{Cookbook Review}: Sugar and Spice and a Pistachio and Chocolate Cake

After a ridiculously steamy¬†(even¬†by Bay Area Indian summer standards) heat wave last week, we’re finally settling down into some autumnal baking weather. There’s even rain in the forecast! What better setup for a warm cozy afternoon in the kitchen making something sweet and rich and comforting?...

Fig and Pistachio Cake for Fall

How did it become fall? It seems like just a few weeks ago I was sailing the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Appearances of plums and peaches everywhere, a lambent harvest moon, and now the year’s gone crepuscular. I know there are fall-weather fans who can’t wait to break out the scarves and wool coats; […]...