editors' goal was to select "recipes that capture the spirit and life style that make California so unique." The dishes also reflect a mix of ethnic cuisine and draw on the bounty of produce grown in our state.
Chapter headings are typical--appetizers, soups, breads, seafood, poultry, meat, etc.--but each opens with some basic wine suggestions. There's also a section of introductory information on California wines.
Because it's spiral bound, the book lies flat when opened, a convenience during use. The section entitled "A California Pictorial: Capturing the Spirit and Lifestyle of California" includes eight color prints of California scenes by artist Sue Tushingham McNary, along with a brief description of 12 state regions defined by the authors.