Beautiful peas, green garlic, and cherries are currently filling the farmers' markets.
Spring's bounty will be inspiring our chefs to even greater heights than usual, so this is a swell time to go out to eat or to grab some inspiration from the stalls and cook yourself a vernal meal. The markets are fun to visit any time of the year, but the real excitement begins now.
Try a combo of barbecue, music, and drinks at Danny Coyle's Irish Pub (668 Haight at Pierce) on Sunday, May 25. On the last Sunday of every month, Funk N Chunk BBQ cooks assorted stuff on the grill on the pub's big sunny back patio, with local DJs creating magic with the high-end sound system. Grill fare can include everything from the backyard classics (burgers, hot dogs, chicken) to Funk N Chunk's secret recipes (bourbon-coffee pulled pork, stuffed Niman Ranch steaks, famous spare ribs) and might feature a few surprises.
If you'd like to add a few bargain-priced books about food to your library, the Book Bay Main, the bookstore operated by the Friends of the San Francisco Library, is featuring Food Writing throughout May in a specially chosen section at its store in the Main Library (30 Grove at Larkin, 557-4238), which is open during library hours. You'll find everything from out-of-print classics to review copies at much less than the publisher's price. Maybe you'll find that Calvin Trillin or M.F.K. Fisher you've been longing for.
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