S.B.'s Reviews

Before she became a mother of twins, Stefanie loved to spend her spare time cooking, gardening, crafting, and watching her beloved Giants. Now that she has no spare time, she manages to enjoy those pursuits only when she’s able to convince her girls to join her. She has been the cookbook buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz for over 20 years.

Count me among Deb Perelman’s most loyal fans. (I couldn’t even tell you the number of her recipes that have become family favorites if I tried.) With incredible charm and a passion for cooking, Perelman shares recipes (on her blog and previous cookbook) for food that you really want to eat. Her new collection, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, is filled with over a hundred recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert. I’ve just started cooking from it and have already found so many new family favorites! - S.B.

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781101874813
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

David Tanis, former head chef at Chez Panisse (for 25 years!), never fails to write cookbooks that speak to me. I flip through the pages of his books and want to cook everything I see. His recipes have a simplicity and straightforwardness that I adore, but the flavors and finished dishes defy that ease. Tanis’s recipes have always focused on great ingredients, and his new cookbook, Market Cooking, is a showcase. Tanis shares his knowledge of and passion for produce—from butter beans to parsnips to shitake mushrooms—in this gorgeous and essential book. - S.B.

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David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579656287
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 3rd, 2017

Jim Lahey, owner of the acclaimed Sullivan Street Bakery in New York, has been on a mission to empower home cooks to bake their own bread. Ten years ago he introduced the “no knead” method to bread making, which practically made him a household name. In his new book, he turns his attention to sourdough and Italian breads, as well as pizza dough, brioche, croissants, and sandwiches. His no-fuss recipes will win over any baker who, like me, is intimidated by yeast. - S.B.

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The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook Cover Image
By Jim Lahey, Maya Joseph (With)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393247282
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

There are not enough superlatives to describe this book! Suffice it to say that Sweet lives up to the standards—gorgeous photography, complex flavors, and enticing recipes—that Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Jerusalem) set with his previous books. Sweet features sophisticated but accessible baked goods and desserts, from cookies and cakes to custard and ice cream. Some recipes are quite simple and familiar but somehow turn out phenomenally good (Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies), while others stretched me to try new ingredients and techniques (cookies with an orange, cinnamon, and red pepper infusion) but are very worth the effort. This book is a knockout. - S.B.

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Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749141
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2017

In the wake of the election, Julia Turshen (author of the excellent Small Victories cookbook) felt an urgent call to activism. Transforming from a sometimes-activist to a fully committed member of the resistance, she found her role in the form of feeding people. Feed the Resistance is a fantastic collection of inspirational essays and nurturing recipes by Turshen and a broad range of activists. From “Easy Meals for Folks Who Are Too Busy Resisting to Cook” to “Feeding the Masses” to “Baked Goods + Portable Snacks,” this outstanding book is perfect for those who value community, solidarity, and the power of food. All proceeds go to the ACLU. - S.B.

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Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452168388
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017

Can’t get a reservation at the Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant State Bird Provisions? Here’s the next best thing. In their brand new cookbook, Brioza and Krasinsky share recipes for the innovative small dishes they serve (on dim sum–style carts) at their restaurant, including their signature fried quail and stellar savory pancakes. Even if you never attempt the recipes, just reading about their exciting food will likely inspire you in the kitchen. - S.B.

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State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607748441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 24th, 2017

I’m always excited to see a new issue of Cherry Bombe, the magazine that celebrates women and food, on the stands. Cherry Bombe skillfully blends fresh faces (Molly Yeh, Jessica Koslow) with culinary royalty (Leah Chase, Martha Stewart) to provide a beautifully designed, well-written look at women in the food world. Cherry Bombe’s cool new cookbook is as hard to resist as its magazine. It showcases awesome recipes from a wide range of cooks, including San Francisco’s Elizabeth Prueitt (Tartine) and Oakland’s Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen). - S.B.

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Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553459524
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 10th, 2017

More than 800 recipes are included in this celebration of the diversity of American food, organized state by state. Terrific contributors abound, including Jonathan Gold and Alice Waters, representing California; Edward Lee (Kentucky); Naomi Pomeroy (Oregon); and Michael Twitty (Virginia). The menus and chefs chosen to represent each state make this book endlessly interesting (and worthy of debate), and the bounty of iconic recipes—from Cobb Salad to Tortilla Soup to Cherry Pie—will make you feel grateful for the incredible range of food we call American. - S.B.

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America: The Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780714873961
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 9th, 2017

In Autentico’s foreword, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa), writes about Rolando Beramendi’s incredible enthusiasm for Italian food and for life. That joy and vibrancy certainly come through on every page of this beautiful book, which is equally a pleasure to read and cook from. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself, as I did, becoming more enamored with anchovies and olive oil than you ever thought possible. - S.B.

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Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way Cover Image
By Rolando Beramendi, Rebekah Peppler (Contribution by), Laurie Frankel (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250124975
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 24th, 2017

Justina Blakeney’s colorful, comfortable, and free-spirited design style made her first book, The New Bohemians, a bestseller. Now Blakeney returns with a handbook that shows readers how to create that style for themselves. The best part about her design philosophy is that the most important elements have nothing to do with money; rather, Blakeney stresses clarity, color, plants, and natural materials to create a welcoming home that speaks to you and makes you (and your guests) happy the moment they walk in the door. I can’t get enough of her love of pattern, texture, tiles, and textiles—not to mention her joyous nature. “Home décor should be fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” - S.B.

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The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419724824
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Published: ABRAMS - October 10th, 2017

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