"She was an important force in shaping America's culinary landscape," Jessica Harlan, author of cookbooks including "Homemade Condiments," tells Yahoo Shine. "Her focus on top-quality, local ingredients, simply prepared, is one of her legacies and is so important and relevant today."
As news of the chef's passing spread, so did tributes on the Web. San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer hailed Rodgers as "one of the most powerful forces in cooking, not only in California but in the United States."
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