Nestled in a charming European-style bistro, on a small street in the world-famous ski resort of Sun Valley, Cristina's Restaurant has been serving up seasonal and delicious fare for over eleven years. Cristina and her staff have been cooking and baking for customers that include locals, celebrities, politicians, CEOs and cosmopolitan travelers. She draws upon her memories and experiences of growing up in rural Tuscany, where her family recipes have been passed down from one generation to the next. Now enthusiastic customers will finally be able to prepare more than 75 favorites such as Hungarian Mushroom Soup, San Francisco Airport Salad, and Artichokes with Tomato & Shallot Topping, or enjoy Bread & Tomatoes, Limoncello, and Bacelli & Pecorino--dishes rich in tradition and fresh in their approach. "Cristina brings her sense of classic Italian cooking and sophistication to bear on all that she touches, and her superb restaurant is a rare treat in these mountains." --Jann Wenner, Editor and Publisher, Rolling Stone
Sun Valley and Ketchum are in Idaho's Wood River Valley, gateway to backcountry and wilderness areas. Settlers first arrived in the early 1880s, attracted by a silver rush. In 1883, the railroad connected the valley to the world beyond its borders and brought in outside capital. During the silver depression of the 1890s, mining was replaced by sheep raising, and the area later shipped more sheep than anywhere except Australia. In 1936, during the Great Depression, Union Pacific board chairman Averell Harriman built Sun Valley, the country's first destination ski resort, spending $2.5 million in two years ($45 million today). Sun Valley offered a lavish lifestyle, a luxurious lodge, Austrian ski instructors, and chairlifts invented by Union Pacific engineers. Known as America's St. Moritz, it was a magnet for beautiful people and serious skiers. It had a monopoly on grandeur for decades and influenced ski areas that developed later. Subsequent owners Bill Janss and the Holding family expanded and improved Sun Valley, making it one of the world's premier year-round resorts.
The best history of the Sun Valley area to hit the shelves in 20 years, this gorgeous coffeetable book captures the glamour of the West's premier ski resort and places its story within the context of the history of the larger American West. As author Wendolyn Holland notes in her introduction, Sun Valley is an American fantasy, "of skiers flashing through deep powder ..., of nights in front of a crackling fire-of a world apart". This thoroughly researched history looks behind the fantasy to reveal a remarkable place and the people who helped make it extraordinary. Sumptuously produced, Sun Valley features vintage maps and more than 300 historic photos.
Cristina's Restaurant is a charming European-style bistro nestled in the mountains of Sun Valley. A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Cristina's serves up its exquisite fare to celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and cosmopolitan travelers who have made Sun Valley their personal retreat. Influenced by rural Tuscany where Cristina grew up, the food is elegant, unpretentious, impeccably presented, and seasonally fresh.