Monday, December 5, 2011

In Pursuit of Excellence: Josiah Citrin's New Cookbook

Josiah Citrin, the Executive Chef at Melisse, wrote and published his first cookbook, In Pursuit of Excellence.  The book is over 200 pages of photos and recipes from Citrin's kitchen.  Melisse has long been considered one of the top restaurants in Southern California and the Santa Monica restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars in their most recent Los Angeles guide.  Melisse opened over twelve years ago in 2009, and the chef, a Santa Monica native, is there daily supervising and creating dishes.

The phrase "In Pursuit of Excellence" started out as a sign in the Melisse kitchen "to remind me, to remind my staff, to remind everybody here what we are trying to achieve: excellence," Citrin explained.  He continued that whether people cook recipes directly out of the book or whether they are inspired to try a new technique by one of his recipes, any idea that he can share to help readers make a better meal is a success.

In Pursuit of Excellence is out of stock at but is available for purchase at Melisse for $45.

Melisse: 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.  Website:

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