The Chronicle Over Coffee

Here’s your morning cup of San Francisco Chronicle Food Section, hot off the press. Wake up!

• We get a big feature on that long-time holiday favorite: Cured meats. [Singing Salumi’s Praises]

• Your input requested on your favorite wine bargains for the holidays. [Calling all wine cheapskates]

• Marlena Spieler shares her Frakfurt-philia, as well as a recipe for a German party dip. [Falling for Frankfurt and potatoes all over again]

• Food Section staffers name-drop their favorite cookbooks, not of the year, but ever. [Chronicle Food staffers pick their go-to books]

• SSpruce hits one out of the park on Michael Bauer’s 3.5-star return. [Dining Update: A year later, Spruce has found its groove]

• And finally, some movement for Original Joe’s reopening plans, a chef shuffle at Fringale, and Farley’s begins working on its empire with an eastward expansion. [Inside Scoop]

The Chronicle Over Coffee