The list of contributors to this benefit cookbook (Project Open Hand provides meals to AIDS patients) includes most of the hot names in the California cooking world, from Alice Waters to Laura Chenel to Wolfgang Puck. Each has provided a seasonal menu for a special occasion, as informal as a summer picnic, as festive as a champagne birthday brunch. Some meals are California-style cuisine, but Carlo Middione's menu is Italian, Ken Hom's is an East-West mix, and so on--in short, an appealingly eclectic collection from some great cooks. Recommended.
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