I want to tackle the cuisine of Northern California but I'm at a loss to start. I've searched the Chowhound boards but can't nail anything exact down and I've looked into Google but all I can find is that Northern California cuisine is a fusion of French, Italian, and Mediterranean with an emphasis an fresh local ingredients. Is there anything specific that anyone can mention or at least point me in the right direction? Specific recipes? I really don't want to have to buy the French Laundry cookbook in order to cook Northern California style. As far as Southern California goes, I have that in the bag. Living in Southern Nevada, most of our cuisine is similar to Southern California. Emphasis on fresh with a Mexican twist. Thanks in advance.