Sonoma County cookbooks, farm produce, and sauces make great holiday gifts


Gracianna Winery publishes “Basquo! ” recipe book

Gracianna Press published her first cookbook, “Basquo! A Basque-inspired cookbook from Gracianna Winery, ”just in time for the holidays.

Gracianna Winery co-founder Lisa Amador wrote the book in collaboration with cooks and chefs close to her to express her love of Basque cuisine.

“Getting together for a meal is a meaningful experience with us,” said Amador. “Creating a meal in the kitchen fills our hearts, nourishes our soul, relaxes our minds, and is a demonstrable way for us to know that we are taking care of our friends and family. “

This 74-page hardcover cookbook with color photographs features 22 recipes for entrees, sides and sweets. Recipes include classic Basque piperade, classic French rosemary grilled chicken, Gracianna “Gratitude” dressing, and Amador family favorites such as carrot cake and Basque cake.

Known around the world for its unique language and distinct culture, the Basque region, on the border of Spain and France, has produced some of the top-rated restaurants in the world and has become a major culinary destination.

The namesake of Gracianna Winery, Gracianna Lasaga, was the wife of a Franco-Basque shepherd who prepared gracious meals for the farmers and instilled in the family the concept of gratitude, which is the basis of the winery.

“Basquo! ($ 28) can be ordered directly from and personally signed by Amador upon request. You can also order it in a special bundle that includes a copy of the book, a pot of Espelette pepper spice (a staple of Basque cuisine) and a bottle of wine ($ 99).

Gracianna Winery, located at 6914 Westside Road, is owned by the Amador family. Gracianna Press produces titles associated with Gracianna Winery, including “Gracianna,” a novel by Trini Amador that tells the story of the winery’s namesake.


New Rancho Gordo Vegetarian Cookbook for the Holidays

Rancho Gordo’s Steve Sando and Julia Newberry are back with all new recipes and secrets for rock-solid bean cooking in the recent “Vegetarian Cooking at Rancho Gordo, Volume 2”, featuring over 60 recipes, as well. as inspirations for plants to cook. based dishes.

Recipes are organized by type of bean: white and light beans, medium-bodied beans, black beans and non-native beans. Simple, no-frills recipes include pasta with white beans and wilted spinach, arugula and bean salad with pumpkin seeds, and red beans with roasted squash and garlic yogurt.

The hardcover book with color photos hit libraries at the end of November, just in time for the holiday season. “Rancho Gordo Vegetarian Cooking, Volume 2,” is available individually ($ 24.99) or packaged in a case with Volume 1 ($ 50). To order:


Signature of a cookbook by chef Keller at the Finesse store

Chef Thomas Keller will be offering a free signature cookbook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 9 at Finesse, his retail store located at 6540 Washington St.

Those who prefer to buy from home can order books online, with 10% off using the code HOLIDAY10 ( and also receive a personalized signature from Keller.

The boutique, which sells Keller’s line of K + M Extravierge chocolates, hand-selected kitchenware, pantry items, clothing and gifts, is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday. . 707-363-9552.


Buy direct and locally along the Farm Trails

Throughout the holiday season, the Sonoma County Farm Trails will be offering special holiday items and events for Farm Trails members as part of its “Holidays Along the Farm Trails” program.

These include fresh cut and pre-cut Christmas trees, food and drink for holiday meals, agro-centric gifts (from soap to nuts) and festive events, wreath-making workshops and tours. from farms to craft markets and tours with Santa Claus.

Over 50 Farm Trails members are listed in the new “Holidays Along the Farm Trails” online guide. To find out more, go to and click on Holidays.


Bachan’s launches a new “Sauce Family” gift box

Just in time for the holidays, Bachan’s Japanese Barbecue Sauce has launched a Bachan’s Family of Sauces Holiday Gift Set, featuring the four flavors of sauces produced by the Sebastopol company.

The gift box ($ 49.99) includes the original, gluten-free, hot and spicy flavors and new Yuzu flavors. The low-acid Asian fruit of yuzu, which looks like a cross between a lemon and a tangerine, is popular in Japanese cuisine.

Other gift sets are available online, including three bottles of your favorite sauce with a Bachan t-shirt ($ 49.99) and the Family of Sauces four-pack with a black Bachan hoodie ($ 99.99) .

Since launching the business two years ago, Bachan founder Justin Gill and his team have rapidly grown the brand, finding distribution to over 2,500 retailers both locally and nationally. . The sauces were first sold in Whole Foods markets in May 2020 and are now available at Whole Foods grocery stores across the country.

Gift boxes are available on The website includes seasonal recipes for Yuzu Chex Mix, Glazed Ham, Roasted Kobucha Squash Soup, Brussels Sprout Salad, and Ham Fried Rice, among others.

Editor-in-Chief Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected]. On Twitter @ dianepete56

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