I have been living here in Phoenix now since the ’90s, and I have seen this city change under my eyes.

Structurally, of course, we have grown exponentially. However, the most significant change that I noticed is in our food scene.

When I first moved here, we could find lots of Southwest cooking with many Tex-Mex and a few things in between. And then the transformation happened.

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New restaurants are opening up. Established chefs and up-and-coming chefs started to set their mark on the city.
If you live in Phoenix, you will learn one thing: Phoenicians want great food and ambiance an approachable chef and you will have a customer and friend for life.

With 300 golf courses and over 1,000 hotels, we were bound to have great cooking coming our way.

After all, when everyone else is snowed in, we live outside and enjoy gorgeous blue skies and bright sunshine.

When I was asked by “Phoenix Cooks – Recipes from the City’s Finest Chefs” by award-winning Christina Barrueta, publishers, to review the new book, I was thrilled.

What I love the most about this book

49 of our best chefs are sharing with all of us their signature dishes. Each chef shares their story and their signature dishes. Dishes that will inspire you to remake at home in our kitchen.

I have enjoyed eating in quite a few of the restaurants showcased in this book, Tarbell’s. Barrio Cafe, Different Pointe of View, Fat Ox, LON’s at the Hermosa, and Rusconi’s American Kitchen to name a few. I am now challenged to try all the ones that I have not.

But first, I will make their dishes at home.

Learning how involved each chef is in the community, how they support each other, and the local farming community and small business.

Something very dear and close to my heart.

I have been oozing over every picture and every recipe, and I am sure you will too.

Phoenix Cooks is a perfect gift to any foodies, hostess gift, newlywed, or just because.

You can purchase it via amazon.com, click HERE for the link, or Barnes and Noble, as well as any of the featured chefs in the book.

A bit of background on Christina Barrueta

Phoenix’s dynamic food scene has deep culinary roots courtesy of a vibrant community of talented chefs, artisanal producers, and dedicated farmers. Phoenix Cooks by award-winning food writer Christina Barrueta presents 98 signature chef-tested recipes designed for home cooks of all skill levels.

From a refreshing yellow gazpacho to an epic Oscar-style tomahawk steak to comforting mesquite chocolate-chip cookies, this beautifully photographed cookbook of the Valley of the Sun’s most popular dishes has something for everyone.

Christina Barrueta is an award-winning journalist who has been inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and received the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Foodist Award for Best of the Best Food Writer.

The author of Arizona Wine:

A History of Perseverance and Passion, she wrote for publications such as Phoenix Home and Garden, AZ Wine Lifestyle, Four Seasons Magazine, Montage Magazine, and Time Out, and in 2019 was recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine as Most Influential in Valley Food.

Her website, WriteOnRubee.com, has been awarded Best Food Blog by PHOENIX magazine and is a three-time winner of Favorite Local Food Website by Arizona Foothills.

She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.



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