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Product Details

  • Series: Food Lovers' Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762773162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773169
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Savor the Flavors of San Francisco

With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country, the City by the Bay offers its hungry locals and visitors a bountiful feast of delicious dining experiences, from succulent, high-grade sushi and piping-hot bowls of pho to thick, juicy cuts of prime rib served with sourdough bread. In Food Lovers’ Guide to San Francisco, seasoned food writer Grace Keh shares the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate these culinary treasures. A bounty of mouthwatering delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide.

With delectable recipes from the renowned kitchens of the city’s iconic eateries, diners, and elegant dining rooms, Food Lovers’ Guide to San Francisco is the ultimate resource for food lovers to use and savor.

Inside You'll Find:

Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries • Specialty food stores and markets • Farmers’ markets and farm stands • Food festivals and culinary events • Recipes from top San Francisco chefs • The city’s best cafes, taverns, and wine bars • Cooking classes • Local food lore and kitchen wisdom

About the Author

Grace Keh is the managing editor and food blogger at San Francisco Food ( Born and raised on the east coast, Grace has now resided in California for 20 years; fifteen of those years, she has lived in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. When she's not out and about traveling and exploring the great cuisines of San Francisco, Grace works in marketing for events and companies in and around San Francisco.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Recovering Bookworm on December 9, 2011
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San Francisco is a difficult city to cover in a book geared towards foodies. The dining options are bewildering in terms of variety of cuisines, price, geography and quantity. No book can claim to be a comprehensive guide to San Francisco's culinary world. Plus, food review and reservation sites have made at least a few food publications obsolete.

So you have to hand it to an author who dares to fill in the pages of a book titled "Food Lovers' Guide to San Francisco." It's a pretty daunting task for even the most prolific scribe.

Fortunately, Grace Keh's debut as a published writer hits the mark.

The capsule summaries of the restaurants, markets and "local culinary offerings" are accessible, with useful information rather than the pronouncements of a food snob. I know that at a certain level, food (like wine) has its own language. But most of us don't speak food-ese. We just want to know if something is delicious and worthwhile.

For those of you who love to cook, there are a number of great recipes from some of the best chefs in San Francisco. Some of these might actually be the first time published in a book like this.

In between the restaurant descriptions is a handful of nice explanations about subjects like how to get around the city, dim sum culture, food events, and even how to "dress for San Francisco."

My favorite part of the book, and I suspect the pages that will get the most dog-eared, is the section on food itineraries. These are suggested dining plans crafted around business, romance, late night options and food tripping.

This is the section that will allow you to buy this book for a visiting friend or family member, throw a bookmark on pg.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Heppell on May 16, 2012
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Nothing earth shattering here but worth reading if you are headed to the Bay area. Decent pictures help make it easier for you to decide where to visit and dine.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben on June 7, 2012
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This guide is probably what Zagat looked like before "it became" a "collection" of "random quotes" making "reviews unreadable". Restaurants here are hand-picked and not always well-known; I have discovered some great restaurants that I had never heard of before.

Reviews are short, informative - half a page or a little more - and much better reads than online reviews that tend to be biased or poorly written.

The book also includes foodie itineraries (late night eats, food tripper, romantic food lover, all about business) and recipes that I have yet to try. For a little over $10, it's a steal.

Just a couple of points that could be improved (more on the format of the book than the content):
- The illustrations don't add much to the book and look a little cheap.
- It would have been great to add maps of the neighborhoods with the restaurants.
- The format makes it hard to carry around like a lonely planet (margins are unnecessarily wide).

Overall fantastic guide for the price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2014
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Reads like a homework assignment from my 11 year old son.
I really don’t understand how one could sell a brochure as an eBook and make somebody pay so much to read it. Books like these are giving kindle a bad name. I’m lucky I wasn’t one of the people to fall for this.
I read this on my friends kindle, and I must say this is one of the worst if not thé worst books I’ve read in a very long time.

I won’t make this into a long review but here are just some of the things that really got to me.

-Its only for people residing in the bay area and who are familiar with the area, and some of the reviews are from restaurants I know for a fact don’t serve good food.

-The illustrations look like something out of a 6th grade culinary class. The pictures of the restaurants on the other hand are well taken.

- Badly written descriptions, to drawn out talking about …… well, this goes on for pages, like the author is just filling the pages with sweet nothings, here is an example: It might even feel like a bit much, but you’ll find yourself smiling as they’re so jovial. This restaurant is classically Italian in aura, service, music, and-most especially- the food. Homemade pastas and dough, and the use of completely fresh ingredients make all their dishes as authentic as eating at someone’s home in the Tuscan hills.

-Probably the most disappointing piece for me throughout the book is the drastic omission of facts. No maps just pictures of places and you’ll have to see for yourself how to get there.
-History of the region is just copied and pasted out of a history book, again a history book form the 6th grade.

Overall, this book is far from balanced in its approach. Maybe I’m just angered by the fact that this was the only new book available at the time. On the other hand I feel it’s my obligation to give readers an honest review. If you feel like wasting your cash, then this book is for you.
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More About the Author

By day, Grace Keh manages marketing initiatives for a technology company. By night, she lives enjoys her "other job" -- trying out all of the great food in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I've always loved food, but this love truly bloomed once I moved to San Francisco," said Keh. "Followed by a few years traveling the world and tasting the best of all countries and cultures, it quickly grew into a true passion for me. And outside of New York City, this city offers some of the world's best food."

Having launched San Francisco Food-- a site exploring the food oprtions while living in the Bay Area via restaurants and cooking demonstration posts --Keh shares what she has discovered about the great eats of San Francisco in her book, "Food Lovers' Guide to San Francisco". In the book, she shares some of San Francisco's finests chef's recipes and includes incredible itineraries for virtually any occasion.

Her writing, recipes and reviews can be found on San Francisco Food at

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