Zoe Nathan describes herself as a baker with a love of preparing all things dough and dessert related. Her approach to baking is centered around the use of great ingredients, a healthy mix of sweet and salty, and her personal adage about baking dark that “color is flavor.” Nathan infuses this philosophy into all four of the restaurants she co-owns with her husband Josh Loeb: Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Huckleberry Café and Bakery, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Milo and Olive. Read on for 10 of Zoe Nathan's favorite restaurants in L.A.
Zoe Nathan’s first cookbook, Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen is being released by Chronicle Books on Sept. 9, 2014. Huckleberry contains 115 recipes for the legendary brunch dishes, sweets, sides and pastries that Nathan serves at her flagship restaurant.
At Huckleberry, Nathan oversees production of the handcrafted breads, breakfast pastries, and desserts made with techniques rooted in the French tradition. She also creates all the savory breakfast and lunch dishes at Huckleberry, many of which, like Green Eggs & Ham and her delightfully messy Fried Egg Sandwich, have become classics around the L.A. dining scene. “Our restaurants are as much about our team as they are about any particular philosophy,” she explains. “Baking is where I found my voice, as well as some amazing people - in the case of Huckleberry, some really neat women - who share my same values for running a family business.”