Sunshine - 300 days of the year! Perfect conditions for vegetables, fruits and wine. The diversity and quality of the products traditionally grown on the farms in this region, combined with the abundance of fresh fish and seafood make the «American Riviera» and its cuisine an extraordinary culinary experience. Influenced by immigrants from Asia, South America and Europe, the Santa Barbara area represents this new form of multicultural indulgence. Besides lots of fabulous recipes, this foray into Californian cuisine also provides you with insight into the culinary culture and way of life of the people growing the fresh local produce featured in the book. The author Annemarie Lenze is a journalist and avid amateur chef. She spend several years living in California studying the region’s cuisine and culinary culture.