Cafe Cooking at Home
La Boulange's Spring Tartine from "Cafe Cooking at Home", photo courtesy of David Vergne

We have to admit we were a little bummed when we found out that La Boulange was sold to Starbucks. We selfishly wanted to keep the café’s scrumptious baked goods, salads and tartines here in San Francisco.

But it’s hard to be selfish when the founder himself, Pascal Rigo, is sharing his beloved recipes in a new cookbook, Café Cooking at Home ($30, available at Bay Area La Boulange locations and Starbucks).

The sequel to his first cookbook, The American Boulangerie, this one goes beyond pastries to focus on soups, salads and sandwiches with a smattering of brunch items and sweets mixed in.

The extensive cookbook has been years in the making; it incorporates old favorites (e.g., the Croque Monsieur) from the original 1996 La Boulange on Pine Street as well as newer additions such as the salt-crusted fish from the café’s Friday dinner benefits.

For those of us who appreciate some hand-holding in the kitchen, each recipe is accompanied by step-by-step photo instructions taken by a fellow French transplant now living in SF, David Vergne.

Alongside the book, Bay Area Starbucks will also sell La Boulange sweets this spring. We suppose we’ll share (sigh).

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