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"....a nice surprise since i've admired the hand carved and printed designs of the famous berkeley restaurant for so long. the book is a collections of forty years of artwork by patricia curtain....would make [a] really nice gift for those interested in printing." --Lena Corwin

"Whether you're interested in letterpress and printmaking, Chez Panisse and Alice Waters, or food ephemera, you'll find something of value in this beautiful book." --Epicurious.com

"Some menus are now so iconic - radishes tied in a bundle, ripe figs still on the branch - that they evoke not only Chez Panisse but an entire era of food." -- T: The New York Times Magazine

"Menus for Chez Panisse awes.... a shockingly impressive and addictive tome.... we strongly recommend. Gorgeous stuff, folks." --SFist.com

"40 years of gorgeous menus from the legendary Berkeley restaurant." --Sunset magazine
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (August 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890292
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wonder if this book would be so absorbing for someone who hasn't been to Chez Panisse. Just like every carefully planned meal, the menus in this book are little works of art. And if you've eaten at Chez Panisse, as have I on only a few occasions, these beautifully rendered menus are little memory capsules. Reading through the book, the warm hustle and bustle of the restaurant come back to life, along with the smells and lovely fabric of the place. It is a pleasure to offer a positive review of the book, but I'd also recommend a visit to the restaurant if you're ever in Berkeley at lunch or, better yet, dinner.
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I read about this book in David Lebowitz's blog, and immediately ordered a copy for myself since I'm interested in food, graphics, letter press printing, and for that matter, all things done well. An elegant, tasty book, with very high production values, and what a great gift for birthdays or holidays, no more struggling to come up with a surprise for that special friend ... or yourself.
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Beautifully crafted and designed book that chronicles the wonderful union of the visual arts with the art of food. Kudos for Chez Panisse's support of the arts. Also nice to see now the art of Patricia Curtan has evolved over the years.
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This book had such beautiful linoleum prints that it made me want to take it up as a hobby. And the menus are simple and elegant. So it is good for getting ideas for dinner parties, as well as seeing how graphic design makes a huge difference in presenting material.
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I've had this book for about a year now and wanted to express how thoroughly impressed I am with it. As a cook, book lover and creative person I am always looking for inspiration. This book has it all. What I am most grateful for is the fantastic treatment that Princeton Press gave the book. It is a joy to hold in the hand and flip through the pages. The paper is heavy, the cover is three dimensional, the printing is perfect. All the artwork jumps off the page. The layout is perfect - not crammed in like so many books nowadays. The writing is sparse but on point.

I have never been to Chez Panisse, as I live in the mountains a thousand miles away. But I have enjoyed Alice Waters' cookbooks, and found inspiration there. I like to make up my own menus for fancy dinner parties, but they are not on the same level of what Patricia does. This book has made me rethink the whole process, and dream of doing offset printing.

At the end she describes her process and shows some photos of work as it is progressed. I wish she would do a whole book just on this. It looks like such a labor of love. Very time consuming !

I can't imagine any cook, artist, printer or book lover not being thrilled with this. Renews my hope that all is not lost in our modern world.
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One of Chez Panisse's beautiful books! It's more of an art book than a cook book. A must-have book to display in your kitchen!
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