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Food Lovers' Guide to® San Diego: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) Paperback – September 18, 2012

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Savor the Flavors of San Diego
 
The beautiful city of San Diego boasts a strong appreciation for local and sustainable goods that satisfy the senses and preserve the environment. The moderate climate with a healthy lifestyle and numerous must-see attractions creates the ideal destination where people can find comfort and happiness. In Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego, seasoned food writer Maria Desiderata Montana 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 Diego 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 Diego chefs
The city’s best cafes, taverns, and wine bars
Cooking classes
Local food lore and kitchen wisdom

About the Author

Maria Desiderata Montana is the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds (sandiegofoodfinds.com). She is a nationally published and award-winning author, freelance food and wine journalist and editor and photographer who learned how to cook and appreciate European cuisine from her parents who were born and raised in southern Italy. Maria is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press), San Diego Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America's Finest City (2014 San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Lifestyle Book Cooking & Home, Lyons Press), San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (History Press), Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook (Lyons Press) and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She is extensively published in several newspapers and magazines, where she writes a variety of food and entertainment stories as well as her own monthly recipe series. Maria guest appears on local radio and TV to share her knowledge of food and cooking, and regularly assists celebrity and high profile chefs with cookbook projects.
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Product Details

  • Series: Food Lovers' Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076278119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762781195
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We used this book on our last trip to San Diego. It has excellent suggestions in all price ranges. We visited Hodad's and Mona Lisa Italian Market based on this book's suggestions, and both were great.

This book also has nice summaries of each neighborhood. These were very useful as I had not been to San Diego in a long time.

This book does not have color pictures or illustrations. That was fine for me.
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My family are all well aware of my love for food and so my aunt and uncle presented me with this book on my birthday. I've lived in San Diego for 5 years now and have spent a lot of time searching for a great San Diego food guide to find that most have hit the mark. The Food Lovers' Guide to San Diego is the most comprehensive food resource for America's Finest City to date. Written by an expert that has real cooking AND food writing experience, Maria captures what the dining scene is all about. Divided by region, readers have a chance to visit places they may have never knew existed before. It's evident in the 383 pages of this book that Maria did extensive research and covered major ground throughout the city. This is a definite resource for residents and visitors alike!
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Most of the restaurants are up north where the author lives not an easy drive for tourists staying in Coronado, or downtown.
Listings for ubiquitous national food chains Whole Foods and Panera breads. Sammys Woodfired Pizza chain serves gourmet pizzas? what? Anthony's Fish Grotto, a San Diego seafood restaurant chain is listed but why list the one in La Mesa? Why not the flagship or its Fishette in downtown San Diego and add the La Mesa address? What tourist or what San Diegan foodie would drive all the way to La Mesa when they can eat better at the downtown restaurant which has better turnover?
San Diego is known for its Mexican restaurants. More up to date valuable info may be found on Chowhound and Trip Advisor, the San Diego local newspaper's dining section. The author needs to do more research.
There's more info on the venues and not the food. The menu listings are provided but no descriptions on how these tasted. The abundant use of descriptors lavish, surpasses all expectations, extra special, decked out, extra tasty, simple and straightforward menu...we want to know how the food tastes.
All this info may be gleaned on restaurant websites. One description @ Prospect Bar & Grill, "Grilled soba noodles over buckwheat pasta," um, a true foodie would know soba noodles are buckwheat pasta. This and other descriptions of Asian cuisine points out the author's lack of knowledge of the subject.
E Book massive fail. The index may only be found under the table of contents. There the restaurants are listed by name and a page number. This ebook does not show what page you are on only the %.
I want my money back.
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I was moving from San Diego and wanted to read about my favorite places when living in another state. This accurately describes the places listed, and many are well known haunts! I highly suggest this book to anyone visiting San Diego!
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This book is all-around perfect. It is not just a book to expose the best restaurants of San Diego -- rather, it brings light to the best restaurants of the many communities within the city. From Oceanside to Downtown, it covers the best restaurants within all areas of the city. I especially love the way it is organized -- it is not by cuisine, like many other foodie books around. Rather, it is separated by community. This is extremely helpful, as I am a new resident to San Diego and looking for exceptional restaurants in certain areas as I explore my new surroundings, rather than the type of food in which I am interested. In addition, this book provides exact addresses for the locations of these food places -- there is no further research necessary. It not only covers popular restaurants of these areas, either -- this author includes farmer's markets, cooking classes, food festivals, beer and wine scenes, food trucks and even recipes. The map included helps significantly -- San Diego sure is a big place, and with this we have a sense of location in relation to where we may be staying. This book is definitely a necessary companion whether you are a local San Diego resident or tourist enjoying this great city.
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I was searching for some other food related books and came across this little gem. It has SO many restaurants, even ones that I haven't heard of as a local! I love that it has a huge array, including landmarks, family-friendly places, and nice sit down restaurants. I tried Edelweiss Bakery in North County and LOVED the Apple Struedel Maria mentioned. I think you actually have to special order it now because it's that good. Can't wait to try the recipes in the back, too! Great find!!
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I purchased several of these books as hostess gifts for friends over the holidays, and I kept one for myself. Living in San Diego, it is difficult to know where to go out to eat when there are so many choices- especially when you have small kids. This book has been able to steer us to fantastic restaurants without all of the 'guess-work'. We have also started to break out of our comfort zone and try some new places. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to eat out in San Diego!
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