Susanna's Cookbooks

Susanna's passion for culture and cuisine is celebrated in all of her cookbooks.  Each reveals an avid enthusiasm for her subjects: people and food. From America's bold culinary array to Greece's splendid Mediterranean menu to the adventurous tortilla filled with foods from around the world, Susanna's books are a journey beyond the kitchen into the lives and cultures of the people she embraces.

Soon to take its place among cookbook collections along with her other works, is another food and story-telling compendium, co-authored another cookbook with Victoria Wise, entitled America's Big Bold Food.

On the more serious side, Susanna has stepped forward in yet another forthcoming volume, Food! The Looming Global Food Crisis and History of Food and Famine, to combine her two professions of chef and anthropologist to examine the world's feast and famine and the call for sustainable agriculture. 


(Workman Press, 2004), 
In Corfu, Susanna and a taverna owner cook shrimp fresh from the sea, and she offers us boldly-flavored Shrimp with Fennel, Green Olives, Red Onion, and White Wine. She gathers wild greens and herbs with neighbors, inspiring Big Beans with Thyme and Parsley, and Field Greens and Ouzo Pie. She learns the secret to chewy country bread from the baker on Santorini and translates it for American kitchens. Including 325 recipes developed in collaboration with Victoria Wise. The Olive and the Caper celebrates all things Greek: Chicken Neo-Avgolemeno. Fall-off-the-bone Lamb Shanks seasoned with garlic, thyme, cinnamon and coriander. Siren-like sweets, from world-renowned Baklava to uniquely Greek preserves: Rose Petal, Cherry and Grappa, Apricot and Metaxa.

In addition, the book opens with a sixteen-page full-color section and has dozens of lively essays about the origins of Greek food, village life, history, language, and customs, making this a compelling adventure in reading as well as cooking.  Over 40,000 copies in print.

The Olive and the Caper
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co-authored with Victoria Wise
(Workman Press, 1996)
When asked to exploring the diversity of the microwave, Susanna and Victoria tackled how it can be part of a convenient, fresh, wholesome, and delicious diet. 350 inventive recipes include such suggestions as Fish Filets Brazilian Style and Double Chocolate Pudding.
The Well-Filled Microwave
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co-authored with Victoria Wise
(Workman Press,1990),
Like a blank canvas but much tastier, the ubiquitous corn or flour tortilla is the perfect vehicle for every sort of food. A passionate feast of tacos, filled with foods from all over the world, as well as burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, and chimichangas.  Also festooned is the big enchilada, both Red or Green Chicken. Here are over 200 recipes with illustrations throughout.  Over 300,000 in print.
The Well-Filled Tortilla
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co-authored with Victoria Wise
(Harper Row, 1988).
Hoffman and Wise are both home and restaurant cooks; here they offer a diverse collection of easy, undemanding recipes for family and friends. Included are familiar and innovative pastas, dishes from the grill, main-course salads, pizzas and tacos, quick desserts.  Lively lists of variations are suggested for many of the recipes. With its informative sidebars and fresh approach, this is sort of a West Coast Silver Palate Cookbook with broad appeal. Likely to have broad appeal.

Forthcoming —

  • America’s Big Bold Food, co-authored with Victoria Wise (Workman Press, 2010)
  • Food! The Looming Global Food Crisis and the History of Food and Famine (School of Advanced Research Press)
Good & Plenty
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