Thanks to the coastal state's fertile soil and temperate climate, local produce is varied and abundant, from the famed citrus to the beloved avocado.
But beyond the impressive range of produce available, the state's cultural diversity means finding vendors hawking handmade tacos next to a bustling Korean BBQ restaurant. The food scene offers an abundance of flavors and techniques, and Californians appreciate them all.
It is this genuine love of food - preparing it, eating it and sharing it - that fuels this positive energy in kitchens and around tables and makes California truly golden. This book celebrates the incredible food found on the West coast.