Bar Tartine

Regular readers will know that  my latest obsession with Layer Cakes and Sour Dough Bread inspired by the folks at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, is actually just a further exploration of my love of the San Francisco food scene.

Originally inspired by Alice Waters and all the amazing people who worked with her at Chez Panisse: David Tanis, David Leibovitz, Lindsey Shere to name a few.  All of these folks have moved on and written great cook books.  Chad Robertson and Elizabeth Pruiett of Tartine are the latest addition to this increasingly long list of chefs/cookbook writers based in San Francisco (Chez Panisse is in Berkeley) which have found their way into my kitchen and made me a better cook.   All of them have one thing in common: reading their recipes/books is always educational, in the case of Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bread book it’s like taking an in-depth course in bread making at a culinary school only without the tuition.

This morning I came across this video of Nick Balla the chef at Bar Tartine talking about his own personal culinary journey and philosophy and I just had to share it. I have never  never eaten at Bar Tartine, I’ve always wanted to, but for what ever reasons when I’ve visited it’s just never happened.

This video so sums up my aspirations, it’s what I try to do in my kitchen: make everything in-house.  Of course it’s easier to do that when you have, you know, a kitchen full of help.  Still a boy can dream.  And dream I do.

I often think in the last few years that had I one ounce of insight when I was young I would have gone to culinary school not theater school.  Who knows if I would have ever found my way to Northern California, but after seeing this video I am ready to pack my bags and go camp out on the door step of Bar Tartine and see if they need any middle-aged interns 😉

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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