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California cuisine is an energizing, relatively new cooking style that has influenced cooks and diners around the nation.
The birth year of California cuisine was 1971 when chef Alice Waters opened her now legendary Chez Panisse restaurant (see photo) in Berkeley. She was the first restaurateur known to emphasize all of the pillars mentioned below.
Fresh quality ingredients
California cuisine chefs use ingredients that are fresh and from trusted, quality local farmers and ranchers.
Cooks are encouraged to try new combinations of ingredients, even if it seems odd to mainstream America.
Unbound by written recipes
One seldom prepares anything exactly the same way twice. Because of this, it is difficult to create a meaningful compendium of truly iconic California cuisine recipes.
Cooks try to maintain an ingredient's look and natural flavor. In doing the latter, they avoid using too many ingredients in the same dish.
Presentation and taste are on equal footing - colors, shapes and other visuals count highly.
Quick and easy
Backyard grilling is a California passion and cooks prefer fast, not slow cooking. This explains why grilling is far more popular than roasting or charcoal-barbecuing meats.
Vegetables are more likely to be quickly steamed or parboiled than braised or stewed (and may seem undercooked by national values. Sauces tend to be simple, not involved.
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