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I found Poor Man’s Feast during a search for a down-to-earth food blog with recipes that would still feel accessible after a full day’s work. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the tone and lyricism of the actual writing, but to my delight that’s exactly what happened. The book is a perfect distillation of the blog, a story about turning away from excess and embracing something simpler, in and out of the kitchen.  --Kat

$16.00
ISBN: 9780425278352
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Published: Berkley Books - August 4th, 2015

Cows. They taste so good yet screw up the environment so well, and it can be hard to find a guilt-free medium. Join Jared Stone on his quest to discover that happy balance, from packing his Prius full of frozen cow to figuring out exactly how to cook that much beef without getting bored. Includes recipes, shenanigans, and food for thought.
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Rachel
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250052582
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 28th, 2015

For such a simple seasoning, salt has an impressive lineage. From preserving meat (in pantries and tombs alike) to acting as currency, salt is way more bad-ass than what your table-top condiment is letting on.
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Rachel
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001615
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

William Bostwick embarks on an epic journey through time and thirst, examining the origins, tastes, and history of the different types of beer. He takes you to the modern-day brewers crafting their take, and then attempts his own home-brew version. I've actually never liked beer, but this book made me want to start ordering pints.
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Jocelyn
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393239140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2014

What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream? Should she do an internship or jump right in? How does she find a farm or handle one that she’s inherited? How does she incorporate animals as part of a farm ecosystem? Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. 

By Audrey Levatino, Michael Levatino (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781581572414
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Published: Countryman Press - May 4th, 2015

I am absolutely taken with April Bloomfield’s new cookbook. Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York, Bloomfield is clearly an acclaimed chef, but the tone of her text and her book’s gorgeous photos and colorful illustrations make her recipes charming and accessible. A Girl and Her Greens is a showcase of her love for vegetables—from the humble potato to broccoli raab. As with her previous book, A Girl and Her Pig, her food is exciting and sophisticated. You don’t even realize she’s elevated your cooking, you just know that what you’ve made is delicious.

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S.B.
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062225887
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Published: Ecco Press - April 21st, 2015

This collection of “genius” recipes is the real deal. Food52 has compiled outstanding recipes from a wealth of culinary luminaries—including Marcella Hazan (Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions), Edna Lewis (Shrimp Grits), Patricia Wells (Green Lentil Salad), and Diana Kennedy (Carnitas)—in one beautiful volume. Want Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for Basic Hummus, Alice Waters’ Ratatouille, and Nigella Lawson’s famous Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake? They’re all in there. Genius Recipes is what to reach for when you want a flawless recipe. It’s also the perfect gift for any cook.

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S.B.
By Kristen Miglore, Amanda Hesser (Foreword by), Merrill Stubbs (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747970
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 7th, 2015

If you love cocktails but don’t love spending all of your time mixing them instead of joining the party, big batch cocktails are the answer. Punch Bowls & Pitcher Drinks is an enticing collection of recipes for punches—some inspired by classic cocktails like Manhattans and Mint Juleps, others that are wine- or champagne-based like Sangria. The Tropical & Exotic Drinks and Height of Summer concoctions (Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca? Vodka-Lime Punch? Yes, please!) will definitely be fueling my summer.

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S.B.
$14.99
ISBN: 9780804186438
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 3rd, 2015

If you still haven’t had enough of the too-cool-for-school snacks unveiled in Momofuku Milk Bar, you can find lots more to love in Milk Bar Life. There are Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Chorizo Burgers, Kitchen Sink Quiche with Red Onion Jam, Fruity Pebble Meringues with Passion Fruit Curd (OMG), and many more. As sleek, eye catching, and appealingly laid out as a hipster zine, this is the ideal cookbook for your next gourmet dinner with a badass twist.

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Andrea
$35.00
ISBN: 9780770435103
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 7th, 2015

Many of Rick Bayless’ fantastic dishes have become staples in our house, so I’m really excited about his new collection. A follow-up to his bestseller, Mexican Everyday, Bayless has written a book designed to not only celebrate the vibrant flavors of the Mexican kitchen, but to get us to cook more—and more confidently. More Mexican Everyday emphasizes vegetables, go-to meals, and techniques to maximize flavor. From Egg-Chorizo Tortas to Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas, I can’t wait to cook my way through this book. 

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S.B.
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393081145
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 27th, 2015

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