Earlier this year, I was asked to write the introduction for this awesome new book, Arts & Eats. It was conceived and assembled by Susan Kay and Teri Hauswirth, and includes recipes from some of the best of the Mission’s many restaurants, including Bar Tartine, Foreign Cinema, Trick Dog, Bi-Rite Creamery, Mission Chinese Food, and St. Vincent (more than 25 in all!). There’s also the famed hot sauce recipe from La Taqueria (arriba), the house margarita from El Rio (arriba again), and more classics, like the clams from Range! The book has a cute square format (and stands up by itself), all the better to admire the fantastic art inside from Creativity Explored artists.
Here’s the best part: all proceeds from the book will benefit Creative Rescue, an organization devoted to rescue animals, and Creativity Explored, the amazing Mission-based artists’ organization for developmentally disabled adults. If this isn’t one of the better holiday or “just because” gifts, I don’t know what is.