Stories and Recipes
by Daniel Patterson
Daniel Patterson is the head chef of Coi restaurant in San Francisco, California where he skillfully mixes modern culinary techniques with local, wild and cultivated ingredients to create highly original dishes that speak of place, memory, and emotion. It’s an approach that has won him two Michelin stars and a worldwide reputation for pioneering a new kind of Californian cuisine.
Coi, the cookbook, tells the story of the restaurant, its dishes and philosophy. Beginning with a look at California—how Patterson arrived there and its influence on Coi—the book takes the reader into the kitchen, and through an eleven course tasting menu. It does so by way of a series of short essays, each comprised of an engaging text and narrative recipe, revealing the story and inspiration behind 70 of the restaurant’s creative dishes. The stories behind a further fifty selected dishes are also narrated, and are accompanied by conversational recipes. The book includes 150 specially commissioned photographs showing the finished dishes as well as atmospheric images of the restaurant, the California landscape, and portraits of Coi’s staff and suppliers.