Cooking

I’m not much of a cook, but I adore a good memoir. Gabrielle Hamilton’s incredible Blood Bones and Butter sparked my literary and culinary appetite like few other books I’ve read. Hamilton is a spitfire and an amazing writer, and her journey from tedious catering gigs to creative writing classrooms to opening her first restaurant (the famed Prune in New York City) is un-putdownable from first page to last.

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Kat
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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade - January 24th, 2012

For all my kings, queens, and Dothraki horselords: this cookbook is sure to delight and satisfy! With everything from Bowls o' Brown to Cream Swans, you will be able to present a medieval feast fit for the King of the North. Each recipe has both a medieval and a modern version to double the fun.

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Katie
A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780345534491
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Published: Bantam - May 29th, 2012

Whether single-layer, towering, icebox, cupcake, roll-up, or upside-down, this charming book has cakes for every occasion. Inspired by the discovery of a long-forgotten box of old recipes, Richardson takes us on a delicious a cake walk—from Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Icing to Honey Bee Cake to Not for Children Gingerbread Bundt Cake—that will make any home baker swoon. Vintage Cakes is packed with approachable recipes and irresistible photos. It’s a love letter to American baking.

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S.B.
Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781607741022
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

his book has it all: mouthwateringly good food writing, exquisite nature writing, including vivid descriptions of fields and forest, snippets of Mark Twain's transcendent musings about American food, and an incredible travelogue that spans many states and takes you back to Twain's childhood. One of my favorite books in recent memory.

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Kat
Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143119340
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

This sensational cookbook by Canadian-turned-Georgian chef Hugh Acheson (who appeared on Top Chef Masters) is a fresh take on Southern food. The recipes emphasize vegetables and are delicious and lighter and fresher than you might expect. (Except for the mashed potatoes which are “more like butter with a touch of potato.” Well, and except for the desserts.) But what really sets this book apart is its design and its philosophy. You get a real sense of Acheson—his fun and quirky personality, and his dedication to all things local. Support local farmers (and artists, and coffee brewers, and native plant growers), he says, and you create and support community. (To which we say, Amen!) It’s not so much a political stance for him as it is his passion.

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S.B.
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen Cover Image
By Hugh Acheson, Bertis Downs (Foreword by), Rinne Allen (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307719553
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 18th, 2011

Rosenthal, owner of three restaurants in San Francisco (including Town Hall and Salt House), has put together a terrific cookbook. The scope of the recipes is broad—Clam Chowder, Curried Chicken Sandwich with Cashews, Slow Braised Pork Pozole, numerous Southern dishes—with enough diversity to interest any home cook. The tone is warm and wonderful, and the food is delicious. No wonder this book has landed on many “Best of the Year” lists!

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S.B.
Cooking My Way Back Home: Recipes from San Francisco's Town Hall, Anchor & Hope, and Salt House Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781580085922
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 18th, 2011

Mourad Lahlou, owner of Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Aziza, is a self-taught chef who turned to cooking out of homesickness for his native Morocco. His terrific debut cookbook captures his modern approach to traditional recipes and is gorgeous to look at, to boot. Library Journal says it "beautifully captures a culture, philosophy, and cuisine." I absolutely agree.

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S.B.
Mourad: New Moroccan Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579654290
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 27th, 2011

Clotilde Dusoulier, who writes the wonderful Chocolate & Zucchini blog from her Paris apartment, worked on the translation of this French classic. Written for home bakers, it demystifies French pastries—from éclairs to soufflés, macaroons to madeleines—showing that only a few basic recipes are needed to make some of the most beautiful, elegant and delicious French desserts. There’s no need be intimidated—lovely cakes, tarts, and cookies await!

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S.B.
The Art of French Baking Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780714862576
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Published: Phaidon Press - November 5th, 2011

Here’s the book to get someone who you know likes to cook (whether or not you know much else about them!). It’s a fantastic collection of recipes—submitted by home cooks—that have proven to be winning dishes. Accomplished food writers and editors Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs had a mission: to discover and celebrate the best home cooks in the country. Each week for fifty-two weeks, they ran recipe contests on their website, Food52.com, and the 140 winning recipes make up this book. From Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries to BLT Panzanella, Secret Ingredient Beef Stew to Rum Apple Cake, it would be an absolute challenge to look through this collection and NOT find something you’d want to cook!

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S.B.
The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780061887208
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 25th, 2011

You might think that even “home cooking” recipes by the world’s greatest chef, Ferran Adriá, would be out of the league of most nonprofessional cooks, but this collection, inspired by the dishes eaten every day by the staff at Adriá’s legendary restaurant, El Bulli, is actually quite practical.

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780714862538
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 3rd, 2011

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