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Baja! Cooking on the Edge With Chef Deb Schneider


Baja! Cooking on the Edge

Last Wednesday evening, Chef Deb invited us to celebrate the second edition release of her first cookbook… the cookbook that was responsible for the launch of her career with SOL Cocina in Newport Beach… Baja! Cooking on the Edge.

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While preparing her Enseneda Style Shrimp Tacos from her book on the patio of SOL, Chef Deb shared with us how this, the first of five cookbooks she has written, was discovered by SOL Partners, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland in a bookstore. They believed she might just be exactly the chef they were searching for and decided to contact her. The rest as they say, is history, as she is now Executive Chef/Partner for SOL and their recently opened sister restaurant, Solita in Huntington Beach.

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We enjoyed her beer battered shrimp taco done Enseneda-style with creamy lime, pico, and cabbage…

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Her garlic ribeye steak taco with cheese, rajas, red onions, chimichurri, cotixa and steak butter…

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And her guacamole SOL with mango, tequila, onions, goat cheese, pepitas & cilantro

Baja! Cooking on the Edge, originally published eight years ago and selected by Food & Wine as one of 2006’s best cookbooks, honors the region with authentic recipes as well as Chef Deb’s own inspired creations.

If you’re looking to take a culinary trip to Baja, this cookbook should be part of your library. Oh and P.S., what a perfect Mother’s Day gift for someone who loves to cook, or for that matter someone who just loves to read cookbooks and drool over the dishes they would like to make, but never will. If the latter is someone you know, that’s okay too, the cookbook and a meal at SOL are in order!

To learn more about Chef Deb visit:

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen. Together, she and her sister, Shan are Simply Wilde, a small boutique catering business focusing on in-home entertaining.

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