John M. P. (dromjohn) reviewed A Cook's tour of San Francisco : the best restaurants and their recipes on
Inside cover flaps of this 1963 book:
"San Francisco has long been famous for the variety and excellence of its cooking. Restaurants abound, from the extremely elegant to the very simple, representing a range of culinary traditions almost unique in its diversity.
Doris Muscatine, who loves San Francisco -- she also lives there -- and who understands and appreciates good food, takes the reader on a tour of the best Bay Area restaurants. These include Continental types--French, Italian, German; Eastern--Armenian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese; fish and seafood, steak and chicken houses; and others, classified as "old style San Francisco," "family style" and "off-beat." Among the 69 places listed there are choices for every taste and every pocket-book.
Lively brief descriptions are given of each restaurant, its history, proprietors and famous customers, its decor, general atmosphere and specialties, followed by recipes for some of its notable dishes. There are 185 of these authentic recipes, tested and adapted for home use, which include wonderful meat and seafood dishes, mouth-watering desserts and many local specialties such as cioppino and hangtown fry, green goddess and Palace Court salads, fried cream and banana fritters.
Anyone who plans to visit San Francisco will find this book worth its weight in caviar, especially the directory indicating the location, hours, type and relative cost of each restaurant. For those who can only wish they were in that enchanting city, reading about its culinary delights will be the next best thing, as Mrs. Muscatine writes so lyrically and lovingly about food that the reader can practically taste it."