Throughout years of traveling in the Mediterranean area, Chef Robin has had the privilege to eat in people’s homes, at simple street stalls and fashionable restaurants. In this lively and accessible cookbook, she shares those experiences and recipes for her favorite dishes from Spain, Provence, Tuscany, the Greek Islands, the Middle East, and Morocco—all places whose flavors and ingredients mirror the Santa Barbara culinary lifestyle. Chef Robin’s simplified, home-cook-friendly recipes segue from busy family weeknights to weekend entertaining and are easily adapted to personal tastes and what’s in season.
Crafting a meal means more than just recreating recipes, however. These chapters were created with everything you might choose for an entire dinner, starting with a cocktail, some tapas or appetizers, followed by the first-course salad or soup, a main dish with sides, and finishing off with a homemade dessert. Make all the dishes from a Single Chapter for a themed meal or “craft” a personal one by choosing recipes from all around the Mediterranean.