The Chronicle Over Coffee

Here’s your morning cup of ambition in the form of the San Francisco Chronicle’s food section. No sugar, please!

• Time to hunker down with late autumn and winter vegetables, and that means squash, people. What to do with all that orange stuff? The Seasonal Cook has some suggestions. [Posh squash]

• Michael Bauer checks back in with Bar Bambino and issues a solid three stars. [Dining Update: Bar Bambino better than ever]

• Reducing salt in your diet is a good way to lower your blood pressure, but, newsflash: It is difficult. Marion Nestle has some suggestions. [Food matters]

• Here’s your general Thanksgiving guide cobbled together from current articles and years past. [Thanksgiving guide]

• Finally, the owners of Spruce set their sites on Santa Monica and Park City, Utah, while The Front Porch executive chef Sarah Kirnon casts a wandering eye across the bay to Oakland. [Inside Scoop]

The Chronicle Over Coffee