brigitBrigit’s cookbook “Eating Up the West Coast: The best road trips, recipes, and restaurants from California to Washington” was her twenty-ninth book. She’s been lucky enough to help some of the U.S.A.’s most respected chefs, like New York’s Michael Psilakis and Los Angeles’ Joachim Splichal, turn their cookbook dreams into reality.

Publishers Weekly said, of Binns’ book: Eeating Up the West Coast

“As the East Coast continues to wait on springlike temperatures, author Binns and the editors of Sunset magazine have a sun-splashed, gastronomic guidebook to the ultimate West Coast culinary road trip. With her dog, Stella, Binns visited more than 75 cafes, steakhouses, diners, upscale eateries, breakfast joints, and dives. Divided into four sections—Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington—each offers distinct routes showcasing the West’s “unmatched coastal beauty.”

The New Wine Country Cookbook: Recipes from California’s Central Coast, WineCountryMediumcelebrates the food and winemakers of California’s fastest-growing wine region: “Paso Robles is a region full of mavericks and innovators. Utterly unpretentious, it’s the sort of place where people from other regions in California gravitate when they find themselves tired of the too-slick, too-pricey scenes in neighboring wine regions. French wine nobility cultivate vineyards next to fourth-generation cowboys, and for every sleek new wine bar, there’s a cowboy saloon with moose heads hung on the walls.”–

Brigit now lives happily full time in California’s Central Coast wine country. Her black-and-white dog Stella and fabulous husband, Casey (aka the Wine Spectator-award-winning Paso Wine Man), together make her life most eminently worth living. She can’t imagine a better place to eat, drink, and be married.

A little back-story: During the ten years she spent living in Europe, Brigit graduated from England’s Tante Marie cooking school, lived and catered in Spain for three years, and edited the Costa del Sol’s English-language magazine.