Chef Robin Goldstein, alumna of the Culinary Institute of America, combines her passion for travel and love of cooking in her newest cookbook, A Taste of Santa Barbara, Crafting A Meal. Anyone who has traveled is all too familiar with the difficulty of falling in love with the flavors and aromas of a foreign city and then leaving them behind. Featuring more than 60 recipes from Provence, Italy, Greece, the Middle East, Morocco and Spain, A Taste of Santa Barbara is a wonderful guide to recreate those dishes once you return home.
“I found many of these same flavors and the wonderful connection people have to their food when I moved to Santa Barbara,” Goldstein says. Santa Barbara culture, like the Mediterranean, values eating local seasonal ingredients, a practice made easy as Santa Barbara County hosts farmers’ markets six days a week. Making the most of the local ingredients is the key to perfecting these appetizers, cocktails, entrees, sides and desserts. From her authentic Spanish Sangria to Green Shakshuka, Goldstein’s recipes celebrate both her life-changing time of living in Europe and her childhood years growing up in her family’s restaurant. A Taste of Santa Barbara allows you to experience the luxury of the Mediterranean without having to leave the central coast
Originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.