There’s something special about Ojai. Our beautiful valley, backed by the Topatopa Mountains and bordering the Los Padres National Forest, is a haven for nature lovers, hikers, artists, spa-goers, and golfers. Ojai is a small town, only 10 by 3 miles wide, but its village-like center, Spanish architecture, and Mission-style main-street arcade is dotted with art galleries, chic boutiques, family-run businesses, and wine bars. With its hidden hot springs and storied spiritual vortex, Ojai is full of natural beauty, a place to refresh your senses, where city dwellers and a new wave of homesteaders come to escape the stresses of urban life.
The many dishes in A Taste of Ojai—Flavors of The Valley, offer Mediterranean small plates, Mexican fare to vegan or vegetarian sustenance and California-centric provisions
A collection of more than 60 recipes for cocktails, appetizers, salads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and more! All the dishes in this book have been created and prepared with love by local Chef Robin Goldstein. Chef Robin developed her unique repertoire of recipes while traveling and living in the Mediterranean area. As a private chef, she has cooked throughout the United States and internationally. As a caterer, personal chef, and cooking instructor, Chef Robin brings to the table her irresistible excitement about sharing fine food and wine with family and friends.
Chef Robin Goldstein works her culinary magic by combining unique flavors with seasonal products. As a professional chef for over 30 years, she's made a successful career providing an intimate, home-cooked experience that is anything but traditional, using classic techniques she honed at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Chef Robin and her cookbooks and products have been featured across many local publications, including more recently, Santa Barbara, 805 Living, Edible Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Seasons Magazines. She brings to the table her irresistible passion for sharing fine food and wine with joyous gatherings of family and friends. Her other cookbooks, "A Crafting a Meal, Taste of Santa Barbara, Mediterranean Style" "A Taste of Ojai, A Collection of Small Plates," and "Simply Delicious Wine Country Recipes," all share her mouthwatering and inventive recipes to inspire beautiful, memorable meals.
As a caterer, event planner, cookbook author, cooking instructor, food stylist, and creator of her signature line of Salts & Spice Blends, she fuses together delicious and savory flavors inspired by her extensive travels around the Mediterranean, brought to life by locally-sourced ingredients in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Central Coast wine regions.