Insalata's in a restaurant in San Anselmo, CA (or "Marin" for you SF folks). A neighborhood mainstay for over 13 years, owner and chef Heidi Insalata Krahling (yes, that's really her name) has created a destination spot that reflects her love for all things Mediterranean. Last year Heidi published a cookbook with many of the restaurants dishes that I've loved over the years. Several members of my cookbook club actually worked at Insalata's over the years so it made our dinner all the better. The book is amazing. If you live in the area, get over to Insalata's, have a wonderful meal, and buy it! If not, you can buy it here too. The recipes range from simple to spectacular but you can be sure each one is "luscious", Heidi's favorite adjective. This is restaurant food adapted for the home cook so you'll find some dishes built upon other smaller recipes-sauces, spreads, etc. Many can be made in advance so don't let the steps scare you off. The layers of flavor are what make Heidi's food so damn good.
Being Cinco de Mayo we kicked off our night with yummy margaritas...here's Lynda showing Tori the perfect shaking technique.
The net? Buy this book! We're already thinking about a cookbook club redux in the fall so we can try the recipes that will be seasonal then. Kudos to Heidi-everything truly was luscious.